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Senior Practice Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Epsom, Surrey
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum including HCAS
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 6 Senior Practice Nurses work in partnership with the people who use our services, their families, friends and carers and play an important contribution in how people experience their care and relate to other people. Band 6 nurses are expected to be compassionate, responsive and approachable but professional and informative and contribute to the quality of the service provided to the people in our care:
  • Keeping the people who use our services as safe as possible through the use of sound clinical skills and effective risk assessments;
  • Ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes by using up-to-date skills and adhering to evidence based policies and procedures;
  • Empowering people through working in partnership throughout their care and treatment in the service.
  • Supporting the development of junior staff and improved care delivery through effective supervision and the use of reflective practice

We believe that the best health care is delivered by multi-disciplinary teams working together and in partnership with other teams and services to provide seamless care. Band 6 nurses work as part of a team and you will contribute to the success of the team by drawing support from more experienced nurses and other health professionals but also by supervising other staff and students' nurses to ensure they are working to the standards which the people using our services deserve.

Main duties of the job

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

The successful candidate will have:

o Excellent communication skills and a caring, compassionate approach to patient care.

o Motivation to drive improvement in the care of Inpatients within a mental health setting.

o Be committed to continuous professional development and to working as part of a team.

oAbility to provide strong clinical leadership and role model to others best practice on both the ward as well as the wider unit.

About us

We are the largest provider of NHS in-patient mental health rehabilitation beds in the country;

? We provide a service for people who have complex needs as a result of a severe and enduring mental illness which is pdychotic in nature;

? We provide a core service across Brent, Harrow, Hillington, Kensington & Chelsea as well as Westminster;

? In addition, we provide cost per case beds across a number of other boroughs and counties;

? Anumber of our services are AIMS accredited;

? GIRFT have also recognized the care we provide;

? We have a stepped care model, using the principle of least restrictive option, that includes the following:
  • High Dependency Units
  • Managed Access Units and
  • Community Rehabilitation Ward

? We accept people detained under both parts ll & lll of the Mental Health Act.

In addition to the standard training and development packages across the Trust we are also supporting staff to undertake the following courses:
  • Clinical Leadership;
  • HCR 20
  • SVR20
  • CBT for Psychosis
  • Family Interventions
  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

The above is not an exhaustive list and other opportunities are available if it enhances the service provision and the individual meets the standards required of their post.

Job description Job responsibilities

Central and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing patients and families with a positive experience.

Patient Safety

Band 6 nurses contribute to the provision of safe and reliable services by:

Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services as safe as possible

Safeguarding people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns when necessary

Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use our services

Being open and transparent about their own practice

Supervising the work of others

Reflecting on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality can be made

Working with others to create a culture of continuous improvement

Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive records

Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training requirements.

The NMC plays an important role in safeguarding the public by regulating the work of nurses and all nurses, including Band 6 nurses, are expected to register with the NMC each year and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.

Clinical Outcomes

Band 6 nurses often work with people who have complex needs and contribute to the effectiveness of services by:

Being confident, autonomous practitioners who take responsibility for the care they give to patients but also take responsibility for overseeing the work of others in the team including less experienced nurses and staff without a professional qualification

Providing skilled, evidence-based nursing care which adheres to agreed policies and procedures

Working with patients and families in all stages of the care planning process including assessing risks and needs

Acting as patient advocates in the multi-disciplinary team and overseeing the work of others to ensure that they are also responding to the needs of patients and providing clinically effective care

Working as autonomous practitioners and taking responsibility for the care they give to patients but also work as team members

Contributing to creating and maintaining high performing teams by communicating well with all members of the team

Understanding their role in the team and how they help the team achieve its objectives

Reflecting on their own practice regularly and encouraging the whole team to reflect on their practices in handovers and team meetings

Encouraging the team to learn from adverse events or respond to data analysis from audits or benchmarking exercises and implement sustainable initiatives which improve clinical outcomes

Patient Experience

Band 6 nurses contribute to the people using our services feeling respected and empowered to make decisions about their health and wellbeing by:

Working in partnership with patients and their families and carers

Gaining consent and, as far as possible, involving people in all decision making

Signposting patients and carers to the courses provided by the Recovery and Wellbeing College or services provided by the local authority or voluntary sector

Reassuring people by being professional, responsive, knowledgeable and confident

Demonstrating clinical leadership and challenging any poor behaviour to patients, families or other staff members and creating a positive, inclusive culture in which everyone is treated with kindness and respect and the trusts values are embedded in all practice

Responding to complaints or concerns effectively and quickly in line with the Trust policy

You will need to be an excellent team player with an ability to facilitate collaborative working, ensuring high standards of assessment, care and treatment for patients within the ward and wider service.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Registered nurse Mental Health
  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development
  • Mentorship qualification
Previous Expereince Essential
  • Previous experience as a Band 5 nurse
  • Ability to work proactively with people in planning their recovery utilising the nursing process and act accordingly if changes occur.
  • Previous experience in quality improvement programmes.
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • Able to communicate with the multi-disciplinary team, present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively. Speaking face to face but also by telephone and writing letters and reports.
  • Maintaining accurate, timely, concise and legible clinical records both electronic and handwritten which adhere to the CNWL policies
  • Able to talk to people about sensitive issues in a supportive manner but also challenge others assertively where necessary
  • Able to maintain electronic patient records Use Microsoft Word for letter and report writing
  • You are expected to have the skills required to act as a professional, registered nurse and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Work well with other members of the team including communicating effectively, being kind and considerate, reliable and enthusiastic
  • Manage others and contribute to the management of the team
  • Contribute to the culture of the team and play a role in making it inclusive, kind and hard working
  • Coordinate work allocation and shifts (if appropriate)
  • Help others in the team achieve their objectives and deliver safe, effective care
  • Mentor, teach and support others in the team
  • Supervise others in the team
  • Facilitate appraisals
Personal Characteristics Essential
  • Able and willing to work in partnership with service users, their friends and family as well as other health care professionals
  • Able and willing to work with service users, family and carers, and other staff in a way which empowers and supports others and makes them feel better about themselves
  • Caring for the people who use our services, their families and carers, and other staff

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