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Lead Nurse in Low Secure Unit

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024
There is a wonderful opportunity for a Lead Nurse in this forensic and low secure and rehabilitation service.

We have 1 Lead Nurse and are looking for another to support the service and compliment the team.

We are a friendly team, based at Kingsway Hospital in a 20-bedded unit, which consists of 2 wards.

The team provides 24-hour inpatient nursing support at Kedleston and we help adults with severe and enduring mental illness, who have a forensic or risk history and require a longer period of assessment and stabilisation whilst we support them to transition back into the community.

The successful applicant will be expected to support the Team Managers in providing leadership, effective resource utilisation and supervision to the wider, multi-disciplinary team.

The aim being to provide an effective, high quality and evidenced based rehabilitation and recovery service, which is unpinned by the promotion of a hopeful, compassionate and expressive environment, offering choice and opportunities, and prioritising service users goals whenever possible.

We work hard to maintain a least restrictive practice approach and we were also the winners of a HEART award for teamwork in 2022!

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • Work with the team, driving change and offering assurance that our care meets the standards not only expected of us, but that our patients, relatives and carers deserve.
  • Be responsible for establishing operational and clinical service mechanisms that support safe and high-quality care throughout the twenty-four-hour period.
  • Have opportunities to take the lead on new developments and will be responsible for ensuring that local and national standards and targets are met.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the clinical team operates within established legal and operational protocols and that robust clinical rationales exist for planned and delivered interventions.
  • Work effectively within a multi-disciplinary setting and will ensure that effective co-ordination exists and is maintained, between the various stakeholders involved.
  • Be part of our bleep-holder role on a rota basis, which lends itself to bed management, and support of the Kingsway Campus.
  • Deputise for the Senior Nurses where needed.

This post is full time and will involve working shifts, late and early shifts with occasional weekends, bank holidays and at times possible 9-5 shifts on weekdays.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the Trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

Person Specification



  • Educated to Diploma Level (i.e. Dip HE Nursing) or Degree Level
  • ENB 99/78, SSSA/ Mentor Qualification
  • Evidence of up to date Personal Development Plan Professional Portfolio


  • Experience in mentoring and supervising staff
  • Experience working with families and carers



  • Post-registration clinical expertise that will include core competencies around NMC Nurse Competencies
  • Demonstrate the ability to co-ordinate and lead multi-professional teams
  • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise of CPA/Risk Assessment and Management Skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead the clinical team in a service user/ career focused way
  • Demonstrate exposure to and a comprehensive knowledge of Clinical Governance in action (audit, research clinical effectiveness etc)
  • Demonstrate operational management skills, including change management, project management etc
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues relating to clinical practice, including policy and procedure development
  • Demonstrate an understanding of work-based legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Kedleston Unit

Kingsway Hospital


DE22 3LZ

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