The team on Oakwood Ward are friendly and supportive. We work together with our medical and therapy colleagues to provide care, support and encouragement to the 20 service users on the ward who are experiencing a crisis in their mental health.
We have a solid leadership team on the ward and are looking for another person to join us. Knowledge and experience is very valuable however we are happy to support someone in their first Charge Nurse position.
You will need to be able to display leadership skills, support to your colleagues, introduce and support new initiatives and be a clinical leader.
if you are interested we would love to meet you and have a further discussion about what the role involves.
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
To provide clear clinical leadership to Staff Nurses and Mental Health Assistants working on the ward.
Ensure the continuity of care for service users and full implementation of Trust policies.
To supervise Band 5 staff and below in developing, implementing and assessing individual programmes of care.
An integral part of the role is to undertake appraisals, clinical supervision and teaching.
Responsible for specific management duties within the ward, which are commensurate with their grade, you will be expected to provide general management in the absence of the Ward Manager.
About us We areAWP
(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 withinAWPare 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 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. Teaching, Education & Health Promotion
To use own specialist skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentoringopportunities 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. 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).
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.Finance and Workforce
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. Record Keeping and Administration
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 recordsin 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. Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development & Clinical Audit
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.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- NMC Pin Registration
- Experience of mentoring a students
- Evidence of undertaking supervisory roles
- Demonstration of good foundation of nursing knowledge underpinning practice
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