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Band 5 Staff Nurse - Hillview Lodge, Bath

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to a recent review of Safer Staffing Levels for Sycamore ward, we are looking for highly motivated registered mental health nurses to join the experienced friendly team here in Bath, on our adults of working age admission and treatment ward.

Sycamore Ward is situated within the building of Hillview Lodge, which in turn is situated in the Grounds of The Royal United Hospital. Sycamore Ward is currently piloting a 15 bedded all female ward however, this will return to a mixed gender ward in the very near future. Sycamore ward offers care to service users with a serious mental illness who are in crisis.

The Sycamore team focus is on improving standards of care and developing the inpatient service in conjunction with the existing wider service and Multi-Disciplinary team. As such, we are looking for a Registered Nurse at Band 5. We welcome applications from newly qualified registered nurses, experienced nurses and those students that will be soon to qualify in the next year. We have an excellent preceptor package to support newly qualified nurses.

Main duties of the job

We work alongside BANES Intensive support team, BANES Recovery support team, BANES Early Intervention team , who are all based on site. We have a very good working relationship with these teams, which assists in optimizing the service user's care pathway.We have an established culture of inter-team working which offers people who work on the site diverse experience and learning opportunities.We are also very proud of our service user involvement in the development of our services.We have a service user involvement worker who promotes involvement at every level of our service provision. We welcome service users and carers to help shape the services, and bring a positive dimension to ward environment.We work along side St Mungo's Charity, and have a very active move-on worker on the ward from St Mungo's. This role helps service users with benefits and housing. The ward can also access support from the St Mungo's peer mentor service which can offer a short term wrap round service at the point of discharge.Alongside this, you will be working on shifts with occupational therapists. This has been a successful innovation and incidences of aggression has decreased as a result of increased occupation and therapeutic activity. As a team, we are also proud to promote Safe wards for all on the ward, and have an activity worker that promotes engagement with the service users through mutual help meetings, and activities both on and off the ward.

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 preparing care plans 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 and unqualified 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 for individual clients ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health Legislation.

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 relating to 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 professional development as outlined in NMC Standards.

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

To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from the line 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 (Rosterpro).

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 Audit

To 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.

Professional Nursing Advice

Contribute to providing professional nursing advice within the post-holders area of responsibility and span of knowledge.

Person Specification



  • RN3: Mental Health Nurse, Level 1



  • Knowledge of medication rounds and safe administration and disposal of drugs


  • Able to undertake clinical supervision, appraisal, mentorship, teaching and preceptorships for Student nurses, bands 2, 3 and 4 staff. Ensure all personal development needs are reported to team leader.

Leadership skills


  • Leadership skills(motivating, using initiative, change management)


  • Clinical supervision.

Risk management


  • Able to demonstrate experience of effective risk assessment and management

Professional development


  • Willingness to undertake further training relevant to clinical area.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Sycamore Ward. Hillview Lodge

Combe Park



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