Charge Nurse - 136 suite

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
St Leonards on Sea
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a.
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 charge nurse to work in a brand new health-based place of safety ('136 suite') at the Woodlands Centre for Acute Care, part of the Sussex Partnership and based in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. Woodlands is a busy 23-bed Acute unit split into male and female wards, and sits alongside the 136 suite. We are looking for a charge nurse to work in this new facility, which is scheduled to open in early 2022.Our Trust has just been upgraded by CQC as GOOD in every domain and EXCELLENT in the CARING domain. Due to this we are now the third leading Mental Health Trust in the country. We will strive to maintain our standards and always improve where we can. Current feedback from patients tells us that the provision is a great improvement and allows staff to be out in the ward environment with the patients and have the time to nurse, which has a major positive impact on patient recovery time. Patient C's comments stated that 'this is the best inpatient stay I have had and now I am ready to go home feeling heard and valued'.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be enthusiastic, motivated, dynamic and forward thinking. Evidence based practice and innovative therapies are encouraged. You need to have a commitment to maintaining and improving service user focused services to the highest standards.You will be supported with training and development, and there is a robust supervision and appraisal system in place to assist with this.

About us

This post offers The Trust's Golden Hello for band 5 or 6 Nurses, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Job description Job responsibilities

Your ability to communicate with service users, families and the public must be of the highest standards, and you must have the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. A genuine interest in working with this client group is essential.

For further details / informal visits contact: Nigel Simmons

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification / Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role.
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualifying experience relevant to the care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with severe mental health problems particularly in their acute phase of illness
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
Skills Essential
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and unambiguous way
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to develop effective professional relationships with others
  • Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships
  • Skills of assessing and interpreting mental health service user conditions, communicating that with others and taking appropriate action.
  • Organising and co-ordinating the activities of others within the ward environment
  • IT literate and willing to enhance skills
  • Ability to carry out PMVA techniques
  • Ability to administer IM medication as required.
Abilities Essential
  • Frequent and intense concentration in service user assessment and observation; in the observation of the activities within the ward environment; and in the co-ordination of staff and competing priorities within the ward environment
  • Liaison with other agencies in the co-ordination of service user discharge from the in patient setting Ability to work a flexible shift pattern
  • Ability to manage exposure to disturbed service users who may be acutely psychotic and exhibiting extremes of behaviour
  • Ability to manage exposure to verbal and physical abuse on occasions, all of which can be potentially exhausting and skilled intervention is required to avoid burnout
Approach/Values Essential
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
  • Team working

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