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Registered Mental Health Nurse

West London NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 Per Annum
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Thank you for your interest in this exciting position of Staff Nurse for our Mental Health Acute Wards in Hammersmith and Fulham mental health unit. This role is an exciting and challenging opportunity for the right candidate. You will be required to demonstrate excellent communication skills while providing first line advice, support, and information to a wide range of patients that are in the acute phase of a mental health crisis. The post holder will provide support when someone, both known to services and unknown comes to the unit.

You will need to have important nursing assessment skills, knowledge of the legal frameworks that inform acute mental health care, an understanding of mental health diagnosis and a well-informed understanding of psychosocial interventions.

The Hammersmith mental health unit Team are highly motivated, diverse, energetic and has a ready to help attitude. Our professional and multi-disciplinary staff group whose ability to intercede on behalf of patients across all levels of healthcare is nurtured and respected. We believe in embracing the expertise of our nurses, medics, allied health professionals and health care facilitators, working together to make a positive difference to the lives of our patients.

The work is challenging and rewarding, it will provide the right candidates with an opportunity to facilitate and support staff to develop critical clinical skills.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide support and supervision to a group of nursing staff
  • To develop and maintain communication with individuals or groups of patients, carers and staff, about difficult or complex matters, overcoming any problems in communication in different situations.
  • To develop own knowledge and skills and contribute to the development of others.
  • To promote, monitor and maintain best practice in health, safety and security of self and others in own work area.
  • To appraise, interpret and apply suggestions, recommendations and directives to improve services.
  • To contribute to quality improvement.
  • To promote people's equality, diversity and rights.
  • To contribute to promoting health and well-being and preventing adverse effects on health and well-being.
  • To assess complex health and well-being needs and develop, monitor and review care-plans to meet those needs.
  • To plan, deliver and evaluate care to address people's complex health and well-being needs.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We're rated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Acute inpatient wards provide a place of safe and therapeutic environment for mental health patients that have either been detained under of the Mental Health Act or have agreed to be admitted on a voluntary basis. The core aim of the service is to provide a safe environment where patients will receive mental health care, that uses the principles of Trauma informed Care and applying the least restrictive principles possible in a safe and therapeutic environment.

The post holder will provide care, support and assessments of all clients who are referred to or enter their ward.

The post holder will be given clinical supervision by qualified staff and management responsibility is with the Ward Team Manager.

Complete assessments of the patients and provide feedback to the MDT on the progress of the patient and make recommendations for further interventions

To accept section paperwork from police/AMHP and ensure all information is accurately correct.

To provide nursing care to clients including physical assessments and interventions, mental health assessments and interventions, risk assessments and appropriate management plans for any overt risks identified

To gather collateral information on clients from GP, community teams, liaise with other trusts (SPA/CATT/CMHT), family and friends if possible.

To provide accurate and comprehensive handover of patients attendance presentation on a daily basis.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse


  • PMVA Training



  • Experience of Inpatient Mental Health
  • Experience of completing assessment and providing plans of care for patients that are in acute state of crisis
  • Working with other professions within a multi-disciplinary team and contributing to the joint plans following on from a MH assessment
  • Experience of working with patients that are acutely distressed and are at risk of becoming violent or aggressive
  • Experience of leading a team and appropriately delegating tasks to ensure the highest level of care is delivered within a service


  • HCA Experience of working in a health care setting
  • Experience of working with individuals that have complex physical health care needs and ensuring the receive the correct nursing care

Knowledge and skills


  • To understand and have experience of risk management
  • Able to contribute to complex discussions around patient's care
  • Able to challenge decisions that are not in line with best practice
  • Understanding the relationship between restrictive practice and violence
  • A clear understanding of the safeguarding process and when to escalate concerns


  • An understanding of Quality Improvement
  • An understanding of a variety of psychological interventions that will help support the management of patients in crisis

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit


W6 8NF

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