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Community Mental Health Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Community Mental Health
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Community mental health directorate (variety of teams)
£31,163 - £37,311
Salary period
04/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for Band 5 Mental Health nurses to join our community mental health teams across Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich. 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.

This is an exciting time to join the community mental health directorate with lots of development and initiatives as part of the wider transformation programme. Successful candidates will be part of integrated teams with vacancies in the following areas:

Greenwich intensive case management for psychosis teams

Greenwich Early Intervention team

Greenwich OPMH team

Bromley intensive case management for psychosis

Greenwich ADAPT

Physical health in mental health team

You will be supported to embed and develop in to your role through access to the Oxleas preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and a comprehensive induction and support structure within the community mental health directorate.


Main duties of the job

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:

Managing a caseload

Promoting recovery 

Delivering evidence based interventions including medication management, psychosocial interventions and physical health interventions

Risk assessment and management

Safeguarding procedures


Please see Job description for further details.





Working for our organisation

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 across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across 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

Please note that Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust operates a probationary period.  Further details are available on request.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Managing Caseload
· Significant knowledge, awareness and understanding of Mental Health
Law, including legislation of particular relevance to the community
sector including the Community Care Act (2015) treatment legislation,
the Care Programme Approach (2008), the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
and Community Treatment Orders (CTO).
· Managing own work load as part of the community team (this will be a
reduced/protected case load).
· Co-ordinating care, communicating with other professionals involved in
the care and ensuring regular CPA reviews are held as required. This
will include communication with other teams for example in-patient
services through attendance at ward meetings and with interface
services e.g. Addictions service and CAMHS services where
· Independently carrying out assessment, care planning and care
coordination with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to listen to others’
views, respect and value individuals from a diverse range of
· Meeting with community team members on a regular basis to discuss
report and evaluating client care.
· Ensuring a flexible approach in care provision with focus on choice and
social inclusion opportunities.
· Recognising and escalating concerns about the physical health needs
of service users with long term conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma etc

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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Infection Control
· Understanding and implementing infection control measures in a
community setting.

6. 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.
7. 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
8. 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.
9. 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.
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.

Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • registered mental health nurse
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship

Experience and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Evidence based practice-community mental health
Desirable criteria
  • Experience supervision/mentorship
  • Practice as registered nurse

Skills and abilities

Essential criteria
  • MDT working
  • Assessment
  • risk assessment
  • Evidence based interventions
Desirable criteria
  • Assessments/interventions community mental health

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Mindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerStep into healthVeteran AwareArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Catherine Seabourne
Job title
Head of Nursing- community mental health
Email address
Telephone number
07880 065372