Natasha - Mental Health Nurse

Who’s this?

Natasha is a Mental Health Nurse working with a case load of young people offering therapy intervention to support a variety of different emotional and behavioural difficulties, working as part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service called Healthy Young Minds at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

What’s the story of their career to date?

After completing her A-Levels, Natasha went on to university and successfully gained her qualification in Mental Health Nursing, beginning her first post in a forensic in-patient unit, gaining lots of experience working with female patients with personality disorders. Whilst in this role Natasha completed her Mentorship training to enable her to oversee student nurses as part of her role, before progressing onto her current role of a Mental Health Nurse/ Practice Education Lead

What do they do?

Natasha works alongside a varied team of professionals and offers individual sessions for young people. Natasha carries out lots of consultations with outside agencies such as schools and social workers in order to offer the best support for young people. Natasha’s role as a Mentor over see’s student nurses who are sometimes given a small caseload as part of their placement, supporting the students in their training and progression whilst on placement at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

How has the NHS supported them?

Natasha feels that the NHS has supported her immensely in her career, having received lots of training already and looking forward to completing Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Training to support young people with traumatic experiences

What is the best thing about their role?

Natasha feels that the best thing about her role is when she puts in the hard work to achieve positive results in young people’s recovery and is extremely proud to be a nurse

Where are they going from here?

Natasha is looking forward to developing her skills around gender identity as part of her career progression and EMDR and further career development as part of the NHS

How does a role like this pay?

Although they are a Mental Health Nurse now Natasha started their career as a Mental Health Nurse, this role typically starts at Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Mental Health Nurse where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Mental Health Nurse section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.