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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/12/2020.

Psychosocial Nurse

Job Reference: 222-LS-CARMHS-51-A

West London NHS Trust
Nursing and Midwifery Registered
Cassel Nursing, Richmond
£24,907 - £30,615 pa plus HCAS

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring and our forensic services.

We are here to care for people with mental and physical illness, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries, care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Our physical healthcare services include intermediate care services in Ealing as part of the Community Independence Service partnership.

Our national, specialist and forensic services include:

  • Medium secure services on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing
  • Services for people with complex and severe personality disorder at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond
  • High secure services at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire

We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

A Great Opportunity has arisen for a Nurse to work at the renowned Cassel Hospital
We are looking for skilled and passionate Band 5 Nurses, both experienced and newly qualified, to join our dedicated team at The Cassel Inpatient Service. This appointment would be for 1 year on fixed term or Secondment.

The Cassel Hospital in Richmond, Surrey, is a National Tier 4 Specialist Service for adults and young people with severe and complex personality disorder. The Cassel is a long-established centre of excellence and provides intensive psychosocial inpatient treatments and therapies.

In 2021 we celebrate 100 years of being open. We have a Block contract arrangement for patients from England and also take referrals from other parts of the UK and Ireland. Patients from Greater London can step down into the community-based Outreach Service following a period of in-patient treatment. The approach is psychotherapeutic and psychosocial, based on psychoanalytic and Therapeutic Community principles.

We provide a wide and flexible range of professional support and offer the following types of treatment:
- Psychosocial nursing in a living-learning environment
- Individual and/or group psychoanalytic psychotherapy
- Family and couple work
- Social work support
- Pharmacotherapy
- Psychosocial education
- Education and voluntary work
- Social, creative & physical activities
- Regular reviews of treatment.

We pride ourselves on:
- An environment which encourages and supports further training and personal development
- 1:1 and Group Supervision
- Reflective Practice
- Working in a truly multi-disciplinary team
- An opportunity to work alongside an Expert by Experience
- An established and robust research base with on-going evaluation of the Cassel’s treatment outcomes
- Meaningful work, in partnership with patients, with shared responsibility for their treatment and their recovery.

The Inpatient Service is a non-restrictive, open environment and the Outreach Service is based on group work in the community. All patients are in treatment voluntarily and both nurses and patients work alongside each other with the core of the therapy being relational. Nurses at the Cassel are expected to be able to work in both services however rotation from one service to another are carefully planned as consistency for the patients is vital.

As a new joiner, you will continue with post-graduate education, autonomous practice as well as learning and growing as part of a unique, experienced and dynamic multi-disciplinary team.

We are seeking to recruit a Band 5 Nurse.
The requirement for the Band 5 post is:
- To have had experience as a student or in other disciplines of working with people who experience severe and complex personality disorder
- Willingness to undertake further training in the following specialities; Therapeutic Communities, Therapeutic Enabling Environments, Psychosocial Nursing, Psychodynamic Practice and/or Personality Disorders.

We will be holding a group assessment and individual interviews on the same day, as well being available for informal chats, and we will be in a position to inform you that you have been successful on the day.

We would encourage you to call for more information and an informal visit for ½ a day, please contact Amanda Mackenzie, Senior Nurse. Tel. 0208 483 2900.


Application closing date: 25/11/2020
Interview dates: 11/12/2020


For further details / informal visits contact:

NameAmanda MackenzieJob titleSenior Nurse.Email addressAmanda.Mackenzie@wlmht.nhs.ukTelephone number0208 483 2900Additional contact information

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At West London we look after patients who are vulnerable. Each year, seasonal flu affects thousands of people in the UK. Occurring mainly in winter, it is an infectious respiratory disease capable of producing symptoms ranging from those similar to the common cold, through to the very severe or even fatal disease.

The wellbeing of our staff and patients is of the utmost importance to us, and it is the expectation of the Trust that all patient-facing staff have an annual flu vaccination, provided free of charge by the Trust

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications. If you do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

All staff identified as at-risk and who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly.

We offer Relocation packages for some positions (including Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses) - a relocation allowance of up to £8000 is offered for those who meet a required criteria.

Registered Nurses are required to produce their current NMC Revalidation documents/Portfolio at the assessment centre for verification, unless you are a newly qualified nurse from University.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to West London NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment check which can take between 4-8 weeks. After which your information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Please ensure you include professional email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults, eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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