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Charge Nurse

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We continue to develop and invest in our extraordinary CAMHS Services and WE WANT YOU to become part of our journey in helping young people recover and overcome adversity.

Located at Tatchbury Mount, Southampton; Austen House is a 14 bed, low secure hospital for children and adolescents with mental health needs.

Austen House is hugely helping to meet the national shortage of beds for young people with specialist mental health needs, meaning that patients living in the south of the country will be able to access treatment closer to home, preventing them and their families having to travel long distances to receive the care they need.

We understand how important work life balance is and we know happy staff makes for outstanding care. Let us know if you require flexible working and we will always do our best to accommodate you.

We have a competency based approach to clinical training and development, ensuring you are able to develop your skills in a safe and effective way. You will receive regular supervision and opportunities for personal and professional development.

As a Charge Nurse you will be involved in assessing individual care needs and developing and implementing programmes of care. You will take responsibility for managing, training and developing the junior staff as well as supporting the management of the clinical area that will require you to deputise for the Ward Manager.

We accept applications from Mental Health, Learning Disability Nurses or Paediatric Nurses.

Main duties of the job

Take charge of a ward regularly and accept duties delegated by the Ward Manager.

Support management of a clinical area including the deployment, supervision, teaching of staff/students and resources.

Assess individual care needs and develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care as well as setting standards of care across clinical areas

Take responsibility for the management, deployment and supervision of junior staff in clinical area throughout the span of duty.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a nursing assessment when appropriate, of referred patients to determine the suitability for mental health nursing intervention.

To act as the prime provider of care, who is required to practise clinical skills for allocated patients by planning, assessing and design of nursing interventions patient programmes of care.

To monitor standard and provide ongoing evaluation of all care provided.

To frequently prepare for, participate in and attend ward rounds and other multi-professional meetings.

To ensure a high standard of nursing in the application of clinical nursing procedures and treatments including custody, storage and administration of medicines.

To advise staff of other psychiatric services in the nursing care of difficult to manage patients.

To ensure that patients' rights are maintained and protected under the Mental Health Act.

Maintain a personal contact with patients and their relatives through conversation ensuring that they understand the treatments and arrangements made for them.

Assist the Ward Manager in the formulation of standards of care, evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of same.

Ensure that care interventions are delivered by junior staff as in care plans.

Be responsible for the immediate management and clinical supervision of all junior staff throughout each span of duty.

Ensure that staff follow the clinical area and Trust policies and procedures

Ensure all staff follow legislative and statutory requirements, e.g. Health and Safety at Work Act, Food Hygiene etc.

Ensure that all staff observe the provisions of the Mental Health Act (particularly part III).

Ensure allocated staff are aware of and delivering care plans and objectives, together with any set activities to be undertaken.

To assist the Ward Manager in the appraisal of junior staff.

To act in accordance with current disciplinary, grievance and complaints procedures.

To participate in the recruitment of clinical staff up to Band 5.

To assist the Ward Manager in the provision of formal clinical supervision for all junior staff.

Planning of duty rotas ensuring Ward Manager of area signs off the rotas.

To ensure that ward furniture and equipment is maintained in good order and inform the Ward Manager of the need for repairs/replacements when necessary.

To assist the Ward Manager in control of the allocated nursing budget.

To act up in the absence of the Ward Manager as requested.

In conjunction with the Ward Manager exercise leadership within the service by sound organisation by ensuring sound organisation, good communication and relationships within the clinical team.

At all times adhere to those stipulations as defined in the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.

Inform the Ward Manager of any specific clinical activity as appropriate.

Inform the Ward Manager of any professional issues as necessary.

To inform and assist/advise the Ward Manager of any matters of complaint.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN/RNLD/RSCN Sub part 1 of the NMC Register
  • In depth post qualification experience at Band 5 working in mental health
  • Mentorship Course
  • Clinical Supervision Training
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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