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Band 6 Charge Nurse - Fountain Way, Salisbury

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A great opportunity at Fountain Way Hospital, Salisbury has arrived we are currently looking to recruit experienced, innovative, enthusiastic nursing staff into Band 6 Charge Nurse positions on Amblescroft North.

Amblescroft North is an older adult 20 bedded mixed gender unit that cares for individuals experiencing mental illness of a functional nature. We cater predominantly for individuals over the age of 65 and are situated in the same building as a ward that primarily cares for individuals suffering from an organic illness such as dementia.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to appoint a motivated and innovative individual as a Band 6 Nurse to take a lead role in the development and delivery of clinical care within the Inpatient Team. You will provide a full range of assessment, implementation and evaluation of care programmes for our service users, for which a commitment to service user and carer involvement is essential. You will manage a small case load as a named and or associate nurse and regularly take responsibility as shift coordinator.

As a key member of the management team for the ward you will support the Ward Manager in the operational management and clinical practice development for Amblescroft North, alongside other members of the multidisciplinary team. You will provide leadership and supervision to staff members and be active in the continued development and recruitment of staff.

Relevant experience at Band 5 is essential, as is demonstrable evidence of continuing professional development and achievement. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, high standards of practice and the motivation to develop inpatient care. They will also demonstrate an ability to support and motivate a staff team through line management and clinical supervision in order to maintain the strong team approach that is currently a feature of our work. The successful applicant will be required to work within a range of shifts and will be expected to participate in rotation onto nights.

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

1. Clinical Practice Management


To carry out clinical practice within the 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, patient-focused, nursing assessment and prepare care plans in consultation with the service user to provide the best nursing care.
  • Carry out clinical audit to evaluate and improve clinical services in partnership with service users.
  • Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, MHA 1983. Ensure all others apply these, to support safe practice.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health legislation.
  • Be familiar with the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. Recognise own competencies and to address any limitations to ensure safe practice.
  • To implement and encourage others to implement research-based practice.
  • Supervise junior and unqualified staff.
  • Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme.
  • Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users.
  • Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for Individual service users: ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.

2. Teaching, Education & Health Promotion


To use own specialist 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.
  • Function as a preceptor and mentor to new staff enabling their full integration into the service.
  • Develop junior staff through teaching or training activities.
  • Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members as directed.

3. 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).
  • Implement the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice as outlined in the NMC Code of Professional Practice. Change to: 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 people manager, and to maintain records of these meetings.
  • Maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).
  • Implement 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.
  • Ensure that others also work within these guidelines.

4. Finance and Workforce


To make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing model ensuring provision of best care possible. Implement and abide by 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 that best use is made of resources.
  • Undertake appraisals for staff at Band 5 and below to identify training and development needs and to ensure best practice.
  • Assist in staff disciplinary issues.
  • Implementation of managerial and clinical supervision to small team of nurses, ensuring best and safest practice is fully undertaken at all times.
  • Manage temporary staffing resources in line with AWP best practice guidance.
  • Ensure that service provision is both safe and therapeutic within span of knowledge.
  • Effective organisation of own time, and that of others to ensure safe and efficient running of ward.
  • Utilize electronic rostering systems (Rosterpro).
  • Participate in education and training opportunities to develop self and others.
  • To take charge of the Unit in the absence of the Ward Manager or Clinical Team Leader.
  • Ensure that all nurses, for whom the post-holder is responsible, abide by all Trust and local policies and procedures, in particular, Health and Safety at Work, Security and Confidentiality to guarantee legal obligations are fulfilled.

5. Record Keeping and Administration


To maintain and enforce 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.
  • To work under the direction of Essence of Care lead .
  • Contribution to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to Records Management within their span of control.
  • Make certain all health record keeping is to current professional and local standards to comply with legal obligations.

6. Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development & Clinical Audit


To be involved in practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing. This will include:
  • Undertake relevant practice development/research activity.
  • To take part in a rolling programme of audit.
  • To comply with activity as outlined in The Essence of Care , and ensure direct reports are compliant .
  • Work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance.

7. Professional Nursing Advice


To contribute to providing professional nursing advice within the post-holders area of responsibility and span of knowledge.

Person Specification



  • RN3: Mental Health Nurse Level 1
  • Mentorship qualification


  • Evidence of continuing professional development over the past 2 years



  • Able to demonstrate experience of effective risk assessment and management planning
  • Experience of working in an acute setting as a Band 5 for the past 2 years
  • Experience of undertaking supervision for junior staff


  • Experience of working in an older adult acute setting as a Band 5 for the past 2 years



  • Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate care and act accordingly to any changes required.
  • Excellent documentation and communication skills including writing reports and IT
  • Excellent verbal communication skills



  • Good understanding and implementation of the Mental Health Act 1983/2007
  • Good understanding and implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Safe practice around the administration, management and disposal of medications


  • Understanding of Deprivation of Liberty (DOLS)

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Fountain Way

Wilton Road



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