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RMN - Charge Nurse Abbey Ward

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
St Leonards on Sea
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a.
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 nurse to work in Woodlands Acute unit Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Hastings.

The successful candidate will be working on Abbey Ward which specializes in women's care and is a relatively small acute ward. Abbey ward's team is supported by Castle Ward team that work next door in a 9 bed acute male unit.

Both wards have undergone recent structural changes in order to provide a safe environment for both patients and staff. Current feedback from patients tells us that the provision is a great improvement and allows staff to be out in the ward environment with the patients and have the time to nurse, which has a major positive impact on patient recovery time.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

Main duties of the job

Band 6's at Woodlands also incorporate the role of the unit co-ordinator and the 136 nurse for our Place of Safety on a rotation basis in addition to working on the wards. The role will be supporting junior staff with supervision, working closely with the multi-disciplinary team and role modelling. The role also is supporting the management team by undertaking governance checks on the wards such as clinical audits and taking the lead in clinical areas. We pride ourselves with the high standard of care delivered to people that have been detained by the police and brought to us for a safe assessment of their mental health needs, so there would be training and on-going support from the ward mangers across the unit in order to maintain this high standard and make you feel supported in delivering this role.

Our patients are keen for new nurses joining the team to demonstrate empathy, time to talk and listen.

About us

We are very proud of our standards and are looking for someone who is ready to learn andkeen to develop. Also an important attribute is the ability to adapt to evolving change in order to facilitate excellent clinical care.

In November 2018, Woodlands was recognized at the Trust's Positive Practice awards with a Gold medal in the Team Award (clinical) category, an outstanding achievement for the team.

In 2021, Woodlands was part of the Hastings services that received the Highly Commended Covid Response Team of the year.

This post offers The Trust's Golden Hello for band 5 or 6 Nurses, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further details on job description and main duties please refer to the Job description document.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification
  • Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role.
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualifying experience relevant to the care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with severe mental health problems particularly in their acute phase of illness
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance
Skills Essential
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and unambiguous way
  • Ability to develop effective professional relationships with others
  • Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships
  • Promote people's equality, diversity and human rights
  • Skills of assessing and interpreting mental health service user conditions, communicating that with others and taking appropriate action.
  • Organising and co-ordinating the activities of others within the ward environment
  • Computer literate. Sound working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and PowerPoint
  • Ability to carry out PMVA techniques
  • Ability to administer IM medication as required.
  • Ability to use manual handling techniques.
Abilities Essential
  • Frequent and intense concentration in service user assessment and observation; in the observation of the activities within the ward environment; and in the co-ordination of staff and competing priorities within the ward environment
  • Ability to manage exposure to disturbed service users who may be acutely psychotic and exhibiting extremes of behaviour
  • Ability to manage exposure to verbal and physical abuse on occasions
  • The ability to manage distressed relatives
Approach/Values Essential
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
  • Team working

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