To support the ward manager in ensuring day-to-day operation of the ward
To assist in the development of junior staff and act as a clinical lead for nurses. To lead by example.
To ensure the provision of excellent, evidence based nursing care for the children, young people (CYP) and their families at all times.
Main duties of the job
This position offers a development opportunity for an experienced inpatient nurse. Prior CAMHS experience is not necessarily required but a willingness to develop the therapeutic skills needed in this environment will be key.
You will work within a team of nurses and a wide variety of other disciplines. Good communication and organisational skills are essential. Your role covers a wide range of tasks that will require confidence, patience, tolerance and creativity, as well as a good sense of humour and a satisfactory level of physical health.
The successful candidates will work a rota system of shifts which will include a combination of days, nights and weekends, from Monday to Sunday.
The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings
Lavender Walk is a Tier 4 Adolescent Unit which provides acute inpatient care for young people (aged 13-18) with mental health and emotional difficulties. The Unit is based at South Kensington Mental Health Centre alongside the established Eating Disorder Inpatient and Outpatient Service.
Lavender Walk opened in November 2018 and continues to develop as a service. We are looking to become QNIC approved in the near future and as a team are highly invested in continually assessing and improving the quality of care being provided for our young people. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is interested in service improvement as well as caring for patients.
Job description Job responsibilities
- To take responsibility for and manage the overall care of the unit within a span of duty and act as nurse in charge, delegating as appropriate and ensuring completion of all nursing duties.
- Promote Family Centred Care and ensure the provision of a welcoming, caring, clean and safe environment for the CYP and their families.
- To be able to recognise escalation in behaviour or shift in ward dynamics and proactively address this with staff or young people.
- To be able to ensure that all observations are allocated and carried out appropriately and effectively.
- To be able to identify the need for increased/decreased observations and act appropriately and in line with unit procedure.
- To ensure that all Trust and departmental policies and procedures are adhered to at all times.
- To supervise junior staff and students to ensure the delivery of safe and effective care.
- To demonstrate a good knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Childrens Act, Mental Capacity Act and any other relevant legal information pertaining to this field of practice.
- To receive section papers correctly, identifying rectifiable and non-rectifiable mistakes. To be able to escalate and respond to this as needed.
Person Specification Education/ Qualifications: Essential
- Registered Mental Health Nurse at degree or diploma level.
- NMC Registered Nurse (Child) (or Registered Nurse) relevant to area of practice CAMHS Mental Health
- Degree level qualification
- NVQ D32/33 Assessors course
- Teaching, supervision and managerial experience of coordinating and managing patient care
- Knowledge of mental disorder, child development, mental health law and legislation and the nursing process
- Understanding of professional and current issues in children's and mental health nursing.
- Understanding of resource management, health and safety, clinical risk and quality issues
- Handling safeguarding issues according to Trust policies and procedures
- Understating or evidence of fulfilling PREP requirements for Revalidation Awareness of equality and diversity
- Experience of working in a mental health setting postregistration
- Basic counselling skills
Special Aptitudes/Abilities: Essential
- Demonstrates an understanding of and empathy to the needs of children & young people
- Ability to effectively communicate with children, young people and their parents
- Ability to effectively communicate with other professionals, in person and on the phone
- Basic understanding of budget and resource management
- Ability to understand and work with challenging behaviour
Personal Characteristics: Essential
- A genuine interest in working within this specialism.
- A good level of fitness and mobility
- Shows evidence of common sense, tolerance and empathy
- Shows a mature, accepting warm attitude
- Demonstrates professionalism (in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct) and good interpersonal relationships at all times.
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