Staff Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Registered Mental Health Nurse to join our enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team which consists of neuro-psychiatry, neuro-psychology, nursing, OT, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and social work .

You will be working as a named nurse within the team on a twelve bedded inpatient unit which provides a service to a wide population with a variety of needs including cognitive, emotional and behavioural support.

You will receive regular supervision and have the opportunity to develop your knowledge base around the speciality of brain injury whilst maintaining your professional competencies around the knowledge and skills framework.

If you enjoy a challenge and can work with a team that strives to achieve common goals, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Short listing planned for 3rd April 2023

Interviews planned for 11th April 2023

Main duties of the job

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust as a leading provider of community services, mentalhealth care, physical health, addiction services and learning disability care.Service users receive a high quality service and one which is free from stigma, discriminationand harm.Staff are engaged with the delivery, innovation and continuous improvement of services to benefit service users.Visible and responsive leadership, setting the standard for others and role-modelled throughout the division for all managersThe Trust values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness, Enthusiasm and Support will be embedded across the division for all staff and evident to service users.To provide high quality, evidence-based care within the Local Services Division for service users and their carers within inpatient and community services.To carry out your duties as a practitioner under the supervision of a mentor.To function as an associate nurse/named nurse/care coordinator/ to service users assisting in assessment, planning and evaluation and review of care, within a recovery focused modelof care.To take part in a 24-hour system of rostering including internal rotation.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To co-ordinate the assessment of service users and take responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating of care under the guidelines of the care programme approach. To supervise junior members of staff that are assisting with this.

  • To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that junior staff are delivering care as laid down in the care plan.

  • To liase appropriately with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.

  • To develop a risk management plan for service users under your care, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all members are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately.

  • To direct junior staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.

  • To participate or take the lead, as directed, in setting standards for care based on evidence based practice.

  • To co-ordinate the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users that you have responsibility for.

  • To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training and experience to impart sensitive information e.g. diagnosis or symptoms to service users and their families.

  • To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress, brain injury/psychiatric symptoms or where English is not the first language.

  • To use skills gained through training and experience to give and receive information to other individuals with regards to a service users care in reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust.

  • To have an in-depth knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983, responsibilities of the nurse and the rights of service users. Ensure that service users rights under the Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented.

  • To provide and co-ordinate the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users and monitor their effectiveness.

  • To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is documented accurately and legibly into the health record. Supervise and monitor the entries made by junior staff.

  • To actively participate in ward meetings in order to positively influence team working and the development of evidence based practice.

  • To provide nursing reports both in written and verbal formats as requested.

  • To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that the Nursing/Midwifery Councils regulations are followed.

  • To act as a mentor to junior staff and nursing students.

  • To lead and devise teaching sessions in order to pass on knowledge and skills.

  • To assist the senior ward staff in the implementation of change or new systems within the area.

  • To use highly developed skills to assess and monitor the physical/mental health of service users, seeking an opinion from other professionals where appropriate.

  • To use highly developed skills to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive.

  • To direct the team in order to ensure that medical or psychiatric emergencies are acted on promptly and appropriately.

  • To ensure that junior staff members get appropriate support following untoward incidents.

  • To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per trust policy and that any follow-up action is taken.

  • To lead service user reviews ensuring that service users needs are met and that the team has all the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.

  • To participate in the induction of new staff.

  • Person Specification Qualificatoins Essential
    • Registered Mental Health Nurse
    • Post registration experience
    • Evidence of training/experience in brain injury
    Expereince Essential
    • Experience of working with a range of people with brain injury and/or mental health problems
    • Experience of working as a named nurse
    • Evidence in taking a lead in development of initiatives in the ward setting Experience in working with service users with physical problems Experience in working with electronic records systems
    Knowledge&skills Essential
    • Able to communicate effectively. Possess good listening and negotiation skills Ability to work as a member of a team demonstrating leadership qualities. Be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base and relate personal experience of the use of: Care Programme Approach. Care Planning and evaluation. Quality and clinical audit. Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity act Health & Safety/Risk Management and safeguarding. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base. Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision.
    • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit. Evidence of extra training, knowledge or interest in an area that will bring extra skills to service

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