Full Time

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Posted 2 months ago by DHS Recruitment
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Job Description


Provide specific high quality and comprehensive psychiatric nursing interventions to allocated service users and their relatives/carers.


This job description is intended to provide an outline of the key tasks and responsibilities only. There may be other duties required of the post holder commensurate with the position. The responsibilities may be amended, after discussion with the post holder, to take into account the development of both the post and the practice. All members of staff should be prepared to take on additional duties or relinquish existing duties in order to maintain the effective running of the practice.



  • To liaise with General Practitioners to develop and maintain multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working
  • To assess care needs, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care
  • To develop a register of Patients which are Mild Moderate and Severe and to keep up to date with New Patients joining the Practice list
  • To participate in redesign of service so that patients can be reviewed by CPN safely rather than by a GP and have a review on a yearly basis with GP if required
  • To review patients with Mental Health issues on a regular basis at the clinics.
  • To look at their prescribing and also review their PHQ9 forms.
  • To look at GP targets in area of Mental Health


  • Maintain high standards of care, working with service users to ensure their individuality and dignity is maintained at all times, while promoting independence
  • Ensure that each patient in his/her care receives an individual assessment and regularly updated care plan which is formulated with the service user
  • Ensure that information regarding the service user’s needs and progress are communicated promptly and accurately to other people involved in their care, having due regard for confidentiality
  • Use a Behavioural Family Therapy approach to care for service users where appropriate
  • Ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005 are met and that service user’s rights under the Acts are upheld
  • Facilitate open and harmonious communication amongst staff within the team, as well as other teams and agencies, with the aim of promoting multi-disciplinary approaches to care
  • Work as CPA Care Co-ordinator to service users where required
  • Provide information and support for service users and families
  • Liaise closely with other statutory and voluntary agencies where required


  • Assist with the education of learners of all professions both formally and informally
  • Wherever appropriate, assist in health promotion initiatives
  • Assist with formal and informal educational activities for users and carers


  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of the Departmental Policies and Procedures and apply them as necessary
  • Particular attention is drawn to the post-holders’ personal responsibility for the maintenance of patient confidentiality and adherence to local Health and Safety Policies
  • Liaise with the Community Mental Health Team
  • Utilise all available resources efficiently and effectively
  • Maintain up to date nursing records on the IT system using EMIS templates to record contacts
  • Provide statistical information as required – part of the formation of Registers
  • To assist with the setting, monitoring and evaluation of standards
  • Encourage positive mental health in consumers of the service
  • Giving of extensive psychiatric nursing intervention and psychological care and advice


  • To identify any risks involved in work activities and report them to the Practice Manager
  • To adhere to all client policies and procedures at all times
  • To use computers safely and appropriately
  • To report any breaches of policies and procedures to the Community Services Manager immediately


  • Participate in staff development reviews as required
  • Keep up to date with professional nursing issues and developments in Mental Health
  • Maintain practice development, both research and evidence based
  • Assist in identifying personal training needs and participate in appropriate training programme to meet these
  • Participate in the process of clinical and managerial supervision with the nominated supervisor on a regular basis
  • To practice within the NMC Code of Practice
  • To be conversant with and practice within the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and their Codes of Practice
  • Participate in self and Trust Development plans
  • Be prepared to attend in service training and other appropriate course.


  • To report any complaints, significant events or breaches that occur to the Community Services
  • Personal Development
  • To take responsibility for own developmental learning and performance.
  • To participate in DMC appraisal scheme.
  • To actively participate in ongoing one to one meetings with line manager to review development and performance.
  • To attend educational and other meetings as required.
  • To undertake training as required including mandatory and statutory training, core skills training and ongoing developmental training.
  • Assess own learning needs and undertake learning as required.
  • To take responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal development.
  • To asses own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision.
  • To contribute to the effectiveness of the provisions of services.
  • To effectively manage own time, workload and resources.
  • To perform to the best of your ability.