Band 5 Staff Nurse, Elizabeth Casson House, Callington Road Hospital

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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My name is Lavinia and I am a Mental Health Nurse at Elizabeth Casson House in Bristol. I started working here 2 years ago as a student nurse on the ward during the pandemic. When I qualified I came back to ECH. I only wanted to work here. It's rewarding and challenging and the team are very supportive.

It's hard to put into words what I love about working here - it's a feeling - there is nowhere quite like it. An example of what makes it a great place to work is a service user that I will always remember. A lady came to the ward who was really unwell. Her behaviour on the ward, which was totally out of character, was very challenging. When she was leaving the ward she apologised for everything she had said to me and thanked me for being there for her and allowing her the space to get better in her own time. I will never forget that. Experiences like that make me love my job.

If you are kind and caring and want to be part of a team then please apply and come and join me on the ward.

Main duties of the job

A typical day on this 8 bed female intensive care ward could include running the shift, making decisions with the team around admissions, ongoing treatment plans and supporting the recovery of service users and supervising and developing junior staff. There are a wealth of other disciplines who attend the ward to engage our service users in OT, active life & psychology.

The ward has just reopened after a refurbishment. It feels open, bright and spacious. It has some lovely pictures on the walls and a great family room for people visiting loved ones. It's clear that our ward manage Ben has put a lot of thought into the new space.

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 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)

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification Qualifictions Essential
  • Mental Health Nursing Degree & NMC pin or about to receive NMC pin

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