Charge Nurse - Secure Care Division (*R&R incentives apply)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
We are looking for a number of Charge Nurses (both permanent and acting) who can demonstrate strong leadership, compassion and empathy to our patients, improving the quality of care and service delivery within a Secure Mental Health and Learning Disability inpatient environment.

Secure Care Division is responsible for specialised secure mental health and learning disability services, in low, medium and high secure settings. Working across the Secure Care Division as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will contribute to the delivery of high standards of care and treatment to a challenging group of service users.

Along with your registered Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse qualification, you will need to have at demonstrable experience post preceptorship and you must demonstrate enthusiasm in your attitude, willingness to work as a team by being flexible and supportive of the wider service. Your commitment and behaviour towards our service users using effective communication skills and the ability to thrive in a stimulating environment along with performing well under pressure is essential.

This vacancy is for a Charge Nurse and within the Secure Care Division, as we are a mobile Trust you may be expected to work at any of our sites across the division

Main duties of the job

Charge nurses will model the Trust values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support in progressing the Trust ambition to achieve perfect care for our patient group.

As a charge nurse you will operate as the clinical focus for day to day planning of treatment, risk assessment and management of the quality of care delivered to the patient group by a team of nurses, carrying continuous responsibility for care and safety issues during hours of duty.

It will be within your responsibility to maintain an overview of all cases allocated to internal care co-ordinators/case managers/care workers.

You will organise and supervise on a day to day basis the work of the nursing staff ensuring that professional standards are maintained.

Full details of the job are included within the Job description and personal specification.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse
  • Registered on the NMC register
  • Demonstrates evidence of continued professional development
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


  • Teaching & assessing/ mentorship qualification
  • Degree in nursing or health related subject
  • Up to date portfolio



  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care
  • Can demonstrate application of theoretical models into practice
  • Proven communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Leadership skills: supervising, teaching & assessing self motivated with the ability to motivate others effective resource management
  • Uses initiative and can make decisions
  • Manages difficult situations effectively
  • Applies current research and theory into practice
  • Works well in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to organise and co-ordinate services during the absence of more senior staff
  • Commitment to working with people with severe mental health problems
  • Ability to complete control and restraint training
  • Enhanced DBS Disclosure


  • Has participated in group teaching
  • Presented at functions/conferences



  • Demonstrable experience post preceptorship
  • Effective Care Co-ordination
  • Multi-disciplinary working
  • Mental Health Act 1983 (updated 2007)
  • NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Use of assessment tools/techniques
  • Promote people's equality, diversity & rights
  • To ensure actions contribute to quality
  • Knowledge of Service Governance
  • Committed to clinical supervision


  • Supervision of others
  • Experience of working within forensic services



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

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Secure Care Division


L31 1HW

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