Mental Health Nurse - Inpatient Older Persons

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year gross per annum
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Sandringham Ward are seeking a Band 5 Registered Mental Health RMN/RNLD Nurse to join our friendly supportive team.

Sandringham Ward is a 17 bed mixed gender inpatient facility for over 75 year old with functional mental health diagnosis based within the JulianHospital, it is a great place to work so come and join us.

The role is 37.5 hrs per week on a 24 hour rotational shift basis.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be a qualified RMN or RNLD enthusiastic and conscientious and do everything you can to provide the best care to our service users. We are looking for someone who displays compassion, empathy and is sensitive in your approach to people who may be distressed or have a challenging manner.

We offer a supportive team environment where you will be able to develop your own knowledge of caring for older people with a functional mental health diagnosis ,we encourage learning and personal development on the ward including increasing knowledge of physical health problems in older persons within an inpatient setting

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

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
Generic Responsibilities
  • Ensure that nursing practice is person centred and, as far as possible, promoting the direct involvement of patients and carers in the development of the plan of care from admission to discharge.
  • Ensure that clinical practice is consistent with the Care Programme Approach.
  • Identify personal learning and training needs through appraisal and personal development plans linked to service needs.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that personal nursing practice is informed by relevant local and national developments and is evidenced based.
  • Under the direction of the Ward Manager/Senior Charge Nurse, participate in clinical audit and clinical governance activities.
  • Carrying out Risk Assessment
  • Act as the named nurse for a group of patients with ultimate responsible for providing an individualised plan of care for each patient.
  • Delegate appropriate tasks to junior staff were appropriate.
  • Effective management/co-ordination of shifts.
  • Share information with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, either verbal or written.
  • Attending appropriate meetings.
  • Use available resources effectively.
  • Provide and receive clinical supervision as per Trust guidance.
  • Act as a mentor to students in line with NMC requirements for Registered Nurses including attending annual mentor updates and evidence for Triennial Review
  • Participate in recruitment, selection and induction of junior staff.
  • Report and record incidents, complaints and accidents involving patients, staff or visitors in accordance with Trust and Service Standards.
  • Ensure that personal appearance, practice and manner conform to the Standards and expectations of the Trust and are in accordance with the NMC code of professional conduct.
  • Ensure compliance with the regulations in respect of the storage and administration of drugs pursuant to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1973.
  • Ensure compliance with the Trust and Service policies for the care of patients valuables and ensuring awareness amongst other staff of Standing Financial instructions and others relevant guidance documents.
  • Maintain a professional Therapeutic relationship/boundary with patients, carers and
  • colleagues.
  • Report any untoward incidents, accidents or complaints involving patients, relatives/carers or staff to the nurse in charge of the area.
  • Maintain a general knowledge of current ward, service and trust arrangements, operational policies, clinical objectives, procedures and overall philosophy and working in accordance with these.
  • Ensure good working relationships with all disciplines, contributing to the effective running of the ward by engaging in ward discussions and attending appropriate meetings.
  • Be aware of personal limitations and role boundaries.
  • Induct new starters to the work environment.
  • Attend mandatory and non-mandatory in-service training sessions and refresher courses as required by the trust and as identified in the KSF/PDP process.
  • Undergo IT training and utilise basic IT skills as necessary including the Intranet, computerised self rostering and electronic stores ordering.
  • Carry out basic administrative tasks as required such as photocopying, faxing and the making and receiving of phone calls.
  • Carry out PMA interventions.
  • Undertake surveys and audits.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

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
  • NMC registration

  • Understanding of issues surrounding confidentiality

  • Working knowledge /application of the Mental Health Act 1983

  • Ability to use own initiative and display calm and mature response in difficult situations
  • Good observation and reporting skills a
  • Ability to motivate others

  • flexibility of duty and hours over a 24 hour ,7 day week period
  • fitness to undergo PMA training and perform full duties of post
  • Ability to travel independently

  • Previous experience of working with people with mental health needs

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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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