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Community Mental Health Nurse Band 5

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year p.a.
Closing date
1 Apr 2023

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Nurse, Old age mental health nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust are seeking to recruit a Band 5 Community Mental Health Nurse to work in Bridport for the Community Mental Health Team for Older People and join our well established team.

If you are a RMN with experience working with people suffering severe mental illness whether this be inpatient or community based we would love to hear from you.

This is a development post, please see competency profile with the band 5 and band 6 job description attached.

The Service is a specialist team providing assessment, treatment and support for individuals suffering from organic and functional mental health illness. Experience of working with older adults with organic / functional mental illness in an inpatient or community setting would be an advantage.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and hard-working, with a positive approach to delivering high quality care to the older adult and be willing to work collaboratively with carers and other professionals. You will carry a defined caseload and manage this with the support of the more experienced CPN's, team leader and the wider MDT.

The post holders will work as part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary team. This team is made up of a Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Nursing staff and Support Time Recovery Workers.

Main duties of the job

The primary role responsibility is to act as dedicated Care Coordinator for a caseload of patients with whom you would provide person centred, holistic care to assist in aiding their wellbeing and recovery.

There will be opportunities for you to develop your own clinical assessment skills, whilst risk assessment and management will remain at the forefront of everything you do. We work with a multitude of services across the Bridport and Lyme Regis area to ensure the mental health needs of the older adult population is met.

We are looking for someone who is reliable, committed and motivated with excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to prioritise their caseload balancing service demands.

In return we are ready to offer you comprehensive and structured management supervision, management you can approach any time and peer support which is second to none.

Being a learning organisation, we are also happy to support you in advancing your own skill set using additional learning opportunities such and NMP, ACP, and psychological therapies etc depending upon organisational and service demand.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

The trust has a robust Crisis and Home Treatment Team and Intermediate Care Service for Dementia (ICSD), both based in Rural West Dorset. Additional support is provided by the local mental health charity with peer run drop in centres and education courses.

This post has become available at a very exciting time with changes to leadership within the service. Significant investment has been made available to review and reconfigure Community Mental Health Services and this is taking place right now via the Mental Health Integrated Community Care Project (MMHICC). Within this post you will have the opportunity to participate in the project shaping of our future services.

The team is based at Bridport Community Hospital in Bridport and covers a thriving and diverse seaside community in the beautiful West Dorset area. You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as they will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £40 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments. This will only apply to candidates who are new to the Trust and not internal staff.

Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service and are able to present a valid DBS certificate will not incur a charge.

For further details or to arrange an informal socially distanced visit; please contact Susan Gibson/Lyn Coleman on 01308 426281. We look forward to hearing from prospective candidates.

Person Specification Through Application Essential
  • Valid registration with the appropriate professional body e.g. NMC
  • One years experience
IT Essential
  • Competent computer skills experience inputting information on RIO
  • Good IT skills and use of clinical systems
Application Essential
  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care.
  • Skills in managing complex cases
Legal Essential
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2007 Use of assessment tools/ techniques
  • Working knowledge of MCA and DolS

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