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Staff Nurse

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Exeter Additional Support Unit is a 5 bedded unit providing assessment and treatment to people with a Learning Disability who have a Mental Health condition and/or demonstrate distress through their behaviour.

Are you a registered nurse who is passionate about Learning Disability Services and do you want to make a difference to the lives for our client group.

If so we would like to hear from you.

We offer good development opportunities.
  • Relocation package of up to �8k available for the successful candidate (See attached supporting document for further information)

Applications will be reviewed as soon as completed so please do not delay in submitting your application

Main duties of the job

The role exists to provide the Learning Disability Inpatient unit with a Registered Nurse who has the professional knowledge and skills and to ensure safe and high quality care. The Registered Nurse will use the framework of Positive Behavioural Support to provide assessment, interventions and evaluation for health and wellbeing needs

The Registered Nurse will also be responsible for the leadership and management of the inpatient unit, nursing, students, administrative and ancillary staff over a span of duty, assisting in the management and clinical supervision of the nurse team, and manage the unit in the absence of the Unit Manager and Clinical Team Leader. Work a 24 hour flexible rota.
  • Work within NICE and NMC Guidelines and Standards, to be aware of and work within all relevant Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • To work in line with agreed safeguarding protocols at all times.
  • To be a proactive, skilled member of the ward Multi-Disciplinary team
  • 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.

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.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These 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 conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader 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

Communication & Working Relationships
  • Ensure clinical records are accurate, timely, and complete.
    • Communicate difficult and sensitive information that some people may find upsetting
    • Communicate clinical information to people who use the service, their families and carers, and other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team
    • Form positive working relationships with all professionals within the Multi-Disciplinary Team and with outside professionals
    • Maintaining contact with family and carers. Information gathering and sharing with community workers, social workers and other relevant parties
    • Accurately record findings of assessments, therapeutic interventions, care plans, risk assessments, information that meet the needs of the target audience.
    • Compiling comprehensive discharge reports
    • Provide training sessions with new service providers to enhance understanding of the patients and their needs.
    • Communicate effectively with patients that have complex communication difficulties and behavioural distress.
    • Form and maintain therapeutic relationships with all patients, their families and carers.
    • Ensure all communication meets National and Local Information Governance Guidance and Policies including Confidentiality Guidance & Policies.
    • To participate in the internal rotation system including weekend working

    Planning & Organisation
    • Ensure all your own Training requirements are up-to-date
    • Check the staff rota ensuring correct skill mix, gender mix, safe numbers on shift, Ensuring that all staff on shift work the correct hours and record any variation on staff hours, checking and authorising timesheets where required
    • Take an active part in all meetings.
    • When requested, organise and invite relevant professionals and others from the patients circle of support to attend meetings
    • Undertake clinical leadership during a span of duty allocating duties to other staff, organising assessments, therapeutic and clinical activities that adhere to plans of care, risk assessments, Local and DPT policies

    Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment & Therapy
    • Carry out pre-admission assessments in a variety of settings
    • Ensure admissions are carried out in line with DPT and local policies and procedures
    • To act as Named Nurse. Undertake assessment of need and risk, and develop Positive Behavioural Support Plans, person centred care plans and other plans of care to meet health and wellbeing needs and manage the risks
    • Develop, evaluate and review Positive Behavioural Support Plans, care plans and risk management plans to ensure plans are safe, effective and person centred
    • Involve the patients and as necessary families, carers and other professionals in assessing needs and developing plans
    • Ensure assessments, interventions and plans are developed with other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team
    • Ensure assessments and interventions are based on current evidence and good practice
    • Review current and future interventions as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
    • Ensure accurate clinical observations are available to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
    • To make referrals to other professionals as part of patient assessment, treatment or therapy.
    • Ensure that all care and treatment complies with relevant legislation and upholds the rights of the individual including the Human Rights Act, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
    • To advise on the promotion of health and well-being needs
    • Adjust levels of support to safely and effectively manage risk and deliver high quality person centred care to individuals undertaking care, treatment and activities within and outside the unit
    • Ensure that all Infection Control and cleanliness standards and measures are acted upon in line with National, DPT and local guidance.
    • Administer medication in line with professional standards, DPT Policies and Standard Operating Procedures.

    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.

    Person Specification



    • Level 1 Registered Nurse RN-LD/ RN-M

    Knowledge and skills


    • An in-depth understanding of communication and the skills needed to overcome barriers to communication commonly associated with individuals who have a learning disability.
    • An in-depth understanding of emotional intelligence and how to respond appropriately to individuals experiencing emotional distress.
    • An in-depth understanding of people with learning disability who have additional complex needs such as epilepsy, mental health issues or Autism Spectrum Conditions.
    • An in-depth understanding of how to support individuals who have mental health difficulties.
    • An in-depth understanding of values based care and safeguarding



    • Assessing and care planning individuals who have a learning disability and have additional complex communication, health & psycho-social care needs
    • Managing incidents maintaining health, safety & wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Devon Partnership NHS Trust


    5 Hospital Lane


    EX1 3PQ

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