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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

Peterborough

Peterborough has a population of almost 200,000 people, 125,000 of which are of working age (16-64). There are 117,000 local jobs. Key sectors providing jobs include Health and Social work, Administration and Support Services and Wholesale and Retail trade. 

The city centre has leisure amenities including cinema, the Queensgate shopping centre and also has it's own Gothic cathedral and museum. The area is also home to other attractions including Flag Fen Archaeology Park which features Bronze Age village and causeway remains Nene Park and Ferry Meadows recreation area.

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