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Band 6 Charge Nurse - Cove Ward, Long Fox Unit

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Weston Super Mare
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you passionate about working with older adults and up for a new challenge? Many of us have loved ones who have sadly been affected by mental health. Here on cove Ward we make it our priority to support those who experience mental health difficulties in later life in any way possible to improve their quality of life in a person cantered holistic way.

Our team is made up of psychiatrists, mental health nurses, healthcare support workers, psychologists, dietician, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and pharmacists, and we all work together to provide the best outcome possible for our service users.

We work with people during a period of time when they need compassion, understanding and support. Our work also makes a real difference to families and carers.

We strive to explore new and innovative ideas to improve our service in addition to the evidence based care we deliver on a daily basis.

In addition to gaining older adult care experience, we can offer you a unique learning opportunity with bespoke and targeted learning each week. This covers topics in relation to physical health care, mental health care, older adult, dementia care and inpatient nursing skills.

If you are passionate about working with older adults with function mental health difficulties or would like to gain experience in this amazingly rewarding field then please apply. If you want additional information, or to visit the ward please contact the ward manager, Sarah McKeever, 01934 836519.

Main duties of the job

The role of Band 6 Charge Nurse will involve clinically leading and managing a team of staff nurses and health care assistants. You will support the Ward Manager with some operational duties and help develop and maintain clinical standards.

You will be an experienced registered nurse with a keen interest in working with later life service users. You will be innovative, dynamic and enthusiastic with a passion in delivering the highest quality of care and continually working to improve the standards of care offered.

You will be able to demonstrate a passion for clinical excellence, have a high level of emotional resilience, and be able to support and motivate staff with developing and enhancing services.

You will be offered a unique opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge within an acute admission ward for people with varied mental health diagnosis.

You will be supported to gain expertise in older adult mental health Care through training and development. Cove Ward offers a unique learning opportunity through its rolling training programme, involving bespoke targeted learning every week all year round for the whole team. This covers topics in relation to physical health care, mental health care, older adult and inpatient nursing skills. You will also be supported to attend Charge Nurse Development training to support you in this role.

You will be offered monthly supervision,with a specific focus on your health and wellbeing, in addition to any developmental requests.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust): 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

To carry out clinical practice within the 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, patient-focused, nursing assessment and prepare care plans in consultation with the service user to provide the best nursing care
  • Carry out clinical audit to evaluate and improve clinical services in partnership with service users
  • Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, MHA 1983. Ensure all others apply these, to support safe practice.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health legislation.
  • Be familiar with the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. Recognise own competencies and to address any limitations to ensure safe practice.
  • To implement and encourage others to implement research-based practice.
  • Supervise junior and unqualified staff
  • Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme
  • Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users
  • Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for Individual service users: ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.

To use own specialist 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.
  • Function as a preceptor and mentor to new staff enabling their full integration into the service.
  • Develop junior staff through teaching or training activities.
  • Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members as directed.

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).

Implement the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice as outlined in the NMC Code of Professional Practice. Change to: 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 people manager, and to maintain records of these meetings.

Maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).

Implement 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. Ensure that others also work within these guidelines.

To make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models ensuring provision of best care possible. Implement and abide by 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.

Undertake appraisals for staff at Band 5 and below to identify training and development needs and to ensure best practice.

Assist in staff disciplinary issues.

Implementation of managerial and clinical supervision to small team of nurses, ensuring best and safest practice is fully undertaken at all times.

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 organisation of own time, and that of others to ensure safe and efficient running of ward

Utilize electronic rostering systems (Rosterpro)

Participate in education and training opportunities to develop self and others

To take charge of the Unit in the absence of the Ward Manager or Clinical Team Leader

Ensure that all nurses, for whom the post-holder is responsible, abide by all Trust and local policies and procedures, in particular, Health and Safety at Work, Security and Confidentiality to guarantee legal obligations are fulfilled.

To maintain and enforce 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.
  • To work under the direction of Essence of Care lead.
  • Contribution to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to Records Management within their span of control.
  • Make certain all health record keeping is to current professional and local standards to comply with legal obligations.

To be involved in practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing. This will include:
  • Undertake relevant practice development/research activity.
  • To take part in a rolling programme of audit.
  • To comply with activity as outlined in The Essence of Care, and ensure direct reports are compliant.
  • Work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance.

To contribute to providing professional nursing advice within the post-holders area of responsibility and span of knowledge.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • RMN or RGN
  • In depth knowledge of medication and carrying out medication rounds
  • Evidence of completion of person centred care plans and risk assessments, and supporting junior staff to complete these to a gold standard
  • Previous Band 6 or leadership experience
  • Experience of managing a roster for a team
Leadership Skills Essential
  • Evidence of managing qualified nurses and HCAs through the supervision and appraisal process
  • Able to recognise and manage stress in themselves
  • Evidence of excellent shift coordination and delegation skills
  • Excellent communication skills with internal and external professionals
  • Has completed supervision training
  • Has taken lead on running a project
Experience Essential
  • Has a keen interest in working with later life functional service users.
  • Evidence of work with relatives and carers
  • Has worked on an inpatient older adult ward
  • Experience of carrying out clinical audit to evaluate and improve clinical services

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