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Band 6 Charge Nurse - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you ready to make a positive impact on the lives of the young people within our service? Join our passionate and dynamic team at the forefront of transforming young lives within CAMHS inpatient services.

This is a highly exciting time to join an innovative and forward thinking team, with training and leadership opportunities to help you develop your career.

We are looking for a Nurse ready to work at a Band 6 level and with a passion for providing a standard of care that can really change young people's lives.
  • The Unit is in a position through the South West Provider Collaborative to offer further training of which could include DBT for Adolescents, Non-Violent Resistance, and Positive Behavioural Support, providing valuable transferable skills.
  • We can offer support in gaining clinical and management experience that looks to future career development, with training programmes delivered within AWP.
  • You will work in a highly supportive environment.
  • You will have a thorough induction into the running and life of the Unit with input into working with young people.

Main duties of the job

Supporting young people with severe and complex Mental Health difficulties through individual, group, and family settings.

Taking on the role of a clinical lead within the Unit to ensure the highest standard of care for young people.

You will oversee more junior members of the Nursing Team and assist in the maintenance and development of clinical standards, as well as .

You will work closely with the Unit MDT and support the Ward Manager in the effective running of the Unit.

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.

Working within AWP will bring you support and development as we strive to provide exceptional care for the people we care for.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As an inpatient CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) nurse, your primary responsibilities involve providing specialised care and support to children and adolescents with mental health issues who require hospitalisation. Your duties may include:

Assessment and monitoring: Conducting thorough mental health state examinations of patients upon admission and throughout their stay to understand their specific needs and concerns.

Medication administration: Administering prescribed medications and monitoring their effectiveness and potential side effects, ensuring patients receive the appropriate dosage as prescribed by the medical team.

Leadership: Being a leader to junior staff, supporting their development through positive role modelling, clinical supervision and providing a containing presence. Working closely with the ward manager to complete audits.

Care planning and implementation: Collaborating with the multidisciplinary team to develop personalised care plans for each patient, which may include therapeutic interventions, risk management, and 1:1 sessions.

Crisis intervention: Managing and de-escalating crisis situations that may arise, employing appropriate techniques to ensure the safety and well-being of patients and staff.

Emotional support: Providing emotional support and a safe, empathetic environment for patients and their families during their admission.

Family involvement: Involving the patient's family in their care.

Collaborative care: Working closely with other healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, family therapists and psychotherapists to ensure comprehensive and holistic care for the patients.

Documentation: Maintaining accurate and up-to-date medical records and patient progress notes, ensuring proper communication within the healthcare team.

Discharge planning: Assisting in the transition of patients back to their home or community, ensuring appropriate aftercare arrangements are in place, and contingency plans.

Safeguarding and advocacy: Advocating for the best interests of patients, ensuring they receive proper care and support, and identifying and reporting any concerns related to safeguarding or welfare.

Continuous professional development: Engaging in ongoing training and professional development to stay updated on the latest developments in mental health care and nursing practices. Riverside holds DBT, NVR and Milieu Therapy within their ethos.

It's essential for inpatient CAMHS nurses to be compassionate, patient, and skilled in handling mental health crises, as they play a crucial role in helping young patients navigate through difficult times and achieve better mental health outcomes.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health, Children, Learning Disability, Adult)



  • An understanding of the importance of self-awareness and how one's own experiences may impact upon one's attitudes and interactions.
  • An ability to manage and contain stress individually and within the team.



  • Experience of working in an inpatient or community setting.



  • Ability to form and maintain boundaried working relationships with service users.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Ability to take a leadership role in the Nursing Team.
  • Ability to assess the needs of service users including risk and develop management plans.
  • Ability to manage and oversee the work of more junior members of staff.
  • Ability to lead the team in challenging situations.
  • Ability to provide clinical leadership within the Nursing team, to maintain standards, and provide clinical supervision for more junior members of staff.



  • Sound knowledge of Nursing Processes.
  • Knowledge of the legal frameworks.


  • Mentoring Qualification.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Blackberry Hill Hospital

Manor Road


BS16 2EW

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