Physical Health Checks RGN
- Location: Sandwich, Kent
- Salary: AfC Band 6
- Department: Primary Care Mental Health Service
- Hours: Full/part time
- Available from: 21/10/2021
- Closing date: 31/12/2021
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An exciting opportunity for a registered general nurse (RGN) to be part of a team, working collaboratively with the GP practices across East Kent, to improve the implementation of physical health checks within GP practices for patients on the Severe Mental Illness (SMI) register. As a champion, the postholder will develop working relationships to promote physical health and improve physical health outcomes for the SMI population.
The successful candidate will be able to use their interpersonal and communication skills to influence change along with good planning and organisation skills to ensure effective implementation and improved outcomes.
Interviews will be held W/C either 8th or 15th November and shortlisted candidates will be notified of the interview date asap.
Main duties of the job
Establishing good working relationships with GP practices which will be essential in the implementation of this service, ensuring agreements and practical arrangements needed to provide virtual and in-person physical health monitoring.
To work closely with members of the GP practices and the PCMHS team to increase the completion and evidencing of physical health checks for SMI patients.
To recognise and observe changes in patients physical health, mental health and behaviour which must be reported, recorded and acted on.
To be part of a team, providing this physical health checks service. Responsibilities will include supervising healthcare assistants providing physical health checks within the GP practices.
We are a non-profit company, with a passion for primary care. We have a wide range of services such as hub-based GPs services, GP surgeries, services in Urgent Care Centres and A&E, a Community Primary Care mental health service, GP staff training service and the list is growing all the time.
We are formed by a federation of General Practitioners working in Canterbury and South Kent Coast areas of East Kent. Our aim is to provide local, high quality services for local people by collaborating with other established organisations in the health and social care community.
- To undertake physical health assessment/ checks which include:
- Measurement of height and weight
- Measurement of blood pressure, temperature and pulse, pulse oximeter
- Peak flow measurement
- Recording of ECGs
- Blood glucose testing
- Relevant blood screening
- Urine Testing
- Health promotion
- Work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Professional Conduct including NMC registration is valid.
- Ensure you comply with requirements for revalidation and maintain the knowledge and skills you need for safe practice.
- Continue professional development (CPD) to supplement existing knowledge to aid further autonomy within the role.
- Work collaboratively within the team and across professional boundaries, networking and building relationships to streamline care pathways using a patient centred approach that breaks down barriers and crosses boundaries between services to meet the needs of patients.
- Disseminate updates in current evidence to all in practice, particularly new learning from study.
- Ensure confidentiality at all times.
- Ensure accurate and legible notes of all consultations and treatments are recorded in patient notes.
- Ensure the clinical computer system is kept up to date with accurate details recorded. Attend and participate in meetings as and when required.
- Ensure restocking and maintenance of clinical areas and supplies.
- Report any problems to your line management
Please refer to JD for full details.
- Registered first level nurse
- Clinical supervision training
- Teaching and mentorship
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Knowledge of needs of patients with long term conditions/chronic illness
- Knowledge of health promotion strategies
- Aware of accountability of own role and other roles in a nurse led service
- Awareness of clinical governance issues in primary care
- Knowledge of patient group directions and associated policy
- Clinical skills
- Change management skills and ability to support patients to change lifestyle
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Communication skills, both written and verbal
- Ability to communicate difficult messages to patients and families
- Negotiation and conflict management skills
- Planning and organisation skills
- IT skills
- Self-directed practitioner
- Highly motivated
- Team Player
- Ability to work across boundaries
- Ability to identify determinants on health in the local area
- Supervisory skills
- Knowledge of public health issues in the local area
- Awareness of local and national health policy
- Awareness of issues within the wider health economy
- Diabetes management
- Proven demonstrable experience post registration
- Management of long-term conditions e.g. diabetes & cardiovascular.
- Involvement in implementing and using protocols and clinical guidelines
- Experience of working collaboratively with other organisations
- Experience of audit
- At least 1 years recent primary and community nursing experience
- Experience in mental health/working with patients with mental health issues
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.