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Staff Nurse - Swift Ward

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Radlett, Hertfordshire
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 - max £2,011)
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Recruiting band 5 nurses! Join an outstanding mental health Trust!

Swift Ward are seeking a Band 5 Staff Nurse who would either like to start their career as a preceptorship nurse on an inpatient unit or would like a fresh challenge working in an acute setting.

Swift Ward is a 18 bedded acute mental health assessment and treatment ward offering acute mental health care to adults. The ward provides mixed sex accommodation and has a multi-disciplinary team including psychologists, occupational therapy, recreational workers as well as the nursing and medical team.

Our staff survey results tell a story of highly engaged, motivated, passionate people working at HPFT. The survey has shown that staff overwhelmingly believe that their role makes a difference to service users, to the extent that HPFT had the best score nationally for this question.

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Come and join our friendly team!

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • be a key member of the Inpatient Team
  • be responsible / primary nurse for a designated group of patients
  • be responsible for the assessment of their needs and for the planning
  • implement and evaluate the care provided to meet service user needs
  • provide clinical supervision to junior staff members
  • have excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • treat patients with fairness and respect, maintaining confidentiality appropriately
  • assist the inpatients manager, the team and charge nurses in maintaining standards of care
  • be fully involved in ward rounds, handovers and other meetings where patient care is discussed and reviewed as required
  • participate in the assessment, admission, transfer and discharge of patients according to local guidelines and standards.

In return, we can offer you:
  • 5% on top of basic salary high cost allowance supplement
  • Self rostering
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
  • One of the UK's best pension schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Special leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme (for substantive staff)
  • Employee Assistance Programme

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • In addition to managing the clinical aspects of being a Band 5 Staff Nurse, you will take an active part in the assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for service users in collaboration with inpatient multi-disciplinary services.
  • You will be liaising with colleagues and carers, ensuring they are fully aware of all aspects of a service users care and treatment.
  • You will have effective communication skills and be able to contribute towards patient recovery and wellbeing.
  • You will be able to identify individuals' care needs.
  • You will be planning, implementing and evaluating care plans and risk assessments in collaboration with other teams and professionals.
  • You will be maintaining lines of communication with all departments and staff involved in a service users care. Reporting on progress and effectiveness to the appropriate MDT.

For a more detailed description, please see attached JD and PS.

Person Specification



  • RMN\Dip (Mental)
  • Live registration with NMC
  • Mentorship & Preceptorship after one year


  • Appropriate post registration qualification
  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate



  • Detailed knowledge of legislation and practise guidelines concerning Adult Acute Mental Health
  • Ability to develop professional relationships with staff, service users and all other stakeholders
  • Ability to lead and motivate others
  • Provision of effective clinical supervision
  • Excellent communications skills - written, verbal and able to complete computer data entry and recording
  • Good team worker, able to demonstrate organisational skills
  • Awareness of budgetary needs of the service


  • Ability to participate in training of others - students and other team members
  • Working with people detained under the Mental Health Act (1983)



  • Ability to identify priorities of service and the need to deliver a high standard of care
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility in approach to solutions of service needs


  • Ability to work with resources available
  • Demonstrate ability to manage ward on a shift by shift basis



  • Maintains a high standard of care delivery
  • Detailed awareness of current issues in Acute Mental Health
  • Ability to support and educate others in their professional development
  • Ability to act as a mentor to students, nurses and healthcare assistants



  • Participate in preceptorship process
  • Maintains 'Passport to Practice'
  • Ability to participate in staff supervision, where appropriate to act as clinical supervisor


  • Ability to support others with their 'Passport to Practice'
  • Appropriate training taken up

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Swift Ward

Kingfisher Court

Radlett, Hertfordshire


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