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Clinical Charge Nurse

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year per annum inclusive of HCA
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity for a Clinical Charge Nurse (Band 6) has arisen on Clare Ward.This is an opportunity to work within one of the highest turnover male acute wards within SLAM. Within this role you will have chance to develop a broad portfolio of transferable clinical skills as well as management experience. We are passionate about providing the best clinical care to our patients and you would be expected to contribute to the innovative practice on the ward and to on-going service development as per local, Trust and National requirements.

We are a 17 bedded male acute admissions ward where you will gain experience from working with service users with the most acute and often complex mental health presentations. This would allow you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to care for those with some of the most challenging needs. You are guaranteed to gain experience in shaping the service and implement new policies. The management team would provide you with robust support in this role as well as for progression in career development!

Main duties of the job

Working as part of a multi -disciplinary team you will have excellent communication skills and team working abilities. A key role of the Clinical Charge Nurse is to lead by example and be a role model for the nursing team. We are looking for an individual who is able to support junior staff and students in their professional development, through excellent and effective clinical leadership and sharing of knowledge.

You will work very closely with the ward manager and other Clinical Charge Nurses to ensure that the unit maintains the highest standard of care provision and safe level of staffing. The post holder will have a role in all aspects of service development and improvement. In return our service will provide you with high levels of supervision and support during your working career with us and provide you with personal development plans to help you develop in this role.

You will

develop confidence in assessing risk on a formal and informal basis and be able to balance this effectively with acting in the least restrictive way,

fostering a safe yet therapeutic service.

It is essential you have an understanding of the

challenges that face nurses caring for individual's with mental health difficulties today and be able to demonstrate resilience and empathy. Most

important to us is that you have a commitment and passion to want to be part of an excellent service.

About us

Lewisham Hospital

Lewisham Hospital is based in south east London, zone 3 and is close to the beautiful green open spaces of Ladywell fields park and Lewisham park. It is within walking distance to the vibrant high-street with shops and restaurants and located within walking distance from Ladywell, Hither Green, Catford and Crofton Park overland stations. The site does offer parking and is not located within the congestion charge zone. For further information please visit our website.

Working for your organisation

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance.

There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. It's

important to us that you feel valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and

Job description Job responsibilities

As Clinical Charge Nurse you will undertake the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care, leading and overseeing standards and quality of care. You will co-ordinate service users timely progress through the care pathway . This will involve close working with referrers and commissioners alongside the wider MDT, and in addition our partners in care; including service users and carers.You will clinically supervise and appraise RMNs, Support Staff and students.

You will work closely with the Ward Manager to provide full clinical and managerial leadership to ensure the effective provision, management and

development of service delivery, whilst encouraging a person-centred, therapeutic environment for our patients. To oversee the assessment,

planning, implementation and evaluation of care given to a group of service users, and ensure records associated with this process are

maintained. As a Clinical Charge nurse you will also act as a named nurse or inpatient care co-ordinator. This may include the co-ordination of

care of service users liasing with other members of the multidisciplinary team where necessary. In your role you will be expected to carry out

clinically supervise and appraise junior staff and students. In your role you will carry out nursing procedures to a standard that ensures safe and

effective care, and complies with The Nursing and Midwifery Council's Code of Professional Conduct. Here in Lewisham your role will also entail

you being the unit holder (Duty Senior Nurse).

The Clinical Charge Nurse role is suitable for Registered Nurses who have successfully completed preceptorship and have registered as an

approved NMC mentor.

The post holder will deliver, or advise on the delivery of, high quality safe nursing care, ensuring consistently high standards of practice and

clinical excellence which comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional conduct.

As a Clinical Charge Nurse you will promote and develop clinical leadership and clinical practice and be a positive role model to junior members of

the team through the practice of evidence-based care.

You will be expected to support professional development through clinical appraisal and supervision and contribute to the ongoing educational

programme for staff, fostering a positive learning environment. Your professional and personal development will include further postgraduate

study i.e Management and leadership.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Practice Assessor (Mentorship) qualification
  • Evidence of relevant Further Higher Education up to Master's level
  • Leadership and Development Course
Experience Essential
  • Experience of researchbased/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
  • Significant relevant clinical experience
  • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation
  • Experience of assessing physical health needs in a mental health setting
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
  • Experience of engaging / supporting clinical research projects
  • Experience of supporting practice development in clinical areas Eg. Quality Improvement initiative
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Provides quality care that is responsive to service user's needs and demonstrates an inclusive approach
  • Teaching ability - Able to communicate and present concepts and information to a group effectively
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others
  • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics; promotes equality and diversity
  • Skilled in the supervision and development of others and able to give and receive critical/constructive feedback
  • Evidence of leadership within current workplace (eg. Involvement/leading QI project)
  • Problem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action with minimal supervision

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