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Staff Nurse (Ruby Ward)

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£30,786 to £37,841 a year Per Annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Ruby Ward is excited to receiving applications from highly motivated, skilled and enthusiastic Band 5 RMNs who would like to join the team in substantive positions as staff nurses.

The ward is a 10-bed female Medium Secure Unit for those between the ages of 18 and 65 with diagnoses of mental health disorders. Currently located on the Springfield Hospital site, Ruby Ward is a Forensic in-patient service of the Southwest London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust, Springfield Hospital, Shaftesbury Clinic. We are also part of the South London Mental Health Partnership (with SLAM and Oxleas) and Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services sharing learning, expertise and innovation and improve the quality of care and treatment of service users and the development of staff.

We provide a comprehensive range of services for patients with mental disorders who are detained under the Mental Health Act and cannot be treated in open mental health settings because of their level of risks. We provide short- and long-term hospital admissions to female patients suffering from serious mental health problems such as psychotic illness, bipolar affective disorder, paranoid schizophrenia, personality disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. We also provide admission under the Mental Health Act within low level of security which is generally agreed with the referring team/court/Ministry of Justice.

Main duties of the job

If you are successful with your application, you will be working alongside our MDT, formulating treatment plans, as well as conducting daily risk and mental state assessments of patients with a variety of different mental health diagnoses.

You will be taking the lead on admissions and discharges of patients liaising with community mental health services, families and carers, and other third parties.

We are looking for nurses who will work holistically with service users to ensure excellent patient-centred care aiming towards a safe discharge into the community.

We would expect you to be passionate about mental health - working in line with the Recovery Model, our Trust Values, as well as being able to work collaboratively.

About us

The team include dedicated mental health professionals comprising mental health nurses, health care assistants, occupational therapist, doctors, psychiatrist, activity coordinator and a psychologist. The team has a culture of supporting new and existing staff, seeking to establish a solid foundation of knowledge of forensic mental health treatment, as well as an understanding of what it takes to fulfil this role safely.

We support newly qualified nurses looking for a supportive environment to develop their skills in the management of service users detained in a forensic setting, which is an exciting opportunity to consider. The Trust is committed to ensure every practitioner participates in clinical supervision and has a programme of development.

About our locations:

Ruby Ward is located at the Shaftesbury Clinic, Building 10, within the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, London. However, we would be moving to the new build following completion later in the year. The location is easily accessible via the Northern Line (Tooting Bec Station) and via private transport. The Trust provides subsidised parking fares for all our substantive staff. Our main site can be accessed via Tooting High Street and Trinity Road where staff can easily access a range of shops, cafs, restaurants and a fuel station

Job description Job responsibilities

As a Registered Nurse you will provide direct personal care for service users/patients and co-ordinate the care being provided.

You will have knowledge of forensic mental health nursing and deliver 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.

The role involves, leading the delivery of comprehensive service user assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of person-centered care in a collaborative way.

You will be expected to co-ordinate a high standard of services that includes, assessment and monitoring of physical health, maintaining service users rights, supervising junior staff and students, working collaboratively with the Multi-Disciplinary Team, administering and monitoring the side-effects of medication; and monitoring service user compliance and maintaining a safe and therapeutic working environment and accurate records.

You must have a proven ability to work effectively in a team and have excellent communication and IT skills.

Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
  • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Experience of research-based/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.
  • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation
  • Experience of shift co-ordination.
  • Experience of supervising and mentoring junior staff and students.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision.
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics; promotes equality and diversity.
  • Skilled in supervision of others, and in providing critical and constructive feedback.
  • Advanced IT skills and experience of the RIO, IT system

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