Clinical Charge Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year Salary
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Charge Nurse, Band 6 Permanent - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week

Opportunity has arisen for substantive posts of a Clinical Charge Nurse (Band 6) in the Acute and crisis directorate.

Avery Ward is an acute inpatient ward providing care for female aged 18-65 who are experiencing mental health crisis.

We are looking for a dynamic, compassionate, and self-reflective individual with good clinical skills. You will support your ward manager in the delivery of high-quality care to patients, in which nursing therapeutic and relational skills support, our patients feel safe, listened to, valued, engaged and empowered. You will act as a role model to colleagues.

Through good communication you will support the Ward Manager to lead the management of clinical and risk issues on the ward, emphasising relational security within the unit, such as providing patient choice, when possible, collaboration and transparency.

Your clinical and managerial leadership will recognise the impacts of adverse and traumatic experiences on patients and staff, and you will be motivated to enable all staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

A shift rota system operates, including weekends and night work. You will receive staff induction, in-house training , frequent supervision and personal development reviews.

Please note that Oxleas operates a probationary period, further information is available on request.

Main duties of the job
Main duties of the job

  • Leading and supporting junior staff to deliver person centred care
  • Administration of medication and knowledge of medication management
  • Supporting the manager with managerial duties, ensure effective governance and high-performance standards are in place and are able to support a deliverable vision for the ward.
  • Provide leadership in quality improvement initiatives.
  • Supporting the unit within the Duty Senior Nurse role
  • Demonstrating professionalism through role modelling and compassionate care.
  • Comprehensive assessments and care planning.
  • Provide collective and compassionate leadership to the team.

  • About us
    Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people. Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
    • We're Kind
    • We're Fair
    • We Listen
    • We Care

    Job description Job responsibilities

    1. Clinical Skills

    Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading and supporting junior staff and wider care team to implement the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.

    2. Leading on and undertaking activities to ensure that the fundamentals of care are met - nutrition, hydration, hygiene, comfort, emotional and social support: Co-ordinating and evaluating collaborative patient centred care; getting feedback and improving plans with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).Providing accurate information about care in an accessible format to patients and their relatives / carers. Liaising and working positively with members of the multi- disciplinary team and partner organisations. Administering, and monitoring the side-effects of, medication; monitoring service user compliance. Safety; safe custody of medicines, sharps, clinical equipment, report all incidents following trust policy.

    3. Leading and supporting/teaching junior staff on risk assessment and risk management that involves making decisions based on knowledge of the research evidence, knowledge of the individual service user and their social context, knowledge of the service users own experience and clinical judgment.

    4. Supporting and supervising junior staff to develop the management of care needs through: Initial data collection Monitoring of individual service user / patient progress Feedback and discussion Producing reports and in-care reviews Devising a plan of care and interventions in partnership with service user, carer and MDT.

    5. Coordinating junior staff and the wider care team in providing hands-on care to service users and evaluating processes of care delivered. This will include: Undertaking 1-1 engagement with service users in an honest, open and non judgmental way.t

    6. Recognising and valuing service users as individuals, acknowledging the importance of maintaining the service users respect and dignity at all times and ensure that the care provided respects equality and diversity.

    7. Developing care plans that reflect service user needs and relevant patient care documentation working in partnership with service users, wider MDT and family/carers. Ensuring the monitoring and recording service user clinical observations are undertaken, such as physical observations and vital signs and treating or escalating as appropriate any signs or symptoms of deterioration or that does not fulfil the personal parameters to the relevant professional for treatment.

    8. Promote healthy lifestyles and give health promotion advice and support. Implementing the principles of recovery: encouraging and supporting service users to engage with healthy lifestyles, facilitating psychosocial activities and other activities of their interest. Where appropriate contributing to psychological interventions.

    9. Escorting service users, as required, in line with Trust policies.

    10 . Advocating for service users needs and rights within Trust policy. Encouraging and empowering service users to have an optimum level of responsibility for their individual programme of care.
    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Registered Mental Health Nurse
    • Good English verbal and written
    Skills Essential
    • Leadership and management
    • Supervision of junior staff
    Experience Essential
    • Finished Preceptorship
    • Qualified more than a year

    Person Specification Essential and Desirable Essential
    • Minimum of 1 year Experience
    • Additional Qualification

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