Charge Nurse - Band 6

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a caring, compassionate and highly motivated individual to work with Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust as a Band 6 Charge Nurse on Abbey Ward in our award winning Wotton Lawn Hospital. Inpatient services within Wotton Lawn Hospital are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. Abbey Ward has also been accredited as 'Excellent' by the Royal College of Psychiatrists 'Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services' programme (AIMS).

Wotton Lawn is an Acute Mental Health Hospital situated in the centre of the historic city of Gloucester and provides inpatient services to the population of Gloucestershire. It offers a vital service in supporting and rehabilitating those suffering from mild to severe mental health problems. All wards are serviced by an enthusiastic, multi-professional team of people, including Doctors, Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals who are supported by Ward Secretaries and Hotel Services Staff. Abbey Ward is a busy 18 bedded mixed gender acute admissions ward.

We are now seeking a highly motivated caring, companionate and committed Band 6 Charge Nurse to complement our current team of professionals. As the ideal candidate for this post you would be an experienced inpatient mental health nurse seeking an opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives, through effective positive leadership and a passion for helping those experiencing an acute mental health concern.

Main duties of the job

The purpose of this role is to:
  • Provide assessment and implementation of evidence-based interventions for service users who are experiencing common, acute mental health and longer-term recovery needs
  • Facilitate early discharge from hospital and respond to agencies requiring assessment of users who are being considered for immediate psychiatric hospitalisation, handover of mental health care between primary and secondary services and vice versa
  • Support clinical governance initiatives at ward / hospital level e.g. Essence of Care Clinical Audit

The post holder will be a senior member of the team working with service users across the Strategic Service Units who have common and severe mental health problems.

We provide a service to our patients 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, so we are looking for flexible people who are able to work rotational shifts.

About us

In return for your commitment we will provide the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive induction and training which ensures that you feel fully supported with the right tools to undertake this challenging, but rewarding job. We fully support and promote the continued personal and professional development of all staff relevant to their role.

If you think that you would like to be involved in this rewarding service and would like to find out further information about this opportunity please contact Ward Manager April Piontek on 894518 or email

Please Note: The closing date can be brought forward if sufficient candidates have applied.

Please note that this post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. This is subject to Occupational Health clearance.

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust's view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need, therefore we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

Job description Job responsibilities

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Person Specification Interview Essential
  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH)
  • Formal teaching and assessing course
  • Demonstrable post qualification experience in Mental Health
  • Experience of working in an inpatient unit
  • Extensive experience of first line assessments including the assessment of risk
  • Working knowledge of recovering approach and social inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development
  • Experience of providing short term evidence based interventions e.g. CBT, Brief solution focussed therapy
  • Experience of team work and staff development Broad understanding of National Policy and local implementation, which impacts on the development and provision of services
  • Other post registration training qualifications
Application Essential
  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH)
  • 3 years experience
Qualifications Essential
  • Achieved grades
  • achieved grades

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