Staff Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Knotty Ash
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Fern Ward is a stand-alone 16 bedded mixed gender acute assessment and treatment ward at Knotty Ash, serving the people of Liverpool and Sefton who are living with a diagnosis of dementia. We promote person centred care providing a holistic approach to the needs of the person with dementia and their carers.

We offer care and treatment that respects individual's rights and allow treatment to occur in the least restrictive manner possible.

We will provide a standard of treatment and care those respects people's rights for privacy and dignity, in a safe and therapeutic environment, in the most acute and vulnerable state of illness.

Staff will actively promote recovery through the use of the recovery principles. All health and social care needs and risks will be assessed by the multi-disciplinary team, with an agreed appropriate treatment/care plan and risk management plan. These will include the views of the service user and relevant carers or family as well as the discharge planning arrangements.

We aim to provide a rapid response to a person's needs on admission which we manage effectively within our MDT ensuring that a person's stay on an acute inpatient ward is minimal.

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Main duties of the job

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust as a leading provider of community services, mentalhealth care, physical health, addiction services and learning disability care.Service users receive a high quality service and one which is free from stigma, discriminationand harm.Staff are engaged with the delivery, innovation and continuous improvement of services to benefit service users.Visible and responsive leadership, setting the standard for others and role-modelled throughout the division for all managersThe Trust values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness, Enthusiasm and Support will be embedded across the division for all staff and evident to service users.To provide high quality, evidence-based care within the Local Services Division for service users and their carers within inpatient and community services.To carry out your duties as a practitioner under the supervision of a mentor.To function as an associate nurse/named nurse/care coordinator/ to service users assisting in assessment, planning and evaluation and review of care, within a recovery focused modelof care.Where appropriate, to take part in a 24-hour system of rostering including internal rotation.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the Care Programme Approach and under the supervision of the line manager.
  • To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual.
  • To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan
  • To develop a risk management plan for service users, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately.
  • To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.
  • To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings
  • To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users that you have responsibility for with guidance from a supervisor.
  • To communicate with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the communication of any relevant information which has an impact on the service users care
  • To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.
  • To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress, psychiatric symptoms or where English is not the first language
  • To use skills gained through training and experience to give and receive information to other individuals with regards to a service users care in the reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust
  • To have knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation.
  • To support services users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To ensure that service user rights under the Mental Health Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented
  • To provide and co-ordinate the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users and monitor their effectiveness.
  • To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that the Trust policies and procedures and the Nursing & Midwifery Councils regulations are adhered to

Person Specification Qualificatoins Essential
  • Appropriate professional qualification by RMN AHP Social Worker
  • Degree
  • Evidence of post registration study.
  • Approved training in phlebotomy
Expereince Essential
  • Experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems
  • A demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
Knowledge&skills Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively.
  • Possess good listening and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base regarding: ? Effective Care Co-ordination
  • Care Planning and evaluation
  • Quality and clinical audit
  • Health & Safety/Risk Management Mental Health Act
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision
  • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit

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