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Registered Mental Health Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£26,938 to £33,111 a year per annum inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 5 nurses work in partnership with the people who use our services, their families, friends and carers and play an important contribution in how people experience their care and relate to other people. Band 5 nurses are expected to be compassionate, responsive and approachable but professional and informative and contribute to the quality of the service provided to the people in our care:
  • keeping the people who use our services as safe as possible through the use of sound clinical skills, effective risk assessments and formulation of a comprehensive risk management plan;
  • ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes by using up-to-date skills and adhering to evidence-based practice/policies and procedures;
  • empowering people through working in partnership whilst formulating a person centred care and treatment within the service we provide.

We believe that the best health care is delivered by multi-disciplinary teams working 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 students nurses to ensure they are working to the standards which the people using our services deserve.

Main duties of the job

You will,
  • Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services as safe as possible by formulating a comprehensive risk management plan
  • 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 by following appropriate procedure
  • Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use our services
  • Being open, honest and transparent about their own practice
  • Supervising the work of others and valuing their contribution
  • 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 as part of life long learning
  • Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive and concise records
  • Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training requirements and taking all other training opportunities provided by the Trust as part of CPD.
  • Trained in and able and willing to actively participate in TMVA (Therapeutic Management of aggression and Violence).

About us

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

CNWL expects all Band 5 nurses to act in a manner that shows you understand our core values and are willing to put them into practice with service users, their friends, family, 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.

Job description Job responsibilities

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, reflective practice 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 whilst working with people who use our service to achieve their realistic goals
  • 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

Person Specification Knowledge/ Understanding Essential
  • Understanding of the application of the Care Programme Approach.
  • Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) Parts 2 & 3.
  • Understand how to undertake an accurate risk assessment and its application to decision making.
  • Current developments in mental health care and nursing practice.
  • Able to assess, plan treatment for and review nursing care needs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of SMI on people's physical health.
  • Able to apply and articulate recovery models in mental health.
  • Able to provide a rehabilitation focused programme in order to support people's recovery.
  • Understanding of the Capacity Act 2005, the functional assessment and its application to practice.
  • NMC code of conduct and the responsibilities of being a registered nurse
  • Understanding of the responsibilities in relation to the Data Protection Act 2018
  • Knowledge of MAPPA and the interaction with mental health services.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the importance of effective supervision and appraisal systems.
Skills/Abilities Essential
  • Able to actively participate in TMVA (Therapeutic Management of aggression and Violence).
  • Treat people with respect and dignity.
  • Use of initiative under minimal supervision.
  • Able to provide supervision & support to junior staff & students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to build constructive relationships and work in partnership with people to meet their holistic needs.
  • Understanding of and ability to work with people that empowers them and promotes independence.
  • Ensure that people's physical wellbeing is optimised.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people who have cognitive deficits.
  • Ability to motivate others in the team.
Experience Essential
  • Ability to work proactively with people in planning their recovery utilising the nursing process and act accordingly if changes occur.
  • Keeping accurate contemporaneous records.
  • Knowledge of medicine and the safe administration of medication.
  • Practical experience of providing high quality care and exceeding expectations.
  • Experience in related speciality in a rehab setting.
Education/ Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Diploma/Degree in Nursing
  • Mentorship
Other Essential
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Motivated to provide the highest standard in a changing service
  • Awareness of Health & Safety issues
  • Awareness of the importance of Equal Opportunities.
  • Willingness to undertake further training relevant to clinical area.
  • Awareness of Trust Vision and Values.
  • Full Driving Licence (manual)

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