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community mental health nurse

Job Description

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health services and community services for more than one million people in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, Stockport, Trafford, Tameside and Glossop. The Trust’s Headquarters is based in Ashton-under-Lyne, ten miles north east of Manchester city centre.

The Care Quality Commission has rated the quality of services provided by the Trust as 'excellent', which underpins the Trust's vision to become a world-class provider of mental health care. In July 2008 we became the 100th NHS Foundation Trust which provides greater freedom to tailor our future plans to best meet the needs of the communities we serve and be more accountable to local people.

The Trust provides support to all new starters, in patient facing roles bands 1 to 4, to successfully complete the Fundamental Care Certificate standards relevant to their role. The certificate provides knowledge and skills to enable staff to perform safely and effectively.

All new starters to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust who are appointed to a post which requires a Disclosure Barring Certificate check (DBS) will be recharged for the full cost of the check. Substantive staff can choose to spread the cost over their first three months’ salary or, if preferable, pay the full amount from their first months’ salary. Members to the Trust bank must repay the full amount from their first pay. The Trust encourages all staff and bank workers to registered with the DBS update service at an annual cost of £13, for bank members this is obligatory. The cost of an enhanced DBS check is £44 and for a standard check £26, both attract an administration charge of £350.

Community Mental Health Nurse

Adults community mental health team/Clozaril clinic
Borough: Stockport
Band & salary scale: Band 5
Hours of work: 9-5 Monday to Friday, 375 hours per week
Permanent/Fixed term: Permanent.

Service/Ward/Department Summary.
The team consists of Team Leader, Mental Health Practitioners, Social Workers and Support Workers and provides services to adults with enduring mental health problems aged between 16-65 living with a community setting.
The Clozaril clinic is based at stepping hill hospital and operates on a Tuesday and Wednesday. It provides Venepuncture and physical health screening to all clients both outpatient and inpatient in the Stockport locality.
The team consists of a trained phlebotomist, STAR worker and assistant practitioner on site with support from an offsite Team manager and pharmacist.

Role Summary:
This is a duel role. You will spend three days working within an adult community mental health team in Stockport. Working with working age adults as part of an MDT. You will be responsible for a defined caseload and will work closely with service users, their families and other formal and informal services to meet their mental health and care act defined needs.
For the other two days you will be taking a lead with an established Clozaril blood monitoring clinic and will be involved in physical health screening, venepuncture and the overall smooth running of the clinic.
Key Responsibilities of the Post:
 To act as Care coordinator under the supervision of an experienced care coordinator/senior practitioner as appropriate.
 To carry a caseload and work with evidence based interventions to include : Assessment of need of the service user and carer / Formulation of care plan / Implementation of a plan of care for the service user / Assessment and monitoring of risk / To monitor, review and evaluate care in accordance with CPA.
 Work in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, referring agent, family/carer and service user, where appropriate.
 Maintain excellent communication with service users on their health and
social care plan and inform relatives on progress as appropriate.
 Maintain excellent communication and provide guidance to Assistant
Practitioners/support workers as appropriate, on the health and social
care needs of the service user.
 Communicate effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary, multiagency
team involved in the care of the service user.
 To maintain accurate, up-to-date records of all service users referred
and receiving assessment, care treatment and support.
 Ability to provide physical health screening and willingness to undergo
training in venepuncture.
 Ability to delegate tasks and coordinate the safe running of a clinic.
 Promote and maintain confidentiality.
 Promote and adhere to the Trust’s values statement.
 Supervise Assistant Practitioners and support workers as appropriate to
implement elements of the care plan and work within the Clozaril clinic.
 Participate in the administration of controlled drugs according to the
Drug Prescribing Policy and administer all other medication in
accordance with agreed procedures.
 Work flexibly in a service which may progress towards 7 day working.
Key Requirements of the Person Specification:
 Qualified mental health nurse of degree/equivalent experience.
 One years’ post qualifying experience in an area of relevant mental
 Have an understanding of Clozapine treatment and monitoring
 Knowledge of mental health and social care.
 Ability to work as a care co-ordinator, using the care programme
 Ability to carry out physical health checks.
 Able to delegate tasks and lead a shift/clinic.
 Demonstrate good communication and record keeping skills.
 Utilise supervision and the IPDR process.
 Use of your own car and a driving licence.
For further information refer to the full person specification.
Informal Contact Name: Joanne Slater-Lee
Job Title: Team Manager
Contact Number :  ( Phone number removed ) 

The Trust is committed to improving the working lives of our employees. We actively promote equal opportunities, flexible working & staff support

We are committed to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children & vulnerable adults & expect all employees & volunteers to share this commitment. Appointments to regulated activities will require an enhanced DBS disclosure

  • Priority will be given to applications from NHS employees who have an at risk status
  • Applicants will be informed about the progress of their application following shortlisting. Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate the criteria listed in the person specification will be shortlisted for interview.
  • Please note that you will be contacted via email so it is important to check your spam filter, if any mail goes to your junk folder you will need to mark it as safe. Computer access is available via your local Job Centre & Library
  • The Trust reserves the right to close this post once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment
  • Applicants applying for this position who want to be considered under the disability 2 ticks scheme will be guaranteed an interview if they meet the essential criteria on the person specification for the post
  • Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact  ( Phone number removed )  at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post
  • Please consider your application carefully. If you are currently part of a lease car scheme with your current organisation, the Trust is not able to cover the costs of early termination charges
  • Please be aware that we have a strict policy on unsolicited contact from recruitment agencies. Please do not contact Recruiting Managers directly

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

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