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Staff Nurse

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum/pro rata
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Vaughan Thomas Ward is looking for enthusiastic, dynamic and confident newly qualified and experienced Registered Mental Nurses to become part of the team on our male acute psychiatric ward - Could this be you?

The ideal candidates should be keen to further their experience and learning on a fast-paced ward providing the highest quality care.

We offer a wide range of therapeutic interventions to the men admitted to our acute ward and pride ourselves on delivering exceptional care during the entirety of their stay. We provide care for up to 18 patients. We offer continual support to family and friends with our weekly group, daily PSI and staying well sessions

*Previous applicants need not apply*

Main duties of the job

Have you got what it takes?

Can you work independently but ask for help and advice when needed? Can you support a team even on those tough shifts? Can you maintain our high standards of care, even when under pressure? If the answer is yes, we want to hear from you!

What we need from you!
  • A qualified RMN with passion and drive for developing your clinical skills in a changeable environment
  • A keen interest in new and upcoming technologies within Nursing and Healthcare
  • Be self-motivated and able to work autonomously as well as showing initiative and promoting new ideas on how to improve the service
  • Be compassionate, caring and creative with excellent communication skills
  • A flexible and positive attitude with a willingness to accommodate our 24/7 service

On Vaughan Thomas Ward we understand that nursing is not just a job, but a calling, a passion and a way of life, and even on the toughest days, it's all worth it. We look forward to hearing from you!

About us

Here on Vaughan ThomasWard we can offer you;
  • A supportive team and committed colleagues
  • Support for further training and education, potential training to the right candidate could include Phlebotomy training, Psychosocial intervention training and Immediate Life Support training
  • An award winning ward with a forward thinking leadership model
  • Access to additional training to further support your career and progression on the ward, and within the trust!

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

In this role, you will:

Develop effective risk management plans, and timely review of the risk management plan identifying opportunities for positive risk taking in conjunction with the client, carers/significant others and the ward team.

Actively engage clients and carers with PALS service where appropriate.

Assess clients progress on the ward through identification of changes in the clients health and social situation in collaboration with the client, carers and the ward team.

Co-ordinate and implement plans of care during the clients journey through the inpatient environment.

Work with clients and their families / carers/ significant others on symptom management and relapse prevention.

Evaluate plans of care in collaboration with the client as an ongoing process and able to make recommendations for changes in the care package.

Provide consistency of care through the Named Nurse initiative for clients who are admitted frequently to hospital.

Effectively hand over care responsibilities to the community services.

Respond to the needs of people sensitively with regard for age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation and disability to optimise the helping relationship.

Has up to date knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the nurse under the Mental health Act 1983 and its application to practice.

Work to develop effective multidisciplinary relationships through skilled communication with the ward and community teams.

Actively engages in reflection on own practice as an ongoing process and through regular clinical supervision.

Provide clear, effective, up-to-date and accurate record keeping

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in an acute setting
  • Experience of working in multi disciplinary teams
  • Worked in a mental health setting
Qualification Essential
  • RMN Qualified
Skills Essential
  • Skills in clinical risk assessment and management and Knowledge of MHA
  • Qualification in psychosocial interventions

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