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Staff Nurse

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Salus Ward is a newly developed 16 bedded mixed gender acute mental health ward or working age adults. It has been carefully designed to maximise the use of the space and light to create an open, safe and welcoming environment.

Haytor Ward is a 16 bedded acute ward providing care for adults with mental health needs.

Haytor is co-located with Salus and Beech ward within the South Devon and Torbay Mental Health Centre within the Torbay General Hospital site. This mental health centre incorporates adult inpatient wards, older adults inpatient ward, a psychiatric liaison service, outpatient services and Home Treatment Team base.

We encourage you to learn, develop and grow. for newly qualified staff we have a well-established perceptorship programme which links into our wider multidisciplinary CPD programme. Those looking to gain further experience will be supported in maintaining professional links, through involvement in regular profession-specific CPD opportunities.

This is an exciting opportunity for both newly qualified staff who would still receive our supportive and excellent preceptorship programme, and those staff that have been qualified for a period of time but would like to expand their experience.

In order to support you we offer a robust supervision framework and have clear clinical and leadership development programmes.
  • Please take a look at our Video in the supporting links
  • We have a relocation package that may be suitable for you (up to �8k). See attached document

Main duties of the job

  • Please note that applications will be reviewed on a regular basis prior to the closing date and candidates who are shortlisted will be invited to interview at the earliest opportunity so please do not delay in submitting an application
  • Overseas applicants must have already obtained their UK NMC pin number to be considered

Staff are encouraged and supported to use quality improvement methodology to help improve on the services we offer. The Trust Quality improvement Academy provides access to expert advice and support in your work area.

We also have a Nursing forum for all nursing staff, which provides an opportunity to meet as a profession throughout the year and engages the wider nursing group in the development and implementation of the Nursing Strategy as well as updating on national nursing news.

At Devon partnership Trust we pride ourselves in all recovery journeys, the people we support their supporter and ourselves. We are nationally recognised for our recovery focus and contribution to the learning & publications in mental health practice.

We are active partners in the Devon Recovery Learning Community and strive to have recovery at the heart of all we do!

This is also an exciting time to be joining our organisation as we are currently undertaking reviews of our care pathways, smarter ways of working, including enhanced IT equipment & mobile working, all of which will enhance peoples experiences of accessing & using our services & focussing on the quality of care provision.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose
  • To assess care needs, develop, implement and evaluate individual care plans.
  • To provide named nurse role to people who use our service.
  • To promote and improve quality of service provided.
  • To manage the unit in the absence of Ward Manager / Team Leader
  • To participate in the internal rotation system including weekend working

Duties and Responsibilities
  • To be a proactive, skilled member of the ward Multi-Disciplinary team
  • To have knowledge and experience of providing individual and group clinical/therapy work.
  • To demonstrate effective leadership and assist with providing advice and guidance to non qualified staff and students.
  • To be responsible for the provision and maintenance of effective therapeutic relationships, which at all times acknowledges the rights, personal dignity and encourages opportunity for growth and development of the person using this service.
  • To provide cross cover to other mental health units located on the same site when there is a clinical need.
  • To work in line with agreed safeguarding protocols at all times
  • Actively engage in required training
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of the legal requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 (including 2007 updates), Mental Capacity Act 2005 (to include Deprivation of Liberty safeguards), Care Programme Approach, and National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990.
  • To work to the NICE and NMC Guidelines and Standards.
  • To be aware of and work in line with all relevant Trust Policies and Procedures.

Communication & Working Relationships
  • To have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • To be proficient in the use of electronic systems
  • To maintain professional working relationships with other members of the Multi-disciplinary Team.
  • To be able to liaise with carers, families and user groups and representatives.
  • To liaise with a range of professionals and agencies allied to the holistic care of the person using this service user e.g. G.P, Social Worker, Housing etc.

Planning & Organisation
  • To act as shift co-ordinator
  • Act up (take responsibility for the ward) in the absence of Manager as required
  • Supervise others in line with Trust policy

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment & Therapy
  • To act as named nurse for a cohort of patients.
  • To assess complex health and well being needs, develop, monitor and review care plans to
  • meet individual needs. To update all records on RiO (electronic clinical records)
  • To provide robust risk assessments and ensure they are updated regularly on RiO (electronic
  • clinical records)
  • To maintain professionalism at all times/whilst being non-judgemental.
  • To ensure safe practice working to NMC, Government and Trust policies /procedures
  • Maintain accurate documentation using the correct recording systems (mostly electronic)

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility
  • To be aware of national and professional developments.
  • To participate in ongoing training and education progress.
  • To demonstrate evidence based practice and participate in research/audit/pilot projects.
  • To be aware of current initiatives in inpatient care.
  • To promote service changes with positive professional attitude and fully engage in service changes.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources
  • To ensure Trust policies and procedures are followed in relation to the handling of monies, property etc. belonging to people using the service
  • To demonstrate effective risk management skills
  • Use Trust resources in a sustainable, cost effective and appropriate way

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management
  • To demonstrate and develop effective leadership/management skills.
  • To provide Supervision and Appraisals to appropriate/allocated staff. To participated in the role of Mentor to students.
  • To participate in the role of Preceptor to newly qualified staff (where appropriate)
  • To participate in audits.
  • There is a requirement to support learners on a regular basis which includes the achievement and updating of profession specific training to the required standard to fulfil this role

Information Resources & Administrative Duties
  • To ensure accurate documentation.
  • To have working knowledge of RIO System and associated systems.
  • To engage and participate in the use of Electronic recording systems and training when required.
  • To participate in formulating and providing reports for other professionals such as panel for continuing care etc

Any Other Specific Tasks Required
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of NMC codes of conduct and comply with them.
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of government health and social care policy
  • Have a working knowledge of PREP requirements and maintain personal, professional development.
  • Report any observed incident of unprofessional behaviour, accident/incident, untoward occurrence, and faulty equipment immediately to Ward Manager/Team Leader.
  • To take an active role in own supervision and continuous professional development

Person Specification



  • RMN/ Registered Nurse (Mental Health) with current registration. A willingness to complete Trust Mandatory Courses (will be required to complete and undertake relevant Physical Interventions training with adjustments considered if required)



  • Experience of Adult and / or Older Persons mental health nursing and the nursing process


  • Experience of working with people with a diagnosis of dementia



  • Knowledge of ordering, storing and administering required medications Knowledge of possible side effects of medication
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1987 (including updates)
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty safeguards


  • Understanding of Recovery principles in Mental Health Knowledge and understanding of both adult and childrens safeguarding guidance

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to form positive therapeutic relationships with service users, carers and other professional bodies.
  • Ability to assess situations, make decisions, co-ordinate and organise appropriate responses.
  • Able to risk assess To be able to plan and implement all aspects of nursing skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Salus / Haytor Ward, Torbay Hospital

Lowes Bridge




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