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Staff Nurse

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Calling all Mental Health, RCN and LD Nurses. Come and be part of our friendly and supportive team within Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

It's an exciting time to join us as we expand our nursing team, and you will have a role to play as we aspire to provide excellent patient care. You will be a registered Mental Health, RCN or LD nurse with relevant experience, who is able to demonstrate a passion for the care of patients and their families.

To support you within your role, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust have an excellent learning and development programme to help further develop your clinical and leadership skills. The trust knows that supporting, developing and nurturing their staff leads to outstanding patient care. We are committed to support the development of your career and have a competency based approach to clinical training and development, which will ensure you are able to apply your newly developed skills in a safe and effective way.

All staff will be asked to work flexibly across a range of day and night shifts providing care to older people with functional mental health needs or with dementia.

Gosport War Memorial Hospital is easily accessible with good rail and road links.

Please call Jan Wickens on 023 82312855 or email:, for more information or to arrange a tour of our wonderful unit, we look forward to hearing from you.

Main duties of the job

The Mental Health Nurse in Inpatient Services is a core member of the ward team. They will act as a 'named nurse' for a specific group of inpatients on the ward and take responsibility for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of their nursing care needs.

The nurse will take clinical leadership of the ward environment on a shift by shift basis as required working in a way that promotes the principles of recovery to ensure individualised, safe and effective care provision for all patients. In the absence of the ward manager/deputy they will also take the necessary managerial action to ensure compliance with organisational and stakeholder requirements.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

To act as the 'named nurse' for a specific group of patients and take responsibility for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of their nursing care needs.

To work effectively with other members of the multi-professional team in the planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

To ensure that junior staff and learners are actively engaged in delivering patient care in accordance with the care plan.

To observe, report and record changes in the patient's physical and mental health wellbeing and ensure timely escalation to appropriate members of the multi-professional team where this is required.

To maintain a sound working knowledge of the legislation, policy and guidance necessary to care effectively for older people with mental health needs.

To identify, provide and supervise the necessary physical care to service users to help them complete their daily living activities i.e. personal hygiene, diet and fluid intake, clothing and laundry, patient handling, personal environment, elimination, maintaining rest and sleep, physical observations and activity.

To undertake complex physical nursing care interventions where these are indicated in accordance with the plan of care and agreed nursing and medicines procedures e.g. wound care, administration of subcutaneous or intramuscular injection, setting up of subcutaneous infusion pumps.

To identify, provide and supervise the necessary therapeutic activities, emotional support and stability to patients that ensure individualised and effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.

To create and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff and with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

To undertake prescribed physical and mental health observations as required reporting exceptions as appropriate and using tools available e.g. SBAR, Track & Trigger

To ensure the appropriate management and administration of medications in accordance with Legislation, Trust Policy and Professional Standards.

To actively monitor and review the effects of prescribed medication for the patient group noting its efficacy and the effect of potential side effects and acting promptly to escalate concerns or seek advice regarding potential medication changes.

To work with relevant agencies, procedures and legislative requirements in particular the NHS and Community Care Act, Health & Social Care Act, the Mental Health Act, Data Protection Act, Mental Capacity Act, Adult and Child Protection Procedures.

To take responsibility for their delegated duties under the Mental Health Act.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • *Registered Nurse Mental Health
  • Successful completion of preceptorship programme
  • *Experience of working in an OPMH setting
Experience Essential
  • *Post Qualification Experience
  • We welcome applications from candidates with varying levels of experience from newly qualified at the point of registration.

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