Bank Registered Mental Health Nurse

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£23.53 to £37.65 an hour per hour
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Part Time
Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have a CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we have achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients. Gloucestershire is a beautiful county to live and work in with the Cathedral city of Gloucester and the regency spa town of Cheltenham.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.

Main duties of the job

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care needs of a specific group of service users requiring enhanced care.
  • To work effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team
  • To manage a patient / caseload of patients within defined clinical area
  • Teach Staff where appropriate.

About us

Working as part of our temporary staff bank which offers a flexible way of working, with a variety of working patterns. Opportunities to work on our wards providing professional and risk assessed enhanced patient care to service users who are experiencing acute mental health disorders, utilising the trust enhanced care documentation. As a member of the Gloucestershire Hospitals Bank you will:
  • Gain experience of supporting/providing services within a large Trust.
  • Have access to a diverse range of roles and opportunities to gain more experience.
  • Have the flexibility to work hours that suit you.
  • Be part of a local team that supports your career aspirations and provides full training and development free of charge.
  • Priority booking over Agency Workers
  • Friendly, Onsite Bank Team, 7 days per week
  • Ability to book Bank shifts from home
  • Have access to a number of benefits, including the NHS pension scheme.
  • Access to staff support services and staff discount benefits.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care needs of a specific group of service users requiring enhanced care.
  • To work effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team
  • To manage a patient / caseload of patients within defined clinical area

Teach Staff where appropriate.

Key Dimensions
  • Working as an integrated member of the team providing evidenced based interventions for service users, acting as Care Coordinator where identified.
  • Work and liaise with other agencies and organisations.

As a Registered Mental Health Nurse the expectation is that, with adequate training, supervision and assessment, you will be able to

  • Work according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Conduct and relevant professional guidelines as a named nurse or key worker, taking responsibility for the assessment of care and health education needs
  • Develop, implement and evaluate care plans in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals ensuring individual needs are met
  • Ensure that everyone involved in the care plan receives a copy and to ensure that all relevant details are recorded on trust IT systems.
  • Utilising the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and in line with Trust policy, provide specialist care, education and advice to service users (including carers) who are suffering from common, severe and enduring mental health problem to promote recovery and social inclusion.
  • Assist service users to meet their personal care needs e.g. assisting with bathing and washing, as outlined in the Care Plan.
  • Liaise with and offer specialist assessment and advice to other agencies and professions. To participate in Multi-Agency meetings to offer advice and opinions to facilitate the ongoing treatment and care of clients and to ensure adherence to National Service Framework (NSF) guidelines
  • Actively support service users in the management of their medication within a concordance framework and relevant policies. Administer medication, including Intra-muscular injections depot medication as appropriate and monitor side effects. Delegate the checking and delivery of medication when appropriate.

  • Maintain accurate written records and statistics to ensure that service user details and details of care given are recorded in notes and on the trust database(s) in line with trust policy
  • Contribute if required to the preparation of appropriate reports, including reports for Mental Health Act Tribunals and Mental Health Managers review meetings as required by rule 6 (1) of the Mental Health Tribunal rules.
  • Provide and receive complex and sensitive information from service users, carers or other professionals and agencies, on a daily basis.
  • Work with and support other members of the Multidisciplinary team, using clinical judgements in the absence of key members of the team, including medical staff.
  • Ensure that psychological intervention or treatment is offered to clients as outlined in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines
  • De-escalation of aggression using verbal de-escalation skills and physical breakaway technique.

Leadership / Management
  • Undertaking other duties appropriate to the post requested by his/her senior managers.
  • Provide support to junior nurses, nurses in training and other members of the multi-disciplinary team ensuring training objectives are met.
  • Implementing risk assessments and management plans on a daily basis working with people with common, severe, and enduring mental health problems who are frequently distressed and emotionally disturbed.

  • To take responsibility for ordering and maintaining stocks of medication and clinical supplies, ensuring clinical waste is disposed of safely and in accordance with trust and national policies (if applicable)
  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Patients and relatives
  • General public
  • Community Support Services

Physical, Mental & Emotional Effort & Working Conditions
  • Will be required to utilise recognised manual handling techniques and guidelines
  • May be expected to frequently manoeuvre patients / objects over 15 kg using appropriate aids
  • Will have frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions and will be required to follow policies and procedures pertaining to infestations, bodily fluids, infection control and COSHH regulations
  • Frequent exposure to distressing and emotionally demanding situations involving patients and relatives
  • Some exposure to patients displaying verbal and physical abuse
  • The work pattern may be unpredictable and there is a frequent requirement for long periods of concentration.
  • You will be expected to work within both Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospital if the demand of the service requires you to move sites.
  • There is the on-going requirement to maintain excellent standards of care whilst working under pressure in an ever-changing and challenging environment

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Registered Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Must have 6 months acute ward experience which must be within the last 6 months.
  • A willingness to develop knowledge and skill is essential
  • An ability to perform clinical skills with dexterity
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, policy and procedure
  • An understanding of evidence based practice
  • IT skills which can be built upon to incorporate the use of hospital administration, information and training systems
  • Organisation and time management skills

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

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust





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