Community Mental Health Practitioner

Job Description

Job overview

We have an exciting new vacancy for a Band 5 Community Mental Health Nurse to join the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EIP). 

 This is a time for transformation where the Early Intervention in Psychosis service is  evolving to meet demand. The team have extended the age range from 35 to 65 years and is offering a number of interventions to service users who are presenting with a first episode of psychosis and their families and carers. The service has a strong ethos of ensuring service users and their families/carers are central to leading their recovery. We are looking for a qualified Nurse with relevant experience, who is motivated to work within and contribute to the continued development of this exciting service.

Main duties of the job

Contributing to assessments in the service users own home and in the team base.

Supporting the Team Function receiving new referrals and providing agreed treatments.

Working effectively within the Community Mental Health Service.

Having excellent knowledge of the Mental Health Act and procedures.

Working effectively with our partners in the Local Authority and Voluntary Services.

Ensuring assessments are comprehensive and informative to aid diagnosis.

Ensuring that all policies and procedures are adhered to.

Ensuring that all referrals are allocated and seen in a timely manner.

Advocating for the service user and working with carers.

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

The band 5 nursing role in the community teams is an important asset to the multi-disciplinary team and a role that will help to shape the delivery of care to clients with long term conditions and complexity of need. The role also offers opportunities in career development, through the use of the band 5 and band 6 development programmes. The development programmes will assist the band 5 to progress in a safe and confident manner to be ready for career progression to a band 6 nurse. Development opportunities also exist for band 6 nurses in Non-medical prescribing, Approved Mental Health Practitioner and more senior position as Team Leaders, Service Managers and Nurse Consultants.

The post holder will achieve this by:-
 Contributing to assessments in the service users own home and in the team base.
 Supporting the Team Function receiving new referrals and providing agreed treatments.
 Working effectively within the Community Mental Health Service
 Having excellent knowledge of the Mental Health Act and procedures
 Working effectively with our partners in the Local Authority and Voluntary Services
 Ensuring assessments are comprehensive and informative to aid diagnosis
 Ensuring that all policies and procedures are adhered to
 Ensuring that all referrals are allocated and seen in a timely manner
 Advocating for the service user and working with carers

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name - Paula McCloskey
Job title - Team Leader
Email address - p.mccloskey@nhs.net
Telephone number - 01227 812390