Band 5 Staff Nurse - Elmham Way, Weston Super Mare

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Weston Super Mare
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Elmham Way is a seven bedded mixed gender Rehabilitation unit based in the heart of the community in the Locking Castle area of Weston super Mare.

We are a resource that provides rehabilitation, for people with enduring Mental Health needs, within a supportive environment and are served by a small but dedicated multi-disciplinary team. We work closely with the acute in-patient services also in Weston Super Mare, whilst striving to remain community focussed. We maintain excellent links with the Recovery College and the wider community in Weston and are utilising and advocating both the Recovery Star and the Camberwell Assessment of Need Short Appraisal Schedule (CANSAS) in our day-to-day work, engaging with individuals to promote independence, and help them achieve their aspirations and potential.

We are looking for someone who can be pro-active in their approach to supporting people in their personal recovery, a willingness to lead and support staff in facilitating activity groups and also to work with individuals on a 1.1 basis whilst maintaining a team-based approach.

The position is Full Time, 37.5hrs pw, working a rotational shift pattern which involves weekends, days, nights, and bank holidays

We offer excellent training and professional development opportunities, to not only enhance your own knowledge and skills, but to also benefit and improve the service.

Main duties of the job

You will co-ordinate shifts, attend ward rounds/ CPA's, complete medication rounds, work closely with service users within the key working role and supporting both service users and their carers during their admission and on discharge back into the community.

There will be opportunities around career development, taking on lead roles to support the development of the team and service delivery. We also welcome our staff to seek additional training opportunities to meet their interests, eg. Working with learning disabilities & dual diagnosis. You will be supported as a practice assessor/ practice supervisor for students & be actively encouraged to be a vital part of student nurse learning and development.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust):a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Practice Management

To carry out clinical practice within designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided. This will include:
  • Undertaking a comprehensive, person-centred, nursing assessment and prepare careplans in consultation with the service users to provide the best nursing care
  • Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme
  • Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users
  • Ability to implement research-based practice
  • Following successful completion of preceptorship, ability to supervise junior andunqualified staff
  • Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g., NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010 and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
  • Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies forindividual clients ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental HealthLegislation
  • Ensure the ordering storage, administration and disposal of medication complies with relevant trust and legislative guidance e.g., NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and MHA (1983

Teaching, Education & Health Promotion

To use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentoring opportunities for staff within designated areas and promote positive attitudes towards mental health. This will include:
  • Regular provision of advice and mentoring to staff.
  • Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post-registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members as directed.

Continuing Professional Development

To maintain and develop professional knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure that practice reflects best practice, remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing patient and NHS service needs, as outlined in the NHS Plan (2000).

Abide by the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relatingto practice as outlined in the NMC's 'The Code':Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives

Take responsibility for post-registration education and for continuing professionaldevelopment as outlined in NMC Standards.

To receive clinical supervision in accordance on a contracted and regular basis from anidentified Senior Practitioner, as per trust Clinical Supervision Policy.

To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from theline manager, and to maintain records of these meetings.

Maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act(1974).

Work to the Clinical and Personnel Policies and Procedures of AWP Trust.

Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues and act in accordance with the appropriate NMC standards and Trust policy and ensure that others also work within these guidelines.

Finance and WorkforceTo make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models ensuring provision of best care possible. Follow Trust and Service Policies in regard to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public To take part in PEAT and environmental risk assessments as requested so that best use is made of resources. Manage temporary staffing resources in line with AWP best practice guidance Ensure that service provision is both safe and therapeutic within spanof knowledge. Effective time management Utilize electronic rostering systems (Healthroster) Participate in education and training opportunities To take charge of the Unit in the absence of the Charge Nurse or Clinical Team Leader To be familiar with and comply with all Policies & Procedures operational within the Trust

Record Keeping and AdministrationTo maintain standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines. This will include: The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant NMC Guidelines and Trust Policy. Work under the direction of Essence of Care lead. Contribute to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to Records Management within their span of control. Maintain safety of clients and staff within the Unit and ensure legal obligations are fulfilled.

Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development & Clinical AuditTo contribute to practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing. This will include: Undertake relevant practice development/research activity. Take part in a rolling programme of audit. Comply with activity as outlined in The Essence of Care. Work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance.

Person Specification



  • RN3: Mental Health Nurse, Level 1
  • Able to demonstrate experience of effective risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of medication rounds and safe administration and disposal of drugs
  • Able to develop an excellent therapeutic relationship function as named nurse undertaking all aspects of the nursing process
  • demonstrates excellent de-escalation and listening skills
  • Practical experience of providing high quality care and exceeding expectations
  • Motivated to provide the highest standard in a changing service
  • Willingness to undertake further training relevant to clinical area.


  • Experience of basic counselling and group work
  • Able to recognise signs of stress in self and in others.
  • Experienced in current developments in mental health care and nursing practice
  • Leadership skills (motivating, using initiative, change management)

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Elmham Way

1, Elmham Way

Weston Super Mare

BS24 7JL

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