Registered Mental Health Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 5 nurses work closely with the people who use our services, their families, friends and carers and play an important contribution in how people experience our services. Expected to be kind and responsive but professional and informative and contribute to the quality of the services we provide by:
  • keeping the people who using our services as safe as possible through the use of sound clinical skills and effective risk assessments
  • ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes by using up-to-date skills and adhering to evidence based policies and procedures
  • ensuring the people using our services have a good experience by respecting, empowering and working in partnership with people throughout the care planning process

What we are looking for?
    • Both newly qualified and experienced nurses
    • Friendly, approachable, compassionate with good communication skills
    • Enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team
    • Committed to outstanding patient care


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

Band 5 nurses contribute to the provision of safe and reliable services by:
  • Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services as safe as possible
  • Safeguarding people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns when necessary
  • Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use our services
  • Being open and transparent about their own practice
  • Supervising the work of others
  • Reflecting on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality can be made
  • Working with others to create a culture of continuous improvement
  • Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive records
  • Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training requirements.

The NMC plays an important role in safeguarding the public by regulating the work of nurses and all nurses, including Band 5 nurses, are expected to register with the NMC each year and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.

About us

Our Harrow Team leads the way in Trauma-Informed Approaches to patient care. By joining the mental health team in Harrow, you will benefit from an innovative trauma-informed staff training program, and the practise of Team Formulation - a space for staff to better understand the difficulties services users may present with as well as how to best support the people we care for from a trauma-informed perspective. Our Harrow Team are forerunners in this work; a recommendation in the NHS Long Term Plan.

What will you get?
  • £2,500 as a Golden Hello or up to £8,000 as part of the relocation package (subject to T&C
  • Relocation support via Benovo including interest free loan, please refer to the attached information leaflet
  • Regular individual supervision and reflective practice groups
  • Training package to ensure continuous professional development (inc sponsorship for post-graduate studies up to masters)
  • Working within a dynamic team with visibility of the Senior Management Team (Matron, Service Manager and Borough Director)
  • A range of staff benefits including kids pass, range of salary sacrifices schemes (inc for electronic goods and 30% savings on a car), interest free loans and many more
  • Opportunities for flexible working (inc part-time hours)
  • Streamlined recruitment process
  • Opportunities for flexible working (inc part-time hours and long days)

If your application is successful, a member of our team will normally contact youwithin 72 hoursto arrange an interview.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Providing skilled, evidence based nursing care which adheres to agreed policies and procedures
  • Working with patients and families in all stages of the care planning process including assessing risks and needs
  • Acting as patient advocates in the multi-disciplinary team and overseeing the work of others to ensure that they are also responding to the needs of patients and providing clinically effective care
  • Working as autonomous practitioners and taking responsibility for the care they give to patients but within their own limits of competency and confidence
  • Contributing to creating and maintaining high performing teams by:
  • communicating well with all members of the team
  • understanding their role in the team and how they help the team achieve its objectives
  • reflecting on their own practice regularly and encouraging the whole team to reflect on their practices in handovers and team meetings
  • identifying how care could be improved
  • Working in partnership with patients and their families and carers
  • Gaining consent and, as far as possible, involving people in all decision making
  • Signposting patients and carers to supportive services e.g. the courses provided by the Recovery and Wellbeing College or services provided by the local authority or the voluntary sector
  • Reassuring people by being professional, responsive, knowledgeable and confident
  • Responding to complaints or concerns effectively and quickly in line with the Trust policy
  • Providing supervision and annual appraisals to other staff which helps those staff reflect on their work, understand their objectives and monitors their progress towards achieving them
  • Participating constructively in their own supervision and annual appraisal processes
  • Using continuing professional development funds to consolidate or improve clinical skills and to gain mentorship skills so they can support student nurses

Person Specification Education Essential
  • Registered Nurse Mental Health
  • Numeracy skills required for the safe administration of medicines
  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development
Expereince Essential
  • You do not need previous experience as a registered nurse
  • You need previous experience of working in an acute mental health service either as a band 5 nurse, a student nurse or health care assistant.
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Able to communicate with the multi-disciplinary team, present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively. Speaking face to face but also by telephone and writing letters and reports.
  • Maintaining accurate, timely, concise and legible clinical records both electronic and handwritten which adhere to the CNWL policies
  • Understanding and experience of the use of Rapid Tranquilisation and the management of Psychiatric emergencies

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