Preceptee Staff Nurse

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Plus Unsocial Hours Enhancements
Closing date
31 Mar 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Are you someone looking to start a career in one of the UKs most respected mental health trusts?
  • Would you like to do a job that makes a difference every day?

We think our Preceptorship Programme is unique, from the way we recruit, the benefits we offer, the comprehensive induction in to our organisation, to the support and financial benefits you will receive, plus you will be living in one of the most unique areas in the country. Our wide range of mental health and learning disability services cover the whole of Devon, with opportunities in our community and inpatient settings.

Fantastic opportunities have arisen for enthusiastic and dedicated, newly qualified Registered Mental Health Nurses (RMN) or Registered Learning Disability Nurses (RLDN) to undertake our preceptorship programme at one of the UKs most respected providers of mental health & learning disability services.

The Trust is looking to recruit Preceptee Nurses due to qualify in the UK between now and the end of 2024 across our Adults, Secure, Older Peoples, Specialist & CAMHS Directorates in locations across Devon

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to peoples lives from the moment you start

Shortlisting will take place on a weekly basis so please do not delay in submitting your application to secure an offer to our trust when you qualify.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will have excellent communication skills, commitment to working flexibly, be patient centric and demonstrate a commitment to further development with the support of the team and Trust.

The preceptorship programme is designed for new graduates supporting them through the transition from student to qualified practitioner. It is also suitable for returning to work nursing professionals. During this time, the staff member will be supported by an experienced practitioner (a preceptor), to develop their confidence as an independent professional, and to refine their skills, values and behaviours. The programme includes six study days covering a range of topics and a comprehensive preceptorship handbook to support development in practice.

In addition to this, the programme encompasses portfolio building, networking with your peers and aims to educate and stimulate discussion. It provides a foundation for lifelong learning and allows nurses to provide effective patient-centred care confidently.

At the end of the 12 month preceptorship programme, the preceptee (you) will become a full time, substantive RMN or RLDN staff nurse.

Use the Supporting link DPT events to view CPD / Training Sessions we are running that may be of interest to you.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose
  • To assess care needs, develop, implement and evaluate individual care plans.
  • To provide named nurse role to people who use our service.
  • To promote and improve quality of service provided.
  • To manage the unit in the absence of Ward Manager / Team Leader
  • To participate in the internal rotation system including weekend working

Duties and Responsibilities
  • To be a proactive, skilled member of the ward Multi-Disciplinary team
  • To have knowledge and experience of providing individual and group clinical/therapy work.
  • To demonstrate effective leadership and assist with providing advice and guidance to non qualified staff and students.
  • To be responsible for the provision and maintenance of effective therapeutic relationships, which at all times acknowledges the rights, personal dignity and encourages opportunity for growth and development of the person using this service.
  • To provide cross cover to other mental health units located on the same site when there is a clinical need.
  • To work in line with agreed safeguarding protocols at all times
  • Actively engage in required training
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of the legal requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 (including 2007 updates), Mental Capacity Act 2005 (to include Deprivation of Liberty safeguards), Care Programme Approach, and National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990.
  • To work to the NICE and NMC Guidelines and Standards.
  • To be aware of and work in line with all relevant Trust Policies and Procedures.

Communication & Working Relationships
  • To have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • To be proficient in the use of electronic systems
  • To maintain professional working relationships with other members of the Multi-disciplinary Team.
  • To be able to liaise with carers, families and user groups and representatives.
  • To liaise with a range of professionals and agencies allied to the holistic care of the person using this service user e.g. G.P, Social Worker, Housing etc.

Planning & Organisation
  • To act as shift co-ordinator
  • Act up (take responsibility for the ward) in the absence of Manager as required
  • Supervise others in line with Trust policy

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment & Therapy
  • To act as named nurse for a cohort of patients.
  • To assess complex health and well being needs, develop, monitor and review care plans to meet individual needs. To update all records on RiO (electronic clinical records)
  • To provide robust risk assessments and ensure they are updated regularly on RiO (electronic clinical records)
  • To maintain professionalism at all times/whilst being non-judgemental.
  • To ensure safe practice working to NMC, Government and Trust policies /procedures
  • Maintain accurate documentation using the correct recording systems (mostly electronic)

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility
  • To be aware of national and professional developments.
  • To participate in ongoing training and education progress.
  • To demonstrate evidence based practice and participate in research/audit/pilot projects.
  • To be aware of current initiatives in inpatient care.
  • To promote service changes with positive professional attitude and fully engage in service changes.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources
  • To ensure Trust policies and procedures are followed in relation to the handling of monies, property etc. belonging to people using the service
  • To demonstrate effective risk management skills
  • Use Trust resources in a sustainable, cost effective and appropriate way

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management
  • To demonstrate and develop effective leadership/management skills.
  • To provide Supervision and Appraisals to appropriate/allocated staff.
  • To participated in the role of Mentor to students.
  • To participate in the role of Preceptor to newly qualified staff (where appropriate)
  • To participate in audits. There is a requirement to support learners on a regular basis which includes the achievement and updating of profession specific training to the required standard to fulfil this role.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties
  • To ensure accurate documentation.
  • To have working knowledge of RIO System and associated systems.
  • To engage and participate in the use of Electronic recording systems and training when required.
  • To participate in formulating and providing reports for other professionals such as panel for continuing care etc

Any Other Specific Tasks Required
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of NMC codes of conduct and comply with them.
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of government health and social care policy
  • Have a working knowledge of PREP requirements and maintain personal, professional development.
  • Report any observed incident of unprofessional behaviour, accident/incident, untoward occurrence, and faulty equipment immediately to Ward Manager/Team Leader.
  • To take an active role in own supervision and continuous professional development

Person Specification

Preferred Area / Location


  • Please highlight your preferred area(s) Adults, Older Adults, Specialist Services (Eating Disorders / MBU), Secure Services, CAMHS and also your preferred location (Exeter, Torbay, Dawlish, North Devon)



  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health or Learning Disabilities) with current UK NMC registration or DUE to qualify in 2024 from a University based in the UK.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Wonford House

Dryden Road




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