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Perinatal Mental Health Staff Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£29,553 to £36,265 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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Perinatal Care
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Coombe Wood Mother and Baby unit is highly regarded as a centre of excellence and is accredited by the CCQI of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We are looking for candidates who thrive on providing high quality and innovative care. The ideal candidates will be a Registered Mental Health Nurse who has experience of working in an adult mental health inpatient setting as a Band 5 Nurse.The post holder should have a passion to deliver excellent patient centred care and a desire to develop their skills in this specialist service. They will be able to demonstrate good interpersonal, communication, and organisational skills. A commitment to working within a multi-professional team is essential to the role. There are excellent opportunities and support available for you to develop both personally and professionally.Training on all aspects of maternal mental health, parent infant interaction, baby care & development is provided on site and through various specialist perinatal mental health organisations. Hence experience in perinatal mental health is not a prerequisite but a strong interest and motivation to learn on the job is required.

Main duties of the job

Band 5 nurses work closely with the people who use our services, their families, friends and carers and play an important contribution in how people experience our services. Band 5 nurses are expected to be kind and responsive but professional and informative and contribute to the quality of the services we provide by:
  • keeping the people who using our services as safe as possible through the use of sound clinical skills and effective risk assessments
  • ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes by using up-to-date skills and adhering to evidence-based policies and procedures
  • ensuring the people using our services have a good experience by respecting, empowering and working in partnership with people throughout the care planning process

We believe that the best health care is delivered by multi-disciplinary teams working well together and in partnership with other teams and services to provide seamless care. Band 5 nurses work as part of a team and you will contribute to the success of the team by drawing support from more experienced nurses and other health professionals but also by supervising other staff and student nurses to ensure they are working to the standards which the people using our services deserve.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Trust expects all Band 5 nurses to act in a way which shows you understand our core values and are willing to put them into practice with service users, their friends family and carers and also other staff members.

As a Band 5 nurse we expect you to show COMPASSION, contribute to a caring and kind environment and recognise that what you do and say helps can make the lives of others better

We expect you to RESPECT everyone and acknowledge and welcome people's differences rather than ignore them or see them as problematic.

We expect you to EMPOWER others and continually try to provide information, resources and support to help others make their own decisions and meet their own needs.

We expect you to work in PARTNERSHIP and behave in a way that shows that you recognise that commissioners and users of our services are the people who generate and pay for our work.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

Central and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing patients and families with a positive experience.

Patient Safety

Band 5 nurses contribute to the provision of safe and reliable services by:
  • Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services
  • as safe as possible
  • Safeguarding people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk
  • from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns
  • when necessary
  • Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use
  • our services
  • Being open and transparent about their own practice
  • Supervising the work of others
  • Reflecting on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality
  • can be made
  • Working with others to create a culture of continuous improvement
  • Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive records
  • Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training requirements.

The NMC plays an important role in safeguarding the public by regulating the work of nurses and all nurses, including Band 5 nurses, are expected to register with the NMC each year and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.

Clinical Outcomes

Band 5 nurses contribute to the effectiveness of services by:
  • Providing skilled, evidence-based nursing care which adheres to agreed policies and procedures
  • Working with patients and families in all stages of the care planning process including assessing risks and needs
  • Acting as patient advocates in the multi-disciplinary team and overseeing the work of others to ensure that they are also responding to the needs of patients and providing clinically effective care
  • Working as autonomous practitioners and taking responsibility for the care they give to patients but within their own limits of competency and confidence
  • Contributing to creating and maintaining high performing teams by
    • communicating well with all members of the team
    • understanding their role in the team and how they help the team achieve its objectives
    • reflecting on their own practice regularly and encouraging the whole team to reflect on their practices in handovers and team meetings
    • identifying how care could be improved

Patient Experience

Band 5 nurses contribute to the people using our services feeling respected and empowered to make decisions about their health and wellbeing by:
  • Working in partnership with patients and their families and carers
  • Gaining consent and, as far as possible, involving people in all decision making
  • Signposting patients and carers to supportive services e.g. the courses provided by the Recovery and Wellbeing College or services provided by the local authority or the voluntary sector
  • Reassuring people by being professional, responsive, knowledgeable and confident
  • Responding to complaints or concerns effectively and quickly in line with the Trust policy

Supporting yourself and others

Engaged staff are more productive and Band 5 nurses play a role in engaging in other staff members in the Trust and the work we do by:
  • Providing supervision and annual appraisals to other staff which helps those staff reflect on their work, understand their objectives and monitors their progress towards achieving them
  • Participating constructively in their own supervision and annual appraisal processes
  • Using continuing professional development funds to consolidate or improve clinical skills and to gain mentorship skills so they can support student nurses

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Registered nurse - Mental Health OR student nurse due to qualify within 3 months
  • Numeracy skills required for the safe administration of medicines
  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development
  • Mentorship Training
  • Control & Restraint or Breakaway techniques
  • Other training relevant to work with mothers and babies
Skills Essential
  • Able to communicate with the multi-disciplinary team, present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively. Speaking face to face but also by telephone and writing letters and reports.
  • Maintaining accurate, timely, concise and legible clinical records both electronic and handwritten which adhere to the CNWL policies
  • Able to talk to people about sensitive issues in a supportive manner but also challenge others assertively where necessary
  • Able to maintain electronic patient records Use Microsoft Word for letter and report writing
  • Work well with other members of the team including communicating effectively, being kind and considerate, reliable and enthusiastic
  • Professional, registered nurse and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct
  • Skills in report writing
  • Knowledge of Child Protection legislation
Previous Experience Essential
  • You need previous experience of working in Acute Adult Mental Health services or Perinatal Mental Health services either as a band 5 nurse, a student nurse or health care assistant.
  • Experience of working with mothers and babies and group work.
  • Experience of mentoring students or junior staff
  • Experience of supervision
Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics Essential
  • Caring for the people who use our services, their families and carers, and other staff
  • Respectful of others and genuinely treating them how you would want to be treated
  • Able and willing to work with service users, family and carers, and other staff in a way which empowers and supports others and makes them feel better about themselves
  • Able and willing to work in partnership with service users, their friends and family as well as other health care professionals
Other Essential
  • Able to work shifts

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