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Band 5 Staff Nurse - Amblescroft North - Fountain Way, Salisbury

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Amblescroft North is a 20 bedded mixed gender older adult ward that cares for individuals experiencing mental illness of a functional nature. Working as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team collaboratively with other professionals such as Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Music and Art Psychotherapy, Medical staff, Social Care and Community teams. This approach enables the service user to have a holistic journey to recovery.

All staff within Amblescroft North are part of a respectful, flexible, hard-working, welcoming and collaborative team; we will expect successful applicants to buy into that philosophy.

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

You will need to have a demonstrable interest in caring for this complex and vulnerable service user group, supporting the recovery and future of older persons. An appropriate knowledge, skills set and commitment will underpin a strong interest in this work. Opportunities are available for both experienced and newly qualified Registered Mental Health Nurses - the ward is in a position to offer a comprehensive and robust Preceptorship programme where you will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge already established through your training qualification in both mental health and physical health care.

Support and supervision for all staff is a fundamental part of the culture of the ward and individuals are actively encouraged to seek out further learning opportunities alongside established training. All staff within Amblescroft North are part of a respectful, flexible, hard-working, welcoming and collaborative team; why wouldn't you want to join us.....??

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
  • Carry outclinical practice within the designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided.
  • 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 and support junior staff to 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 limitationsto ensure safe practice.
  • To implement and encourage others to implement research-based practice.
  • 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
  • Supervise junior and unregistered staff
  • To use own specialist skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentoringopportunities for staff within designated areas and promote positive attitudes towards mental health.
  • Regular provision of advice and mentoring to staff.
  • Function as a preceptor to newly registered nurses.
  • Function as a Practice Assessor/Supervisor to student nurses.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 professionaldevelopment as outlined in NMC Standards.
  • To receive clinical supervision in accordance on a contracted and regular basis froman identified Senior Practitioner, as per trust Clinical Supervision Policy.
  • To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision fromthe people manager, and to maintain records of these meetings.

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 PLACE and environmental risk assessments as requested so that best use is made of resources.

Supervisionand Management
  • Undertake appraisals for staff at Band 3 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
  • Utilise electronic rostering systems
  • Participate in education and training opportunities to develop self and others.
  • 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.
  • 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 toRecords Management within their span of control.
  • Make certain all health record keeping is to current professional and local standards tocomply with legal obligations.

Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development & Clinical Audit
  • Be involved in practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing.
  • Undertake relevant practice development/research activity.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RN3: Mental Health Nurse, Level 1
Professional Registration Essential
  • NMC pin or about to be awarded NMC pin
Experience Essential
  • Practical experience of providing high quality care and exceeding expectations with this complex and vulnerable group of people.
Skills Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively and efficiently with other members of the team
  • Able to develop an excellent therapeutic relationship; function as named nurse undertaking all aspects of the nursing process in order to provide best possible patient care

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