Community Mental Health Nurse – Care Homes

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn Garden City
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,136 max £1,915)
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Join Our Community! Band 6 Community Mental Health Nurses -Hertfordshire

These are new posts dedicated to supporting care home staff to offer non-pharmacological support, alongside the established HPFT community teams and in conjunction with other agencies. The service will be flexible to the needs of the local care homes across the county. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a new part of the service which will evolve and develop as the service becomes established. If you are passionate about quality care of persons with dementia, creating relationships, supporting development and change then this is the position for you. The deal candidate will need to be able to work as part of a team, whilst maintaining autonomy over their work.

The successful candidate will receive up to £120 towards their registration fee, which will be paid upon commencement. This payment will be subject to tax and national insurance deductions.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will part of a small MDT consisting of a CMHN, an OT, an assistant psychologist and a Band 4 support worker based in the MHSOP to support the work with care homes. They will share knowledge and experience of managing dementia and other mental and physical health difficulties commonly found in older people in long term care. The staff will provide close liaison and expert knowledge to assist care homes in managing complex cases. They will support care home staff to provide non-pharmacological approaches to manage symptoms of dementia by informal training, advice and modelling. The staff will support care homes in preventative work with their residents and help increase awareness of alternative approaches which can maintain someone's longer term function. They will support the liaison with other organisations, families, carers and GPs and provide the opportunities for face to face meetings.

At HPFT our staff are our most important resource and we offer:

o a thorough induction to your role and team

o regular, good quality supervision

o access to Lead Nurse for your area promoting professional development

o a range of developmental opportunities to support you to grow in your profession and your practice

o the opportunity to apply to work flexibly so that you can balance your work with your life outside work

o strong values - we're a welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional organisation

We will consider both full time and part time applicants.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

For full details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role please refer to the job description and person specification documents attached.

Person Specification Qualifcations Essential
  • Dip/BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing and RMN registration
  • Preceptorship and Mentorship training
  • ENB 812/BSc in Specialist Community Nursing Practice (Mental Health)
Experience Essential
  • A minimum of one year of post-registration experience in acute or community mental health setting(s), including delivering evidence-based care.
  • Experience of working in crisis situations and emotionally demanding environments.
  • Experience of teaching / training others.
Knowledge Essential
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues, strategic frameworks and current guidelines regarding the range of presenting problems in adult community mental health.
  • Understanding of complex methods of assessment and treatment relevant to community mental health
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to formulate community care plans, based on relevant models.
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)

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