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Staff Nurse (RMN)

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year p.a
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Seaview Ward is a mixed sex ward, with a total of 14 beds providing a high quality of care and treatment for patients who have physical, social, psychological and emotional health needs. The purpose of the ward is to offer comprehensive assessments and treatment enabling Service Users to have shorter stays in hospital and to develop clear plans of care.

We are looking for suitably qualified and caring individuals who wish to work in a fast paced and challenging environment. You will have excellent clinical skills and be a team player who is emotionally intelligent and able to remain calm when managing potentially testing situations.

We would welcome applications from newly qualified nurses and we provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals.

We offer a full induction programme to all new staff members on joining the ward and following successful completion of your 3 month probation period you will meet with your supervisor to discuss your personal developmentplan which will identify your learning and training needs, so we can ensure you have all the skills you need to be the best you can bein your role. As befits a specialist service there will be opportunities to train in areas such as DBT, enhanced risk assessment and physical health interventions.

Main duties of the job

The ward team are highly motivated and have a track record of implementing recovery-based care, with an emphasis on therapeutic and diverse interventions. We work closely as a multi-disciplinary team and value learning, having regular teaching and supervision with a shared vision and action plan for the service.

The Multi-disciplinary team on the Ward provides treatment and care for a wide range of mental health illnesses which include Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety and Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. The aim of all staff is to provide a high quality of care and treatment for patients who have physical, social, psychological and emotional health needs and enable them to return home with support from the Home Treatment Team and / or their Community Mental Health Team.

You will be required to undertake aPrevention and Management of Violence and Aggression courseand it is a condition of your employment that you successfully complete all aspects of this course; if this is not achieved you will not be able to commence working in the post.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities


1. CLINICAL1.1 To complete nursing assessment of care needs and the development,implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.1.2 To carry out all relevant forms of nursing care.1.3 To carry out high standard of nursing care and treatment of patients working alongside staff of all professions in the ward/unit.1.4 To play an active part in the ward/units multi-disciplinary patient treatment programmes.1.5 To help to organise and participate in therapeutic and social activities to change patients recovery.1.6 To attend case conferences/review meetings with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to review patients conditions and their progress in the programme of care and recovery.1.7 To arrange patients meals and special diets and participating in the meals service.1.8 To liaise and maintaining good relationships with other staff of all disciplines to ensure the smooth running of services for patients.1.9 To communicate with relatives and other visitors.1.10 To assist in the maintenance of good communications within the Trust.1.11 To substitute for other nursing staff as necessary.1.12 To report all accidents and untoward incidents.1.13 To be familiar with the use of emergency equipment.1.14 To discuss carer needs to all patients you are named nurse to, as appropriate, initially weekly and thereafter on agreed time frame.1.15 To ensure that ward and hospital areas remain clean and tidy, working closely with the Senior Clinical Nurse to create a Therapeutic Environment.

2. MANAGERIAL2.1 To take regularly charge of co-ordinate the shift in the absence of the Ward Manager/Clinical Team Leader.2.2 To supervise junior staff.

3. ADMINISTRATIVE3.1 To maintain an effective reporting system by observing and reporting verbally and in writing on patient conditions.3.2 To maintain a high standards of record/case note recording (RiO/ Ulysses).

4. HUMAN RESOURCES/WORKFORCE4.1 To assist with induction and in-service training of nursing staff.

5. POLICY & SERVICE DEVELOPMENT5.1 To administer medication, complying with the nursing responsibilities under the Medicines Act (1968), the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971, the local Care of Drugs Policy and any other relevant Trust procedures.5.2 To comply with the Mental Health Act (1983) regulations/procedures, including carrying out registered nurse holding powers as necessary.5.3 To observe approved Trust clinical nursing policies/procedures.5.4 To be familiar with fire evacuation procedures and enact them as necessary.5.5 To know and comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).5.6 To comply with Catering Hygiene regulations.5.7 To comply with the Patients Property Policy.5.8 To fully implement and comply with discharge procedures and standards including CPA/Care Management and involvement in audit.5.9 Complying with the agreed Nursing Standards.6. INFORMATION / DATA RESPONSIBILITIES6.1 To maintain security and confidentiality of information and clinical records relating to patients treatment.

7. PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES7.1 Teaching qualified and unqualified staff, including basic and/or post basis students, including acting as mentor as appropriate.

8. ENVIRONMENTAL8.1 Following training, the post holder will be required to participate in thePrevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) of patients.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Preceptorship or working towards it
  • Ability to take charge of a ward/case load regularly
  • Ability to supervise other staff
  • Supervised experience gained during clinical placements
  • Ability to mentor students
Information Technology Essential
  • Basic IT skills, normally obtained through practice or practical training
Personal Qualities/Attributes Essential
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision / unsupervised
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to use initiative / Able to positively influence others
Additional requirements Essential
  • Ability to meet contractual requirements and participate in 24 hour care
  • A level of fitness and ability to participate and complete PMVA, Breakaway training and Manual Handling (practice and theory).
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to a standard which enables the post holder to carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities of the role effectively.
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.

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