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Staff Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Alt Ward is a 17 bedded mixed acute ward that supports patients when they are at their most acutely unwell.

We offer person centred psychology and also the opportunity to work along side psychology supporting service users to complete safety plans which help identify coping strategies and ways to manage their symptoms.

We work with occupational therapists completing ward and off ward based assessments to ensure that when a service user has completed their recovery that they receive the support they require on discharge.

We also link in with the Life rooms and Everton in the Community to support patients in developing their interests, skills and motivation.

Alt ward has worked closely with the centre for perfect care offering a least restrictive approach and no force first environment that enables patients to develop positive and trusting relationships with the staff on the ward. Allowing them a familiar and comfortable environment during the recovery process.

You will have the opportunity to develop your clinical skills, completing venepuncture and ECG training becoming familiar with identifying physical health needs in addition to a service users mental health needs.

There are also multiple opportunities to engage in further training such as Arrive, STRIVE, THRIVE and post graduate certification in psychological interventions.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality, evidence based care within the Mental Health Care Division for service users and their carers within inpatient and community services.
  • To carry out your duties as a practitioner under the supervision of a mentor.
  • To function as an associate nurse/named nurse/care coordinator/ to service users assisting in assessment, planning and evaluation and review of care, within a recovery focused model of care.
  • Where appropriate, to take part in a 24 hour system of rostering including internal rotation.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the Care Programme Approach and under the supervision of the line manager.
  • To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual.
  • To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan
  • To develop a risk management plan for service users, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately.
  • To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.
  • To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings
  • To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users that you have responsibility for with guidance from a supervisor.
  • To communicate with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the communication of any relevant information which has an impact on the service users care
  • To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.
  • To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress, psychiatric symptoms or where English is not the first language
  • To use skills gained through training and experience to give and receive information to other individuals with regards to a service users care in the reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust
  • To have knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation.
  • To support services users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To ensure that service user rights under the Mental Health Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented
  • To provide and co-ordinate the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users and monitor their effectiveness.
  • To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that the Trust policies and procedures and the Nursing & Midwifery Councils regulations are adhered to

Person Specification



  • Appropriate professional qualification by RMN


  • Degree
  • Evidence of post registration study.
  • Approved training in phlebotomy



  • Experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems
  • A demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights


  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team

Knowledge& skills


  • Able to communicate effectively.
  • Possess good listening and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base regarding: ? Effective Care Co-ordination
  • Care Planning and evaluation
  • Quality and clinical audit
  • Health & Safety/Risk Management Mental Health Act
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision


  • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Clock View Hospital

2a Oak House Park


L9 1EP

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