An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Healthcare Assistant to join Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust at Nile Ward (PICU), St Charles Hospital.
Working as part of a friendly team, you will be responsible for assisting multi-disciplinary health professionals in the provision of a high quality service.Main duties of the job
Band 5 nurses work closely with the people who use our services, their families, friends and carers and play an important contribution in how people experience our services. Band 5 nurses are expected to be kind and responsive but professional and informative and contribute to the quality of the services we provide by:
- keeping the people who using our services as safe as possible through the use of sound clinical skills and effective risk assessments
- ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes by using up-to-date skills and adhering to evidence based policies and procedures
- ensuring the people using our services have a good experience by respecting, empowering and working in partnership with people throughout the care planning process
We believe that the best health care is delivered by multi-disciplinary teams working well together and in partnership with other teams and services to provide seamless care. Band 5 nurses work as part of a team and you will contribute to the success of the team by drawing support from more experienced nurses and other health professionals but also by supervising other staff and students nurses to ensure they are working to the standards which the people using our services deserve. About us
CNWL prides itself on its investment in staff both in terms of developing career skills but also its commitment to staff health and wellbeing. Why join our PICU wards?
Job descriptionJob responsibilities
- An opportunity to work with ournationally accredited PICU teams.This accreditation means that they have achieved and are delivering the highest standards of clinical excellence as governed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
- As part of this accreditation we arecontinuously exploring innovativeways to improve the experiences of both our service users and our staff. Our recentQuality Improvement(QI)initiative helped toreduce violence on the ward by 43%.
- We are committed toempowering our service users and to allow our staff more time to do what they love, NURSING. We have weekly Communal Cooking where apatient will cook for the other patients and staffand they will all eat this together improving relations between everyone and creating a warm, friendly environment.
- We haveservice user-led projectsincluding incredible wall murals which have been completed by our service-users, gardening sessions for our new sensory garden!
- Through the development of our QI projects wecreated the Trust's firstHealth and Fitness Practitionerwho creates enhanced workout programmes and delivers nutritional education to our service users. This has allowed theseservice users to feel more ableto continue their recovery in the community and has led to an average of3-6kg less weight gainsince its implementation.
Band 5 nurses contribute to the provision of safe and reliable services by:
- Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services as safe as possible
- Safeguarding people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns when necessary
- Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use our services
- Being open and transparent about their own practice
- Supervising the work of others
- Reflecting on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality can be made
- Working with others to create a culture of continuous improvement
- Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive records
- Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training requirements.
The NMC plays an important role in safeguarding the public by regulating the work of nurses and all nurses, including Band 5 nurses, are expected to register with the NMC each year and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.
Band 5 nurses contribute to the effectiveness of services by:
- Providing skilled, evidence based nursing care which adheres to agreed policies and procedures
- Working with patients and families in all stages of the care planning process including assessing risks and needs
- Acting as patient advocates in the multi-disciplinary team and overseeing the work of others to ensure that they are also responding to the needs of patients and providing clinically effective care
- Working as autonomous practitioners and taking responsibility for the care they give to patients but within their own limits of competency and confidence
- Contributing to creating and maintaining high performing teams by:
- communicating well with all members of the team
- understanding their role in the team and how they help the team achieve its objectives
- reflecting on their own practice regularly and encouraging the whole team to reflect on their practices in handovers and team meetings
- identifying how care could be improved
Band 5 nurses contribute to the people using our services feeling respected and empowered to make decisions about their health and wellbeing by:
- Working in partnership with patients and their families and carers
- Gaining consent and, as far as possible, involving people in all decision making
- Signposting patients and carers to supportive services e.g. the courses provided by the Recovery and Wellbeing College or services provided by the local authority or the voluntary sector
- Reassuring people by being professional, responsive, knowledgeable and confident
- Responding to complaints or concerns effectively and quickly in line with the Trust policy
Supporting yourself and others
Engaged staff are more productive and Band 5 nurses play a role in engaging in other staff members in the Trust and the work we do by:
Person SpecificationQualificationsEssential Skills and experienceEssential
- Providing supervision and annual appraisals to other staff which helps those staff reflect on their work, understand their objectives and monitors their progress towards achieving them
- Participating constructively in their own supervision and annual appraisal processes
- Using continuing professional development funds to consolidate or improve clinical skills and to gain mentorship skills so they can support student nurses
- Microsoft Office/Email
- Team work
- Office admin
- Communication skills
- Filing systems /file prepping
- Organisational skills
- Partnership working
- SystmOne/Clinical system
- Working with children
- Using clinical equipment i.e. height and weight
- Confidentiality/Data Protection
- Experience of using office equipment
- Trust Values
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Child Protection
- Infection Control
- Heath and Safety
Central and North West London NHS Foundation TrustAddress
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