Senior Mental Health Nurse

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

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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If you could design your perfect job role... What would it look like?

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.

As a trust we care about our staff and believe in developing a long term structured career pathway within Southern Health!

We will provide you with a robust and supportive welcome programme; including our local CAMHS Induction day and Training day.

The opportunity to apply to enrol on the Children's and Young Persons Mental Health Inpatient Training Programme with the University of Reading. This is an innovative 10-day research informed training programme, spread over 5 weeks.

We just don't stop giving....

How would you like to earn an extra 1401 per annum on top of your salary? Appealing right?

And how about.....

*********2,500 'Golden Hello' Payment**********

Apply now and when you are successfully recruited you will receive 2,500

(does not apply to current HIOW NHS Staff)

Where will you be working you ask?

Set in its own grounds, Leigh House is an is an award winning purpose built hospital offering a specialist inpatient service and day care for young people aged between 12-18 years.

We provide support and treatment for young people experiencing acute mental illness, such as depression and psychotic disorders whilst also specialising in supporting those with anorexia.

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


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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