Job DescriptionRegistered Mental Health Nurse, Community Psychiatric Nurse or Learning Disability Nurse for ‘Pathway Navigator’ Role
(Full or Part Time)
Assertive Community Transitions Service for Secure Mental Health Patients
Location: Northampton or Leicester
Job Level: Career Level B / Professional (Equivalent to NHS Band 5 or 6)
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare
St Andrew’s Healthcare is a charity with an excellent and well-deserved reputation as a provider of specialist mental healthcare. We transform the lives of people with the greatest mental health needs and have a reputation for managing highly challenging patients. Throughout our 180 year history we have helped some of society’s most vulnerable people and today we proudly continue to build world-class mental healthcare services. Our commitment to holistic care, safety, recovery and innovative therapies and treatment makes St Andrew’s the perfect place to take your career to a new level.
We have been asked by NHS England to pilot a new ‘Assertive Community Transitions Service’ for the southern part of the East Midlands region (Northamptonshire and Leicestershire). This will help expedite the safe discharge of forensic mental health hospital patients into the East Midlands, and provide an intensive, individualized support programme for them in order to make this transition smooth and to allow their reintegration into the community to work successfully for all.
To do this, a dedicated multi-disciplinary team is being formed to work with and alongside existing support teams including mental health hospital staff, community forensic services, local mental health teams, substance misuse support services, local housing providers, plus other community agencies and third sector providers. The shared aim will be to reduce lengths of hospital stay for patients, unblock any barriers to smooth and effective community step-down, bring support, confidence and self-help tools to patients that will help them settle in their communities, and intensively work with patients and all other stakeholders to minimize any relapses or need for hospital readmission.
This full time role (though part time will also be considered) will suit experienced Registered Mental Health Nurses, Community Psychiatric Nurses or Learning Disability Nurses of NHS band 5 or band 6 equivalent level. It will be an essential part of the MDT effort to prepare forensic patients for and support their transition from secure hospital into the community. The role will work with patient’s pre, during and post discharge, helping them acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to settle, work in and make contributions to the community in which they will live.
The post holder will champion each case and navigate the patient’s pathway out of secure care. They will contribute to the development of bespoke patient plans, work on the daily living skill needs of individual patients, interface between patients’ clinical teams and community teams, contribute to the production of forensic risk assessments, liaise with other agencies and parties involved in the discharge process, and generally co-ordinate the strands of a patient’s care that will need to come together for transition to be successful. Patient support and interventions will continue as intensively as necessary once the discharge has taken place until it is clear that the patient is settled and functioning well.
There will also be a need to play a part in a Crisis Response service during the working week and potentially occasionally at weekends/evenings.
You will be a professionally qualified Registered Mental Health Nurse, Community Psychiatric Nurse or Learning Disability Nurse, with experience of the needs of recovering forensic mental health hospital patients, as well as knowledge of community step-down and the stakeholders and agencies involved.
Above all, you will be passionate about advocating for your patients and bringing together all people and resources that will allow their pathway to the community to be navigated quickly and successfully.
You will need to have a driving license and access to a car for travel in Leicestershire and/or Northamptonshire, with occasional visits to Nottingham too. Car expenses will be reimbursed.
If this sounds like you then we’d love you to apply here. If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about this role please contact Tony Griffiths on 01604 616267
Closing Date: Sunday 3rd November 2019
Interviews: W/C 11th or 18th November 2019