Community Psychiatric Nurse

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 assessment and home treatment interventions then please consider applying.

The team provides a responsive assessment and home treatment service to those experiencing an acute mental health crisis in the community. You will be expected to work collaboratively with Service Users, Carers and other professionals, offering home treatment interventions as an alternative to hospital admission across the areas of Ashford and the South Kent Coast.

This is an exciting and challenging position for those with experience in the field of mental health.

You will need to have access to a vehicle and have car business insurance, be prepared 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.

Main duties of the job

  • To work collaboratively with MDT members to contribute to a flexible and effective interdisciplinary team approach to clinical care.
  • To effectively establish a therapeutic relationship with service users and their relatives/carers.
  • To assess capacity and obtain informed consent from service users and work within a legal framework with those clients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • In conjunction with colleagues to undertake, record, review and work within individual risk assessment and management plans in line with service and Trust policy.
  • To provide mental health assessment of clients with acute mental health needs, clearly assessing and managing risks.
  • To ensure service users are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans wherever possible.
  • To adapt practice to meet individual service users’ circumstances, including regard for cultural and linguistic differences

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

  • Working with service users referred to Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Service
  • To screen and work with all newly referred service users experiencing acute mental health crisis providing assessment or short term interventions until crisis is resolved.
  • To provide short-term specific psychosocial interventions for those who would benefit from crisis interventions
  • To contribute to the planning and implementation of induction, training and education of students and staff.
  • To contribute to the delivery of specialist/ professional training packages of in-service training and staff development when necessary.
  • To fulfil the role of mentor/practice educator, maintaining own update training and ensuring responsibility for regular placement provision and ensuring supervision and written assessment of students whilst on placement.
  • To assist the band 7 senior practitioner by identifying personal and professional training needs in order to appropriately plan for future training and development.
  • To provide effective supervision, support, and guidance for support /STR/ peer workers and any work delegated to them.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Jennifer Wheeler
Job title
Operational team manager
Email address
Telephone number
01227 812211