Charge Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We're seeking a Band 6 Charge Nurse to join us on Heathfield Ward at the Department of Psychiatry. In this role you will assess, plan and implement care, carrying out specialist nursing procedures. You will provide clinical and managerial leadership, assisting the Ward Manager with running the Ward.

We are part of The Department of Psychiatry, set alongside Eastbourne's District General Hospital. The Department of Psychiatry has three on-site inpatient wards for adults with mental health problems; Heathfield Ward, Amberley Ward & Bodiam Ward.

Heathfield Ward is an 18-bedded all-female integrated functional acute mental health ward, providing care for predominantly older aged adults.

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

Main duties of the job

As a Charge Nurse on Heathfield Ward you will have opportunities to deliver patient-centred holistic care, working closely with OT's, psychologists and doctors in supporting patients in their recovery. You will be a vital part of our multi-disciplinary team undertaking detailed assessments of patients with complex mental health needs. You will be expected to administer and monitor medication.

Our team thrives on the high sense of job satisfaction we receive when helping people adjust and recover from acute mental health issues in the later stages of life.

You will provide clinical and managerial leadership on the ward, supervising junior staff and trainees and regularly taking charge of the clinical environment over a span of duty. We work closely with other teams and professionals to ensure the effective discharge of patients.

We work flexibly in order to meet the needs of our 24-hour service, to include evenings, nights and weekends. This brings increased pay rates as detailed below

About us

The Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for all ages across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Living & Working in Sussex
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns
  • Embrace the outstanding natural beauty spots including the iconic Beachy Head and Seven Sisters National Park
  • Known as 'The Sunshine Coast', Eastbourne offers a traditional Victorian seafront combined with the more modern Sovereign Harbour Marina

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, recent staff survey results told us that 82% recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Nurse in our team you will:
  • Be registered with the NMC as an RMN
  • Have good experience of risk management
  • Possess prior experience working with adults with complex mental health difficulties
  • Be passionate about working with older adults with complex mental health difficulties

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Have experience delivering a high standard of inpatient nursing care

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

This position carries enhanced payments for unsocial hours, as stipulated by the Agenda for Change guidelines:
  • Time plus 30%: All time on Saturday (midnight to midnight) and any week day after 8 pm and before 6 am
  • Time plus 60%: All time on Sundays and Public Holidays (midnight to midnight)

For further information please visit the NHS Employers website

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role.
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualifying experience relevant to the care group
  • Clinical knowledge/experience
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies

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