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Forensic Community Psychiatric Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Nurse, Community mental health nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
FOLS is a community-based service in Sussex providing support to individuals with mental health issues related to their offending/risk behaviour. Based in West Sussex, the focus of this exciting role will be to provide support in the community to a small caseload.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic individual, able to demonstrate a strong sense of initiative, adapting to any given situation, who works well as part of a team with a friendly caring attitude and sense of humour. As Lead Practitioner, you will carry out specialist assessments, devise robust risk management plans, whilst implementing bespoke interventions. The role encompasses working as an experienced clinician with service users and also skills in leadership, supervision, service development and improvement. Your role will be diverse; work is varied, fast paced and demanding, so the post holder must be flexible in their practices. We ask you to be committed to delivering a quality service and you are passionate in developing/improving service provision.

We offer training opportunities whilst you are working in a supportive environment within a specialised team, regular supervision and support, opportunities for continued professional development including bespoke CPD. We will ensure you have a suitable induction period, with training provided according to your needs, along with support and weekly reflective practice from an experienced MDT. We support the option to lease a trust car in our service.

Main duties of the job

You will be employed as Band 6 Forensic Community Psychiatric nurse with a full-time substantive contract within the FOLS team and covering Bognor /Chichester/Littlehampton areas.

You will be working with patients with offending behaviours, this will include those on restriction orders under the Ministry of justice.

You will provide support with transition from secure hospital into the community

You will be a Lead Practitioner holding a case load and providing a specialised range of clinical interventions.

You will monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.

You will undertake clinical assessment, formulation, intervention, hold CPA reviews

To assess and manage ongoing risks as identified during the assessment, ensuring that this is done in collaboration with the service user and carers

To regularly review risk and feedback to the MDT

To offer specialist nursing assessment and advice where required.

You will adhere to the team and Trust's lone-working policies at all times

About us

About the Trust:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities

To be a core member of the team, using specialist assessments.

To provide a highly specialised range of clinical interventions relevant to the care group and have knowledge of evidence-based models of practice.

To manage a caseload of clients with complex needs.

To work in partnership with the individual service user and their families and careers as appropriate to ensure the delivery of the care plan, and to enable the development of a plan to facilitate their safety, promote their well-being and support their independence and inclusion in the community, by using recognised age appropriate self-management tools where applicable This may include working closely with partner agencies ,voluntary sector agencies, , MAPPA ,which may be able to more appropriately help the service user complete these tools.

To administer and monitor medication prescribed to individual service users, providing information and advice.

To discuss with the service user and when appropriate, with their careers, their health problems and how they see and understand them, facilitating a process of developing their understanding and maintaining their hope for the future.

Pay Band: AFC B6 (and travel expenses are paid according to AFC)

FOLS operational hours Monday to Friday 9-5 37.5 hrs per week

This role requires enhanced DBS clearance prior to an employment offer.

If you would like to discuss the post further please contact the team's Service Manager Maria Alvey 07876 745542

Acting Team Leader Christina Silver 07391016134

Marisa Marrocco Clinical Nurse Specailist 07776 465279

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse with current registration [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualifying experience in the relevant care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with complex health problems in the designated care group
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Previous experience of working in the community

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