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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/04/2022.

Community Mental Health Nurse

Job Reference: J11-A-21-36406

NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers
Placement (Ref 518)
Upton, Slough
Band 7

The post holder will work as an active member of the Home Treatment Team within the Older People’s Mental Health services in the Locality.

The post holder will take responsibility for the assessment and implementation of intensive care and treatment in the home of people with mental health needs, as well as people with dementia.

The post holder is a highly skilled professional practitioner with experience and specialist knowledge of the care of older people with mental health problems and mental health crises. They will be employed by NHSP for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as the provider of mental health services in Berkshire.

Location/Base: Upton Hospital, Slough

Length of Placement:Starting ASAP

Shifts/Hours: Ranging over 7 days, hours can vary between either 09:00 to 17:00 or 11:00 to 19:00.

Band 7 Rate -

Day Rate - £24.60 per hour

Night/Sat Rate - £31.65 per hour

Sun/Bank Holiday Rate - £38.68 per hour

Length of Role: Starting ASAP For 3 Months



  • To manage and be responsible for the mental health care of an allocated caseload of patients.
  • To undertake comprehensive initial assessments in a range of settings following acceptance of referral, taking into account the persons physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
  • To develop and implement an agreed plan of care with the service user and where appropriate, include the views of families and carers.
  • To provide a fast and flexible response to care needs, responding to referrals in a timely manner and providing intensive treatment (up to four times daily).
  • To identify and select from a range of health, social and voluntary agencies which could assist and improve the care of individuals and their families.
  • To initiate and carry out the agreed treatment plan.
  • To monitor and evaluate the agreed care plan, making adjustments as appropriate in collaboration with the wider team by reporting in review or CPA meetings.
  • To have knowledge of a variety of therapeutic interventions including short term problem solving, crisis intervention and basic CBT techniques.
  • To develop expertise in one specific area of therapeutic skills.
  • To develop and maintain effective liaison and communication with members of the Primary Care Team, Local Authority, Voluntary organisations on matters relating to patient care.
  • To participate actively in Service Development to enhance the nursing contribution and quality of care.
  • To develop and lead relevant education programmes for formal and informal carers as a means of enhancing standards of care in the locality.
  • To provide specialist consultation and advice on issues relating to the care of older people with mental health problems to other professionals within the wider care community such as residential homes, extra care housing, day centres etc.
  • Ensure the correct application of CPA and Mental Health Clinical Risk policies and procedures.

To assist with triage of new referrals to the team and to signpost as required.



  • RMN/Equivalent Professional Qualification
  • 2 Years post registration
  • Experience of working with older people with mental health needs
  • Experience of dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Community working experience desirable

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Good assessment and clinical reasoning skills
  • Able to maintain professional boundaries and conduct
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal & written communication
  • Ability to prioritise & manage demanding workload
  • Ability to deal with sensitive issues & manage conflict situations
  • Presentation and teaching skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and within a team
  • Intervention & outcome monitoring skills
  • Ability to manage stress
  • Able to work unsocial hours
  • Supportive approach to colleagues and service users
  • Car driver with use of a vehicle for work purposes


NHS Professionals (NHSP), owned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), works in partnership with hospital trusts to provide a bank of highly skilled temporary workers who want to work flexibly within the NHS.

Working through the NHSP bank means Trusts do not have to rely on expensive agencies. Right now, we have over 130,000 members registered on our bank from various roles, grades, and specialities, saving the NHS over £70 million each year. This money is then reinvested back into the NHS.


As an equal opportunities organisation, NHSP is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective bank members and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership. We believe there is a strong case for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply.

Please note that you will be contacted via e-mail throughout the recruitment process, so please check your e-mails regularly.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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