Community Psychiatric Nurse

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inclusive of outer London HCAs
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community Psychiatric Nurse to work in the Richmond Community Older Peoples Service as a nurse in the Intensive Care Support Team which is one of the sub-teams in the service. This is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team that assesses all referrals for old age adults with mental health needs and resident in the borough of Richmond.

This post will entail working as part of a well-established MDT and the post holder will be required to offer holistic assessments and manage a small caseload of patients. Part of the role will be liaising with other stakeholders such as GP's, Local Authority and other voluntary organisations to develop good relationships. The post holder will develop skills in assessment, planning, implementation evaluation and caseload management and also know to appropriately signpost referrals to other services or Recovery / specialist teams.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, positive, motivated and highly committed individual with good communication skills, who can work with us to support the work of this vibrant team. We encourage applicants who are keen to develop their skills in assessments and caseload management who enjoy working autonomously but with the support of the team. You will work with a Recovery Model and be fully involved in zoning and MDT discussions.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will be involved in screening and triaging incoming referrals to the Richmond OP Service to assess/determine what the individual's mental health needs are, identify potential risks, develop an initial care plan and develop a collaborative response to needs. They will be required to undertake urgent assessments to determine need.
  • Act autonomously to identify the most appropriate course of action, including urgent/emergency situations, ensuring effective transfers of care and escalating to the Team Leads/ Manager or Consultant as appropriate.
  • Act as a Care coordinator for a caseload of patients managing their Zoning, Care plans, risk assessment, collaborative and crisis plans
  • Demonstrate the skills to professionally communicate complex information to users and carers regarding bio-psychosocial problems in an empathetic and supportive way
  • Provide clinical and professional advice, leadership supervision and support to junior staff, patients and families/ carers.
  • To liaise with professionals/ agencies and ensure the patient receives continuity of care/ service through clear and timely communication with all involved in their care.
  • To undertake initial assessments where this is indicated to assist in information gathering in accordance with the team's needs and to record these on the patient records.
  • To attend MDT meetings as required for RST, ICST, CHLS & MAS (Memory Assessment Service).

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development,there are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking- You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading and supporting junior staff and wider care team to implement the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.

Leading and supporting/teaching junior staff on risk assessment and risk management that involves making decisions based on knowledge of the research evidence, knowledge of the individual service user and their socialcontext, knowledge of the service users own experience and clinical judgment.

Advocating for service users needs and rights within Trust policy. Encouraging and empowering service users to have an optimum level of responsibility for their individual programme of care.

Demonstrating an enhanced understanding of Mental Health signs and symptoms and an understanding of how these may present in practice including recognition of impact on patient presentation and behaviour including risk factors. Supporting and teaching junior staff to develop understanding of mental health signs and symptoms and develop appropriate responses to these in practice.

Recognising and responding appropriately to challenging behaviour in line with Trust policies and training. Leading and coordinating junior staff and the wider care team in the management of difficult situations and de-escalation anddeveloping resilience and strategies to manage, including on leading staff and patient de-briefing sessions.

Demonstrating a depth of knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty and other legislation applicable to the practice area and how they are implemented in practice ensuring adherence to legislation at all times. Teaching junior staff to understand the legal frameworks that support their practice.

Contributing to an effective communication process with appropriate and accurate information to patients, carers, family, friends and colleagues. Engaging and listening carefully and actively, and responding using appropriatelanguage and accessible communication methods and skills. Developing communication skills to enable and support difficult conversations, acknowledging cultural differences and professional boundaries.

Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
  • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Master's degree
Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of researchbased/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
  • Significant relevant clinical experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience as a preceptor / mentor
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
  • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation
  • Experience of taking responsibility for a ward / clinical unit.
  • Experience of engaging / supporting clinical research projects
  • Experience of supporting practice development in clinical areas
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others
  • Forms very effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics; promotes equality and diversity
  • Problem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framework

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