Registered Mental Health Nurse RMN RNLD

30 Apr 2019
30 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Registered Mental Health Nurse RMN RNLD

Nurseplus Mental Health Services are looking for experienced Registered Mental Health Nurses RMN RNLD to provide holistic, person centred care to our clients. We have specialist Mental Health work available for RMN RNLDs in a variety of settings including local Secure, Personality Disorder and Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, Learning Disability Units, Mental Health Hospitals & Prisons.

You will play a pivotal role in the nursing care of patients with complex mental health needs.

Pay rates for specialist Mental Health Nurses RMN RNLD from 21 - 42 ph with weekly pay.

Minimum requirements to work with Nurseplus Mental Health Services as a Registered Mental Health Nurse RMN RNLD
  • Right to work within the UK
  • NMC Registration
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • You must have a good standard of English and be able to communicate effectively
  • A warm, compassionate and personable nature with the ability to work with patience, tact and understanding.

Benefits of working with Nurseplus Mental Health Services as a Registered Mental Health Nurse RMN RNLD
  • Flexible Hours - To suit your needs, full or part time, days, evening, weekends
  • Excellent Weekly Pay - Competitive hourly rates
  • Paid Holiday Leave
  • FREE Training
  • FREE Uniform
  • Refer a friend scheme
  • Expert training, supervision and ongoing support
  • Career development support- Nurseplus Mental Health services is a growing division with a variety of opportunities for career progression

About us

Nurseplus is a national company with over 55 branches across the UK. We are committed to support our workforce to ensure they have the right skills to do their job and enable them to develop themselves and their careers.

An enhanced DBS check will be required unless you are on the update service.

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If you require more information on the role please call Jack on 0333 222 4268 for a quick informal chat

Job Profile - RMN

As a mental health nurse you'll need to show empathy along with excellent observational skills

As a mental health nurse, you'll provide support to people living with various mental health conditions. This can involve helping the patient to recover from their illness or to come to terms with it in order to lead a positive life.

You can specialise in working with certain groups, such as children or older people, or in a specific area such as eating disorders. Work is often carried out in multidisciplinary teams, liaising with psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, GPs, social workers and other health professionals.

You may work with patients in a variety of settings including:
  • their own homes
  • community healthcare centres
  • hospital outpatients departments
  • specialist units
  • secure residential units.


As a mental health nurse, you'll need to:
  • assess and talk to patients about their problems and discuss the best way to plan and deliver their care
  • build relationships with patients to encourage trust, while listening to and interpreting their needs and concerns
  • ensure the correct administration of medication, including injections, and monitor the results of treatment
  • respond to distressed patients in a non-threatening manner and attempt to understand the source of their discomfort
  • help patients manage their emotions through de-escalation techniques
  • prepare and participate in group and/or one-to-one therapy sessions, both individually and with other health professionals
  • provide evidence-based individual therapy, such as cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety
  • organise social events aimed at developing patients' social skills and help to reduce their feelings of isolation
  • prepare and maintain patient records and produce care plans and risk assessments
  • make sure that the legal requirements appropriate to a particular setting or group of patients are observed
  • work with patients' families and carers, to help to educate them and the patient about their mental health problems.

If you work in the community, you may also need to:
  • visit patients in their home to monitor progress and carry out risk assessments with regard to their safety and welfare
  • liaise with patients, relatives and fellow professionals in the community treatment team and attend regular meetings to review and monitor patients' care plans
  • identify whether/when patients are at risk of harming themselves or others.

  • The NHS pay structure, Agenda for Change, has clearly defined pay bands for nurses. Salaries for newly qualified nurses range from £22,128 to £28,746 (Band 5).
  • As you progress, you'll work up through the bands. Most experienced nurses work at Band 6 or 7 with salaries ranging from £26,565 to £41,787.
  • One of the highest paid positions in nursing is as a nurse consultant, where salaries start on Band 8a ranging from £40,428 to £48,514.
  • Extra allowances of 5% to 20% are payable in the London area, depending on your proximity to inner London.

Working hours

You'll typically work 37.5 hours per week. This may include evenings, weekends and bank holidays. In residential and hospital settings, 24-hour care is usually required, meaning shift work is likely.

If you work in the community you're more likely to have regular hours, although you may need to carry out on-call duties for emergency situations.

What to expect
  • The vast majority of mental healthcare is now community based, with some functions provided by healthcare or social care assistants.
  • Vacancies occur throughout the UK, particularly in the main urban areas. Specialties, such as child and adolescent mental health services and inpatient services, sometimes experience skills shortages.
  • A positive work/life balance may be difficult to maintain due to the level of personal commitment and working patterns required. There's also a risk of violence associated with mental health that needs to be considered, but you'll be taught skills to identify and diffuse building tension.
  • The need for overnight absence from home is dependent on the nature of the post and shift patterns.
  • Travel during the working day is common for community psychiatric nurses (CPNs).


To work as a mental health nurse in the UK, you need to be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). To be eligible to register you must complete an accepted pre-registration nursing programme, run at an NMC approved educational institution (AEI).

Nursing programmes can be taken in four disciplines, including:
  • adult
  • children
  • learning disability
  • mental health.

A small number of institutions offer dual field degrees, allowing you to study in two of the above areas.

Courses typically last three years (four for dual field), with the first year spent studying common foundation modules that cover all branches of nursing and the last two specialising in your chosen area. Half of the programme is based in clinical practice, giving you direct experience of working with patients and families.

You may be able to get accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) if you have practice-based learning or a degree in another health-related subject, such as life and medical science, social work or psychology. Having APEL may shorten your course to two years, but as this is at the discretion of individual institutions it's always best to check.

Part-time courses are available if you want to work and study at the same time. These usually take five to six years to complete. If you're working in the NHS you may get support from your employer and help with funding and study leave. Details of all accepted programmes can be found at NMC Approved Programmes.

Nursing degree apprenticeships have recently been developed and these offer a more flexible route to becoming a nurse. You'll work for an NHS employer as a nursing degree apprentice and will be released for part-time study at a university. Training takes place in a range of practice settings.

Degree apprenticeships typically take four years to complete and the cost is covered by your employer. You may be able to do it in a shorter length of time if you have APEL.


You will need to show:
  • excellent observational skills to assess patients and look out for signs of tension or anxiety
  • strength, stamina and physical fitness particularly if working in a hospital or secure residential unit
  • excellent communication skills for dealing with patients and their families
  • the ability to stay calm and think quickly in challenging circumstances
  • emotional resilience and a non-judgemental approach
  • skill in decision making and time and stress management
  • empathy with patients and the situation they're in
  • the ability to help others overcome social stigma related to mental health.

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