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My role involves undertaking comprehensive assessment of clients in the community and liaising with members of the multidisciplinary team and non-statutory agencies. I plan, implement and evaluate clients care plans with a person centred approach including families and cares were appropriate. Risk assessment and risk management plans are a fundamental part of my role, this involves positive risk taking.
Registered Mental Health Nurse (Part 3 of NMC Register)
3 years post registration experience in Mental Health nursing
Moving from a Band 5 in the Adult Recovery Team to a Band 6 in the Older People’s Team was a great achievement for me.
I like the autotomy of being a Community Psychiatric Nurse and seeing people in their own home and how this can change the dynamics of the interaction as opposed to the hospital setting.
I have a great interest into how physical health can have an impact into a person’s mental health and I am aware this can be more of an issue for older people.
I was keen to get more managerial experience.
The most enjoyable aspect of my job is visiting clients in their own home and supporting them in maintaining an independent life with support.
Working within a specialist team who are highly motivated, innovative and focused on improving client care in the community.
It can be difficult to manage a large caseload and see clients as much as I would like
The paperwork required can often be overwhelming and effects face to face contact time.
Dealing with families who lack understanding of mental ill health can often be very challenging.
The on-going support from the multidisciplinary team
The support from management and supervision sessions
Be prepared for a lot of paper work and non-face to face client contact. Be willing to work past the designated hours at times of crisis and have the ability and confidence to manage risk on a daily basis.
My assessment skills have enhanced greatly since taken up this post, particularly in the context of how physical and mental health are linked
Better communication skills within a wide range of mental illnesses
Better networking skills with non-statuary agencies
I have gained valuable managerial skills through care managing clients
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