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Staff Nurse - Adolescent Unit

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

Staff Nurse - Band 5 Adolescent Unit.

Contract : Permanent. Full-Time 37.5hours per week

The main components of the Staff Nurse role area) Keyworkerb) Group facilitatorc) Milieu Manager andd) Trainer/Trainee

This post offers a range of clinical, therapeutic and managerial experience. There isscope for professional development and preparation for advancement. At times thepost involves mental and emotional effort in a setting that deals with family breakdown,serious mental illness, child abuse where there will be instance of verbal and physicalaggression.

Main duties of the job

Simmons House Adolescent Unit

RMN/RCN/RLDNInpatient CAMHSSimmons House is a 12 bedded unit specialising in the inpatient treatment of those aged 13-18 presenting with a range of mental health problems.As a Staff Nurse, in addition to working in a committed and highly skilled nursing team, you will have the opportunity to develop skills working therapeutically alongside our dynamic MDT in Individual, Group and Family contexts. You will have the opportunity to expand your day to day management experience and to build up links with referrers and community based services.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We offer a developed and highly structured system of clinical supervision and training, and are committed to supporting suitable external training alongside in house training, in line with the knowledge skills framework. It is desirable for candidates to have had a period of post qualification experience. Whilst previous relevant experience would be an advantage, we are equally impressed with those who can demonstrate imagination and enthusiasm, and who feel they can make a contribution to the work with this stimulating and rewarding client group. We also offer preceptorship packages for newly qualified nurses.

We are opening this post to RCNs and RLDNs who are interesting in joining our team and supporting us with bringing new skills and ideas.The post involves working with children and adolescents so the successful candidate will need to have a Disclosure Barring Scheme check.

Person Specification



  • RMN
  • RCN


  • . Evidence of some post-basic training, or other relevant qualifications



  • Post qualification mental health work.
  • An understanding of basic interpersonal, group & systems dynamics. Knowledge of cognitive behavioural and medical model approaches
  • An understanding of the specific needs of adolescents & families
  • Working knowledge of Primary Nursing or key work
  • Multi-disciplinary team experience
  • Experience of teaching & supervision of junior staff
  • Can show an awareness of the skills necessary to effectively manage shifts on an adolescent unit
  • Clear practical and theoretical knowledge of 1983 Mental Health Act. Also knowledge of the Children Act 1989
  • Ability to plan care for disturbed adolescents



  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of Equal Opportunities policies
  • Flexibility in regard to shift work
  • Can clearly identify the rationale for clinical supervision
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal


  • A clean driving licence and a willingness to drive the unit MPV

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