Band 6 Charge Nurse

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year gross per annum
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We're looking for aspiring leaders and clinically credible nurses to join our dedicated team onthe Dragonfly unit, based at Carlton Court, Suffolk asCharge Nurse.

Dragonfly unit is a general adolescent unit for young people between the ages of 12- 17 working with both males and females. We have 12 beds on our unit and work with young people who have a wide range of mental health problems and eating disorders.

We are looking for mental health or paediatric nurses, social workers, or occupational therapists or equivalent with experience and skills in working with children, young people and their families and carers. CAMHS experience would be especially welcome as would knowledge of attachment, child development and working systemically. Whilst experience in working with children and young people would make you perfectly suited to this role, we are really open to welcoming people from clinical backgrounds who have experience in other areas of mental health. But we would like individuals to be well motivated, have good interpersonal skills, personal resilience, and an enthusiasm for working with children and their families whilst they are going through a difficult and stressful period in their lives, in terms of their mental health and well-being

This role is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate leadership amongst a small group of individuals.

Come and join us as we strive for excellence!
Main duties of the job

As part of our ongoing strive for excellence we are developing a 'care team' approach patient centred care.We're looking for a hands on, flexible charge nurse who will confidently make decisions and support their small care team.

We will look to support you to develop your skills in a variety of ways, whether that is through our existing band 6 development programme, leadership courses, mentorship as well as formal recognised qualifications too. You would be part of the multidisciplinary leadership team, influential in shaping, developing, and delivering care to meet the needs of the local population, in partnership with all other stakeholders. We are looking for individuals who have enhanced clinical skills and experience with an ability to inspire, motivate and deliver clear improvements for patients and staff.

It can be a challenging environment at times, so we need clinicians with a positive attitude, compassion, resilience, and a hands-on approach. It is vital that the clinician is reflective around issues of power and difference, see the importance of working across systems, and can do that effectively.

If you have the drive to provide excellent care, can demonstrate high quality clinical skills and are willing to go the extra mile to help make a difference to people's lives then we would love to hear from you.

This post does require full PMA fitness (full training will be given) and to be able to work shifts including nights and weekends.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly, and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us?We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk?The people here are warm and welcoming, you'll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. We are close to London and have an international airport in Norwich too. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops, and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

We can accommodate some flexible working in line with the service need.

Benefits included with this role are:
  • Free car parking
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physiotherapy service
  • gym membership
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Job description
Job responsibilities

As Charge Nurse, you will be expected to take responsibility for supporting your care team, working within governance processes to support the implementation of individualised and responsive care.

  • Responsible for the line management of identified members of the service.
  • Monitor the practice of junior staff and identify any learning and development needs in respect of the clinical skills base.
  • Maintain own and lead/supervise staff in maintaining professional, therapeutic relationship/boundaries with patients, carers and colleagues.
  • Provide and ensure provision of regular line management supervision and Appraisals to junior members of staff.
  • Complete ward rotas as required, ensuring ward is sufficiently and safely staffed at all times.
  • To support the development of effective mental health care pathways within the service.
  • Support to service evaluation and audit systems.
  • Support review/development of service wide policies and protocols.
  • Support the establishment of partnerships and networks with key stakeholders.
  • Deputise for Clinical Team Leader as required.

  • To be accountable for own professional practice.
  • Support the development and implementation of recovery focused interventions to patients with mental illness.
  • Provide training and support to other as appropriate, including non-statutory agencies.
  • Demonstrate effective personal planning and organisation of personal daily work load and that of others.
  • Work flexibly, managing own working time effectively according to service demands.
  • Make clinical judgements, identifying alternative courses of action, managing and providing a high quality of care and supporting others to do the same.
  • Maintain respectful, effective professional interpersonal relationships with others.
  • Attend all mandatory training as required by the Trust and to undertake further training and updating as required to carry out the role.
  • Initiate, create and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients and carers and relevant others, ensuring that clinical practice is recovery focused and patient centred.
  • Promote the involvement of service users, carers and relevant others in the development of the care pathway.
  • Work collaboratively with the Clinical Team Leader in establishing a clear philosophy for the multi professional clinical practice within the work area and develop an acceptable model of care that is shared amongst the team.
  • Ensure that all patients are given a full explanation on their care pathway/treatment options and no decision is taken forward without their involvement and consent.
  • Undertake clinical audit and clinical governance activities as required.
  • Ensuring that the practice of clinicians is recovery focused and patient centred, promoting the direct involvement of patients, carers and relevant others in the development of the plan of care

  • Demonstrate a personal approach to practice that is reflective and informed by best practice including NICE Guidelines.
  • Adhere to local and professionally prescribed codes of conduct and practice.
  • Develop and maintain a professional portfolio which demonstrates reflective practice
  • Have monthly clinical supervision as per Trust Policy

Have monthly Management Supervision as per Trust Policy

Promoting in collaboration with the Clinical Team Leader, an atmosphere within the clinical area conductive of best practice.
  • Work co-operatively with the Clinical Team Leader in ensuring that members of the MDT maintain a professional portfolio.
  • Maintain personal standards and ensure self and others adhere to all policies, procedure, guidelines and standards set by the Trust and relevant bodies.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge relating to the current Mental Health Act 83/07 and any relevant guidance thereof and share all relevant information with colleagues as necessary. Ensure others adhere to the legislation.
  • Identify personal learning and training needs through KSF, appraisal and personal development plans on an annual basis.
  • Support and develop the principles of joint partnership working and to be pro-acting in fostering positive inter-agency relationships and information sharing.
  • Be responsible for organising student placements and learning outcomes, be the contact point for the link tutor to discuss student issues as they arise.
  • Ensure that self and others maintain yearly mentorship updates.
  • Ensure that personal appearance, practice and manner of self and staff conform to the standards and expectations of the Trust.
  • To comply with all Trust Policies, Guidelines and Protocols.

Fulfilling Organisational Responsibilities
  • At the discretion of, and in the absence of Clinical Team Leader, make the most efficient and effective use of ward resources in the context of an awareness of clinical need and financial limitation.
  • Support the Clinical Team Leader in the co-ordination and development of the clinical area.
  • Reporting and recording incidents, complaints and accidents involving patient, staff or visitors in accordance with the Trusts standards or at the direction of the Senior Charge Nurse
  • Ensure compliance with regulations in respect of the storage and administration of drugs pursuant to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1973
  • Ensure compliance with the trusts policies for the care of patients valuables and ensuring awareness amongst staff of the Standing Financial Instructions and other relevant guidance documents
  • Receive Section papers on behalf of the Hospital Managers as required.
  • Ensure that staff maintain knowledge of and work within Mental Health Legislation appropriate to their level of practice
  • Maintain a personal awareness of the requirements of the Health and Safety at work Act.
  • Participate in recruitment and selection as per Trust guidelines.
  • Plan, supervise and participate in induction and the preceptorship of all new staff
  • Regularly check email, incoming post and trust intranet site for updated information on clinical practice standards and share with others as appropriate
  • Co-ordinating the ordering of equipment and supplies for the ward.

We are looking for someone who:* Evidences a sound level of understanding of the effects of mental illness,alongside an empathetic approach to meet the individual needs of thepatient.* Evidences a dynamic, creative and positive approach* Exhibits communication skills that shine through, and are essential forthis post* Is trustworthy, self-motivated and organised with time* Applicants must possess attitudes and values that reflect the excellentstandards or care we expect within NSFT.

As a unit we pride ourselves on working together to deliver high quality care and to support each other through any challenging times.

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team providing a high level of care for the young people; therefore good interpersonal communication and organisational skills are required.

You will work supportively and collaboratively with the Clinical Team Leader in ensuring the effective management of the ward in all respects, environmental, financial and clinical.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference, click APPLY!

Interview dates are to be confirmed and candidates may only be given a minimum of 3 days notice.

You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

Person Specification
  • Ability to communicate widely in a clear manner
  • Ability to self-manage time and meet agreed deadlines
  • Ability to problem solve

  • Working within Multidisciplinary Team (MDT
  • Working knowledge and understanding of CPA process

  • Able to demonstrate experience at a senior clinical level including some staff management/supervision experience
  • Evidence of providing leadership in a Mental Health care environment including service development
  • Experience with risk assessment and ongoing management-mentoring experience


Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



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“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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