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Charge Nurse - Oak Ward

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (max £2,011 per annum)
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Come and join a fantastic team where we support one another!

Come an work for an outstanding Trust! We have excellent opportunities for progression and development!

Oak ward are seeking an experienced Band 6 Charge Nurse who has the skills and knowledge of working in an acute mental health wards. We will consider applications from band 5s who are ready for a promotion!

Oak Ward is apsychiatric intensive care unit (PICU). The ward provides has a multi-disciplinary team including psychologists, occupational therapy, recreational workers as well as the nursing and medical team.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • have excellent opportunity for progression and development
  • provide mental health support and care to service users experiencing mental health crisis
  • be a key member of Oak Ward Inpatient Team acting as the charge nurse for the unit
  • be responsible / primary nurse for a designated group of patients
  • be responsible for the assessment of their needs and for the planning, implementing and evaluation of the care provided to meet those needs
  • be leading on shifts on the ward and provide clinical supervision to junior staff members
  • have excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • treat patients with fairness and respect, maintaining confidentiality appropriately
  • be fully involved in ward rounds, handovers and other meetings where patient care is discussed and reviewed as require

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

In addition to managing the clinical aspects of being a Band 6 Charge Nurse.

You will take an active part in the assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for service users in collaboration with inpatient multi-disciplinary services. Liaising with colleagues and carers, ensuring they are fully aware of all aspects of a service users care and treatment.

You will have effective communication skills and be able to contribute towards patient recovery and wellbeing.

You will be able to identify individuals' care needs. Planning, implementing and evaluating care plans and risk assessments in collaboration with other teams and professionals. Maintaining lines of communication with all departments and staff involved in a service users care. Reporting on progress and effectiveness to the appropriate MDT.

Participating in ward rounds and handovers, etc. Preparing reports as required. Acting as deputy manager to junior staff providing leadership and support.

Person Specification



  • RMN/RLDN or Dip/ Bsc (Hons) in Mental Health/ Learning Disability Nursing ENB 998 / Preceptorship and Mentorship. ENB.



  • At least 3 years post registration experience at Band 5.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.


  • Experience of working in other clinical settings.

Job related aptitude and skills


  • Ability to communicate effectively within a multiprofessional team.
  • Confidence to work autonomously, use own initiative, and make decisions in complex situations.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassuring skills are required.
  • Ability to deal with distressing circumstances and challenging behaviour
  • Experience of risk assessment and management.
  • Ability to cope with an unpredictable work pattern and frequent interruptions
  • Understanding of legal framework MHA, MCA, DoL, safeguarding and social factors involved in care
  • Supervision skills


  • Specific clinical skills applicable e.g. brief therapy, cognitive therapy and anxiety management.
  • Implementing quality improvement initiatives.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Oak ward, Kingfisher court

Harper Lane



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