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Staff Nurse

Livewell Southwest
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 hours per week. At the Glenbourne Unit we are actively recruiting motivated and professional Band 5 Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurses, including Preceptor Nurses, who are looking to work in our Outstanding rated Male and Female Acute Ward as awarded by the Care Quality Commission. Harford Ward is a 19 bedded Male Acute Ward and Bridford Ward is a 19 bedded Female Acute Ward with positions available across both wards.

Here at the Glenbourne we received an overall rating of outstanding, and we are one of only a few units of its kind to achieve this rating within the UK.

The unit was praised in particular for the compassionate care provided by staff, noting the 2015 mental health inpatient survey that rated nurses at the Glenbourne unit the highest in the country for treating patients with dignity and respect.

Our environment and organisation is supportive and driven to deliver quality, evidence based patient care, we have a clear focus on Quality Improvement and Safewards and strive to achieve a caring recovery focused environment and a supportive environment to develop in.

We are looking for clinically skilled, compassionate and caring professionals who are committed to providing care of the highest quality to some of the most vulnerable individuals known to our service.

This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.

Main duties of the job

The postholder is responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.

You will be designated to take charge regularly of the ward.

The postholder is required to supervise staff and be able to teach qualified and unqualified staff, including basic and / or post basic students.

The staff nurse will at all times work within the spirit of the NMC code of Professional Conduct for trained nurses and local policies.

You will need to have a passion for working with people with mental health needs and possess excellent communication skills as you will be alongside other professionals, families and carers.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Utilise nursing skills to assess, plan and implement and deliver care to patients who are in an acute phase of their illness

Organise the provision of care and act as Named Nurse / Associate Nurse for a specified group of patients.

To function as a member of a multi disciplinary team taking appropriate responsibility for the implementation of decisions made by the team

Ensure planned nursing care is implemented and evaluated, take appropriate action in the light of evaluation.

Participate in training programmes for both trained and untrained staff

In conjunction with the university and Senior Staff Nurses ensure training programmes / objectives for learner nurses are implemented.

To be responsible for implementing drug administration procedures according to laid down policy.

Maintain standards of care to highest level within available resources.

Maintain confidentiality in respect to the patient at all times

To actively participate in line management with senior and junior members of staff.

To liaise effectively with other wards and services. To develop and maintain relationships with providers statutory and non-statutory

To maintain confidentiality in respect of the patient / client at all times.

Communicate clearly with patients, their families and all other mental health professional groups about their health problems and care plan.

Actively participate in clinical governance and quality improvement initiatives, eg. clinical audit, essence of care or clinical policy development.

Play an active role in CPA multi disciplinary reviews and ward rounds, reporting on the nursing assessment of the patients' progress and participating further in multi disciplinary care planning.

Ensure that patients are encouraged to play a part in the Care Plan and to sign it and ensuring they receive a copy of it. This is to promote person centred planning

Participate in the Glenbourne wide response team which responds to any untoward incident and undertake associated training.

Provide mentorship for students

Attend and participate in meetings ie. Case Conference, Mental Health review tribunals

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse / Diploma in Mental Health.


  • Practice / Supervisor assessor



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Multi disciplinary working


  • Life experience in wide range of settings

Knowledge and Skills


  • Mental Health Act
  • Confidentiality
  • Management methods
  • CPA and Nursing Process
  • Named Nurse responsibilities
  • Administration and storage of medicines
  • Statutory requirements
  • Psychiatric illnesses and relevant nursing care
  • Assessment Skills
  • Communications Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Team Work Skills
  • Management Ability
  • Able to take charge
  • Requirement to train and participate in Physical Intervention training and team work
  • Administration Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Supervision of Junior Staff
  • Prioritising
  • Computer Skills
  • Responsible and self motivated
  • Able to manage own stress
  • Flexible and reliable
  • To work on rota 24/7 day service
  • Empathetic


  • Networking with other agencies
  • Team nursing techniques
  • Ethical issues in relation to Mental Health
  • System One trained
  • Recreation / diversion skills
  • Group interaction skills
  • Change management skills
  • Ability to recognise and support stress in others
  • Mentorship or equivalent

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Harford Ward, Glenbourne Unit

Morlaix Drive, Derriford




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