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Band 6 Clinical Team Leader - Bath

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
On Sycamore Ward, we are looking for highly motivated registered mental health nurse to join the experienced friendly team.

Sycamore Ward is within the building of Hillview Lodge, in the grounds of The Royal United Hospital. Sycamore is currently piloting a 15 bedded all female ward. However, this will return to a mixed gender ward in the very near future.

We are very proud of our service user/carer involvement in the development of our services.

Recent feedback includes:

To all the staff on Sycamore, thank you for your dedication, care, kindness and compassion. I will never be able to thank you enough. Had my son not been admitted to Sycamore, I really do not think he would have survived and so I will be forever grateful to you all for saving his life

We are all sincerely thankful for all the considerate, kind and professional help you have given my brother. To aid and place him on a road to recovery. We are all very grateful for your effort, patience and the time you continue to offer those in need.

The current working staff group recent feedback regarding working on Sycamore includes:

Sycamore is a great place to work because the team is so friendly and supportive, it a safe and secure team. The nursing team are supported to take a lead and are always given guidance and support from management.

When working on Sycamore, there is never a dull moment, no two shifts are the same. You have great job satisfaction when you see the patients get well

Main duties of the job

To provide clear clinical leadership to Staff Nurses and Health Care Assistants working on the ward. Ensure the continuity of care for service users and full implementation of Trust policies. To supervise Band 5 staff and below in developing, implementing and assessing individual programmes of care. An integral part of the role is to undertake appraisals, clinical supervision and teaching. Responsible for specific management duties within the ward, which are commensurate with their grade, you will be expected to provide general management in the absence of the Ward Manager.

We have a very active weekly community meeting that service users, carers, volunteers and a range of staff attend. This is a great time to get together to share good news and to raise areas that we would all like to work together on to make the ward a safe and welcoming place.

The ward has a clear mission statement created by the MDT. Staff are very active with the safe wards project and reducing restrictive practice. We are currently running a QI project on sexual safety. The ward team has a positive reporting culture, and welcomes training opportunities such as trauma informed care. Staff also have a very active social support network.

If you are positive, pro-active and can make important decisions under pressure, if you are a strong team player who is able to take responsibility and work with a service-user centred mind-set, then you might be a perfect addition to the Sycamore team.

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

To carry out clinical practice within the 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, patient-focused, nursing assessment and prepare care plans in consultation with the service user to provide the best nursing care
  • Carry out clinical audit to evaluate and improve clinical services in partnership with service users
  • Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, MHA 1983. Ensure all others apply these, to support safe practice.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health legislation.
  • Be familiar with the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. Recognise own competencies and to address any limitations to ensure safe practice.
  • To implement and encourage others to implement research-based practice.
  • Supervise junior and unqualified staff
  • Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme
  • Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users
  • Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for individual service users

To use own specialist skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentoring opportunities for staff within designated areas and promote positive attitudes towards mental health.

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).

To make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models ensuring provision of best care possible. Implement and abide by 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

Person Specification

Valid NMC Registration


  • Registered under the relevant part of the NMC register
  • Not currently under fitness to Practice investigation by the NMC

Relevant Skills


  • Nursing Assessment Skills
  • Medication Management Skills
  • Risk Assessment Skills
  • Mental State Assessment Skills
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Safeguarding Knowledge and how to report concerns
  • Ability to build therapeutic relationships with Service users
  • De-escalation Skills
  • Collaborative Working with the MDT


  • PMVA trained
  • Previous experience of mentoring students
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Trained in CBT, DBT or other therapy/intervention

Experience at Band 5 Level


  • Must have been a registered Nurse for at least 18 months


  • Experience working as UNIC

Leadership Qualities


  • Ability to influence
  • Enthusiasm for the role
  • Good communicatior
  • Ability to drive or support change
  • Ability to promote Quality and high standards


  • Previous experience of teaching

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Hillview Lodge

Combe Park



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