Staff Nurse Mental Health - Band 5 (Abbey Ward)

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
13 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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As we continue to grow and improve, we are excited to announce that we are looking for registered Mental Health Nurses (RMN) to join our award-winning team at Wotton Lawn Hospital. Rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, Wotton Lawn is an 88 bedded Adult Acute inpatient Hospital situated in the heart of the historic City of Gloucester with good travel links to other areas of the UK. Wotton Lawn Hospital prides itself on providing a vital service to the citizens of Gloucestershire in supporting their journey to recovery from an episode of acute mental ill health. All wards are serviced by an enthusiastic, multi-professional team of people and we provide a service to our patients 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, so you will need to be able to work rotational shifts.

We are seeking highly motivated and committed Band 5 Staff Nurses to complement our current multidisciplinary team. The ideal candidate for this post would be an RMN seeking an opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives, with excellent communication skills and a passion for helping those experiencing an acute mental health concern.

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care needs of a specific group of service users.

Supervise mentor and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students

Coordinate care for a specified group of service users

Main duties of the job

In return for your commitment we will provide the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive induction and Mental Health Nurse development programme (including a comprehensive Preceptorship Programme for newly registered nurses) which ensures that you feel fully supported with the right tools to undertake this challenging, but rewarding job. We will provide you with access to Post Registration training courses to help staff meet both your own identified continued professional development needs and the developing needs of this service

About us

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a 'Veteran Aware Trust', evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right-hand side, titled 'Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance'.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Work according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Conduct and relevant professional guidelines as a named nurse or key worker taking responsibility for the assessment of care and health education needs
  • Develop, implement and evaluate care plans in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals ensuring individual needs are met
  • Ensure that everyone involved in the care plan receives a copy and to ensure that all relevant details are recorded on Trust IT systems
  • As named nurse to have responsibility for undertaking mental and behavioural state examinations for own service users and service users being admitted, repeated on at least a weekly basis and clinical risk assessment and management plans.
  • Utilising the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and in line with Trust policy, provide specialist care, education and advice to service users (including carers) who are suffering from common, severe and enduring mental health problem to promote recovery and social inclusion
  • Assist service users to meet their personal care needs e.g. assisting with bathing and washing, as outlined in the Care Plan. This intervention may be delegated where appropriate
  • Liaise with and offer specialist assessment and advice to other agencies and professions, including participating in Multi-Agency meetings to offer advice and opinions to facilitate the ongoing treatment and care of service users and to ensure adherence to National Service Framework (NSF) guidelines
  • Actively support service users in the management of their medication within a concordance framework and relevant policies. Administer medication, including Intra-muscular injections depot medication as appropriate and monitor side effects. Delegate the checking and delivery of medication when appropriate

  • Maintain accurate written records and statistics to ensure that service user details and details of the care given is recorded in notes and on the Trust database(s) in line with Trust policies
  • Contribute to the preparation of appropriate reports, including reports for Mental Health Act Tribunals and Mental Health Managers review meetings as required by rule 6 (1) of the Mental Health Tribunal rules
  • Provide and receive complex and sensitive information from service users, carers or other professionals and agencies, on a daily basis
  • Work with and support other members of the Multi-disciplinary team, using clinical judgements in the absence of key members of the team, including medical staff
  • Ensure that psychological intervention or treatment is offered to service users as outlined in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines
  • De-escalation of aggression using verbal skills and physical breakaway skills

Leadership / Management
  • Support existing team members in the provision of appraisal and supervision of other team members including induction of junior staff members and assessment of work based studies such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
  • Support existing team members in the planning and delivery of teaching sessions to members of the multidisciplinary team and outside agencies including professions from primary care in order to implement mandatory training or to pass on specialist knowledge and skills. These sessions may be part of protected learning time
  • Contribute to service development and quality initiatives in line with local and national policies using audit and policy development
  • Undertaking other duties appropriate to the post as requested by senior managers
  • Ensure that through competent planning and organisational skills, the post holder allocates sufficient time to provide and receive ongoing clinical and managerial supervision, to include work load management, focusing on improving quality of care and audit in line with the Government Modernisation Programme
  • Provide mentorship and preceptorship to junior nurses, nurses in training and other members of the multi-disciplinary team ensuring training objectives are met
  • Implementing risk assessments and management plans on a daily basis working with people with common, severe, and enduring mental health problems who are frequently distressed and emotionally disturbed
  • Take charge of the ward in the absence of senior staff for clinical, environmental and managerial aspects.
  • Shift Co-ordination including allocation of resources, deployment of staff, upholding the requirements of the Mental Health Act, maintaining a safe environment, liaising with other disciplines, service users and carers.
  • At nights and weekends undertaking additional responsibilities for hospital wide issues of bed management, staff deployment, fire coordination etc.

Person Specification NMC registered Essential
  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH)
  • GCSE's Maths, Science and English
  • 1 Year Experience
  • Mental Health Trained
Experience Essential
  • Team Working Experience
  • NMC registered
  • Evidence of Supporting Others
  • Mentoring

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