A London mental health trust is seeking to appoint a nurse to specialise on work with gangs and cases involving serious violence.
The part-time band 6 post, with a pro-rata salary between £30,634 and £40,406, has been created by Camden and Islington Foundation Trust on a fixed term 18-month contract.
It is part of wider project involving the Islington Community Safety Partnership to tackle gang violence and to identify gang members with mental health problems and social needs.
The mental health specialist nurse will work with a group of 18 to 24-year-olds in Islington. All the service users will have been identified as being involved in gang crime and serious violence, and are known to the police and probation services.
The specialist will engage with gang members and their families, attempting to offer support and access to services, which can encourage them to abandon the gang lifestyle.
They will identify mental health issues among the young people and assess them for referrals into community mental health services.
The nurse will also work with other agencies to develop pathways into mental health services and to provide training and consultation for non-mental health practitioners about mental health issues.
A spokesman for Camden and Islington said: “This post is part of the delivery of the mental health element of the new 18 to 24 gangs and serious violence team we are rolling out with Islington Council.
“This will focus on gangs and serious youth violence and builds on the existing good practice and partnership working arrangements.
“We are recruiting a half-time nurse and a half-time forensic psychologist. The psychologist is going to support the team to provide a standardised approach to case management and the nurse will screen the young people for mental health problems and help them access appropriate services.”
Janet Davies, director of nursing and service delivery at the Royal College of Nursing, said the expansion of specialist nurse roles was to be welcomed.
She said: “This is a good move and using specialist nurses like this can save the NHS money and save many young people from a terrible life.
“It can really turn people around and we have seen some really good examples of specialists nurses and the work they do.”