Community Mental Health Nurse | Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 27-Mar-23

Closing Date: 26-Apr-23

Location: Erith, DA8 3EE

Salary: Not specified

Community Mental Health Nurse | Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

We have an exciting opportunity for Band 5 Mental Health nurse to join our community mental health team in Bexley ICMP. As a registered nurse you will be responsible for promoting and delivering evidence-based care and interventions to service users and their families in their own homes and community settings.

Please see Job description for full details.

As a Registered Nurse working in a community setting you will work under the supervision of a Registered Mental Health Professional to promote and deliver evidence-based care for service users with mental health conditions in their own homes and within a variety of accommodation settings. Specific interventions and duties will vary according to the team and will be explained during induction.

Core duties include:

1 Medication management including , depot administration
1. Promoting Recovery
2. Risk Assessment and Risk Management
3. Safeguarding and Duty of Candour

Oxleas – About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children’s centres, schools and people’s homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
• We’re Kind
• We’re Fair
• We Listen
• We Care

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1: Medication Management
· Administering and monitoring the side effects of medication according
to NMC professional standards.
· Having knowledge of medication used in a community setting and side
· Giving medication including IMI to the right patient, right medication,
right dose, right route, and right time and giving the right education to
· Ordering and appropriately storing medication in a community setting

2: Promoting Recovery
· Encouraging and empowering service users to have an optimum level
of responsibility for their individual programme of care and with their
consent, where appropriate, seeking the cooperation of friends,
relatives and carers – following ‘recovery’ principles and approaches.
· Supporting service users to adopt recovery strategies that promote
their wellbeing, healthy lifestyle, independence and self-care.

1. Risk Assessment and Risk Management
· Reporting any incident or Serious Untoward Incidents that may take
place in a community setting and provide reports and accurate records
relating to the incident.
· Working safely to ensure safe custody of medicines, sharps, and
clinical equipment in a community setting; and reporting of all incidents
following Trust Policy.
· Recognising and responding appropriately to “self-harm and suicide
prevention” with particular regard to the risks in community settings, in
line with Trust policies and training guidelines.
· Understanding and working within the boundaries of the Lone Working
Policy and awareness of Personal Safety in a community setting,
including clear and updated communication with colleagues.
· Responding to urgent situations, emergencies or crises using protocols
specific to the local community setting.
2. Safeguarding and Duty of Candour
· Understanding and implementing safeguarding procedures in a
community setting; recognising, reporting and investigating
safeguarding issues and raising safeguarding alerts if you suspect that
a service user and/or carer has been exposed to harm or abuse.
· Understanding and implementing Duty of Candour with regard to the
particular issues in a community setting.
3. Infection Control
· Understanding and implementing infection control measures in a
community setting.
4. Communication and Collaboration
· Preparing and providing reports on information and statistics as
required relating to case load, regularity of visits and details of contact
with clients and families.
· Communicating/liaising effectively with relevant agencies to ensure that
an integrated programme of care is provided throughout.
· Advising families on prevention of illness and accidents in a community
setting within own level of competency.
· Liaising with other Health Care Professionals, Statutory and /or
Voluntary Agencies to address the needs of service user.
· Working closely with relevant professionals identifying health needs of
the practice population and support the development of services in
response to those needs.
· Participating in team, locality and Trust initiatives as required and
promoting the strategic aims and objectives of the service, Nursing
strategy and other relevant quality improvement initiatives in the
· Actively contributing to clinical or governance reviews of the team’s
activity and the monitoring of performance in line with trust directives
and audit programmes in the community.
· Documenting according to Trust policy, write in plain language,
avoiding jargon and use of acronyms.
5. Legislation
· Demonstrating awareness and understanding of relevant and up-todate
Mental Health Law of particular relevance in community settings;
ensuring adherence to legislation at all times.
· Having knowledge of the legal requirements of the Mental Health Act,
Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Programme Approach, Deprivation of
Liberty, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Community Treatment
6. Understanding of the admission and discharge procedure
· Completing referral forms as necessary

Networking/liaising across the teams such as Transition of clients from
CAMHS into Working Age Adult team or from WAA to Older adult.

10. Administration and Leadership
· Ensuring IT literacy skills are appropriate to the service requirements to
maintain electronic patient’s records, write reports and letters in a
community setting.
· Engaging in practice reflection through the utilization of clinical
supervision and reflective practice groups, and to contribute to the
delivery of clinical supervision to junior staff where appropriate.
· Ability to fulfil all the requirements of the role (including physical) and if
unable to then reasonable adjustments may need to be made either to
your role or place of work to ensure safety of self, staff and patients.

This advert closes on Friday 14 Apr 2023

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