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Lead Electroconvulsive Therapy Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Lead Electroconvulsive Therapy Nurse, Band 6 Permanent - Part Time - 15. hours per week (Tuesdays & Fridays)

The post holder will deputise for and support clinic manager with continuing accountability for the nursing care of patients coming to the clinic and support the management of the ECT service.

The Deputy Nursing Team Leader/Clinical Charge Nurse/CommunityPsychiatric Nurse/Practice Development Nurse role is suitable forRegistered Nurses who have successfully completed preceptorship and have registered as an approved NMC mentor.

The post holder will deliver, or advise on the delivery of, high quality safe nursing care, ensuring consistently high standards of practice and clinical excellence which comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional conduct.

Our ECT clinics are held on Tuesdays and Fridays each week.

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Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a member of the Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) core team, working as a lead nurse in the ECT Department at Woodlands Unit, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and will be responsible to support the ECT manager by providing skilled and timely care patients receiving ECT. This includes providing care to unconscious and recovering patients/service users who have undergone anaesthesia for the purpose of the delivery of ECT.

As a Deputy Nursing Team Leader/Clinical Charge Nurse/CommunityPsychiatric Nurse/Practice Development Nurse you will promote anddevelop clinical leadership and clinical practice and be a positive role model to junior members of the team through the practice of evidence-based care. You will be expected to support professional development through clinical appraisal and supervision and contribute to the ongoing educational programme for staff, fostering a positive learning environment. Your professional and personal development will include further postgraduate study and you will be encouraged and supported by your line manager to undertake Master's programmes.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Skills

1. Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading and supporting junior staff and wider care team to implement the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.

2. Leading on and undertaking activities to ensure that the fundamentals of care are met - nutrition, hydration, hygiene, comfort, emotional and social support:

Co-ordinating and evaluating collaborative patient centred care gettingfeedback and improving plans with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). Providing accurate information about care in an accessible format to patients and their relatives / carers. Liaising and working positively with members of the multi- disciplinary team and partner organisations. Administering, and monitoring the side-effects of, medication monitoring service user compliance. Safety safe custody of medicines, sharps, clinical equipment, report allincidents following trust policy.

3. Leading and supporting/teaching junior staff on risk assessment and risk management that involves making decisions based on knowledge of the research evidence, knowledge of the individual service user and their social context, knowledge of the service users own experience and clinical judgment.

4. Supporting and supervising junior staff to develop the management of care needs through:

Initial data collection Monitoring of individual service user / patient progress Feedback and discussion Producing reports and in-care reviews Devising a plan of care and interventions in partnership with service user, carer and MDT

5. Coordinating junior staff and the wider care team in providing hands-on care to service users and evaluating processes of care delivered. This will include:

Undertaking 1-1 engagement with service users in an honest, open and non judgmental way. Recognising and valuing service users as individuals, acknowledging the importance of maintaining the service users respect and dignity at all times and ensure that the care provided respects equality and diversity. Developing care plans that reflect service user needs and relevant patient care documentation working in partnership with service users, wider MDT and family/carers. Ensuring the monitoring and recording service user clinical observations are undertaken, such as physical observations and vital signs and treating or escalating as appropriate any signs or symptoms of deterioration or that does not fulfill the personal parameters to the relevant professional for treatment.

Implementing the principles of recovery: encouraging and supporting service users to engage with healthy lifestyles, facilitating psychosocial activities and other activities of their interest. Where appropriate contributing to psychological interventions.

6. Escorting service users, as required, in line with Trust policies.

7. Advocating for service users needs and rights within Trust policy. Encouraging and empowering service users to have an optimum level of responsibility for their individual programme of care.

8.Promote healthy lifestyles and give health promotion advice and support.

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience of working within the treatment and post anaesthetic recovery area
  • Knowledge and experience in the functions/operations of ECT equipment


  • Experience of taking responsibility for a ward / clinical unit.

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability and experience of working autonomously without close supervision.
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with colleagues

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Woodlands Unit

Frognal Avenue


DA14 6LT

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