Assistant practitioner (GP mental health practice nurse team) | Medway Community Healthcare CIC

Job details
Posting date: 22 May 2024
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £22,816 - £24,336 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 21 June 2024
Location: Gillingham, ME8 0NJ
Company: Medway Community Healthcare CIC
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 6331758/813-061-0723-LB-A

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• Are you a healthcare assistant/assistant practitioner with an interest in mental illness and dementia?
• Are you looking to develop your skills working both as a team and autonomous practitioner?
• Do you have excellent communication skills?
• Do you have an NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent?

If you answered yes, we’ve got the perfect role for you!

We are looking for flexible band 3 assistant practitioners with excellent people and administrative skills to work within our team. If you have the skills to care for our patients with respect, dignity, empathy and warmth we would like you to be part of our caring practice nurse team and make help make a different to people living with serious mental illness and dementia.

• To work as a member of the GP Mental Health Practice Nurse team, undertaking and completing physical and psychological health checks for patients on the GP Serious Mental Illness Register in a range of community settings under the guidance of professionally qualified members of the team.
• Support the team with a range of administration tasks including contacting patients by telephone, completing documentation and making appointments
• Act as a liaison/coordinator on behalf of the team
• To maintain patient records
• Assist in the ongoing development and evaluation of the service
• This role includes driving and use of VDU

So what else?
• This is your chance to join a progressive and innovative service in a social enterprise that is patient and staff focused - you’ll even have the opportunity to become an MCH shareholder.
• We encourage staff to get involved in exploring new ways of working and service development.
• We’ll provide well established, in-service training, one to one supervision, and appraisals with regular support.
• You’ll be able to develop your skills in a friendly and supportive team.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important work life balance is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

The small print
• Informal visits can be arranged on request.
• We will offer you the choice of two pension schemes; the NHS Pension scheme and the scottish widows group pension scheme.
• MCH encourages all staff to be double COVID vaccinated to protect themselves, their colleagues, their family and their patients.
1. Communication and relationship skills

• Ability to communicate appropriately with patients, families, carers and staff, considering beliefs and values and physical or mental health needs
• Ensure that patients are enabled to find out about, and use, services and facilities to assist in maximising their independence
• Ability to effectively liaise with professionals and other agencies involved in the care of the patient and maintain good working relationships.
• Ability to recognise barriers to understanding and using methods/interventions including

tact and persuasion to overcome them
• Ability to involve and motivate patients to participate in agreeing goals for achievement to optimise their independence

1. Knowledge, training and experience

• NVQ Level 3 in healthcare or equivalent experience
• Ability to work on own initiative and work unsupervised
• Experience of working with people living with mental health illness or dementia
• Experience of administration tasks including making diary appointments, typing documents.

1. Analytical and judgement skills

• Ability to make decisions and judgements relating to patient care, recognising level of own competence and when to refer to senior staff

1. Planning and organisational skills

• Ability to be effectively involved in regular team meetings to provide feedback, discuss patient progress and agree future goals
• Ability to respond to crisis situations by summoning appropriate assistance
• Ability to plan and arrange own appointments to visit patients in accordance with their agreed plans of care
• Ability to coordinate diaries of all team members

1. Physical skills

• Ability to carry out physical health checks with support from senior members of the team
• Ability to manoeuvre and support patients in their home or place of residence, including the use of wheelchair or hoist
• Good keyboard skills
• Ability to drive or be independently mobile due to the need to travel between varied locations during the working day.

1. Responsibility for patient / client care

• Ability to follow guidelines and instructions and carry out individual physical health checks and psychological assessments as directed by qualified staff to promote patient confidence and independent in their daily living skills
• Assist with agreed individual development plans for patients as appropriate
• Identify any deterioration in the condition of the patients and ensure appropriate staff and services are notified
• Report any suspicion of physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse of patients to the team leader immediately and complete necessary documentation
• To participate in and support qualified team members in health promotion activities and/or social prescribing

1. Responsibility for policy and service development implementation

• To follow organisational policies, procedures, processes and requirements, relevant to the role and comment on suggested changes where appropriate
• Ability to take on the role of link nurse for appropriate subject, ensuring audits are completed and results/actions plans are disseminated

1. Responsibilities for financial and physical resources

• To support the qualified team members with the allocation and maintenance of equipment, keeping accurate records of what has been used
• Assist in the role of stock taking and ordering when required

1. Responsibilities for human resources (HR)

• Ability to take on the role of administrator as well as supporting the qualified nurses. This may involve maintaining/coordinating diaries, producing documents and reports
• Participate in regular supervision
• Participate in the organisations’ appraisal programme which includes the ability to monitor and report back on objectives and identify training needs
• To attend and participate in staff meetings and in-service training programmes

1. Responsibilities for information resources

• Accurately record, monitor and report patients progress using the appropriate electronic notes system e.g EMIS

1. Responsibilities for research and development (R&D)

• Participate in quality initiatives and audits aimed at enhancing care and change
• Participate in the collection and reporting of data and statistics

1. Freedom to act

• Able to visit patients in their own home as directed and in accordance with plans of care.
• Able to work autonomously and as part of a team

1. Physical effort (refer to effort factor questionnaire)

• Role will involve standing or walking for moderate amounts of time and inputting at a keyboard

1. Mental effort (refer to effort factor questionnaire)

• Role involves checking documents daily and the carrying out of clinical and psychological assessments

1. Emotional effort (refer to effort factor questionnaire)

• Role includes dealing with people with serious mental illness and those living with dementia

1. Working conditions (refer to effort factor questionnaire)

Role includes driving and use of VDU

This advert closes on Tuesday 4 Jun 2024

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