Staff Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£29,553 to £36,265 a year pa inc
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Staff Nurse, Band 5 Base - Woodlands Unit, Queen Mary's Hospital Hours per week - 37.5 full time

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Registered Mental Health Nurse or a Registered Learning Disability Nurse to join our fast paced and innovative team.

The Woodlands Unit is a mental health hospital with two Working Age Acute wards situated on the first floor. Each ward is a 20 bedded ward, that aims to assist those experiencing an acute mental health crisis achieve their own personal recovery.

We are looking for a supportive, compassionate and proactive team player to join our award winning team.

The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP), is comprising of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley, and South West London and St George's trust.

Together the Trusts work on a range of focussed, specialist programmes to improve patient care, experience and outcomes for mental health patients across south London's 3.6 million population. We bring shared clinical expertise, knowledge and best practice together where we can make a difference by working at scale and provide best use of resources. Our aims include to deliver care closer to home, with increased local community services and innovative, evidence-driven specialist support and clinical interventions.

Please read through the job description and additional information.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for the smooth running of the ward over a 24 hour shift pattern, acting as shift co-ordinator to ensure effective use of resources. Individually you will also have responsibility as a primary nurse for up to a max of 4 patients at any one time, delivering all aspects of care from assessment, admission, up to and including organising discharge into the community. The ability to communicate well with a range of agencies is a distinct advantage. You will also be expected to have good understanding of risk assessment.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

. We're Kind

. We're Fair

. We Listen

. We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

1. Person centred care
  • Formulating and documenting a plan of nursing care where possible in partnership with Service Users, carers, family and friends including personal choices/likes/dislikes/wishes
  • Evaluating and documenting the outcomes of nursing interventions
  • Personal care (bathing, dressing and grooming)
  • Nutrition and hydration (monitor and ensure adequate intake)
  • Elimination
  • Emotional and social support
  • Rest and sleep
  • Pressure care

2. Promoting recovery
  • Promoting independence
  • Community access/social inclusion (escorts)
  • Engaging with activities of their interest
  • Engaging service users in group activities

3. Risk assessment and risk management
  • Undertaking individual risk assessments as per Trust policy
  • Engaging in 1-1 sessions, listening, responding and reporting
  • Prevention and management of aggression and violence including providing hands on care to prevent injury to self and others using approved techniques such as PSTS/PMVA and ABLS/ILS after undertaking appropriate training, assessment and deemed competent
  • Reducing Self-harm and promoting suicide prevention
  • Recognising service user health deterioration and taking action - monitoring physical health, checking vital signs such as Blood Pressure, Pulse, Respiration, Temperature, Saturation, Blood glucose, Glasgow coma scale.
  • Knowledge of the Modified Early Warning Signs (MEWS)
  • Reporting incidents as per Trust policy
  • Safe use of medical devices
  • Implementing safe and therapeutic observations policy levels
  • Safe transfer of individuals
  • Resuscitation procedure
  • Fire warden

4. Safeguarding and duty of candour
  • Understanding and implementing safeguarding procedures.
  • Understanding and implementing duty of candour

5. Infection control
  • Understanding and implementing of infection control measures
  • Maintaining a clean environment including equipment (decontamination)
  • Food hygiene

6. Communication
  • Enabling and supporting difficult conversations.
  • Maintaining verbal communication with MDT and other agencies
  • Maintaining written/electronic records as per Trust policy

7. Collaboration
  • Engaging with other agencies to meet the needs of service users

8. Caring and supporting patients with long- term and chronic conditions.

9. Understanding of Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Ensuring Mental Health Act is followed accordingly Ensuring Deprivation of Liberty applications are done accordingly
  • Writing reports for tribunals
  • Attending tribunal meetings
  • Initiating best interest meetings
  • Involving Independent Mental Health Advocates and Independent Mental Capacity Advocates
  • Ensuring patients are aware of their rights

10. Involvement in service improvement
  • Carrying out audits
  • Having knowledge of current issues in relation to nursing
  • Carrying out patient experience surveys
  • Handling complaints

11. Developing others
  • Role modelling and leadership role
  • Mentoring others and supporting preceptorship programmes
  • Teaching and training to junior staff
  • Coaching
  • Supervision
  • Undertaking PDR/PADR/appraisals

12. Understanding of the admission and discharge procedure
  • Completing admission forms etc.
  • Completing discharge forms e.g. panel papers
  • Completing referral forms

13. Medication management
  • Having knowledge of medication being administered and side effects
  • Giving medication including to the right patient, right medication, right dose, right route, right time and educating service users
  • Ordering medication
  • Storing medication

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Qualification (RMN/RNLD)
  • Already in posession of an NMC PIN
Experience and knowledge of Mental Illness Essential
  • Abilty to describe learning experiences
  • Prior work on an acute ward
Care and Compassion Essential
  • Compassionate approach to care
  • Underpinning models such as 6 Cs

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