Job Title: Registered Mental Health Nurse

Responsible to: Head of Day Services

Reporting to: Clinical Nurse Manager/ Health Coordinator

Responsible for: Provision of Psychiatric Nursing Services in Open Access Service

Objective: To provide holistic, person-centered nursing service in line with

Merchants Quay ethos to service users within MQI Open Access Service.

To promote recovery, the enhancement of the quality of life for service

users. To work as part of the team in delivering this service. To support

the CNM in delivering the service and in meeting the statutory

requirements of the service specification and report any variance

immediately. S/he must practice in accordance with the Code of

Professional Conduct as set out by the Nursing Board (NMBI) and within

the policies, guidelines, protocols of the service.


Under the direction of the Clinical Nurse Manager/ Health Coordinator, the Mental Health

Nurse will:

Practice nursing according to:

  • The Professional Code of Conduct as laid down by the Nursing Board (NMBI) and Professional Clinical Guidelines
  • Local policies, protocols and guidelines
  • Current legislation as it applies to the role.

– Assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised service user, person centered care

programmes within an agreed framework, in accordance with best practice and

grounded recent evidence informed nursing research.

– Develop and maintain close links with the service users and their families ensuring a

partnership approach

– Maintain accurate and appropriate written records and reports regarding service user

care in accordance with local and national guidelines.

– Foster a philosophy of care that reflect the Merchants Quay ethos and service

commitment to quality, using an evidence informed approach, in a safe environment

maintaining the dignity of service users.

– Act as an advocate for service users and their family, provide information to empower

them in decision making, goal setting and problem solving in order optimise their

chance of recovery.

– Participate in the development of protocols and guidelines, and the setting of

professional nursing standards.

– Be competent in relation to all relevant clinical procedures and policies.

– Participate in service audits and tasks as directed by Clinical Governance Committee.

– Contribute to, implement, monitor and review the development of risk assessments for

service users.

– Have a working knowledge of The Mental Health Act as it applies to the role as well as

an understanding of QUADS policies and The National Drug Strategy.

– The nurse must comply with the Code of Professional Conduct as laid down by NMBI.

The nurse must work within their scope of practice and take measures to develop and

maintain the competence necessary for professional practice.

– The nurse must be aware of ethical policies and procedures which pertain to their area

of practice.

– Service users’ confidentiality must be maintained at all times.

EDUCATION & STAFF DEVELOPMENT The Mental Health Nurse will:

– Participate in the planning and implementation of orientation and training programmes

both for students and other staff within the service.

– Contribute to the identification of training needs pertinent to the service.

– Participate in the induction of new staff to the service and ensure the potential for all

staff is identified and encouraged.

– Provide education and information to service users and their families as required.

– Take responsibility for own learning

– Continually review own performance and development needs to assist growth and

professional development.


To proactively deliver a high quality person centred service provision that meets the needs of

the service users by:

– Promoting people’s rights and responsibilities.  Working as an effective member of the team.

– Developing, in consultation with service users, flexible and achievable care plans which

are person centred and adhere to agreed guidelines.

– Ensuring that a Recovery Approach is used when providing support to service users

– Ensuring a collaborative approach is used, with effective communication links with

external professional groups e.g. GPs, CMHTs, Liaison Teams etc. and to work as an

effective member of any Multi-Disciplinary Team.

– Provide support to service users who are in crisis using the latest evidence informed

practice such as STORM and ASSIST

– Manage medications in line with NMBI guidelines

– Onward referral for service users as required and relevant to their identified goals

– Effectively manage a caseload of clients, working collaboratively to assist them through

their recovery by delivering psychosocial interventions grounded in latest evidence

based practice.

– Undertake responsibility for clinical risk and assessment needs and the formulation and

implementation of management plans

– Recognising indicators of deteriorating mental health, acting appropriately and both

internally and externally as required.

– Ensuring effective care pathways are provided to each service user.

– Planning and facilitating of group programmes and clinics for service users based on

identified needs.

– Enabling service users, through education and raising awareness, to manage factors

that affect their mental health.

The above job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and
consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the
post which may be assigned to them from time to time and to contribute to the development of
post and service.


  • The candidate must be registered in the Psychiatric Division of the Register of Nurses
    and Midwives maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland (NMBI) or be
    entitled to be so registered as of February 2022.
  • Have the clinical and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the


  • Experience of managing a caseload of service users with complex needs.
  • Understanding of the issues faced by service users with mental health and/or addiction
  • Experience of working within homeless sector.


Salary: Starting at €35,000 with an increase dependent on experience

Hours: 39 Hours P/W

Days: Mon – Sun

Location: Riverbank Centre Merchants Quay Dublin 8

What does Merchants Quay Ireland offer as an employer?

o   Fulfilling and Challenging work

o   Competitive Salaries

o   Sick Pay Scheme

o   Flexible Working Arrangements

o   Minimum 23 days Annual Leave

o   Defined Contribution Pension Scheme (after 6 months)

o   Death In Service (from commencement of employment)

o   Line Management Supervision

o   Learning and Development Programme

o   Group VHI Scheme

o   Paid Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity, Parental, Adoptive, Force Majeure and
Compassionate Leave)

o   Educational Assistance (Study and Examination Leave, Scholarship Foundation)

o   Employee Assistance Programme(EAP)

o   Health & Wellness Programme

Merchants Quay Ireland is an equal opportunities employer
This Position is subject to Garda Clearance

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the application form attached
to this ad and email to recruitment@mqi.ie with a copy of your up to date CV before Wednesday 30th of November. Please ensure to include this subject line in your email ‘Application for Mental Health Nurse (C0211)’. Applications that do not have this title may fail to be shortlisted.

MQI Application form 2022