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Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is looking for a keen and enthusiastic Band 5 RMN to work on our Older Adults Mental Health In-patient Services based at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield.

Barnet Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust, providing both mental health and community services, is an organisation that is going places!

Our values and quality improvement are at the heart of everything we do, please consider joining our service.

Main duties of the job

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate client care supported through arobust preceptorship or personal and professional development programme linked to the Trust's implementation of the Knowledge and Skills.To co-ordinate the individual's assessment and subsequent care plan asagreed with the multi-disciplinary team.The post holder will adhere to Trust policies, Data Protection and Health and Safety

About us

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) provides healthcare services locally, regionally and nationally. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community. As a multiple award winning Trust we provide mental health services for young people, adults and older people, and have a full range of child and adult community health services in Enfield. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services, and mental health liaison services at Barnet Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital. For more information, please access the following link:

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To participate as an effective member of the MDT and be responsible for the development and facilitation of a patient centred approach to care: assessing, developing, implementing and evaluating the care needs of patients and their carers (supported by a preceptor as appropriate)
  • To ensure that statutory and legal requirements of care are incorporated safely within each patients programme of care.
  • To observe the requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 ensuring the patient is fully informed of their legal position and their rights under the Act.
  • To interpret the significance of clinical observations, act upon them, make available information to senior nurses and medical staff.
  • To determine nursing priorities and plan patient care accordingly including full risk assessment, inform the Nurse in Charge when changes in circumstances may affect standards of care.
  • To meet the physical, psychological, social and cultural needs of the individual and their family, using research based knowledge and skills to maintain the individuals identity.
  • To recognise the needs of the family/carers, ensuring their involvement in care where appropriate whilst offering support and education with empathy.
  • To ensure that due regard is given to the customs, values and spiritual beliefs of patients.
  • To ensure that measurable high standards of nursing care are maintained and participate in the setting and review of standards.
  • To liaise with other professionals/specialist nurses and special units to ensure that all facets of the patients care are covered.
  • Assist in the education of patients to having a greater understanding of their mental health condition working towards developing their strengths and coping strategies.
  • To administer medication in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct, and locally agreed policies. Have a working knowledge of medication used in the treatment of mental health and be able to provide basic information regarding medication as requested by patients. Use all available resources to assist in this.
  • To represent the patients views in ward rounds, handover, tribunals etc under supervision.
  • To supervise junior staff and students on placement.

  • To be aware of and practice professional accountability with due regard to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  • To adhere to all Trust policies, procedural guidelines and current legislation.
  • To ensure that the nursing activities within the Ward/Unit reach the required professional standard and encourage staff to do likewise.
  • To ensure that documentation of treatment of individuals is maintained to NMC standards.
  • To carry out risk assessments with the support of a preceptor/mentor/ ward manager.
  • To maintain that the rights and standards set out in the Patients Charter document are met by implementing and monitoring standards taking appropriate action to review any aspects of the service that do not meet safe/satisfactory levels of care and put in place mechanisms for improvement.
  • To maintain an up to date knowledge of the speciality, nursing developments and an awareness of future implications for the Directorate eg PREP, Clinical Supervision, Partnership in Care, etc.
  • To maintain and update registration with the NMC.
  • To discuss and present performance and future needs with the Ward Manager using individual performance review in accordance with the Trust Policy and maintaining own personal records of professional development.
  • To attend meetings as directed and participate and feedback information as appropriate.
  • To ensure that you receive Clinical Supervision on a regular basis from an identified senior member of the nursing team.
  • To maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
  • To work as the named nurse/key worker for a specified group of patients.

  • To be aware of the individual needs of other team members, giving support and guidance as necessary.
  • To participate in orientation and induction of new staff and students on placement.
  • To take charge of the ward on an ad hoc basis.
  • To participate in appraisal and training of untrained staff under the supervision of the Clinical Team Leader and the support of the Nursing Team.
  • To assist in completing Quality Audit documentation and all other audits relevant to the Ward/Unit as required.
  • To ensure the regular checking and maintenance of equipment (eg resuscitation apparatus) and the safe use of equipment.
  • To maintain a safe environment within the Ward/Unit/Directorate.
  • To liaise with relevant departments to ensure that supplies are available and delivered.
  • To liaise with relatives, community mental health team staff, GPs, other hospitals and local agencies to facilitate the smooth progression of care and aftercare of patients
  • To monitor and report serious untoward incidents/near misses so that appropriate remedial action can be taken.

  • To be conversant with the current curriculum for student nurses.
  • To ensure a conducive learning environment for all nursing staff on the Ward and review this through audit in consultation with the Ward managers and the nursing departments.
  • To provide adequate supervision of unqualified staff and students on placement.
  • To promote the importance of Health Education to staff, patients and their carers. To ensure a good display of materials to increase public awareness of these issues.
  • To undertake and develop the appropriate skills of practice to widen professional scope, ensuring a period of training and in line with approved policies and procedures.
  • To attend staff development sessions/days and Team Away Days as required by the Ward and Sector Managers.
  • To attend mandatory training relevant to role.
  • To receive regular supervision of own practice and an annual appraisal.
  • To undertake any other duties as identified by line manager.
  • This job description is subject to regular review following consultation between managers and employees

Person Specification QUALIFICATION Essential
  • RMN or Enrolled Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Working knowledge of MHA 1983.
  • Knowledge of implementing clinical Policies and Procedures
  • Knowledge of a full range of therapeutic skills and approaches
  • Clear understanding of the CPA process
  • Knowledge of the principles of diversity to be applied to clinical and workplace practice in relationships with service users, their relatives and carers and colleagues
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the personal and clinical needs of individual service users, their relatives and carers
  • Ability to negotiate and influence
  • Ability to effectively run the ward as and when necessary.
  • Able to participate in effective teamwork.
  • To make balanced judgements and decisions
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels.
  • Ability to work under pressure yet remain calm.
  • Able to develop effective relationships with external agencies
  • Ability to act as an advocate as and when necessary
  • To have a flexible and creative approach to problem solving

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