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Staff Nurse

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

The role
  • Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UK's most respected mental health and learning disability trusts?
  • Would you like to be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference to peoples lives to enjoy a better future?

We are seeking Band 5 Mental Health Nurses (RMNS) for our Specialist Mother & Baby Unit (MBU); this is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and passionate team at Jasmine Lodge a purpose built 8 bedded unit in Exeter, Devon.

Devon Partnership Trust Perinatal Service is a well-established one & nationally awarded (Positive Practice in Mental Health - Community Perinatal Team 2016 & 2018 winner). We have close working partnerships with our local Maternity Departments, Exeter University, Plymouth University & a well-respected Research Department.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to peoples lives from the moment you start.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will have excellent communication skills, commitment to working flexibly, participating in the internal 24 hours, 7 day a week rota to meet the needs of people who use our services, be able to demonstrate effective working in a multi-disciplinary team setting.

This role is on a ward that operates on a 24/7 shift basis and therefore enables staff to qualify for unsocial enhancements in addition to their basic pay.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate sound clinical decision making and clinical leadership skills for running the ward as the Nurse in Charge. We are looking for a person/family centred Nurse who is compassionate and caring towards the women in our care.

There will be an excellent level of professionalism demonstrated in the successful candidate who leads by example and supports junior staff through supervision and when leading the shift.

The successful candidate will be able to attend our newly designed perinatal mental health induction where they will be able to expand upon their knowledge and skills to assist them in care delivery.

We are an aspirational service & actively encourage innovation, joining the Mother & Baby Unit will be a once in a lifetime chance to drive for a service of excellence with women, babies & families at the centre of all we do.

If you would like to arrange a visit to Jasmine Lodge please contact the unit on 01392 539100, We welcome interested applicants to find out more.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose
  • To assess care needs, develop, implement and evaluate individual care plans.
  • To provide named nurse role to people who use our service.
  • To promote and improve quality of service provided.
  • To manage the unit in the absence of Ward Manager / Team Leader
  • To participate in the internal rotation system including weekend working

Duties and Responsibilities
  • To be a proactive, skilled member of the ward Multi-Disciplinary team
  • To have knowledge and experience of providing individual and group clinical/therapy work.
  • To demonstrate effective leadership and assist with providing advice and guidance to non-qualified staff and students.
  • To be responsible for the provision and maintenance of effective therapeutic relationships, which at all times acknowledges the rights, personal dignity and encourages opportunity for growth and development of the person using this service.
  • To provide cross cover to other mental health units located on the same site when there is a clinical need.
  • To work in line with agreed safeguarding protocols at all times
  • Actively engage in required training
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of the legal requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 (including 2007 updates), Mental Capacity Act 2005 (to include Deprivation of Liberty safeguards), Care Programme Approach, and National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990.
  • To work to the NICE and NMC Guidelines and Standards.
  • To be aware of and work in line with all relevant Trust Policies and Procedures.

Communication & Working Relationships
  • To have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • To be proficient in the use of electronic systems
  • To maintain professional working relationships with other members of the Multi-disciplinary Team.
  • To be able to liaise with carers, families and user groups and representatives.
  • To liaise with a range of professionals and agencies allied to the holistic care of the person using this service user e.g. G.P, Social Worker, Housing etc.

Planning & Organisation
  • To act as shift co-ordinator
  • Act up (take responsibility for the ward) in the absence of Manager as required
  • Supervise others in line with Trust policy

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment & Therapy
  • To act as named nurse for a cohort of patients.
  • To assess complex health and wellbeing needs, develop, monitor and review care plans to meet individual needs. To update all records on carenotes (electronic clinical records)
  • To provide robust risk assessments and ensure they are updated regularly on Carenotes (electronic clinical records)
  • To maintain professionalism at all times/whilst being non-judgemental.
  • To ensure safe practice working to NMC, Government and Trust policies /procedures
  • Maintain accurate documentation using the correct recording systems (mostly electronic)

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility
  • To be aware of national and professional developments.
  • To participate in ongoing training and education progress.
  • To demonstrate evidence based practice and participate in research/audit/pilot projects.
  • To be aware of current initiatives in inpatient care.
  • To promote service changes with positive professional attitude and fully engage in service changes.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources
  • To ensure Trust policies and procedures are followed in relation to the handling of monies, property etc. belonging to people using the service
  • To demonstrate effective risk management skills
  • Use Trust resources in a sustainable, cost effective and appropriate way

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management
  • To demonstrate and develop effective leadership/management skills.
  • To provide Supervision and Appraisals to appropriate/allocated staff.
  • To participated in the role of Mentor to students.
  • To participate in the role of Preceptor to newly qualified staff (where appropriate)
  • To participate in audits.
  • There is a requirement to support learners on a regular basis which includes the achievement and updating of profession specific training to the required standard to fulfil this role.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties
  • To ensure accurate documentation.
  • To have working knowledge of RIO System and associated systems.
  • To engage and participate in the use of Electronic recording systems and training when required.
  • To participate in formulating and providing reports for other professionals such as panel for continuing care etc.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of NMC codes of conduct and comply with them.
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of government health and social care policy
  • Have a working knowledge of PREP requirements and maintain personal, professional development.
  • Report any observed incident of unprofessional behaviour, accident/incident, untoward occurrence, and faulty equipment immediately to Ward Manager/Team Leader.
  • To take an active role in own supervision and continuous professional development

Person Specification



  • RMN/ Registered Nurse (Mental Health) with current registration.
  • A willingness to complete Trust Mandatory Courses (will be required to complete and undertake relevant Physical Interventions training with adjustments considered if required)



  • Experience of Adult and/or perinatal mental health nursing and the nursing process.


  • Experience of inpatient ward working.

Knowledge and skills


  • Knowledge and skills in providing supervision
  • Knowledge of ordering, storing and administering required medications
  • Knowledge of possible side effects of medication
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1987 (including updates)
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty safeguards
  • Knowledge of CPA (Care Programme Approach) Multi-Disciplinary Working
  • Understanding of Recovery principles in Mental Health Knowledge and understanding of both adult and childrens safeguarding guidance
  • Experience of Adult and/or perinatal mental health nursing and the nursing process
  • Communication Skills Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to form positive therapeutic relationships with service users, carers and other professional bodies.
  • Excellent IT skills. Knowledge of CARENOTES electronic case notes
  • Ability to engage in and lead (when required) MDT meetings
  • Ability to assess situations, make decisions, co-ordinate and organise appropriate responses.
  • Have an awareness and ability to maintain personal boundaries.
  • Able to risk assess
  • To be able to plan and implement all aspects of nursing skills.
  • To demonstrate effective leadership skills, promote effective role model across the ward environment.
  • To attend Mandatory Training for either 5 day restraint, Breakaway, Manual handling etc.
  • To be able to work on the internal ward shift rotation which includes night duties

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