Commuinty Mental Health Nurse (Older Adults)

NHS Orkney
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  • Contact: Human Resources
  • Reference: NO20469

An exciting opportunity has arisen in Orkney's integrated Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) for an experienced nurse who would welcome the challenge of working in a beautiful geographical area where there are no in-patient psychiatric beds. The Orkney CMHT provides services to people who are experiencing problems with their mental health, memory deficits and with substance misuse. A vacancy has arisen within the Older Adult area of the integrated Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) for an experienced nurse who would welcome the challenge of working in a beautiful geographical area where there are no in-patient psychiatric beds. The post holder will work as Community Mental Health Nurse alongside a Band 5 Community Mental Health Nurse and Dementia Nurse Specialist, as well as a social worker and social care assistant colleagues. The post holder will also have a close working relationship with the wider integrated mental health team. The team is comprised of Community Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers (Mental Health Officers) an Occupational Therapist; a Psychologist, a visiting Consultant Psychiatrist; Clinical and Applied Associate Psychologists and Support Workers. We offer a service to the whole population of Orkney including people who live on the outlying islands. The post-holder will mainly deliver mental health care and interventions to older adults with mental health conditions and/or Dementia in community settings. The post includes a commitment to out of hours on call rota duties that incorporates providing emergency mental health advice, assessment and support to the whole population of Orkney. The care management of those transferring to inpatient settings constitutes part of this role. The successful candidate will be an RMN with active NMC registration. They will have experience in the management of a designated caseload of clients in the community and evidence of ongoing professional development. Experience of working with older people is essential to this post. They will have a mature and compassionate approach and will be used to working with autonomy and clinical accountability in a recovery focused manner. It is essential that the successful candidate is motivated and innovative in their work and have excellent interpersonal skills and see collaboration as fundamental to safe and individualised care. Recruitment to a qualified Band 6 position is preferred, however there is potential to recruit a Band 5 nurse in a training position who will be offered promotion to Band 6 on successful completion of a comprehensive in house training programme. Lying off the north-east coast of Scotland, between John O'Groats and the Shetland Isles, Orkney is a group of 70 islands and skerries, 17 of these are inhabited. Houses and farms are dotted all over the gently rolling landscape and the sea is never more than a few miles away. The Gulf Stream passes close by giving Orkney a surprisingly temperate climate. Frost and snow are rare, but it is very windy with the landscape dominated by the panoramic skies. There are often dramatic changes in the weather and it is said that you can experience all four seasons in the course of a few hours. The days are short and dark in winter, but in the summer it is possible to read a newspaper or play a round of golf at midnight in the long, light nights of June and July. Rise to the challenge and enjoy the opportunity – Orkney is a wonderful place to live and work and voted the happiest place to live in the UK. Orkney offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, good leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery.

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