Lead Nurse

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
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 Lead Nurse to join the team on the Enhanced Care Ward. We are looking for a motivated, committed individual to join our established team.

ECW is a mixed sex, locked acute ward for patients who present with complex mental health needs, who may at times also have physical health comorbidities, that will need more intensive support from the nursing team.

You will be responsive, organised, enthusiastic and motivated with evidence of continued professional development.

You will need excellent communication and assessment skills and be able to use your initiative and keep calm in a busy and unpredictable environment.

You will join a nurturing team providing individualised, recovery-focused assessment and care planning for adults of working age.

Our team prides itself on its positive and supportive culture and we see ourselves as one pillar supporting care across all areas of the Radbourne Unit.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of a leadership team that drives standards both clinically and operationally.This would include deputising for the Senior Nurse in their absence.

You will be driving change and offering assurance that our care meets the standards not only expected of us, but that our patients deserve.

The post holder will be responsible for establishing operational and clinical service mechanisms that support safe and high quality care throughout the twenty-four hour period.

The post holder will be part of our bleep-holder role on a rota basis, which lends itself to bed management and support of the wider unit.

The post holder will be expected to take responsibility for supporting the nursing team, working within governance processes to support the implementation of individualised and responsive care.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.
  • The post holder will provide a professional role model for the delivery of high quality care.
  • Ensure evidence based practice and research awareness is used as the foundation for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation ofnursing care.
  • Maintain and develop knowledge of advances in nursing practice, or theory in practice and act as the catalyst for innovation.
  • Promote service user and carer involvement, autonomy and choice are embedded into the philosophy of the clinical area.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the Care Programme Approach is applied to practice and that opportunity is fully provided to support service user/carer involvement in decision-making processes.
  • Ensure appropriate evidence based clinical risk assessments are delivered.
  • Ensure all service users have an up to date evidence-based care plan that meets the needs of service users.
  • Ensure legislative requirements are maintained (Mental Health Act, Code of Practice etc).
  • Ensure good practice is maintained taking the lead in challenging practice that requires change or development.
  • The post holder will demonstrate expertise knowledge in their chosen speciality, ensuring this is disseminated in a constructive and effective way.
  • Use effective interpersonal skills that relate to service users, carers and team members on an equal basis.
  • Ensure a multi-professional/agency approach to care is maintained, valuing the interface of professional roles and responsibilities.
  • Promote the use of critical analysis skills and innovative approaches to ensure care is reviewed according to service user needs / perspectives.
  • Facilitate service user responsibility and choices for healthy living, and the ability to determine their own lifestyle within the notion of health promotion and health protection.
  • Ensure there is an effective system in place for the co-ordination of care (i.e. Named nurse/professional system).
  • Post holder will have a high clinical profile that includes the provision of hands-on care, having a global overview of all care packages and clinical activities within a defined area.
  • Ensure trust professional guidelines are maintained for record keeping.
  • Post holder will support the development of the Nursing Service.
  • Post holder will ensure the Trust Policy for Clinical Supervision is implemented; this will include having personal Clinical Supervision from a suitable person.
  • Post holder will proactively explore opportunities for, and take lead on developing reflective practice within clinical areas.
  • The post holder will support the development of standards set within The Essence of Care.
  • The post holder will actively explore opportunities to enhance health promotional interventions in their widest sense.
  • Post holder will supportively challenge practice that does not meet required standards. Ability to adjust practice to changing circumstances. (Ref.N.M.C. 2000 and Strategy for Nursing D.M.H.S. 2002).
  • The post holder will ensure person-centred care is delivered.
  • Ensure where necessary the Child/Adult Protection Procedures are followed.
  • Ensure that all providers of care throughout the health community are involved in planning delivering and evaluation care where indicated, i.e. CMHTs, Social services, Voluntary Organisations etc.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RN part 3/13
  • Educated to Diploma level or above. (or Equivalent).
  • Evidence of Personal Professional Development Plan
  • Can Demonstrate *post registration clinical experience of core competencies
  • Supervision training or willingness to complete.
  • Mentorship training or equivalent or willingness to complete.
Experience and Skills Essential
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead a multi professional workforce.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and awareness of professional accountability and codes of conduct
  • Demonstrate an understanding of work- based legislation
  • Previous Leadership experience.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills such as motivation, facilitation, mentorship.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver Clinical and Managerial Supervision within an effective model
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues relating to clinical practice, including policy and procedure development

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