We seek experienced or newly qualified nurses who are person centred, enthusiastic, committed to the provision of high quality care and treatment and enjoy the challenge of working within complex environments. If you are empathic and compassionate, supportive, kind, resilient, non-judgmental and approachable whilst at the same time be able to set boundaries and constantly strive for a better life for all of our service users please join us.
As a service, we are passionate about Trauma Informed Care (TIC). We aim that every member of our team is both aware of the prevalence/impact of traumatic events in service users' lives and is able to apply this knowledge in their daily clinical and non-clinical practice. We are looking for staff nurses who would be interested in contributing to an ongoing development of TIC at Forest Lodge.
Main duties of the job
You must be a Registered Mental Health Nurse with evidenced skills and knowledge in assessment, treatment and risk management with the ability to work within a multi-disciplinary setting which includes user and carer involvement. You should possess knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills. Additionally, you should exhibit a commitment to personal and professional development and possess the ability to work as part of a team. We are a 24-hour service and require a high degree of flexibility regarding rotation between day and night shifts, including weekends.
Forest Lodge is a Low-Secure Unit for male service users, providing intensive nursing and rehabilitation facilities for people classified as mentally disordered offenders and others requiring low secure conditions. We provide high quality assessment, treatment and support to men with mental health problems. We promote strong multi-disciplinary working, commitment to improvement and development, challenging stigma and promoting recovery. We pride ourselves on positive team work, professional and personal development and staff support.
If you are empathic and compassionate, supportive, kind, resilient, non-judgmental and approachable whilst at the same time be able to set boundaries and constantly strive for a better life for all of our service users please join us.
Job description Job responsibilities
- To ensure that comprehensive nursing assessment is carried out for all assigned patients to identify individual care needs.
- To ensure that each allocated patient has a comprehensive, clear and up-to-date plan of care with specified objectives designed to meet the individuals identified care needs.
- To ensure that comprehensive and up to date risk assessment and management plans are available and accessible to the Team in support of patient care, that encompass all areas of risk, but paying particular regard to harm to self and others, vulnerability and potential for absconding
- As an identified Named Nurse, ensure that care planning and management is delivered in a collaborative approach with the patient and their carers, in line with existing care pathways and the care programme approach
- To ensure that patient care is delivered in a manner consistent with available commissioners guidelines relating to care pathways
- To ensure patients are aware of the content of their care plans and risk assessments and have contributed to their development and evaluation
- To ensure that identified plans of care for assigned patients are implemented consistently within the nursing team
- Undertake appropriate decision making in relation to the Mental Health Act and Code of Practice with regard to patient care, as influenced by risk assessments.
- To take a positive approach to responding to patients in acute distress, adopting principles of de-escalation. Where physical interventions or restraint are required, to approach in line with available guidance and approved techniques, providing for the safety and dignity of the patient(s).
- When acting as the senior nurse present, to direct the actions and interventions of staff in responding to the incident in line with expected practice.
- To take positive approaches to patient engagement. Where undertaking specific observations of patients, to do so in line with the available policies and guidelines
- To ensure that an appropriate therapeutic environment is maintained within the Ward
- To ensure that practice in relation to medicines is in line with local guidelines, individual professional requirements and responsibilities, and ensures individual patient involvement, engagement and concordance
- As a member of the Team, to contribute to providing a quality environment for patients in relation to safety, dignity, comfort and day to day activities
- Take active and positive approaches to supporting and encouraging patients with their dietary needs, over the 24-hour period
- Assist medical staff with routine examinations
- To use relevant information in support of patient care and care planning, including available electronic information systems
Person Specification Qualification Essential
- Registered Qualified Nurse - Mental Health,
- experience of working in acute psychiatric care
- experiene of working in a locked or secure environment
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- oGood working knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983
- oWorking knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- oWorking knowledge of CPA arrangements
- oAppreciation of the needs of service users in a secure setting
- oPossession of excellent interpersonal skills
- oAbility to work within and contribute to the team
- oAbility to remain calm in stressful situations
- oAwareness of risk-assessment and management issues
- oSound clinical skills, including the administration and understanding of medication
- oAbility to write clear and concise reports
- oAppreciation of current practice, research, evidence-based practice and national policy
- oAbility to work therapeutically with offender patients
- oAbility to teach and motivate junior staff
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