Working on a PICU is both incredibly challenging and rewarding; this post will offer to the right candidate a very valuable experience in dealing with some of the most complex cases in psychiatry.
You will be expected to provide, and supervise the delivery of high standards of nursing care to service users, in accordance with up-to-date evidence-based professional practice and AWP policies.
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.
Main duties of the job
Your major role will be to engage with service users and help meet their needs during the most difficult period in their lives. Experience of working with individuals in crisis is desirable. This is a challenging environment and we are seeking people with enthusiasm, motivation and resilience.
You will work closely with families and carers, offering them support throughout the admission to services. Developing relationships with families as well as service users is extremely important to the team.
You will receive relevant training and supervision, and may be able to rotate into other areas of Bristol services.
There will be opportunities around career development, taking on lead roles to support the development of the team and service delivery.
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.
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 knowledge, skills, Essential
- RN3: Mental Health Nurse, Level 1
- Able to plan, implement and evaluate resident care and act accordingly if untoward
- Control and restraint, and breakaway trained (must be able to pass the training course)
- Knowledge of medication rounds and safe administration and disposal of drugs
- Motivated to provide the highest standard in a changing service
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