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Charge Nurse - Secure services, Whitlingham ward

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Gross Per Annum
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

I want to tell you about the exciting role we have for an experienced nurse to be our new charge nurse in secure services, NSFT. Let this be the first steps into a leadership role within our fantastic secure services care group.

We are looking for an individual to join our forensic inpatient units. Who share our team passion of providing high quality, collaborative and thoughtful care to our service users.

Secure inpatient services support Females and Males, over 18 years old, in low and medium secure environments. We provide inpatient support for those who have come into contact with the criminal justice service and who are now detained under the mental health act.

In the secure care group we believe passionately in developing our own to become our future leaders and enabling you to have rewarding career within our supportive and close sector.

Secure inpatient services in Norfolk comprises of 3 male wards at Northside house in St Andrews, and 1 female ward at Hellesdon Hospital.

Main duties of the job

As part of the role you will be supported to develop your leadership skills, and be responsible for implementing high standards of care. You will be supporting the facilitation of training programmes for our junior members of staff with an opportunity to create bespoke training packages for newly qualified nurses.

Secure services is part of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which is a fantastic place to work for nurses looking for an exciting new experience, where they will be fully-supported and where they can positively develop their nursing career.

About us

Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The service has gone through a huge transformation over the last year, implementing multiple quality improvement projects. This has resulted in a real sense of community by increasing and enhancing the quality of patient and staff interactions, reducing restrictive interventions, and developing a culture of safe, effective and positive care.

If you want to work with our award winning team, you want to challenge yourself; possess the drive to deliver high quality care; have excellent communication skills; have a close attention to detail, and a positive and proactive approach, we want to hear from you.

For further details regarding this role, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person Specification
  • RMN

  • ENB 998 / Mentorship. Leadership / Management Training

  • At least 2 years post basic experience, 1 year at Senior Staff Nurse

  • Management / Leadership of junior staff.

  • Ability to demonstrate effective risk assessment and risk management
  • Ability to display calm, mature responses to difficult situations
  • Ability to effectively prioritise and delegate workload as required
  • Basic computer skills including use of email and internet

  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to supervise others

  • Understanding of issues surrounding confidentiality

  • Awareness of security and its impact and willingness to expand knowledge on it
  • Working knowledge / application of the Mental Health Act 1983

  • Awareness and understanding of equality and diversity issues
  • Generally interested and motivated to work in a care environment
  • Fitness to undergo full PMA training and perform full duties of the post.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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