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Staff Nurse

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

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Registered Mental Health Nurse, or about to complete your studies and become a Registered Mental Health Nurse? The Fulbrook Centre would like to hear from you.

The Fulbrook Centre has 2 Older Adult Mental Health Inpatient Wards and are split by Gender. We are interested in hearing from dual or Mental Health Registered staff. If you are a Newly qualified, we are able to facilitate rotation across the two mental health inpatient wards and include the option of time with a Community Mental Health Team, to enhance your first years of practice. The trust now have a specific 2 year course for new qualified Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.

The Older Adult Mental Health wards provide acute psychiatric Inpatient assessment and treatment of Older people within Oxfordshire with either a functional and/or organic illness. Our staff should have strong skills regarding physical co-morbidities and the management of our patients physical health.

We are working towards the recovery model, have achieved our QNOAMHS accreditation and received a good rating from CQC.

Main duties of the job

  • OA Acute In-Patient services are committed to working with people who are in an acute phase of mental illness. The service aims to provide the most effective treatment, which will promote the service users recovery and ability to return to their usual place of residence.
  • You are expected to actively support high standards of care delivery and challenge poor practice should you find it.
  • As a member of the nursing team you are expected to demonstrate necessary competences through a professional, approachable and helpful manner towards clients, their families and carers, visitors and colleagues throughout the organisation

About us

Regular supervision will be provided, and you will be encouraged to undertake any training relevant to your professional and personal development. There will be opportunities for you to gain management and leadership training. You will also work closely with our HR mentor and be supported closely by your colleagues, Team Manager and Head of Service.

You will have access to additional learning with our further education partners and the opportunity to take part in research with our Research partners and with our ward Psychologist including enhancing physical health care, working with carers and managing Violence and aggression. We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic staff with a passion for working with older people.

Applicants should have an ambition to care for older people with both mental and physical health illness, with a positive attitude and enthusiasm to improve the outcomes for the Older Adult Mental Health client group.

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

  • Proactively engage with patients and their families/carers/significant others to build positive working relationships to support the delivery of treatment.
  • Work alongside patients and their families/carers/significant others.
  • Assess needs embracing the wishes of the patient in the acute patient setting.
  • Make a systematic and comprehensive assessment/ re-assessment of patient need within the CPA framework to take account of all aspects of the patients life, including;Individual historyStrengths, individual goals and resourcesMental state, signs and symptomsHealth and social care needs including factors relating to the impact of culture, race, gender, social class and lifestyleRisk assessment, including risk to vulnerable adult/childrenFunctional needsFamily: the impact upon carers/children and the social systemComplex needs such as substance use and personality disorderParticipation in Mental Health Act (1983) Assessments.
  • Develop effective risk management plans, and timely review of the risk management plan identifying opportunities for positive risk taking in conjunction with the patient, carers/significant others and the ward team.
  • Actively engage with the Care Coordinator under CPA to identify appropriate resources to support the patients care package within the hospital setting and within their local home environment including:HousingSocial welfare and incomeLeisureEducationWork
  • Undertake a Carers Assessment and develop Carers care plan.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medication effects, side-effects, indications, contraindications and recommended dosage.
  • Work with patients with concordance issues and promote patient choice.
  • Actively engage patients and carers with PALS service where appropriate.
  • Assess patients progress on the ward through identification of changes in the patients health and social situation in collaboration with the patient, carers and the ward team.
  • Co-ordinate and implement plans of care during the patient journey through the inpatient environment.
  • Work with patients and their families / carers/ significant others on symptom management and relapse prevention.
  • Evaluate plans of care in collaboration with the patient 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 patients 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.
  • Conveys clearly, accurately and concisely patient information to colleagues in team meetings, ward rounds, handovers and all other verbal communications.
  • Conduct practice in a legal, ethical and accountable manner and remain open to the scrutiny of peers.
  • Support the Ward Manager/Deputy Manager to implement the vision for inpatient care.
  • Engage in data collection to support the Ward Manager/Deputy Manager in audit activity.
  • Show capacity to contribute towards the overall containment of the ward.
  • Contribute effectively towards service evaluation and supports patients engaged in such work.
  • Act as a role model for other staff and students.
  • Provide effective clinical supervision for nurses who have recently become registered with the NMC as well as HCAs.
  • Co-ordinates the team during the shift to provide high quality nursing care by;Taking account of the client need and allocating resources efficientlyAssessing the local environmental safety factors and taking immediate action to minimise and report potential hazards.
  • Demonstrate effective time management and the ability to prioritise competing demands.
  • Is cognisant of the policy and procedural guidance following a Serious Untoward incident on the ward and able to prepare a clear and concise report within 24 hours.
  • Is cognisant of local Trust policies and adheres to policy and procedural guidance.
  • Show awareness of the major national policy initiatives and their influence on care delivery.
  • Support the Ward Manager/Deputy Manager in the management of change, taking account of the views of clients, carers and the ward staff.
  • Keep up-to-date with legislation, evidence-based practice and have a clear understanding of good practice.
  • Develop effective and supportive mentoring relationships with nursing students on placement on the ward.
  • Show evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning through ongoing professional and career development.
  • Follow professional guidelines and Codes of Conduct as laid down by the NMC.

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 Knowledge & Training Essential
  • Experience of working in multi- disciplinary teams
  • Knowledge of mental health act 1983
  • IT literate
  • Experience of clinical supervision
  • Knowledge of NSF, clinical governance and latest development in mental health care
  • Worked in a mental health setting
  • Experience of working with Older Adults
Teaching Experience Essential
  • Demonstrate willingness to be involved in mentoring students
  • Demonstrate willingness to coach Health Care Assistants, NATS and Nurse Cadets
  • Experience of participating in reflective practice
  • Experience in mentorship
Personal Management Experience Essential
  • Able to organise/prioritise time effectively
  • Able to listen to and communicate effectively with service users, carers and colleagues at all levels
  • Flexible and adaptable
Management Skills/Knowledge Essential
  • Able to handle complaints and concerns sensitively and effectively
  • Able to co-ordinate a shift of duty on an inpatient ward
Other Work Related Requirements Essential
  • Ability to undertake PMVA training
  • Willingness to promote equal opportunities and anti- discriminatory practice
Qualifications Essential
  • RMN/RLD qualified
  • Qualification in psychosocial interventions

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