Lead Nurse

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£61,861 to £70,959 a year per annum incl HCA
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Forensic Services are based on two sites and include a number of medium secure specialist services such as Learning Difficulties, Autism Specialist services, Women services, Forensic Community services, Personality Disorder Services and a large low secure recovery/rehabilitation unit.

Candidates are likely to be established senior nurse leaders with a strong experience of operating in NHS settings. You will have a track record of high level performance in a range of areas including demonstrable experience of leading and delivering innovative quality improvement initiatives; leading and implementing on the modernisation of nursing care and workforce planning.

As we begin to recover from the pandemic, the senior nurse leadership team are excited to turn towards, staff development opportunities, improving service user experience and the beginning of several improvement projects around improving staff wellbeing, reducing restrictive practice, and Trauma Informed Care

IMPORTANT. Your supporting statement must answer the following questions:
  • Why do you want to work in forensic services?
  • What are the challenges and complexities of working within the forensic service and how will you overcome the challenges (please provide examples of when you have done so if you have previous experience).
  • How do you envisage your role in risk assessment and risk management?

  • Main duties of the job

    • Overall Management responsibility for a set number of wards in Medium and Low secure services.
    • Set up clear monitoring / feedback / structure / system that enables us to both understand and challenge nursing practice across the service .
    • Nursing lead for Service developments in your area
    • Work closely with the Head of Nursing to effectively manage beds, admissions, discharges and transfer
    • Nurse Management lead for Infection Control
    • Work closely with Head of Nursing to effectively manage beds, admissions, discharges and transfer
    • Nurse Management lead for Infection Control
    • Provide advanced advice, support and expertise both within the service and to generic inpatient and locality / community teams.
    • Coordinate Nursing assessments of patients and expertise both within the trust and outside the trust.
    • Have management responsibility for the Forensic Specialist Outreach Workers and or the Forensic Specialist Prison In reach Worker.
    • Play active role in setting up and developing MDT meetings that define strategy for future.
    • Deputise for the Head of Nursing in their absence taking responsibility for the operational management of the service.
    • To lead on the local development of policy and practice that reflect the needs of service users, implementing evidence based practice contributing further to the knowledge base by evaluation of practice.

    About us

    Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

    Job description Job responsibilities

    Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

    Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
    • Registered Mental Health Nurse
    • Degree or equivalent experience
    • Senior management development programme qualification
    Experience Essential
    • Experience at a senior management level, including managing change and introducing new ways of working for mental health nurses
    • Experience of leading a nursing team and/or senior practice-based posts with significant leadership functions.
    • Experience of working within a forensic or secure service environment at senior level.
    • Experience of securing practice initiatives and service improvements and developments.
    • Senior clinical experience in the assessment and management personality-disordered offenders
    • Experience of managing a budget
    • Experience of multi-professional collaboration at a senior level
    • Partnership working with other statutory and voluntary agencies
    • Experience of setting, monitoring and evaluating standards of care
    • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and knowledge of methods to develop culturally sensitive practice.
    • Able to evidence ability to change practice, culture and outcomes of large nursing teams.
    • C&R trained
    • Experience of setting therapeutic boundaries with patients who exhibit extreme challenging and high risk behaviours that require advanced interventions to enable effective de-escalation.
    • Experience of working with patients who have severe personality disorders.
    • Experience of teaching staff advanced skills in setting boundaries, de-escalation and diffusion techniques.
    • Experience of working across all directorates, able to enthuse and inspire others using advanced communication, presentation skills.
    • Experience of presenting either board
    • Experience of presenting either at board level of to a wider external audience.
    • Experience of racial awareness/diversity training and the ability to operationalise this.
    • Experience and working knowledge of anti-bullying approaches and interventions
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • Able to facilitate multidisciplinary debriefing, critical analysis meetings
    • Able to work systematically and objectively in a high risk environment with patients who are a grave and immediate danger to others
    • Able to take the lead in highly volatile situations
    • Able to lead on integration of service development, theory and practice
    • Able to provide expert mental health nursing advice to the whole service
    • Able to manage time, so that deadlines are met
    • Able to manage change constructively
    • Able to negotiate constructively with all professions at all levels
    • Able to analyse and solve problems in a professional nursing context
    • Able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team
    • Able to communicate complex and sensitive issues to a range of audiences
    • Able to develop and implement multidisciplinary training packages using emotional intelligence, transactional analysis and reflective practice framework.
    • Able to develop training packages that are innovative, creative and in line with current service needs.
    • Specialist knowledge of Forensic/ACUTE nursing
    • Advanced knowledge of risk assessment and ability to operationalise and teach others.
    • Advanced knowledge of current learning theories, emotional intelligence framework, transactional analysis and reflective practice
    • Knowledge of clinical supervision process and the ability to train others
    • Research, audit and quality improvement methodologies and their application
    • Theory and concepts associated with mental health practice and its application
    • System & Learning Theory
    • Principles of managing change
    • Current policy context and the implications for mental health nursing
    • Current professional developments in nursing and nurse education
    • Highly motivated and able to work independently
    • Flexible about hours of work
    • Genuine commitment to equal opportunity, fair access and service user empowerment
    • Tenacious and resilient
    • Committed to providing high performance culture
    • Able to manage performance and potential
    • Politically astute
    • Able to work within accountability framework
    • Self-aware
    • Able to self-regulate
    • Personal integrity
    • Energy to bring about health improvement
    • Able to sustain energy/enthusiasm

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