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Staff Nurse

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time = 37.5 Hours Per Week

The staff team at the Horizon Centre are excited to welcome applications for a full time Staff Nurse on our Assessment and Treatment Unit in Wakefield.

The Horizon Centre is an 8 bedded Assessment and Treatment Unit that provides highly specialised assessment, formulation, and intervention for adults with a diagnosed learning disability, working in a person-centred way to meet each individuals needs. The service works within Positive Behavioural and Active Support frameworks and provides trauma-informed care focused on treatment and recovery, with the aim of supporting the person back into the community and their everyday lives.

You will be joining an experienced and supportive team of doctors, nurses, nurse associates, trainee nurse associates, psychologists, healthcare assistants and allied health professions who work together with the person at the centre.

This is a great opportunity to develop your skills and drive some exciting new developments within a complex and fast-paced environment. You will be supported by the wider multi-disciplinary team to ensure we continue to maintain high-quality, person-centred services in line with our national and locally agreed targets.

Main duties of the job

We welcome both experienced and newly qualified nurses to apply for this role.

As a staff nurse, you will be responsible for supporting the Senior clinical practitioners and Advanced Nurse Practitioner in deliver high quality care on the ward by acting as a positive role model and leading by example. The aim of the ward if to provide the highest quality evidence-based nursing advice, support, and care for service users within a multidisciplinary setting.

The role will entail staff nurses to lead and manage their own shifts including the day to day running of shifts, supporting and supervision staff and ensuring that everything on the shift runs smoothly.

The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care, and have a working knowledge of local, national policies and legislation which govern current service provision for people with a learning disability.

If you would like to find out more about this role, please feel free to contact the ward on 01924 316243 and ask to speak to one of the senior leadership team.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This is a generic band 5 staff nurse job description designed to reflect learning disability services Trust-wide.

The postholder will be the named professional for a number of clients who require assessment and treatment on an outreach or inpatient basis.

He/she will apply a systematic approach to care and will be required to provide skilled nursing interventions as agreed by the Multi-disciplinary Team.

There will be a requirement for the postholder to contribute towards and develop effective working relationships with other members of the Multi-disciplinary Team, Community Team for Learning Disability, clients/carers, other health professionals and individuals from statutory/voluntary agencies.

The postholder will contribute to the development of the Assessment & Treatment Service and junior staff, including student nurses. He/she will be expected to take charge of the clinical area in the absence of the Team Manager.




The post holder will: Carry out nursing duties in accordance with the NMC Code of

Professional Conduct and ensure all Professional Standards and Trust Policies are complied with.
  • Use professional knowledge, skills and experience to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care to meet identified needs with the aim of promoting positive health.
  • Complete specific assessments including epilepsy, mental health, behaviour which challenges services.
  • To have an awareness of clinical effectiveness and ensure interventions are based on research findings or evidence based practice and linked to outcome measures.
  • Ensure all nursing records are current and accurate.
  • Plan and prioritise care in accordance with available resources.
  • Provide pro-active health promotion advice, education and guidance to clients/carers during episodes of care.
  • Ensure all medication interventions/practices comply with the Trust Drug Policy and the NMC Standard for Administration of Medicines.
  • Establish close working links with the Community Learning Disability Team and contribute and participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings and admission and discharge process.
  • Liaise effectively with other agencies to provide an overall healthcare package for people with learning disabilities.
  • Act as named nurse and be responsible for the ongoing assessment and treatment of clients ensuring emotional and professional support to clients and carers during episodes of assessment and treatment.


The post holder will: Take responsibility for the development and maintenance of the skills required to deliver the high standards of client care.
  • Participate in Appraisal and Development process, with the Team Manager.
  • Maintain a continuous development portfolio in line with PREPP requirements
  • Access and provide Clinical Supervision in accordance with Trust Policy and NMC guidelines.
  • Accept personal responsibility for registration in line with NMC policies and procedures.
  • Attend Professional Nurses meetings and ensure professional knowledge and competencies are maintained.


The post holder will: Contribute to the development of team members and significant others.
  • Develop and contribute to the production of teaching packages which support service development.
  • Teach and share knowledge with clients/carers/team members and other professionals
  • Assess and/or mentor learner nurses allocated to the specialist assessment & treatment unit in liaison with the appropriate educational establishment.

  • Delegation of work to a Health Care Support Worker and junior staff.
  • Ensure care plans are regularly evaluated through to discharge.
  • Initiate and implement quality assurance initiatives which lead to enhanced service delivery to clients, carers and extended agencies/providers.
  • In accordance with Trust policies and procedures and NMC record keeping guidelines, ensure that Nurses and Health Care Support Workers maintain accurate documentation and record keeping.
  • To accept responsibility for the day to day management of clinical area for delegated spans of duty ensuring that high standards of nursing practice are maintained.
  • Ensure safe custody of client records and the appreciation of the need for confidentiality at all times in accordance with Trust policies and procedures including national guidance, e.g. Caldicott.
  • Contribute to service delivery in a pro-active and timely manner including attendance at road shows, workshops and open forums as requested.
  • In accordance with Trust policies and procedures deal with all complaints appropriately in liaison with approved Trust departments, carers, advocates, service users and Customer Services.
  • To support the Trusts commitment to a healthy work life balance and the achievement of the IIP Awards.

  • Develop and demonstrate leadership which supports qualitative and effective decision making within the team setting and also support Health Care Support Workers.
  • Promote and lead the use of evidence based practice as a vehicle for clinical intervention and risk management.
  • Promote good team working and effective communication that is central to the delivery of a high quality service.


To work in a person centred way within the framework of the Valuing People Strategy. This includes the promotion of equality for all individuals by:
  • Ensuring the clients privacy and dignity are respected at all times.
  • Contributing to the protection of vulnerable individuals from abuse and exploitation by adhering to Adult Abuse and Protection Multi-Agency Policy and Procedure.
  • Promoting anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Maintaining the confidentiality of information.
  • Promoting and supporting an individuals rights and choices.
  • Acknowledging an individuals personal and spiritual beliefs and identity.
  • Supporting individuals and referring to Advocacy Services as appropriate.
  • Taking an active role in research projects, audit and, attaining a high standard of clinical effectiveness.

2. The post holder will understand their role within the Team, also the roles and contribution of fellow team members. This will include:
  • Promoting the philosophy of care in all aspects of care delivery for adults with learning disability.
  • Working in partnership with others to ensure care is delivered in an effective way.

3. The post holder will promote a positive image of the Trust at all times. This includes:
  • Upholding and enhancing the good standing and reputation of the Trust.
  • Dealing with incidents appropriately and according to Trust policy.
  • Seek opportunities to promote the Trust and its services to clients and purchasers of care.
  • Provide accurate and timely information to ensure contracting and reporting data can be provided to purchasers.

For full Job Description please see the attached in Supporting Information.

Person Specification



  • 1st level registration in learning disability nursing or RMN (with relevant Learning Disability experience)


  • Experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring.
  • NVQ D32/33.



  • Evidence of personal professional development


  • Clinical supervision.
  • Physical disabilities.
  • Sensory disabilities.
  • Challenging Behaviour/Mental Health.



  • Ability to work 24 hour rotation
  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • Experience of working as part of an MDT.
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