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Registered Learning Disability or Mental Health Nurse

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Working at Southern Health isn't just a job, it's a career. Your ideas are listened to, your skills and successes are valued and recognised. We are now seeking to appoint motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking band 5 Staff Nurses at, Ashford Unit, who are passionate about providing the best care to our patients to complement our existing team.

The Ashford Unit is a low secure inpatient service for adults with learning disabilities. The goal of our service is to promote service user independence. We do this by working closely with them, supporting them to develop the skills they need to achieve their aspirations.

The Ashford Unit provides service users with intensive support in a secure environment. We help people with learning disabilities that also have a mental illness, such as a personality disorder, or challenging behaviour. The Ashford Unit is the only NHS run service of its kind in Hampshire.

We understand that in order to maximise the quality of care we provide we must invest in the development of our staff. To support this development we provide a robust and supportive induction programme for all new staff. In addition, our service is highly committed to ensuring that staff have access to regular clinical supervision as well as, group reflective practice and a number of training opportunities to ensure continuing professional development.

Main duties of the job

To contribute where required to the provision of a 24 hour, seven day a week In-patient based service, across an acute care pathway.

Under the supervision of the Clinical Ward Manager and Charge Nurses, you are required to work according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Conduct and relevant professional guidelines. You will be responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care. Develop, implement and evaluate care plans in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals ensuring individual needs are met. To carry out all relevant forms of care and will be designated to take charge of a ward in the absence of a charge nurse.

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 cases to determine the suitability for forensic learning disability/mental health nursing intervention.

*To act as a prime provider of care for allocated patient(s) by planning, assessing and evaluating patient programmes of care.

*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 the management, storage and administration of medicines.

*To maintain a high standard of nursing care during procedures and treatments through supervision and instruction.

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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health/ Learning Disability Nurse with Professional NMC Registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Commitment to Lifelong Learning
Experience Essential
  • Theoretical knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act and legal aspects of mental health care
  • In depth working knowledge and understanding of the principles of social inclusion, promoting independence and recovery focused
  • Coordinating Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings
  • Writing reports for CPA's, managers meetings and mental health review tribunals
  • Coordinating and managing the ward for a span of duty
  • Able to carry out supervision of staff
  • Managing personal and professional boundaries
  • Experience of working independently demonstrating; initiative, decision-making and prioritising skills
  • Self-managing emotions and resilience in a range of situations
  • Motivating service users with the belief that service users can achieve
  • Demonstrate evidence of team working

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