This is a great opportunity to join our nursing therapy team at one of the country’s most respected providers of secure mental health services. As a Deputy Ward Manager for the Secure Services Directorate, you will hold a key post in our recovery pathway, providing direct nursing care and also engaging in a range of therapeutic interventions including DBT and CAT interventions.
We provide forensic mental health services for the south west region and have an excellent reputation. Our Directorate employs over 320 staff and we have ambitious plans in place to expand and develop our existing services.
We support people who, as a consequence of their mental health needs, have had contact with the criminal justice system and require a safe and secure environment that enables them to receive a wide range of treatments, therapies and care to support their recovery. Recovery is at the heart of everything we do - it is about people building a meaningful life and represents a shift away from focusing on illness and symptoms towards a focus on personal health, strengths and wellness.
Main duties of the job
Responsible for the assessment of care needs, and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care without supervision, take charge regularly of a ward or equivalent sphere of nursing in the absence of the Ward Manager.
Organise and maintain regular staff meetings and participate in nursing or multidisciplinary meetings and discussions as required. Report any complaints, grievances or unusual occurrences to the Ward Manager in accordance with agreed Trust procedures.
As a coordinating Band 6 professional, supervise and monitor the nurse teams and other unqualified staff. Maintain an effective and safe shift pattern schedule. Promote and develop high standards of clinical care.
Have an ongoing awareness of clinical risk, advising and leading clinicians on actions to be taken to respond to risk. Deploy nursing staff within their area of responsibility, according to the daily needs of the Service, supervising and monitoring all aspects of their work
Be aware of the security policies and procedures in place for their area of responsibility with regard for the safety and wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors.
Responsible for the administration of medication in accordance with NMC guidelines and Trust policies and procedures, maintain confidentiality on all matters relating to patient care.
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
Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further information regarding this role.
Person Specification Knowledge and skills Essential
- Extensive knowledge of mental health problems related to forensic psychiatry.
- Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, 1983
- Understanding of the Code of Practice, 1983
- Knowledge of the CPA process
- Knowledge of various therapeutic approaches in the care of forensic patients.
- Knowledge of basic research methodology.
- Registered Nurse. RMN /RN(LD)
- Teaching qualification, e.g. ENB 998
- NVQ assessor
- At least two years post registration mental health nursing.
- Ability to cope with stress and a challenging environment.
- Previous experience of working within criminal justice agencies.
- Experience of working in a forensic setting
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