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Band 5 Staff Nurse - Elizabeth Casson House, Callington Road Hospital

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro-rata
Closing date
4 Jan 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The team at Elizabeth Casson House an 8-bedfemalePsychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) are looking for a compassionate and skilled nurse to join our team ofenthusiastic and passionate individuals dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of our patients.

Working on a Female PICU offers constant learning opportunities. You'll stay up-to-date with the latest psychiatric nursing practices and expand your skills in crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, and cultural competence. ECHoperates as a close-knit, multidisciplinary team, fostering collaboration among healthcare professionals. This teamwork enhances your skills, allows for shared insights, improves patient outcomes and provides a supportive work environment.

Our ward has recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment to provide an updated and modernised space for our patients. The renovation includes fresh, calming aesthetics and improved functionality, creating a more welcoming and therapeutic atmosphere. Within the newly refurbished unit, we have a dedicated sensory room. This tranquil space offers a range of sensory experiences such as lighting, sounds, textures, and colours. It's a vital resource for promoting relaxation, self-regulation, and emotional well-being among our patients.

Main duties of the job

As a staff nurse on ECH, you will play a crucial role in providing specialised care to female patients with acute mental health needs. This challenging and rewarding position requires a compassionate and skilled nurse to ensure the safety, well-being and recovery of individuals facing crisis.

A key aspect of your role will be working collaboratively with patients to develop effective management and treatment plans. You will work alongside the MDT to promote recovery and manage acute episode of crisis. ECH can be fast paced and you will encounter a diverse range of individuals some of which may present with high levels of agitation. The team are looking for someone who is resilient and welcomes a challenge with skills in de-escalation and management of aggression.

Due to the intense nature of the ward you will have the opportunity to work closely with individual service users in the role of named nurse. An element of the job that can be extremely rewarding. You will also be responsible for coordinating shifts, administering medication and supporting junior staff.

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

Clinical Practice ManagementTo carry out clinical practice within 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, person-centred, nursing assessment and prepare care plans in consultation with the service users to provide the best nursing care

Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme

Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users

Ability to implement research-based practice

Following successful completion of preceptorship, ability to supervise junior and unqualified staff

Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010 and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for individual clients ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health Legislation

Ensure the ordering storage, administration and disposal of medication complies with relevant trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and MHA (1983)

Teaching, Education & Health PromotionTo use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentoring opportunities for staff within designated areas and promote positive attitudes towards mental health.

This will include:

Regular provision of advice and mentoring to staff.

Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members as directed.

Continuing Professional DevelopmentTo 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).

Abide by the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice as outlined in the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives

Take responsibility for post-registration education and for continuing professional development as outlined in NMC Standards.

To receive clinical supervision in accordance on a contracted and regular basis from an identified Senior Practitioner, as per trust Clinical Supervision Policy.

To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from the line manager, and to maintain records of these meetings.

Maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).

Work to the Clinical and Personnel Policies and Procedures of AWP Trust.

Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues and act in accordance with the appropriate NMC standards and Trust policy, and ensure that others also work within these guidelines.Finance and WorkforceTo make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models ensuring provision of best care possible. Follow 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

To take part in PEAT and environmental risk assessments as requested so that best use is made of resources.

Manage temporary staffing resources in line with AWP best practice guidance

Ensure that service provision is both safe and therapeutic within spanof knowledge.

Effective time management

Utilize electronic rostering systems (Rosterpro)

Participate in education and training opportunities

To take charge of the Unit in the absence of the Charge Nurse or Clinical Team Leader

To be familiar with and comply with all Policies & Procedures operational within the Trust

Record Keeping and AdministrationTo maintain standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines.

This will include:

The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant NMC Guidelines and Trust Policy.

Work under the direction of Essence of Care lead.

Contribute to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to Records Management within their span of control.Maintain safety of clients and staff within the Unit and ensure legal obligations are fulfilled.

Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development & Clinical AuditTo contribute to practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing.

This will include:

Undertake relevant practice development/research activity.

Take part in a rolling programme of audit.

Comply with activity as outlined in The Essence of Care.

Work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance.

Professional Nursing Advice

Contribute to providing professional nursing advice within the post-holders area of responsibility and span of knowledge.

Person Specification



  • Clear record of ongoing continuing professional development
  • Substantial experience and band 5 level
  • Significant experience of effectively co-coordinating and leading shifts
  • Experienced in the prevention and management of violence and aggressions evidence
  • Able to undertake clinical supervision, appraisals, mentorship, teaching
  • Significant relevant experience as a clinician, able to undertake thorough risk
  • Demonstrate effective leadership (motivation, initiative, change management)
  • In depth knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983
  • Knowledge of the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for
  • Able to assess, plan treatment for and review nursing care needs
  • Motivated to provide the highest standard in a changing service
  • Awareness and understanding of Health and Safely issues
  • Ability to recognize and manage stress in the workplace

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Callington Road Hospital

Marmalade Lane



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