Charge Nurse

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annum | Pro rata
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a highly motivated and enthusiastic Registered Nurse for people with Learning Disabilities? Or a qualified RMN or RGN who has an interest and enthusiasm for working with people with learning disabilities?

We would love you to consider joining our multi-disciplinary forensic inpatient team. The forensic learning disability service is at an exciting time as we have a new senior team in post with lots of experience and innovative plans for delivering excellent care.

We are very keen to recruit professionals with a commitment to continually improving services and enthusiasm to contribute to the development of the new services. The current nursing team are a proactive, positive and experienced group of professionals who pride themselves on working collaboratively with the men on the ward. We work within the principals of a positive behavior support model and encourage families' involvement with those in our care.

Oxford Health take great pride in our recruitment and support to staff with the services we deliver.

We are currently seeking a caring and compassionate Charge Nurse with experience in Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Health needs to join our team at Littlemore, Oxford.

Main duties of the job

The service provide a range of opportunities for career development now and in the future. The Trust provides a sound preceptorship programme to support newly qualified nurses to aid their development and invests strongly in our Leadership Teams to support this journey.

As a nurse, you are encouraged to work as part of the leadership team to meet the needs of our ward and support supervision and development opportunities.

We have an excellent relationship with local universities and post-graduate training providers. In addition to this you will have access to both local and trust training and shadowing opportunities to support your continuing professional development.

We specialise in the care needs of men with Learning Disabilities to meet their Physical Health, Mental Health and Forensic needs.

We believe in a Humanistic Model of Care which respects the Human Rights of Patients, Families and Staff to improve the quality of life for everyone.

We use a Positive Behavioural Support Framework to understand behaviours of concern, to educate and to communicate needs in a more effective and safe manner.

Our aim is to develop skills to live safely in the community. We prioritise reducing risk via recovery, education, formulation and skill building.

We are seeking a Charge Nurse with similar values who can join our team to prioritise people and deliver outstanding care.

About us

Our service is looking for effective Nurse Leaders who will promote safe, high quality care by empowering our staff and patients and promoting a culture of innovation and improvement.

The service currently consists of Evenlode ward, which is a 10-bedded medium secure forensic ward for men with learning disabilities. A Forensic Intellectual and Neuropsychiatric and Developmental Disorders (FIND) service for the Thames Valley and Wessex areas has been developed to improve pathways through services for men with learning disabilities and a new 10-bedded low secure ward is due to be built this year on the Littlemore Mental Health Centre site.

We use a values based approach to use kind words, with a safe space and a listening ear to deliver care which is Safe, Caring and Excellent.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Maintain a sound working knowledge of the legislation, policy and guidance necessary to care effectively for people with learning disabilities.
  • Work within the law and take responsibility for fulfilling the practitioners roles and responsibilities under specific legislation, policy and procedures, e.g. the Mental Health Act,Mental Capacity Act, Safeguarding of adults and children.
  • Demonstrate skill in inclusive and collaborative practice with patients and their families/ friends/carers to encourage and support active involvement in their own care and support plans.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in using Positive Behaviour Support across all aspects of care.
  • Respond to the needs of people sensitively with regard for age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, social class and disability to optimise the helping relationship.

This post attracts a RSU Lead of £1,446 per annum on top of your annual salary.

A full trust induction and local induction will be provided. It is mandatory for you to complete Management of Violence and Aggression Training, PEACE Training and other training directly related to the role.

You will work a rotating shift pattern to include cover of early, late and night shifts for our 24 hour, 7 day a week service. All candidates must be computer literate.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse for people with Learning Disabilities Or Registered Nurse for Mental Health Or Registered General Nurse
  • Understanding of Positive Behavioural Support
  • Car Driver
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Experience of Providing Supervision
  • Experience of Mentoring Students
Skills Essential
  • Ability to identify the development Good human resource management skills. Good facilitation skills. Application form and interview File Ref: HR\STAFF\JD\CN-DWM\Forensic Page 10 of 12 Trust Confidential - For internal use only needs of those in your team and implement a plan to meet them.
  • Effective leadership, motivational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage own workload with minimal supervision.
Knowledge Requirements Essential
  • Knowledge of safeguarding policy and requirements.
  • Evidence of patient participation and involvement in their own care and care plan.
  • Knowledge of See, Think, Act and The importance of Relationale Security

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