Community Psychiatric Nurse

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to work for a supportive, person - centred service that offers multiple opportunities for professional training and development and offers an excellent service to clients?

If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community Mental Health Nurse to join the North Staffordshire Wellbeing Service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) to provide psychological assessment and treatment for clients with a wide range of mental health problems that are suitable for treatment within primary care.

We are a friendly and welcoming NHS service in North Staffordshire and we offer assessment and treatment for the population of Newcastle under Lyme and the North Staffordshire Moorlands locality.

We value our team members and have regular monthly team meetings and team days. This gives our staff the opportunity to meet with colleagues and to support each other. We also have staff wellbeing champions within the service that strive to support this ethos that underpins the service.

Post-holders will receive specialist in-house clinical skills training to provide structured, problem-focused Cognitive Behavioural Assessments, and to explain evidence-based models of psychological therapies for all specific anxiety disorders and depression in adherence with NICE guidelines.

Main duties of the job

As a Community Mental Health Nurse, you will provide a central role in supporting the IAPT service by screening new referrals via our self-referral telephone helpline / web referral facility, delivering assessments, making decisions on suitability/allocation, providing psycho-education and signposting/referring clients to partner services as appropriate.

The post-holder will work alongside IAPT psychological therapists, and aside from delivering IAPT assessments, will carry a caseload of clients for treatment/support who do not meet the criteria for IAPT psychological treatment, but whose needs can be managed in primary care. There is a comprehensive care pathway within the service for these clients that has a focus upon Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). The Community Mental Health Nurses are encouraged to undertake basic and advanced training for this therapy and current team members offer this intervention regularly to their clients. There are other training opportunities available for team members who have an interest in developing other evidence based therapeutic interventions in primary care mental health.

About us

We are a multidisciplinary team consisting of CBT Therapists, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Interpersonal Therapists, Counsellors and Community Mental Health Nurses. We are committed to staff development, and these posts offer great opportunity for ambitious individuals looking to further their careers within an excellent IAPT service, covering some of the most beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park.

As the service is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and the wide geographical area of North Staffordshire, including the Leek Moorlands, some travel between sites is required, therefore, a driving license is advantageous.

This is a permanent full-time post within the North Staffordshire Wellbeing Service.

Job description Job responsibilities

Applicants will need to have a core RMN professional qualification, and post-qualification experience, preferably in both inpatient and community settings, but this is not essential.

To act as named nurse for a specific group of clients and provide care under the supervision of the caseload manager. To conduct assessments and to deliver specific therapeutic interventions to this group of clients and to liaise with other professionals regarding progress and outcomes.

To ensure that practice remains abreast of new developments and to develop and maintain standards and implement change in respect of this.

To liaise with other professionals and agencies both statutory and non-statutory and to provide a link between hospital and community and/or primary and secondary services.

To operate a duty role in the screening of referrals and allocation for assessment. To provide support and guidance to colleagues over issues of risks and/ or complex clinical presentation To act as named nurse with responsibility for the assessment, planning and delivery of care to the identified patient group.

To act as a Change Agent and actively seek to develop practice

To develop relationships and strengthen links and liaise between the different care providers.

Knowledge of CBT principles in treating anxiety disorders and depression would be an advantage.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN qualification
  • Diploma equivalent qualification in sphere of professional practice
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of post registration experience
  • Experience of user and carer involvement working
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of various approaches to mental health assessment
  • Awareness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Behavioural Family Therapy

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