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Registered Mental Health Nurse Forensic

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Jun 2023
We are looking for an experienced Registered Mental Health Nurse to join our team at The Hatherton Centre in Stafford. The Hatherton Centre is a low or medium secure setting providing high quality clinical care that is evidence-based, open to monitoring and evaluation, and clinically effective. You will be working with predominantly mentally disordered offenders or patients who may have a diagnosis of a learning disability, autism or ADHD and may have an offending history.

Main duties of the job

  • To act as key worker to an individual or group of service users, coordinating all aspects of care in accordance with the Care Programme Approach (CPA).
  • Assessment of patient's individual care needs.
  • The development of programmes of care.
  • Implementation of agreed programmes of care.
  • Evaluates effectiveness of programmes of care.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by

? Supporting your career development and progression.? Excellent NHS Pension scheme? Generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave? Options for flexible working? Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.? Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources? If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients.? Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate? Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates? Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k? Free car parking at all trust sites? Free flu vaccination every year? Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met) and more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Your main responsibilities will be
  • Ensures compliance with NMC Code of Conduct
  • Measures quality of care by the use of appropriate tools.
  • Implements Mental Health Act (1983) appropriately.
  • Implements local and national policies.
  • Promotes and maintains effective relationships with other disciplines.
  • Promotes and maintains effective relationships within the ward team.
  • Takes charge regularly of shift in ward environment.
  • Acts as primary nurse for Clinical Team embracing multi disciplinary working.
  • Identifies training requirements of self and junior staff.
  • Maintains an up to date level of professional competence.
  • Assess, develops, implements and evaluates ward teaching programmes, in conjunction with responsible nurse.
  • Supervises and organises student nurses and junior staff.
  • Maintains effective multi disciplinary/agency working relationship
  • Takes all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, patients and visitors and the public, by implementing all policies and procedures relating to security and Health and Safety.
  • Maintains safe custody of all patients in accordance with the leave/parole status as defined by the clinical team. This includes the supervision of patients within the clinic, grounds and community.
  • Maintains continuing professional development by engaging in appraisal system and clinical supervision
  • Be prepared to act as clinical supervisor.

Systems and Equipment

Utilises appropriate systems and equipment per Trust Policies and procedures.

Decisions and Judgements
  • Assess, develop, deliver and evaluate effective programmes of care in conjunction with the multi disciplinary team.
  • On occasions, will be expected to act as Forensic Co-ordinator i.e. Senior Nurse for the Forensic Unit.
  • Organise time of junior staff and learners day-to-day work tasks and activities within the structure.

Communication and Relationships
  • Promotes and maintains effective relationships with other disciplines/agencies
  • Promotes and maintains effective relationships within the ward team.
  • Promotes and maintains effective relationships with patients
  • Utilise communication skills verbally, written and electronic e.g. preparation and presentation of nursing reports.

Physical Demands of the Job

Where necessary take a lead role in the management of actual and potential physical aggression using appropriate techniques and interventions

Most Challenging/Difficult Parts of the Job
  • Where necessary deal with the management of severely challenging and potentially disturbed patients.
  • Undertake 24 hour shift working on a rotational basis

Must be willing to participate in consultation and development of own professional role and the service as a whole.

This document does not attempt to describe all the tasks of the post, but it does indicate the degree of authority and discretion, together with examples of the activities of a Band 5 Staff Nurse.

Person Specification



  • Possess first level qualification Part 3 or 13 of the NMC Register
  • A willingness to undertake further training as appropriate to Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Possess or be working towards a relevant teaching and assessing qualification



  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983) with particular reference to Part 3
  • Demonstrate an awareness/understanding of forensic mental health legislation framework and relevant national policy
  • Demonstrate an awareness/understanding of the evidence that underpins the care and treatment of mental illness
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of multi disciplinary/inter agency working and the need to work across professional boundaries
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of an evidence-based approach to underpin clinical practice and have the ability to illustrate the application of this.



  • 12 months post qualifying experience working 1 or more healthcare settings


  • Experience of working within a forensic setting



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Care Coordination Review and its implications to nursing practice
  • Demonstrate managerial and leadership skills

Personal Qualities


  • Be optimistic, realistic self-motivated, whilst socially confident
  • Have the ability to identify, tolerate and manage a high degree of stress in yourself and others
  • Honest, reliable and trustworthy
  • Be prepared to work in a flexible manner in order to meet the needs of the service
  • Must display a non-discriminatory attitude
  • Ability to demonstrate the positive application of our behaviours oRespectful oHonest and Trustworthy oCaring and Compassionate oTaking the time to talk and listen oWorking together and leading by example

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


The Hatherton Centre, St Georges Hospital

Corporation Street


ST16 3AG

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