We provide mental health services for all ages, both in the community and in hospital, across Greater Manchester and beyond.
We're always on the lookout for compassionate mental health nurses to join the team, whether you have years of experience or are newly qualified. Check out our latest vacancies, or click these links to find out more about our services:
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What does a mental health nurse do?
Mental health nurses provide care to people with a range of mental health needs, as well as offering support to carers.
Depending on which service a mental health nurse works in, this could be in the community or on an inpatient ward on a hospital site. There are services that specifically look after older people with dementia or age-related issues, as well as services designed to support children and young people.
Mental health nurses will assess a patient’s needs and be involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of care packages for that person, usually working with in partnership other health and social care professionals to make sure the individual has all the support for their needs.
“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing patients who came in with no motivation and who didn’t have any hope, having a zest for life again - knowing that you have had a part in making that possible.” - Yasmin Akhtar, Charge Nurse on Saxon Suite.
If you’d like to read more about what it’s like to be a mental health nurse, click on the menus below to hear from our staff:
Kerri Barnwell, staff nurse, older people's mental health
Kerri Barnwell is a staff nurse on Davenport Ward in Stockport. Kerri was also a student nurse on the ward while studying her nursing degree at The University of Manchester.
What made you want become a nurse?
My nana is a carer and seeing what she did made me want to make a difference and support families too. I had a great student experience on Davenport Ward and I really wanted to come back to continue my training and be a part of the good work the team does.
What has your journey been like?
It’s been difficult, lots of highs and lows throughout. The biggest challenge was pushing myself through the tough bits and sticking with it, I struggle with confidence and it was definitely one of my main challenges. I still feel shocked that I am actually a nurse when people come to me, it’s a job that makes me very proud.
How has the job changed you?
I have learnt how resilient I am. I never realised I was as resilient as I have been through some very difficult shifts, I have also seen myself grow move in confidence in my role.
What’s your favourite part of your job and what advice do you have for others following in your footsteps?
The best bit is seeing a difference in people after supporting them and all the other positive things I witness. You see real change happen and the effects our work has on people. I’m inspired by the people I work with.
It’s key that you believe in yourself, even when you don’t think you can do it. We can face big challenges in this line of work, but you are much stronger than you think. Nobody ever feels ready, even when you qualify, but it all eventually falls into place.