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The Bellavista Nursing Home is looking for motivated and enthusiastic mental health nurses to join the team as a band 5 staff nurse. This post is suitable for overseas Qualified nurses who have achieved the NMC English requirement (IELTS or OET) and who have successfully completed Part 1 of the NMC Test of Competence CBT to join us a Pre-Registration Nurse.

These will be strictly on a below conditional basis:

Mental health nurse who successfully completed the required NMC Language test IELTs, OET Criteria and completed part One competence test CBT and working towards part 2 test of Competence (objective structured clinical examination) OSCE leading to full NMC registration will also be considered as long as they compete their Full NMC registration within the 8 Months Period. Annual Wage of £28080 /- per annum on a 40 Hrs weekly rota basis. Starting wages of £13.50 per hour now and on completing the NMC registration leading to £19.00 per Hour or £39520 – per Year for a 40 Hrs weekly Basis and Over time in addition on the same rate of pay.

We are currently recruiting for experienced Registered Mental Health Nurses in our Cardiff, Penarth and Barry Nursing Homes. As a Qualified Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) you will be leading and co-ordinating the shift, providing advice and support to a team of care staff on a daily basis. You will also be professional at all times and conduct your duties with care, consideration and kindness towards others in line with your NMC registration requirements.

You will be working closely with people who are suffering from various mental health conditions to help them recover from their illness and improve their general quality of life. This role includes assessing patients, providing care/support, developing risk assessments, administering medication, managing patient documents and all other general nursing duties.



As a Mental Health Nurse You will need:

  • Recent experience working in a mental health and dementia setting
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong team-working skills
  • A high level of self-motivation and a flexible approach
  • A positive attitude and be naturally caring and compassionate
  • A commitment to high-quality care and to values and evidence-based practice
  • Mental Health Experience – 1 Year Minimum


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Main Duties of the Mental Health Nurse:

  • To assist principally in the continuity and delivering the very highest standard of care as you assess nursing needs, identify and taking the right interventions for every resident who needs you.
  • To assist residents who need help with dressing, undressing, bathing and the toilet, and help with mobility problems, physical disabilities including Incontinence; help in the use of and care of aids and equipment.
  • To organise and help in the promotion of mental and physical activity of residents talking to them, through activities such as reading, writing, hobbies and recreations.
  • Above all, it’s about ensuring our residents are at the core of everything you do, care for residents who are sick or needing, for example, administration of medication etc. and care for residents who are dying.
  • You will be working closely with our Registered Nurses and working towards the valid Pin number, and acquire the knowledge of National Standards and NMC code of practice and undertake other duties and registration as necessary in a specified period of time.
  • You’ll also supervise colleagues, manage shifts and make sure flawless handover summaries are completed to ensure continuity of care. it’s all about your brilliant, positive energy and natural ability to get along with people. You’ll be a great mentor who can manage time effectively and keep meaningful records
  • We offer consistent support, training and professional development and we look to ensure that our Nurses do what they love. There are also career development opportunities. If you have the aspiration, capability and dedication, we can give you the support and opportunities to help you achieve your career goals.


  • Participate in Staff and residents meetings as and when required.
  • Comply with the instructions of all manager.
  • Communicate with other Home colleagues and other relevant internal and external stakeholders.


Training & Development:

  • Participate in the Bellavista Induction and continued learning and development as required.
  • Maintain professional knowledge and competence
  • Attend mandatory learning and development training days/courses, on or off site, as and when required
  • Participate in relevant N/SVQ, Diploma (or any equivalent) training and learning to achieve required qualifications.

Health and Safety:

  • Report immediately to the Home Manager, or Person in Charge, any illness of an infectious nature or accident incurred by a resident, colleague, self or another.
  • Understand and ensure the implementation of the Home’s Health and Safety, Infection Control and Hygiene policies, and Emergency and Fire procedures.
  • Report to the Home Manager, or the Handyperson, any faulty appliances, damaged furniture, equipment or any potential hazard.
  • Promote safe working practice within the Home.



  • Contributing to the safeguarding of adults by ensuring you are aware of your role in relation to the Home’s Safeguarding Adult’s Policy, taking steps to protects Residents from any form of abuse or neglect and use the appropriate reporting mechanisms to inform the Home’s Management of any concerns.
  • Adhering to all new, and changes in Local and Central Government initiatives as and when they are implemented.
  • Promote and ensure the good reputation of the Home.
  • Ensure that all information of confidential nature gained in the course of duty is not divulged to third parties.
  • Notify the Home Manager, or the Person in Charge, as soon as possible of your inability to report for duty, and also on your return to work from all periods of absence.
  • Ensure the security of the Home is maintained at all times.
  • Adhere to all Company policies and procedures within the defined timescales.
  • Ensure all equipment is clean and well maintained.
  • Carry out any other tasks that may be reasonably assigned to you.


  • Nursing: 1 year (required)


  • NMC (preferred)



Mental health Nurse interview questions categorized to help you pass 100%

Experience & Qualifications of the mental health nurse:

  • Tell me about your experience working with individuals with mental health conditions. (Focus on the diversity of conditions, treatment approaches, and any specializations you have.)
  • Describe a challenging situation you faced while caring for a patient with mental illness and how you managed it. (Demonstrate your problem-solving, de-escalation skills, and ability to work under pressure.)
  • What therapeutic approaches or modalities do you have experience with? (Highlight any specific training or certifications in CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, group therapy, etc.)
  • How do you stay up-to-date with the latest developments and research in mental health care? (Show your commitment to continuous learning and professional development.)

Patient Care duties of the Mental Health Nurse:

  • How do you build rapport and trust with patients who may be experiencing paranoia, anxiety, or distrust? (Emphasize patience, active listening, non-judgmental communication, and creating a safe space.)
  • Describe your approach to assessing a patient’s mental health status and developing a care plan. (Mention your understanding of biopsychosocial assessments, risk assessment tools, and collaboration with other healthcare professionals.)
  • How do you address the stigma and discrimination often associated with mental illness in your interactions with patients and their families? (Highlight your ability to educate, advocate, and promote a compassionate understanding of mental health.)
  • What strategies do you use to help patients manage their symptoms and develop coping mechanisms? (Discuss your experience with medication education, psychoeducation, relaxation techniques, and other interventions.)

Crisis Intervention duties of the Mental Health Nurse:

  • How do you assess and respond to a patient in crisis? (Demonstrate your ability to quickly assess risk, de-escalate situations, and utilize appropriate interventions.)
  • What are your experiences with suicide risk assessment and intervention? (Highlight your training and knowledge of safety protocols, risk factors, and protective factors.)
  • How do you manage your own emotions and stress when dealing with challenging or traumatic situations? (Show your self-awareness, resilience, and ability to seek support when needed.)

Teamwork & Collaboration work of Mental Health Nurse:

  • How do you collaborate with psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, and other members of the mental health team? (Emphasize your ability to communicate effectively, share information, and coordinate care plans.)
  • Describe a time when you advocated for a patient’s needs or rights within the healthcare system. (Show your commitment to patient advocacy and your understanding of ethical considerations in mental health care.)

Additional Questions for Mental Health Nurse Position :

  • Why are you interested in working in mental health nursing? (Share your passion for the field and your understanding of its unique challenges and rewards.)
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a mental health nurse? (Be honest and reflective. Highlight areas where you are strong and show your willingness to improve.)
  • What are your long-term career goals in mental health nursing? (Demonstrate your ambition and commitment to the field.)

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