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Registered Nurse for Community Physical Health Checks

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£31,163 to £37,311 a year p.a. inc.
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Registered Nurse Adult or Mental Health

Development opportunities have arisen for Registered Nurses and Nursing Associates and Health Care Assistants to improve the physical health of people with severe mental illness. We are looking for staff keen to raise the profile of physical health care.

A small team will provide an outreach service across sites using flexible approaches to meet the needs of service users. You will deliver evidence-based care for service users either at home, or within a community based clinical environment. You will work independently and collaboratively across teams.

The successful applicant will have already demonstrated an ability to improve the physical health of people under their care. You may represent your team as a champion or have an interest in physical health.

In exchange for your skills, you will be supported by the Community Mental Health Directorate from day one. A comprehensive induction, access to a named Registered Nurse Mentor and Professional Nurse Advocacy when needed, will help to develop your skills and confidence in working collaboratively and in partnership with peers and colleagues across the south east London boroughs of Greenwich, Bexley & Bromley.

We also offer opportunities for flexible working, as well as a range of physical, mental, financial and wellbeing benefits.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deliver high quality safe nursing care, ensuringconsistently high standards of practice and clinical excellence which comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional conduct.

The role includes leading the delivery of comprehensive service userassessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of person-centeredcare in a collaborative way. The post holder will co-ordinate a first-classservice that includes assessment and monitoring of physical health,maintaining service users rights, working collaboratively with the Multi-Disciplinary Team and maintaining a safe and therapeutic working environment and accurate records.

Band 5 nursing roles are only open only to staff with a nursing registration, obtained as a result of completing a qualification recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading on implementing the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.

Leading on and undertaking activities to ensure that the fundamentals of care are met - nutrition, hydration, hygiene, comfort, emotional and social support.

Co-ordinating and evaluating collaborative patient-centred care; getting feedback and improving plans with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

Providing accurate information about care in an accessible format to patients and their relatives / carers.

Liaising and working positively with members of the multidisciplinary team and partner organisations.

Administering, and monitoring the side-effects of, medication; monitoring service user compliance.

Safety; safe custody of medicines, sharps, clinical equipment, report all incidents following trust policy.

Developing the management of care needs through:
  • Initial data collection
  • Monitoring of individual service user / patient progress
  • Feedback and discussion
  • Producing reports and in-care reviews
  • Devising a plan of care and interventions supervised by a Registered Nurse.

Leading on and directing junior to staff in providing hands-on care to service users including:

Undertaking 1-1 engagement with service users in an honest, open and non- judgmental way.

Recognising and valuing service users as individuals, acknowledging the importance of maintaining the service users respect and dignity at all times and ensure that the care provided respects equality and diversity.

Developing care plans that reflect service user needs and relevant patient care documentation working in partnership with service users, wider MDT and friends/relatives/significant others.

Ensuring the monitoring and recording service user clinical observations are undertaken, such as Physical observations and vital signs and treating or escalating as appropriate any signs or symptoms of deterioration or that do not fulfill the personal parameters to the relevant professional for treatment.

Promote healthy lifestyles and give health promotion advice and support.

Implementing the principles of recovery: encouraging and supporting service users to engage with healthy lifestyles, facilitating psychosocial activities and other activities of their interest. Where appropriate contributing to psychological interventions.

Escorting service users, as required, in line with Trust policies.

Facilitating the admission and discharge of service users, ensuring needs of the patient and service including relevant legislative or required documentation are completed.

Advocating for service users needs and rights within Trust policy. Encouraging and empowering service users to have an optimum level of responsibility for their individual programme of care.

Person Specification Professional qualification Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification. RMN, Diploma/Degree. NMC current active registration.
Experience Essential
  • At least two years of working in a Health or Social Care setting, working with older adults with enduring mental health problems including dementia and associated conditions.
  • Knowledge and experience of working within the CPA framework
Knowledge, skills, abililties Essential
  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Provide supervision to Band 3 and non-registered staff.
Other requirements Essential
  • Undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the band and nature of the post.
  • Car user and the ability to travel and work/cover across sites

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