Mental Health Nurse Recruitment Event - Ashworth

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year PA - financial incentives are attached to this post (see advert)
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to build a successful career in 1 of only 3 High Secure Mental Health Hospitals in the country? Join us to discuss this fantastic opportunity & see what we can offer you. You'll meet professionals on the day, engage in discussions about their roles & an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

We recognise the speciality of High Secure Services & the importance of us being able to recruit & retain caring, compassionate staff who's values are aligned with ours to deliver mental health nursing care to a specialist patient group. To support with this we are offering the following recruitment initiatives for a limited period.

Relocation PackageUp to �15,000 relocation package, paid on completion of induction.

Refer a Friend�600 refer a friend payment made to both the refer & new starter, paid on completion of induction. This is available to staff joining the division from external trusts/organisations.

Golden HandshakeA �2,000 payment will be made on completion of induction.An additional �2,000 will be paid at the end of the first year of employment in the division. The payment received, (up to �4,000) will be required to be paid back in full if the employee leaves the division within 3 years of commencing employment.

Recruitment & Retention PremiaAn annual recruitment and retention premia of �4,034 is paid for mental health nurses working in Ashworth High Secure Hospital. This is split equally and paid in to your monthly salary.

Main duties of the job

Ashworth Hospital is one of three High Secure Hospitals in England and Wales & provides care and treatment to those adults who present a grave risk of harm to others and who cannot be managed in lower levels of security. Patients in high secure services typically have complex chronic mental disorders, which are linked to offending or seriously harmful behaviour. Some will be involved with the criminal justice system courts & prison & may have Ministry of Justice restrictions imposed. All high secure patients will be detained under the Mental Health Act and the decision to admit will be based on a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and assessment of risk. Many patients admitted to high secure services will have been charged with or convicted of a violent criminal offence. The recognised pathways into high secure care are as a step up from medium secure care, admission directly from the criminal justice system including transfers from prison or more rarely, a step up from other services.

The core objectives of high secure services are to assess & treat mental disorder, reduce the risk of harm towards others & support recovery & rehabilitation. The aim is for patients to safely transition to lower levels of security or return to prison.

High secure care operates within an ethos that places the patient at the centre of their care and facilitates active engagement in their recovery from mental disorder & risky behaviours.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the job description and responsibilities please see the attached job description and personal specification.

You will receive a comprehensive induction in to the division with a mixture of clinical skills and practical teaching sessions.

This advert and financial incentives is for candidates who are currently external to the Secure & Specialist Learning Disability Division. If there are staff internal to the division interested in working at Ashworth they are advised to contact their line manager to explore this via the process of divisional mobilisation and service needs.

Person Specification



  • Registered mental health or learning disability nurse
  • Evidence of continued professional development



  • Multi-disciplinary working
  • NMC Code of Conduct
  • Knowledge , understanding and use of the Care Programme Approach (CPA)
  • Promotes peoples equality, diversity and rights.
  • To ensure actions contribute to quality
  • Knowledge and understanding of Mental Health Act legislation
  • Knowledge of service governance
  • Commitment to clinical supervision
  • Knowledge of therapeutic boundaries



  • Continuous improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change orientated



  • Effective communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to manage difficult situations
  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care
  • Ability to carry out personal safety training

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Ashworth Hospital

Parkbourne, Maghull


L31 1HW

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