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Developmental Nurse - Band 5/6

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
**Band 5-6 developmental nurse post**

Wotton Lawn is an 88 bed Acute Mental Health Hospital situated in the centre of the historic city of Gloucester and provides inpatient services to the population of Gloucestershire. It offers a vital service to the citizens of Gloucestershire in supporting and rehabilitating those suffering from mild to severe mental health problems. All wards are serviced by an enthusiastic, multi-professional team of people, including Doctors, Nurses, Allied Healthcare Professionals and Therapists who are supported by Ward Secretaries and Hotel Services Staff. At GHC NHS Trust we pride ourselves on providing care and support to those experiencing mental health and learning disabilities in order to support them through their recovery.

Greyfriars PICU is a ten bedded Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit which provides care for those people who require a period of increased supervision and intensive input as a result of acute mental health problems.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.
  • Wotton Lawn Walkthrough.mp4

  • Main duties of the job

    Greyfriars PICU is looking for a experienced and passionate band 5 RMN who is looking to be supported to progress to become a Senior Nurse Practitioner. This role will have a specific focus on support the senior leadership team on PICU, to develop and maintain clinical standards for the service.

    The successful candidate will be supported to complete a practice development plan. This plan will offer specific structure over a period of time. Supporting the successful candidate to complete a range of activities to evidence that they are ready to progress as a band 6 on Greyfriars PICU.

    Ideally the successful candidate is required to have significant experience in a Psychiatric Intensive Care, Acute Inpatient Nursing and or Crisis Home Treatment. You will be able to demonstrate a capacity for clinical excellence and developing the role with a view to enhancing services to the unit and other countywide services.

    Flexible' working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

    Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post, will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust's 'Two Ticks Pledge' on disability.

    The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

    About us

    We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

    The annual NHS Staff Surveygives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
    • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
    • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
    • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
    • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

    Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    We provide a Multi-professional preceptorship programme that is aligned to the National Preceptorship Framework for Nursing and have been awarded the Interim quality mark from NHS England. Our programme is provided to all Newly Qualified Nurses, Nursing Associates, Internationally Educated Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals and Return to Practice Practitioners. In addition to the programme we also offer all preceptees the opportunity of enrolling and completing the level 7 (Masters) 15 credit validated module Preceptorship for Healthcare (AP7026).

    Newly qualified Social Workers are offered the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment programme (ASYE) which is similar to a preceptorship programme.

    Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse Mental Health Formal Teaching and Assessing Course (completed or commencement date known)
    • Appraisal Skills (appraisee within 3 months)
    • Risk Assessment & Management (within 3 months)


    • Management of Violence & Aggression (within 3 months)
    • Supervision skills (Clinical)



    • Significant experience in an acute in-patient setting Managing 'emergencies within an in-patient setting & PICU
    • Completion of the Trust's Preceptorship Programme.


    • Teaching and presentation experience
    • Crisis Home Treatment experience



    • Medical Emergency Response Team (equivalent to Immediate Life Support standards)
    • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the MHA, MCA & other legal aspects of mental health care
    • Excellent knowledge of PICU assessment criteria and completion of relevant referral training programme
    • Clinical Supervisory skills
    • A good working knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act (within 3 months).
    • A good working knowledge of the Care Programme Approach


    • Working Knowledge of Trust and Care Group Clinical Guidelines, Policies and Procedures
    • Awareness and understanding of NICE guidelines (and other national guidelines) relating to working age adult mental health.
    • Awareness of Health and Well-being recommendations.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


    Wotton Lawn Hospital (Greyfriars PICU)

    Horton Road


    GL1 3WL

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