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Band 5 Staff Nurse - Silver Birch, Callington Road Hospital

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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To provide, and supervise the delivery of high standards of nursing care to service users, in accordance with up-to-date evidence-based professional practice and AWP policies.

Silver Birch is 19 bed female acute ward which specialises in providing tailored person centred care for each service user that is admitted on to the unit.

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic Staff Nurse's to join our experienced and cohesive team. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality, evidence-based individualised care. The emphasis is on providing a therapeutic environment, allowing individuals to recover in a safe and supportive environment..

Silver Birch is the only women's acute ward within the Trust and work closely with the other inpatient wards on the hospital site There will be learning opportunities to develop new skills in working with service users from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, who are experiencing an acute episode of mental health problems.

Working closely in partnership with the female PICU next door, allows for the opportunity to work across both units moving forward. This is a newly refurbished unit with additional therapies & staff spaces.

Main duties of the job

You will co-ordinate shifts, attend ward rounds/ CPA's, complete medication rounds, work closely with service users within the key working role and supporting both service users and their carers during their admission and on discharge back in to the community.

There will be opportunities around career development, taking on lead roles to support the development of the team and service delivery. We also welcome our staff to seek additional training opportunities to meet their interests, eg. Working with learning disabilities & dual diagnosis. You will be supported as a practice assessor/ practice supervisor for students & be actively encouraged to be a vital part of student nurse learning and development.

Due to it being an all female ward staff are given the opportunity to develop their skills whilst promoting women's health and are supported with bespoke training and close relations to the female PICU which is situated next door.

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 Management

To 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 Promotion

To 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 Development

To 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 Workforce

To 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 thatbest 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.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN registration
  • Knowledge of medication rounds and safe administration and disposal of drugs
  • Maintain accurate, appropriate records
  • Experience of effective risk assessment and management
  • De-escalation and listening skills
  • Practical experience of providing high quality care and exceeding expectations
  • Experience of basic psychological interventions/therapies
  • Able to demonstrate leaderships skills and the ability to manage/support junior staff
  • Experience of facilitating supervision
  • PMVA trained

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