Community Mental Health Nurse/Occupational Therapist

Job Description

If you are energetic, motivated to try innovative ways of working within in a multi-disciplinary team and have clinical skills that encompass urgent mental health interventions then please consider applying.

Join our team which provides a responsive assessment and home treatment service to those experiencing a mental health crisis in the community over the 24 hour period.

We welcome applicants with experience working with people with mental health difficulties and be competent working in the community as part of an MDT.  Our team is currently comprised of a Consultant Psychiatrist, Speciality Doctor, team leaders, CPNs, OTs, Support Time and Recovery workers, and Nursing Associate.  We aim to support clinician's with their professional development, building skills and knowledge through supervision, training and appraisals.

Working collaboratively with Service Users, Carers and other professionals, offering home treatment interventions as an alternative to hospital admission across West Kent.

Main duties of the job

You should be able to work shifts including nights, bank holidays and weekends, and be able to undertake physical interventions training in order to support persons waiting for assessment in the designated Place of Safety.

We welcome applicants with experience working with people with mental health difficulties, and be competent working with individuals in the community as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  Our team is currently comprised of a Consultant Psychiatrist, Speciality Doctor, team leaders, CPNs, OTs, Support Time and Recovery workers, Peer Support Worker and Nursing Associate.

Working for your organisation

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To provide educational support to optimise health and wellbeing; promoting self-care where possible, helping people to make choices about their needs and involve their carers where appropriate.
  • To safely manage and administer medications and monitor their effects.
  • To carry out specific duties relevant to the setting e.g. nurse in charge, medicines clinic management etc.
  • Recording and reporting accurately any changes related to the patient’s current behaviour and/or risks to Nurse/healthcare professional in Charge in a timely manner.
  • Recording care given in a timely manner as per professional and local standards using approved KMPT systems.
  • Supporting and carrying out therapeutic observations as required and instructed.
  • To coordinate and make recommendations to the care plan process
  • To mentor, supervise and line manage staff.
  • To assess, act on and report any safeguarding concerns.
  • Promoting a healthy, safe and secure environment by adhering to Trust statutory health and safety requirements and maintaining confidentiality of information at all times in compliance with Trust policies, procedures, protocols and guidance.
  • Acting as a role model and supporting new team members through demonstration and explanation of tasks and techniques.
  • Facilitating, supporting and assessing staff undergoing personal and/or professional development.
  • Undertake and maintain all essential training to role.
  • Working confidently in a variety of environments according to changing service needs which present different challenges whilst continuing to act in a professional manner.
  • Balancing all aspects of the job role across the 7 day working pattern.
  • Being flexible and responsive to competing demands to ensure safe delivery of services.


  • Supporting patients to function to their optimal ability in their environment. This will range from encouraging self care to providing total physical care depending on the needs of the patient.
  • Maintaining and promoting a safe environment taking account of infection control and identifying and reporting hazards and risks in a timely manner
  • Escorting and transporting patients as required as part of their care plan.
  • Driving unit vehicles as per needs of the service and as individual capabilities allow.
  • Depending on the environment, serving food/assisting with cooking and promoting healthy choices as required to meet individual care plan needs.
  • Working a full range of shifts as per the requirements of the service.  May also be required, at times, to work at other Trust units and/or sites.
  • Physically able to carry out all duties required of the care setting, following successful completion of physical interventions training as required.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name - Juliette Feddon
Job title - Operational Manager
Email address - juliette.feddon@nhs.nbet
Telephone number - 01622 725000