Staff Nurse

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic individuals to join our inpatient acute ward in North Devon. Whether you are newly qualified, hold years of experience or are simply looking for a change in career we are looking to appoint people who are passionate about nursing. The job offers a challenging yet rewarding environment with opportunities to consistently learn.

Meadow View is an acute inpatient ward which provides assessment and treatment for older adults with functional mental health needs. It is a 16 bedded mixed sex ward.

Meadow View Ward provides high quality of care and treatment for people who have psychiatric, social, psychological and emotional health needs and are in an acute phase of their illness. The purpose of the ward is to offer comprehensive assessments and treatment meaning service users have shorter stays in hospital. Together with service users, we aim to develop clear care plans which aid wellbeing, recovery and encourage self-management of their mental health needs. Meadow View Ward values the importance of collaboration with both service users and their carers.

The team are an enthusiastic and highly motivated team, with a passion for working with older adults. We work closely as a multi-disciplinary team and work well together allowing us to better support our patients and one another. We aim to support the overall health and wellbeing of our staff, keeping them physically and psychologically well which is important in these current times.

Main duties of the job

This is a great opportunity to join a well-established team, who work together to deliver high quality service to all patients. The team hold shared values and encourage staff to learn and develop their existing skills. Devon Partnership Trust runs excellent development courses that are available to all staff. Your continuous professional development will be tailored to suit your needs and together with support to achieve your personal goals set out in monthly supervisions and annual appraisals

Meadow View welcome both experienced nurses and new qualified nurses to apply.

We have great mentors who will encourage newly qualified nurses to learn and develop, setting great foundations for your future career.

Job Purpose
  • To assess care needs, develop, implement and evaluate individual care plans.
  • To provide named nurse role to people who use our service.
  • To promote and improve quality of service provided.
  • To manage the unit in the absence of Ward Manager / Team Leader To participate in the internal rotation system including weekend working

Duties and Responsibilities include

  • To be a proactive, skilled member of the ward Multi-Disciplinary team
  • To have knowledge and experience of providing individual and group clinical/therapy work.
  • To demonstrate effective leadership and assist with providing advice and guidance to non qualified staff and students.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Communication & Working Relationships

  • To have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • To be proficient in the use of electronic systems
  • To maintain professional working relationships with other members of the Multi-disciplinary Team.
  • To be able to liaise with carers, families and user groups and representatives.
  • To liaise with a range of professionals and agencies allied to the holistic care of the person using this service user e.g. G.P, Social Worker, Housing etc.

Planning & Organisation

  • To act as shift co-ordinator
  • Act up (take responsibility for the ward) in the absence of Manager as required
  • Supervise others in line with Trust policy

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment & Therapy

  • To act as named nurse for a cohort of patients.
  • To assess complex health and well being needs, develop, monitor and review care plans to meet individual needs.To update all records on RiO (electronic clinical records)
  • To provide robust risk assessments and ensure they are updated regularly on RiO (electronic clinical records)
  • To maintain professionalism at all times/whilst being non-judgemental.
  • To ensure safe practice working to NMC, Government and Trust policies /procedures
  • Maintain accurate documentation using the correct recording systems (mostly electronic)

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility

  • To be aware of national and professional developments.
  • To participate in ongoing training and education progress.
  • To demonstrate evidence based practice and participate in research/audit/pilot projects.
  • To be aware of current initiatives in inpatient care.
  • To promote service changes with positive professional attitude and fully engage in service changes.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources

  • To ensure Trust policies and procedures are followed in relation to the handling of monies, property etc. belonging to people using the service
  • To demonstrate effective risk management skills
  • Use Trust resources in a sustainable, cost effective and appropriate way

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management

  • To demonstrate and develop effective leadership / management skills.
  • To provide Supervision and Appraisals to appropriate/allocated staff.
  • To participated in the role of Mentor to students.
  • To participate in the role of Preceptor to newly qualified staff (where appropriate)
  • To participate in audits.
  • There is a requirement to support learners on a regular basis which includes the achievement and updating of profession specific training to the required standard to fulfil this role.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties

  • To ensure accurate documentation.
  • To have working knowledge of RIO System and associated systems.
  • To engage and participate in the use of Electronic recording systems and training when required.
  • To participate in formulating and providing reports for other professionals such as panel for continuing care etc

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of NMC codes of conduct and comply with them.
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of government health and social care policy
  • Have a working knowledge of PREP requirements and maintain personal, professional development.
  • Report any observed incident of unprofessional behaviour, accident/incident, untoward occurrence, and faulty equipment immediately to Ward Manager/Team Leader.
  • To take an active role in own supervision and continuous professional development

Person Specification Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to form positive therapeutic relationships with service users, carers and other professional bodies.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Ability to engage in and lead (when required) MDT meetings
  • Ability to assess situations, make decisions, co-ordinate and organise appropriate responses.
  • Have an awareness and ability to maintain personal boundaries.
  • Able to risk assess
  • To be able to plan and implement all aspects of nursing skills.
  • To demonstrate effective leadership skills, promote effective role model across the ward environment.
  • To attend Mandatory Training for either 5 day or 3 day restraint (as determined by manager/service), Breakaway, Manual Handling etc.
  • To be able to work on the internal ward shift rotation which includes night duties
  • To work to the Trust Data Protection and Confidentiality guidance/policy
  • Be able to work as part of a team.
  • Work as an effective role model.
  • Promote effective service delivery and future changes in a positive way
  • Willingness to develop self
  • Knowledge of RiO electronic case notes
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of ordering, storing and administering required medications
  • Knowledge of possible side effects of medication
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1987 (including updates)
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty safeguards
  • Knowledge and skills in providing supervision
  • Knowledge of CPA (Care Programme Approach)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Working
  • Understanding of Recovery principles in Mental Health
  • Knowledge and understanding of both adult and childrens safeguarding guidance
Experience Essential
  • Experience of Adult and/or Older Persons mental health nursing and the nursing process
Qualifications Essential
  • RMN/ Registered Nurse (Mental Health) with current NMC registration.
  • A willingness to complete Trust Mandatory Courses (will be required to complete and undertake relevant Physical Interventions training with adjustments considered if required)

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Meadow View Ward

North Devon District Hospital, Raleigh Park



EX31 4JB

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