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Health & Social Care

The role of a Mental Health Nurse

Mental health nurses provide support and nursing care to people with a range of mental health issues, you are responsible for planning their care and rehabilitation. You will work with a wider team of healthcare professionals including Doctors, Psychiatrists and Therapists to ensure a personal care plan is in place for your patients. You may work in a range of settings including hospitals, prisons, specialist units, day care centres or people's homes.

The duties of a Mental Health Nurse

  • building relationships with, reassuring, listening and talking to patients
  • care requirement assessments and planning
  • combating stigma and helping patients and their families deal with it
  • administering medication
  • reviewing care plans and monitoring progress
  • giving advice and arranging support for patients, relatives and carers
  • liaising with doctors, social workers and other professionals
  • writing and updating patient records
  • encouraging patients to take part in therapeutic activities such as art and role play

Skills and experience required to be a Mental Health Nurse

At Swanstaff all of our Nursing staff must be registered with the NMC and hold a current valid PIN number. We also ask that you have at least 6 months recent experience in the UK. Other key skills for a Mental Health Nurse include:
  • Good health and fitness
  • The ability to empathise with people
  • Good understanding of the theories of mental health and illness
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Resilience
  • Stamina

Basildon is the largest and fastest growing economy in Essex with big names such as Ford Motor Company and Konica Minolta based in the town. The town has a population of over 180,000 people and an economy worth £3.7bn. The area is strong for the digital, creative and ICT sectors and is well connected with London and international destinations. It is just 30 minutes by train to London and 20 minutes from London Southend airport.

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