Poppy Unit is a twenty bed inpatient unit in the heart of Wiltshire, nestled between the historic monuments of Avebury and Stonehenge to the south, and the Vale of Pewsey and the Marlborough Downs.
Located on the Green Lane Hospital site, the successful candidate would be working alongside the Place of Safety, ECT and Early Intervention Services, as well as the Community Mental Health teams and on-site AMPH service.
The local town of Devizes is a vibrant and buzzing market town with a caf culture and serviced by an array of artisans, festivals and tourism.
The successful candidate will be a qualified mental health nurse, looking either to complete their preceptorship or to develop their career through development of the service. Poppy Unit currently operates through the safe wards initiative and is piloting the CQC lead sexual safety collaboration.
Poppy offer a successful preceptorship with experienced nurses to help commence your journey into nursing.
Main duties of the job
For successful candidates, we can offer you development in quality improvement skills, enhanced clinical skills and management leadership.
To review and improve the clinic, patient care and experience in an inpatient setting
Ensuring that Safe wards and Reducing restrictive practice is fully implemented and constantly reviewed and adapted on the ward
Looking and exploring different options between patient discharge and input from the community services
To work closely with the Ward Manager to review staff wellbeing and moral, to continue to improve the culture and teams growth on the unit.
To complete community meetings, and regular meetings with the patients to discuss ideas that have been implemented and to seek feedback and suggestions from there own lived experiences.
To oversee the student on the ward, and working with the Ward Manager on the new student project
About us AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust)
are a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.
We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.
Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.
At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger
Job description Job responsibilities Clinical Practice Management
To carry out clinical practice within designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided.
This will include:
Undertaking a comprehensive, person-centred, nursing assessment and prepare care plans in consultation with the service users to provide the best nursing care
Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme
Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users
Ability to implement research-based practice
Following successful completion of preceptorship, ability to supervise junior and unqualified staff
Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010 and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for individual clients; ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health Legislation
Ensure the ordering storage, administration and disposal of medication complies with relevant trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010,Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and MHA (1983) Teaching, Education & Health Promotion
To use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentoring opportunities for staff within designated areas and promote positive attitudes towards mental health.
This will include:
Regular provision of advice and mentoring to staff.
Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members as directed. Continuing Professional Development
To maintain and develop professional knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure that practice reflects best practice, remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing patient and NHS service needs, as outlined in the NHS Plan (2000).
Abide by the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice as outlined in the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives
Take responsibility for post-registration education and for continuing professional development as outlined in NMC Standards.
To receive clinical supervision in accordance on a contracted and regular basis from an identified Senior Practitioner, as per trust Clinical Supervision Policy.
To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from the line manager, and to maintain records of these meetings.
Maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).
Work to the Clinical and Personnel Policies and Procedures of AWP Trust.
Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues and act in accordance with the appropriate NMC standards and Trust policy, and ensure that others also work within these guidelines.Finance and Workforce
To make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models ensuring provision of best care possible. Follow Trust and Service Policies in regard to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public
To take part in PEAT and environmental risk assessments as requested so that best use is made of resources.
Manage temporary staffing resources in line with AWP best practice guidance
Ensure that service provision is both safe and therapeutic within span of knowledge.
Effective time management
Utilize electronic rostering systems (Rosterpro)
Participate in education and training opportunities
To take charge of the Unit in the absence of the Charge Nurse or Clinical Team Leader
To be familiar with and comply with all Policies & Procedures operational within the Trust Record Keeping and Administration
To maintain standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines.
This will include:
The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant NMC Guidelines and Trust Policy.
Work under the direction of Essence of Care lead.
Contribute to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to Records Management within their span of control.
Maintain safety of clients and staff within the Unit and ensure legal obligations are fulfilled. Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development & Clinical Audit
To contribute to practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing.
This will include:
Undertake relevant practice development/research activity.
Take part in a rolling programme of audit.
Comply with activity as outlined in The Essence of Care.
Work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance. Professional Nursing Advice
Contribute to providing professional nursing advice within the post-holders area of responsibility and span of knowledge.
Person Specification essential Essential
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