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Clinical Charge Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Charge Nurse, Band 6 Full Time - 37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a substantive post of a Clinical Charge Nurse (Band 6) in our acute and crisis directorate.

Scadbury Ward is a mixed older adults acute ward for people currently in crisis and requiring appropriate psychological and pharmaceutical interventions.

We welcome applications from staff that are already on the NMC register with relevant experience. You will be part of a MDT involved in the delivery of care and therapy for our patients. You need to be a passionate role model in delivering care and keen to develop and build on your management and leadership skills.

You will support the ward manager to lead the management of clinical and risk issues on the ward, emphasising relational security within the unit, such as providing patient choice, collaboration and transparency with a trauma informed care approach.

Your clinical and managerial leadership will recognise the impacts of adverse and traumatic experiences on patients and staff.

The post operates on a shift rota system, including weekends and night work, this is inclusive of the duty senior nurse role. You will receive staff induction, in-house training, frequent supervision and personal development reviews.

Please note that Oxleas operates a probationary period, further information is available on request.

Main duties of the job

As a Deputy Nursing Team Leader/Clinical Charge Nurse/Community Psychiatric Nurse/Practice Development Nurse you will promote and develop 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

  • Leading and supporting junior staff to deliver person centred care.
  • Formulating and documenting a plan of nursing care where possible in partnership with Service Users, carers, family, and friends including personal choices/likes/dislikes/wishes.
  • Evaluating and documenting the outcomes of nursing interventions.
  • Personal care (bathing, dressing, and grooming).
  • Nutrition and hydration (monitor and ensure adequate intake)
  • Emotional and social support.
  • Leading and supporting junior staff to promote recovery
  • Promoting independence
  • Engaging with activities of their interest
  • Leading and supporting junior staff to risk assess and risk manage
  • Undertaking individual risk assessments as per Trust policy
  • Engaging in 1-1 sessions, listening, responding, and reporting
  • Prevention and management of aggression and violence including providing hands on care to prevent injury to self and others using approved techniques such as PSTS/PMVA after undertaking appropriate training, assessment and deemed competent.
  • Recognising service user health deterioration and taking action - monitoring physical health, checking vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, temperature, saturation, blood glucose, Glasgow Coma Scale.
  • Knowledge of the Early Warning Signs (MEWS/NEWS)
  • Reporting incidents as per Trust policy
  • Safe use of medical devices
  • Implementing safe and therapeutic observations policy levels
  • Safe transfer of individuals
  • Resuscitation procedure: ABLS/ILS after undertaking appropriate training, assessment and deemed competent
  • Fire warden
  • Coordinate junior staff and oversee the admission and discharge of service users, ensuring needs of the patient and service including relevant legislative or required documentation are completed.
  • Leading on safeguarding and duty of candour procedures/
  • Ensuring that own practice and that of junior staff remains within legal, ethical, and professional parameters and is open to scrutiny from peers.

Person Specification

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent communication and written skills
  • Understanding and being able to identify the deteriorating patient in a compassionate and professional way
  • Be willing to undertake group activities with patients to support a therapeutic and patient focused recovery
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others


  • Lead on physical health
  • Lead on emergencies

Education and Qualification


  • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse Mentorship qualification
  • Mentorship Training or practice assessor


  • Leadership Training

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience in working within a mental health setting with adults with acute mental illness
  • Experience of medication managment
  • Experience of being in charge of a ward environment
  • Experience of supervising junior staff and student nurses


  • Experience of implementing quality Improvement projects and sound knowledge of QI methodology
  • Experience of patient flow systems
  • Experience of training junior staff and training other professionals

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Green Parks House

Princess Royal University Hospital



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