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Staff Nurse

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year plus £4,012 Trust Allowance
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for something a bit different, a new challenge, a varied role?

We have exciting and unique opportunities available here at Rampton Hospital, just outside Retford.

Rampton Hospital, part of the Forensic Division within the Trust, is an award winning hospital, and is one of only three high secure hospitals in England.

We are the only hospital in the country to provide high secure care to patients who are women, who are deaf or who have Learning Disabilities, alongside our Mental Health and Personality Disorder treatment pathways.

Rampton Hospital is therefore, a very unique place to work, with patients at the centre of everything we do.

We are seeking to recruit Registered Band 5 Nurses, RMN and RNLD, to join our fantastic multi-disciplinary teams within the hospital, continuing to offer assessment, risk management, care and treatment to aid recovery and step down to lesser conditions of security.

Our core values of honesty, compassion, trust, respect and teamwork are very important to us, both in terms of patient care and staff care, and as such this is an exciting opportunity in a unique field of nursing.

Main duties of the job

Rampton Hospital has 24 wards offering comprehensive assessment and recovery focussed individualised care and treatment packages for patients who experience a mental health disorder, personality disorder or learning disabilities combined with a history of offending behaviour.

We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate and highly motivated nurses to join our teams, in a challenging but rewarding role, to help reduce risk and make a difference to the lives of our patients.

Therefore applicants will need to
  • have excellent interpersonal skills
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • deliver high quality nursing care with a compassionate and caring attitude within a High Secure setting
  • be committed and motivated to providing innovative care
  • promote and maintain high standards of care through excellent communication, motivation, supervision and role modelling

We want to help our staff reach their full potential and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to succeed. This includes a supportive and strong health and well-being team, a developing staff voice group and a robust preceptorship package.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference? Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

With a focus on recovery, the hospitals role is to offer compassionate care and treatment to patients who require high secure services due to their level of risk, and support them through their treatment journey to achieve reduced risk, improved health and ability to step down to lesser conditions of security. Our teams are made up of a wide variety of professionals, forming cohesive Multi-disciplinary Teams, working together to create the right treatment pathway for each of our patients. Your role as a Registered Nurse would include:
  • To assess, plan, implement, promote and evaluate safe, creative and effective treatment plans in collaboration with the patients diverse needs, their carers and other professionals.
  • Interventions will be evidence based and designed to reduce stress and anxiety, manage risk and aid recovery.
  • To maintain accurate, timely and relevant clinical records both written and computerised. To maintain the safe custody of healthcare records.
  • Responsible for the safe monitoring, management and administration of medication as required by Trust policy.
  • To be aware of and apply the principles of Infection Prevention and Control and to comply with policy, procedure and guidance.
  • To obtain and interpret physical Healthcare observations
  • Demonstrate and be responsible for the safe application of relevant, up-to-date legislation including the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty, safeguarding etc.
  • To maintain safeguarding responsibilities for children and vulnerable adults in line with Trust policy, and Local Authority procedure and guidance, including making timely child and adult safeguarding referrals as required.
  • Compliance with best practice directions (NICE) and participation in quality and safety initiatives.
  • To access and provide clinical supervision to maintain competency and deliver best quality patient care
  • To undertake any other duties that would be a reasonable expectation of the role

Like to know the experiences of some of our staff? Read on:

Healthcare Assistant, Blake Ward

My journey to Rampton started atypically, spending the first 10 years of my working life building a career in financial services and banking.

I decided to take the leap into healthcare in the control room at Rampton Hospital, having no experience in a health care or NHS setting. It was during the induction training at Rampton that I first heard about the clinical side of the job, our patients and their experiences, the staff and theirs along with information about the national services we held. I was immediately intrigued and joined the nurse bank.

After 12 months juggling the two roles, I had fallen in love with the clinical role, engaging with patients, aiding their therapeutic recovery journeys as much as possible so, with this in mind, jumped into a full-time role as a Health Care Assistant.

After another 12 months, I am about to start the Trainee Nurse Associate course which is fully funded by the Trust and start my journey to become a qualified Mental Health Nurse.

Ward Manager Bonnard Ward

I am the ward manager on Bonnard Ward. One of two, male mental health admission Wards. How did I get there? I started as a newly qualified nurse at Rampton hospital in 2014, following a successful specialist student nurse placement in the personality disorder directorate. I was inspired to work at Rampton following a lecture at my university talking about forensic nursing and what staff may be faced with. A honest and true account about caring for patients with an added extra of balancing risk. I thought I could do it. I was definitely determined to apply, and I was successful!

The staff on my first ward, gave me so much support, showing me security procedures and how to build therapeutic relationships with patients but most importantly how to transition from student to qualified mental health nurse. The team showed me guidance, experience and the ward manager projected the right attitude and philosophy for the ward. I just knew I would pinch those skills!

So there I was a few years later.. I progressed as a team leader, working on the ICU ward in the Personality disorder care stream. I felt clinically challenged, motivated and rewarded. I found a new way to nurse; building rapport and de-escalation were my best assets.

I transitioned to the mental health directorate, embracing a new opportunity that was offered to me. The Intensive care ward, taught me about me how to advocate for my patients, and how best to nurse organic mental health disorders.

I was given the opportunity to step in to the ward manager role, learning about the organisation, how to lead and manage teams, and how to get the best out of a team. I was successful at interview for a ward manager post at the ripe age of 28!

Im so proud of myself of what I have achieved but more so, I am proud to work as a forensic nurse at Rampton Hospital.

Violence Reduction Team leader

Having worked on the wards at Rampton Hospital for several years this has given me confidence and different skills which I gained from working alongside patients with different diagnosis in a High Secure hospital.

Working in very challenging environment has been a truly rewarding experience, supporting patients who have very diverse needs and communication difficulties, ensuring their quality of life is improved and meaningful, accessing a wide range of support services at Rampton Hospital.

Supporting some of our most vulnerable patients to promote freedom of choice and autonomy but working collaboratively with patients to manage the known and foreseeable risks of working within a High secure Hospital.

These challenges have also brought opportunities to develop myself, increasing my skills and developing myself professionally.

During my time at Rampton Hospital I have been supported to access numerous courses and qualifications, including the completion of my degree course in the prevention and management of violence and aggression and my subsequent appointment to Violence Reduction Team Leader.

2021 Awards for Rampton Hospital

National Service User Awards 2021:

Shortlisted: Category Recovery and Arts - Womens service poetry competition

Category Health and Well-being Womens service Sensory Gardens

Winners: Category Excellence in Co-production Personality Disorder service

Nursing Times Awards 2021:

Shortlisted: Category Nursing in Mental Health Personality Disorder Transition Project

Category Nurse Leader of the Year Ruby Ward, Ward Manager

Category Learning Disability Nursing Aintree Autism specialist ward

Winners: Category Nursing in Mental Health Coral Ward, Womens service, Reducing restrictive practice and improving patient experience.

Additional benefits whilst working at Rampton Hospital as a Registered Nurse on wards
  • A Trust allowance of £4,012 per annum will be paid in addition to your salary.
  • Relocation support is provided of up to £8,000 to help with buying or renting your new home.
  • Excellent preceptorship package and first year of professional registration fees will be paid
  • No DBS charges to pay
  • Flexible working including long days
  • A superb Health and Well-Being team to access to support your transition into Rampton
  • Robust induction and training
  • Free car parking and electric points for charging
  • Lots of green space around the hospital aiding mental wellbeing
  • Close to A1 for ease of commuting

Person Specification
  • Registered Qualification in RNMH/ RMN/RNLD with the NMC or a third year nursing student expected to Qualify.

  • Evidence of recent post registration training

  • Understand current mental health legislation
  • Experience of working with people with a mental health issues, or personality disorders

  • Good oral and written communication
  • Evidence of good skills in assessment intervention and evaluation of patients nursing care

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