Staff Nurse - RMN or RNLD

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

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Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit Registered Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurses, who are motivated to make a real difference in Dementia care. Herm & St Brelades Ward at Alderney Hospital are wards for older people; providing high quality, person centred care to persons with a Dementia with Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

We are seeking Registered Nurses to provide strong shift leadership; alongside a caring and compassionate attitude and initiative are essential personal qualities for these roles, along with excellent team-working, communication and assessment skills.

Full and part time positions are available.

Shift duties include day and night rotation and times are detailed below:

Early - 7:00am - 15:00pm (7.5 hours), Late - 13:00pm- 21:00pm (7.5 hours), Night - 20:30pm - 7:30am (10 hours). Early and Late shifts include a 30 minute unpaid break and nights a 1 hour unpaid break. Rosters are completed electronically and a minimum of 6 weeks rota period is out at any one time.

In return we can also offer you:
  • Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development
  • You will receive a comprehensive and structured induction and training program
  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working

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

Main duties of the job

To provide a high quality person centred approach to caredelivery which always considers people's safety, privacyand dignity.

To undertake assessment of patients / service users careneeds, and develop programmes of care as part of thewider multi-disciplinary care team.

To provide advice to patients/ service users and carersregarding their care.

To plan, implement and review health improvementprogrammes in a range of settings.

Provide supervision, mentorship, and clinical support tostudents and junior staff in the team.

This role includes a Recruitment Premium, with £1000 paid on commencement of your employment and a further £1,000 paid after 12 months service.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package. For further details on relocation expenses please email:

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.

Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash!

Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If the person you refer is appointed by the Trust and completes their probationary period you will receive £500 reward payment for the introduction! Please contact the recruitment team if you require further info!

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


1.1 To assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment and care to people on an allocated caseload; promoting independence and autonomy; working within a multidisciplinary team.

1.2 Advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence through educational programmes.

1.3 Provide advice to others regarding the management and care of patients/service users

1.4 To demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidence based practice and outcome measures.

1.5 Plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

1.6 Recognise, assess and manage risk across the immediate and wider working environment ensuring statutory requirements are met.

1.7 To be responsible for patient safety through knowledge of systems, legal requirements and understanding of litigation.

1.8 To communicate effectively in verbal and written form in the exchange of complex, sensitive or contentious information in difficult situations using de-escalation, mediation, resolution and professional Duty of Candour.

1.9 To evaluate care, taking appropriate action leading to improvement in quality standards through clinical audit, and contributing to root cause analysis and dealing with complaints.


2.1 To inspire team members and demonstrate leadership qualities through delivery of the service, working with others, demonstrating personal qualities, supporting continuous service improvement, and setting direction.

2.2 Support the management of change through innovative thinking, use of negotiating skills, self-awareness and communication.2.3 Act as a role model and promote the Trust Behaviours of being proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy.

2-4 Deputise for the clinical Deputy Team Leader in their absence, carrying out day to day supervision of the team.3. RESPONSIBILITY FOR HUMAN RESOURCES / WORKFORCE

3.1 Provide peer support to and receive peer support from other colleagues.

3.2 To provide supervision, regular advice/guidance/support to more junior staff.

3.3 Assisting with the induction and training of qualified and unqualified members of the team, students and preceptorship staff, including acting as mentor/preceptor as appropriate

3.4 To provide clinical supervision and mentor junior members of the team.


4.1 To be responsible for the cost effective use of and care of equipment and the maintenance of stock for sphere of activity.


5.1 Participate in surveys, regular audits, evaluation of practice and clinical trials relevant to role as required

5.2 To take responsibility for keeping abreast of developments and research relevant to clinical work and the profession.6. POLICY & SERVICE DEVELOPMENT

6.1 Follows policy, commenting on proposals for change in policies, procedures and practices applicable to their area of practice


7.1 To maintain and ensure the highest quality of recording of patient data into the relevant record system in line with professional guidance and Trust Policy.

7.2 Provide quality information relevant to role using Trust record systems using Microsoft Office components such as Word and Excel.


8.1 Ensure that personal performance meets job requirements, Professional Codes and standards, Trust and post competency standards at all times.

8.2 Ensure the required level of IT competence required for the role to process, record, evaluate, and report data.

8.3 Demonstrate commitment to the role and to service improvement through innovative thinking and assisting with small scale projects.

8.4 Challenge poor practice and take appropriate action making full use of current support systems.

8.5 Provide a positive, compassionate role model to junior staff and colleagues to ensure the delivery of people centred care and the key components of compassionate care

8.6 Create effective team work across professional boundaries using team building skills, creating common goals, and through engagement.

8.7 Respect and apply the requirements of equality and diversity, promoting and role modelling these across the multi-disciplinary team.


9.1 Administering medication, complying with the nursing responsibilities under the TrustMedicine management policies and any other relevant legislative and professionalrequirements.9.2 Comply with the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Deprivation ofLiberty Safeguards (2009).10. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS10.1 The post holder may be required to participate in the prevention and management ofviolence and aggression (PMVA) where required and following relevant training.10.2 The role will require highly developed physical skills where accuracy is important e.g.for patient interventions and specialist therapy appropriate to profession and area ofpractice such as use of specialist equipment and fine tools; manual, sensory andcognitive assessment and treatments, intravenous injections, insertion of catheters,removal of sutures; use of diagnostic equipment such as audiometers.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • Registered Nurse, RMN, or RNLD, with recent experience working with patients with organic mental illness
  • Understanding of ICPA and Risk Assessment and Management of Risk
  • Ability to work with clients who present with challenging behaviour
Job specific experience Essential
  • Previous experience of working with mental health clients in hospital or community setting
  • Understanding of medication management issues
  • Knowledge of NMC code of professional conduct
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act
Managerial/supervisory experience Essential
  • Ability to supervise junior staff and students
  • Good Organsiational and time management skills
  • An ability to work under pressure
Additional requirements Essential
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively

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