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Staff Nurse - Warenford

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum/pro rata
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Have you got what it takes?

Can you work independently but ask for help and advice when needed? Can you support a team even on those tough shifts? Can you maintain our high standards of care, even when under pressure? Do you want to support women who are in acute crisis and being there for them through one of their toughest periods in their life? If the answer is yes, we want to hear from you!

Allen Ward is looking for enthusiastic, dynamic and confident newly qualified or a current Registered Mental Health Nurse to become part of the team on our female acute psychiatric ward.

The ideal candidates should be keen to further their experience and learning on a fast-paced ward providing the highest quality care, while working alongside a vast range of multi-disciplinary team such as Ward Consultant, Junior Doctors, Social Workers, Occupational Therapist, Peer Support Workers, Activity Coordinators, Physiotherapy Technicians, Ward Clerks, Matrons, Team Secretaries, Dietician, Nurses, Health Care Assistants and Registered Nursing Associates.

We offer a wide range of therapeutic interventions to the women admitted to our acute ward and pride ourselves on delivering exceptional care during the entirety of their stay.

Do you fancy joining our ever growing MDT?

Main duties of the job

What we are looking for in a Staff Nurse on Allen Ward:

As a part of the MDT you will be expected to demonstrate a professional, approachable and helpful manner towards both the patients on the ward, their families/carers, visitors and the wider MDT throughout the trust. We also ask that you actively support and involve yourself in the high standards of care that is being delivered on Allen ward, and challenge poor practice should you find it.

What we need from you!
  • A qualified RMN with passion and drive for developing your clinical skills in a changeable environment
  • A keen interest in new and upcoming technologies within Nursing and Healthcare
  • Be self-motivated and able to work autonomously as well as showing initiative and promoting new ideas on how to improve the service
  • Be compassionate, caring and creative with excellent communication skills
  • A flexible and positive attitude with a willingness to accommodate our 24/7 service

About us

Here on Allen ward we can offer you;
  • A supportive team and committed colleagues
  • Support for further training and education, potential training to the right candidate could include Phlebotomy training, Psychosocial intervention training and Immediate Life Support training, Family Intervention Training and so much more additional training and learning opportunities is available through our Learning and Development Team which as a Ward Manager we very much support and encourage our colleagues to do as much as additional training as you want from your role.
  • An award winning ward with a forward thinking leadership model

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

Clinical Skills and Knowledge:
  • Develop effective and safe risk management plans alongside the patient, their families and the wider nursing team
  • Actively engage with the patients community team throughout admission to ensure a smooth discharge and transition back into the community from hospital
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of medication, side effects and any contraindications and the recommended dosage.
  • Actively engage patients and their loved ones with PALS service where appropriate
  • Assess's a patients progress on the ward through identification of changes in the patients health and social situation
  • Leading in morning handovers to the wider MDT, and in staff handovers between shifts
  • Liaising with other members of the MDT such a Physical Health Leads, PEACE Team, Pharmacy technicians where required
  • Provide clear, effective, up-to-date and accurate record keeping.

Leadership Skills:
  • Support the Ward Manager to implement the vision for inpatient care
  • Engage in data collection to support the Ward Manager in audit activity
  • Show capacity to contribute towards the overall containment of the ward
  • Contribute effectively towards service evaluation and supports clients engaged in such work
  • Act as a role model in the clinical arena for other staff
  • Provide effective supervision for nurses who have recently become registered with the NMC as well as HCAs

Co-ordinates the team during the shift to provide high quality nursing care by;
  • Taking account of the client need and allocating resources efficiently
  • Assessing the local environmental safety factors and taking immediate action to minimise and report potential hazards
  • Demonstrate effective time management and the ability to prioritise competing demands
  • Is confident and up to date with any recent policy changes, and implementing this on the ward and supporting colleagues where required.

Professional and Education / Training Skills
  • Keep up-to-date with legislation, evidence-based practice and has a clear understanding of good practice
  • Develop effective and supportive mentoring relationships with nursing students on placement on the ward
  • Show evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning through ongoing professional and career development
  • Follow professional guidelines and Codes of Conduct as laid down by the NMC

On Allen Ward we understand that nursing is not just a job, but a calling, a passion and a way of life, and even on the toughest days, its all worth it. We look forward to hearing from you!

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 Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in an acute setting
  • Experience of working in multi disciplinary teams
  • Worked in a mental health setting
Qualification Essential
  • RMN Qualified
Skills Essential
  • Skills in clinical risk assessment and management and Knowledge of MHA
  • Qualification in psychosocial interventions

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