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Clinical Charge Nurse

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently looking for a positive, proactive, experienced RMN/RLDN to join our team on Rosa parks ward. Rosa Parks Ward is an 18 bedded male acute ward, which embraces a recovery approach in delivering high quality acute inpatient care. The ward is a key inpatient service within the Acute Care Pathway, situated in Oak House, Lambeth Hospital. Rosa Parks is spacious and well laid out to promote patient safety and positive interactions between staff and patients.

The multi-disciplinary team is dynamic and diverse, including RMNs, CSWs, an OT, doctors and an experienced consultant who work closely to support patients on their recovery journey. Patients also have access to a psychology and art therapy while on the ward.

Working as part of the clinical team the post holder will make appropriate use of the latest evidence-based practice to deliver person centred care across all inpatient wards. The post holder with be part of the Quality Improvement ethos to work with the team to continually improve the service to enable the best possible patient outcomes.

Main duties of the job

To oversee the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of caregiven to a group of service users, and ensure records associated with thisprocess are maintained. The post holder will also act as a named nurse or inpatient care coordinator. This may include the co-ordination of care ofservice users liaising with other members of the multidisciplinary team wherenecessary. The post holder will carry out nursing procedures to a standardthat ensures safe and effective care, and complies with The Nursing andMidwifery Council's Code of Professional Conduct. The post holder willclinically supervise and appraise junior staff and students.There will be an expectation that the post holder will facilitate userinvolvement in all aspects of service delivery.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you feel valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefit fromkeyworker housing which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description

Job responsibilities

KEY RESPONSIBILITIESResponsibilities for patient careTo assess needs, plan, implement and monitor care in collaboration withthe service user, carers, and other members of the multidisciplinary team.To implement care that meets the mental, physical, spiritual,psychological and social needs of the service user, and that is sensitive toage, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality and disability.To administer medication and psychological treatments with a knowledgeof contraindications and side effects, and relating accurate information toservice users in a format they are able to understand.To demonstrate an understanding of the distress caused by, and socialand personal consequences of mental illness for service users and theircarers.To actively encourage service users to work towards self-determinationand freedom of choice within legal, ethical and professional constraints.To work within policy, professional and legal frameworks at all times. Thisrequires advanced knowledge of NMC Code of Professional Conduct, riskassessment and child protection protocols, Mental Health Act and CPA,and Trust clinical policies.

Responsibilities for clinical leadership of patient careTo oversee care delivery to a group of service users, workingcollaboratively with named nurses and MDT members.To oversee named nurses' practice using managerial and clinicalsupervision, ensuring appropriate standard of practice and competencies.To oversee patient care and to ensure there is no act or omission ofpractice.To identify good practice, and encourage the dissemination of this acrosslocally.To recognise practice that needs improvement, ensuring appropriateactions are taken to address this in collaboration with the Team Leader.To provide leadership and mentorship for HCAs, support workers,students, and associate primary nurses.To analyse, respond to and lead staff through complex and challengingclinical situations.To demonstrate an ability to investigate incidents and complaints, and tocompile reports as required by the Trust.

Responsibilities for communication and relationships at workTo understand the importance of relationships to the social andpsychological well being of service users. To develop therapeuticrelationships which facilitate collaborative working.To actively promote relationships with colleagues that support opencommunication and collaborative working, taking personal responsibilityfor one's contribution to the process of MDT working.To maintain a high standard of written communication, recordingappropriate events and observations in accordance with Trust policiesand the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.To maintain confidentiality of information in accordance with Trust policiesand the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.fileconv-1229748.doc, May 2005 3

Responsibilities for clinical environment and service developmentTo understand the responsibilities of shift co-ordination, and to takeresponsibility for care delivery in a specific area for spans of duty,including maintaining a safe clinical environment.To contribute to the provision of a safe clinical environment whichpromotes the dignity of service users.To handle service users' property and money in accordance with Trustpolicies.To participate in service evaluations, benchmarking, research and auditactivities, and to contribute to implementation of service modernisationand improvement projects.To contributes to meeting the strategic targets and the needs of theDirectorate and Trust, which include financial, workforce development,demand and capacity and outcome monitoring issues.

Responsibilities for self awareness and professional developmentTo develop an understanding of and demonstrate skill in the supervisionprocess through one's own supervision, and in the provision ofsupervision to junior staff and students.To provide mentorship and professional supervision to junior staff, andassessment of student nurses.To support mentors in developing their mentorship skills.To actively participate in teaching and learning activities within theservice.To account for one's own professional practice in accordance with theNMC Code of Professional Conduct, and to maintain requirements forregular re-registration.To demonstrate an ability to identify areas for personal development toimprove and enhance knowledge and skills.To participate in the Preceptorship process.To be physically capable of fulfilling the role, and able to work throughouta 24-hour shift system.To demonstrate an awareness of the effects of and one's own limitationsin fulfilling some aspects of the role on the mental well being of oneself,and demonstrate ability to seek assistance and guidance from colleagues. To show self-awareness and an ability to reflect and discuss emotionsand thoughts in relation to care of service users.

Responsibilities for management roleTo be an effective clinical leader and role model with good delegation andsupervisory abilities. To identify clinical need, prioritising and deploying resources withinbudgetary parameters.To co-ordinate staff deployment in off-duty and monitoring annual leave,sickness and study days within the parameters of Improved WorkingLives.To fulfil the site of bleep holder/ bed manager and on-call duties on a rotaas required out of hours.To jointly undertake the recruitment and retention of staff within therelevant trust HR policies.To support the Ward Manager/Team Leader in ensuring that PersonalDevelopment Reviews and Appraisals take place for all staff and thatidentified training needs are met.Demonstrating an understanding of and contributing to disciplinary andother Human Resource processes.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification


  • Qualification and experience

Experience and Knowledge


  • xperience of researchbased/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
  • Significant relevant clinical experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience as a preceptor / mentor
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
  • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation


  • Experience of taking responsibility for a ward / clinical unit.
  • Experience of engaging / supporting clinical research projects
  • Experience of supporting practice development in clinical areas
  • Experience of teaching. e.g. mentor, assessor, practitioner/preceptorship
  • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff

Skills and Abilities


  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
  • Teaching ability
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations
  • Approachable
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others
  • Forms very effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics promotes equality and diversity


  • Problem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framework

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Rosa parks ward, Lambeth Hospital

108, Landor Roard



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