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Community Mental Health Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Adult Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Church Rd
Harold Wood
£23,023 - £29,608 pa (plus HCAS)
20/11/2018 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Community Mental Health Nurse (CMHN) working within the Havering Community Recovery Team. This is a multidisciplinary mental health team which includes members of the following groups: Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Support Time & Recovery (STR) workers, and administrative / clerical staff. We work closely with a range of statutory and voluntary partners such as Inpatient Services, Home Treatment Teams, MIND, Richmond Fellowship, and specialist drug and alcohol, personality disorder services and psychological therapies.

CMHNs work as integrated members of the multi-disciplinary team and contribute their unique professional skills, supporting service users to increase their independence and achieve their personal goals while adhering to the principles of Recovery and Social Inclusion. CMHNs measure outcomes and actively develop professional practice through Continuing Professional Development opportunitties. All CMHNs receive professional supervision from a senior CMHN.

NELFT has Foundation Trust status and has acquired new businesses and services, and has expanded to become a very successful organisation with over 7,000 staff, which provides excellent opportunities for professional development, diversification and promotion.

The successful applicant will:

Be currently registered with the NMC.

Have strong clinical reasoning and experience in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing interventions.

Be committed to multidisciplinary work, and be able to work positively to support the manager, Nursing staff, and other team members.

Be required and willing to work in a variety of health settings within NELFT including physical and mental health settings, providing Nursing interventions for children, adults and older adults.

The main responsibilities of the post:

To apply clinical reasoning skills in order to offer Nursing interventions in a range of settings under supervision from a senior CMHN .

To manage frequent distressing clinical interactions with service users with a range of health conditions with support and guidance from colleagues.

Build and maintain excellent communication with other members of the MDT and other agencies, and to promote the CMHN role within the team for the benefit of the service users.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,659 to a maximum of £4,664).

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Alex Brown

Clinical Nurse Lead

Havering Community Recovery Team

Telephone number: 0300 555 1093



Carmel Micheals

Service Manager

Havering Community Recovery Service

Telephone: 0300 555 1093



If you have problems applying, contact

0300 300 1530 option 2