Community Mental Health Nurse (Band 5 Development Role)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Apr 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 further information.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Pre-graduate mental health nurse in the final six months of their training or a graduate mental health nurse who is pending their PIN or a Registered Mental Health Nurse .
  • Willingness to undertake further training relevant to the B5 development programme.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of mental health nursing either in inpatient or community setting.
Knowledge Essential
  • oKnowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983), Mental Capacity At (2005) & the Care Act (2014.
  • oUnderstanding of the principles of the recover model and Care Programme Approach
  • oUp to date knowledge of the current approaches to mental health nursing.
  • oUp to date knowledge of the issues that impact individuals and carers affected by mental health and / or cognitive impairment (where applicable)
  • oKnowledge and understanding of safeguarding adults and children.
  • oUnderstanding of the key themes of clinical governance and evidence based practice.
  • oKnowledge and understanding of equal opportunities policies and practice and how they affect staff, service users and carers.
  • oHuman Rights Act 1998.
Skills Essential
  • oGood verbal and written communication skills.
  • oAbility to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care using evidence based approaches
  • oAbility to prioritise workload.
  • oExcellent time management skills
  • oAbility to work autonomously and independently.
  • oAbility to be innovative in practice. Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • oGood IT skills.
  • oAbility to engage with people with serious mental health problems in a holistically

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