Senior Community Nurse
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
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Are you a motivated, forward thinking Nurse who is looking to use and develop their skills in an ever growing and evolving team? PALMS are seeking to appoint a Band 7 Nurse who can work flexibly and is committed to supporting CYP and their families across Hertfordshire and the full PALMS' team. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a values led service and develop your own professional interests, with access to training to enhance clinical skills, regular supervision and support.
PALMS is evolving and we want to welcome additional Mental Health and Learning disability Nurses to be part of our vibrant and multi-disciplinary team who include Clinical Psychologists, Positive Behaviour Analysts, Systemic Therapists, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists and Outreach Workers.
We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.
Main duties of the job
- To support in making a difference to children, young people and their families by working in partnership and to support them in achieving positive outcomes.
- To work closely with PALMS MDT supporting the running of review clinics which could include physical health interventions, medication management support and nurse prescribing, all within clear guidance and protocols. Adhering to STOMP/STAMP and other national guidance.
- To provide assessments and care planning of children/young people referred to PALMS.
- Promote the mental and emotional health of children, young people and families in the community through clinical interventions in the care pathway and through MDT working.
- Supervision and line management responsibilities of PALMS colleagues and support of the Band 5 and 6 Learning Disability/Mental Health Nurses and Band 4 Nurse assistants.
- To help set-up and develop nurse-led review clinics demonstrating the ability to work as an autonomous specialist practitioner in relation to the specialist area which will include the reading and recording of the clinical observations of each child and the ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of treatment packages.
- To lead on the nursing agenda in PALMS, the running of the Nursing forum and nursing clinical governance.
PALMS works across Hertfordshire providing a specialist multi-disciplinary approach. PALMS is a CAMHS commissioned service which offers individually tailored support for children and young people (CYP), aged 0-18 who have a global learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping families to manage challenging behaviour, toileting, feeding and sleeping concerns which have not benefited from community interventions and/or to support mental health needs which cannot be met with reasonable adjustment by other CAMHS services. Additionally, PALMS also supports problematic sexualised behaviours. Interventions include workshops, groups, individual therapy, parent as therapist sessions, and a family clinic. PALMS aims to keep children and young people with their families thereby improving outcomes for all family members. PALMS predominantly applies narrative, systemic, positive behavior, and bio-psycho social models adhering to the STOMP / STAMP and Transforming Care Agendas.
- The ideal candidate will be: Passionate about and have a desire to contribute to change in a vibrant NHS team Dedicated to supporting CYP with autism and/or learning disability and their families. Collaborative in their approach to work with families, networks, and others services Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere. Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
PALMS principally deliver a flexible service according to need and personalcircumstances, in a planned way. For example, for a full-time worker this equates to flexibly working 37.5 across the working week. PALMS are open to flexible working and therefore part time / job share would be considered, working a minimum of 0.6 WTE.
The post is permanent and will cover Hertfordshire with principle base in Sandridge Gate Business Centre, St Albans. We have continued to support CYP and their families through the COVID19 pandemic embracing virtual working whilst continuing to offer face to face work where clinically appropriate. Virtual working offers flexibility to both team members and families and is now embedded in the PALMS team.
The PALMS team is friendly, cohesive and proactive. We value feedback and empower all team members to contribute to the continuous development of the service and welcome innovation and change.
We can offer you: Regular clinical and professional supervision Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development. This includes specific support with regards to fulfilling the PALMS role. Recent examples include the team undertaking training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), sleep assessment and intervention, and systemic and family practice. Regular opportunities to meet as a team including peer reflection and Intervision. Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team and learn from other evidence based frameworks and approaches. Opportunities to provide clinical supervision and line management to other members of the PALMS team as appropriate. Opportunities to connect with local and national networks Involvement in providing training.
A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Youll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff
We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities
Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision
We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages
We dont want you to miss out so wed like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now
Youve made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - were looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.
We are able to offer a recruitment and retention premia to qualified clinical team members in PALMS. This includes receiving a £1,000 payment (pro-rota based on WTE) once passing probation. Following this, two additional £1,000 (pro-rata) payments will be made after 6 months and then again at one year.
Interviews will be run either in person at one of our bases or using Microsoft Teams, full details and instructions will be provided to successful candidates.
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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).