Community Mental Health Nurse (Band 5 Development Role)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

The Mid Bedfordshire Mental Health team have created a Band 5 Community Mental Health Nurse development position to support newly qualified nurses to build their competencies in the community in preparation for a Band 6 CMHN role.

Successful candidates will be employed as a Band 5 nurse and will be supported and supervised by our newly appointed Band 7 senior nurse in parallel with the ELFT nurse preceptorship programme over a nine to twelve month period.

Nurses who have gradated though the development programme will be encouraged to apply for a Band 6 role through a ring fenced interview process.

You will work in our multi-disciplinary recovery focused community mental health team and will be a core member of the multi-disciplinary team; participating in the provision of high quality mental health care for people who present with severe and enduring mental health problems.

You will provide treatment within the established care pathways that ensure the best outcomes for the people who use our services; with a focus on recovery and promoting independence.

You must have experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems as part of your training and/or preregistration experience and have a commitment and genuine interest to support individuals to meet their recovery needs within the community.

Main duties of the job

You will carry out the role of a named nurse, under the direct guidance and supervision of our Band 7 senior nurse. This will involve assessments, developing and implementing agreed care plans, reviewing the care provided, identifying risks and working with the patient to establish plans to mitigate risk, while responding to any emerging crises. You will be instrumental in providing psycho-education, mental state monitoring, relapse prevention work and offering advice and guidance on issues that may impact on someone's physical health.

You will be required to support the Duty rota and depot clinic rota, while jointly working an identified caseload where you will need to ensure a high standard of professionalism and conduct which is consistent with best practice.

In the role, you will liaise with Primary Care services, the Voluntary and Private Sector and contribute to providing a recovery focused model of care. You will play an active role in the discharge of our service users from hospital and will commission health and social care services as required.

Your role will be to ensure the service provided by the team is well organised, evidence based, recovery focused, socially inclusive and person centred, with clear outcomes.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy for more information.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oProfessional Qualification - Nursing,
  • oInformation and Communication Technology literacy.
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working in Mental Health or Social Care.
  • oExperience of Recovery Focused interventions.
  • oExperience of using Information and Communication Technology to deliver clinical practice.
  • oExperience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • oExperience of working within a community setting
  • oExperience of managing a full caseload.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oAbility to apply recovery values and principles in day to day work.
  • oSkills in assessing needs and setting goals.
  • oSkills in planning, implementing and evaluating care.
  • oEffective communication skills, verbal and written.
  • oAbility to respond flexibly to the demands of the service.
  • oAbility to maintain professional boundaries and work effectively with service users, colleagues and other agencies.
  • oHave a positive attitude to learning and personal development.
  • oAble to work autonomously
  • oAbility to manage a caseload.
  • oAbility to empower service users to draw from their strengths and assets, and identify solutions.
Other Essential
  • oUnderstanding and commitment to the values and principles of Recovery.
  • oUnderstanding and commitment to delivering Key Performance Indicators.
  • oUnderstanding and commitment to delivering quality care in line with national monitoring e.g. CQC
  • oUnderstandingof statutory responsibilities e.g. Safeguarding Children.
  • oUnderstanding and commitment to Equality and Diversity.

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