Charge Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to join an innovative organisation committed to ensuring delivery of the best care by the best people? We have a vacancy for a Band 6 Inpatient Forensic Charge Nurse at Warren Court, our Hertfordshire-based medium-secure unit for people with learning disabilities. If making a difference to the lives of others motivates and inspires you, join us to become part of something truly amazing.

This is the perfect opportunity for a Mental Health or Learning Disabilities Nurse with at least two years' experience at Band 5. It would be ideal for someone seeking a new challenge in a dynamic and rewarding environment where no two days are the same. Working hours involve shifts, including some nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Staff benefits include 27 days annual leave, access to one of the UK's best pension schemes, flexible working options, CPD opportunities, regular appraisal, access to discounts, and so much more. The successful candidate will also receive £120 towards their NMC registration fee.

Main duties of the job

The Role:

Under the direction of the Team Leader, the post holder will provide:
  • Comprehensive, professional and effective leadership.
  • Clinical advice and expertise.
  • Managerial support

The Ideal Candidate:

Our service-users are our number one priority so we need non-judgemental, sensitive staff who are committed to supporting others, even at more challenging times. Excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational and team-working skills are essential for this role, as well as initiative, mature judgment and a calm and friendly manner. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate an ability to manage competing demands and organise their own work effectively to ensure the smooth running of the unit. They will also need a good understanding of relational security and be prepared to model and promote the Trust's values at all times.

Qualifications And Training:

The successful candidate must have RNMH/RNLD/RMN/RGN and be registered with the NMC. Mentorship training and a minimum of two years' experience at Band 5 are essential. Experience of working in other clinical settings would be an advantage.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

The post-holder will:
  • Provide local clinical leadership to the team under the direction of the Team Leader
  • Be responsible for the running of an identified clinical area including Key Performance Indicators (PDP, Attendance Management and e-rostering)
  • Be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for service-users
  • Teach other nursing and non-nursing personnel
  • Be a role model through their own good practice
  • Be responsible for maintaining clinical standards and team systems under the direction of the Team Leader
  • Assist the team leader in maintaining effective team-working processes, including outcome measures
  • Deputise for the Team Leader in their absence
  • Manage the unit resources and clinical environment during their shif

For further details about the role and responsibilities, and for the Person Specification, please download the attached JD&PS document.

Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential
  • RMN/RLDN or Dip/ Bsc (Hons) in Mental Health/Learning Disability Nursing ENB 998 / Preceptorship and Mentorship. ENB
Experience Essential
  • At least 2 years post registration experience at Band 5
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of working in other clinical settings
Job related aptitude and skills Essential
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a multiprofessional team
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the and use own initiative, and make decisions in complex situations
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassuring skills are required.
  • Ability to deal with distressing circumstances and challenging behaviour
  • Experience of risk assessment and management.
  • Ability to cope with an unpredictable work pattern and frequent interruptions
  • Understanding of legal framework MHA, MCA, DoL, safeguarding and social factors involved in care
  • Supervision skills
  • Specific clinical skills applicable e.g brief therapy, cognitive therapy and anxiety management.
  • Implementing quality improvement initiatives

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