Band 6 Charge Nurse within the Hospital Division Inpatient teams

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity to join the Hospital Division, in-patient team

We are looking to recruit compassionate, qualified, creative and motivated Clinical Lead (Band 6) Charge Nurses to help deliver excellent patient care and actively lead Quality Improvement Projects

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust provides a fantastic place to work for nurses looking for an exciting new experience and a great place to further develop your nursing career, We are able to offer wonderful rental properties in sought after locations in North West London at a very competitive cost through our partnership with One Housing Group.

Our catchment area covers a hugely diverse and multi-cultural population, to whom we offer a range of innovative mental health services, providing staff with the opportunity to learn, work in new ways and meet a different range of challenges.

The Trust believes our employees are the driving force of our services, offering high quality care to our service users while continually looking for ways to further enhance services. With services situated throughout Camden and Islington our multidisciplinary teams assess and treat the most vulnerable members of the communities we serve. Working in the thick of it our employees possess a can do attitude, meeting the challenges of this specialist branch of health care with positivity and professionalism.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the management of ward/unit and will deputise for the Ward/Unit Manager as required. S/he will carry out allocated duties at the direction of the Ward/Unit Manager and provide clinical supervision and support to an identified staff group. S/he will regularly take charge of the ward and manage the team in the absence of the Ward Manager. The post holder will work within a multi-disciplinary team framework in the delivery of care to patients within the intensive care setting.

S/he will act as a primary/associate nurse for a group of patients, assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating care. As a primary/associate nurse the post holder will promote person-centred care and ensure that all care plans reflect this approach.

S/he will also be expected to teach and supervise others including newly qualified and unqualified staff.

Work with us and you will be working for a Trust who values and supports you; and is committed to your continuing professional development. As a member of our team you will receive:
  • A supportive working environment
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development
  • A clear pathway for career progression
  • The opportunity to work flexibly
  • Access to Rental Accommodation at a competitive cost
  • Access to Key worker housing scheme

Applicant must have completed Practice Assessor as well as mandatory trainings.

About us

At Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

We have 3 key priorities which are:
  • Early and Effective Intervention
  • Helping People to Live Well
  • Research and Innovation

The cultural pillars that help us achieve our key priorities are:
  • We value each other
  • We are empowered
  • We keep things simple
  • We are connected

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how C&I Cultural pillars are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

We are proud to be rated as 4th best mental health trust in the country by service users, listed in the HSJ Top 100 NHS Employers again this year and to be nominated for a 2015 Nursing Times Award for improving staff experience.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Managerial
    • Manages the ward on a day-to-day basis at the direction of the Ward/Unit Manager. Supervises other staff on the shift.
    • To work in ways that promote shared responsibility within the Ward/Unit team, demonstrating support, respect and courtesy towards colleagues from other disciplines or settings.
    • Co-operates with the Ward/Unit Manager to ensure that junior staff participate in professional development programmes and are regularly appraised.
    • Deputise in the absence of the Ward/Unit Manager.
  • Ensures the confidentiality of their work as outlined in trust policy, the Data Protection Act and NMC guidelines on professional conduct.
  • Ensures that junior staff understands the Trusts policies regarding Health & Safety at Work.
  • Ensures that staff and patients understand the trusts No Smoking policies and that they are adhered to.
  • Maintains an effective working knowledge of the Mental Health Act l983 and other related legal and statutory frameworks and subsequent revisions.
  • Understands, carries out and educates others in the administrative requirements of the Mental Health Act l983. Participates in the planning, preparation for and evaluation of Mental Health Act Commission (MHAC) visits.
  • Is familiar with the trusts Disciplinary and Appeals Procedure.
  • Ensures that staff understand the Trusts policies and procedures related to fire, CPR, Control and Restraint and anaphylaxis and ensures that supervisees receive annual training.
  • To participate in the duty nurse bleep holding rota.
  • Carries out allocated liaison duties with staff from other acute and sector wards.
  • To act as delegated signatory.
  • When completing staff rotas adopt the most effective use of the Health Roster staff rota system as instructed by the Ward/Unit Manager.
  • To support the Ward/Unit Manager in ensuring that KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) relating to ward efficiencies are maintained and when required initiate actions to address any shortfalls.
  • Practice Development
  • To help to ensure a ward environment in which students gain maximum opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills related to mental health nursing.
  • To maintain links with the relevant faculty of nursing training in order to ensure that systems of student assessment are established.
  • To supervise and teach first and second level nurses, students and unqualified staff and patients and act as a mentor to students placed on the ward.
  • Provide clinical supervision and support for students, Health Care Assistants and Junior qualified staff as required.
  • To provide appraisal to allocated team members at the direction of the Ward/Unit Manager.
  • To assist in the development of nursing practice within the ward/unit environment, carrying out audit or research as appropriate.
  • Personal Responsibilities
  • To work in ways that promote and demonstrate respect for services users, colleagues and carers.
  • To participate in supervision, annual appraisal and Personal Development Planning.
  • To identify own training and educational needs through this process.
  • To ensure an up to date and contemporary knowledge of mental health policy and legislation.
  • To be registered with the relevant professional body e. the Nursing & Midwifery Council or equivalent and ensure that requirements of registration are maintained.
  • To act as a primary and/or associate nurse for an identified group of patients and supervise others in carrying out these roles. Ensure that all patients have an up-to- date and relevant care plan according to local policy.
  • Understand and follow agreed local and national guidance in relation to the Care Programme Approach and ensure that other staff comply with guidance.
  • To Involve and encourage patients to accept an optimum level of responsibility for their individual programmes and, with their consent, seeks the co-operation of relatives and friends where appropriate.
  • Help to maintain standards of care set by the Ward/Unit Manager. Participates in evaluation studies of projects and audits as required. Assists the Ward/Unit Manager in implementing agreed standards.
  • Support the development of good nursing practice with reference to local clinical standards and policies and the NMC Code of Professional Conduct for nurses and acquires and use skills appropriate to the care of patients who require support and special intervention.
  • Participate in the establishment, running and evaluation where required of therapeutic groups for patients and accept supervision for such work on a regular basis.
  • Report all incidents involving patients, staff and visitors, recording them according to trust policy. When necessary to initiate post incident analysis of incidents, providing support and guidance as necessary and assist in investigating serious incidents and post-incident planning.
  • Assist in the investigation of and response to complaints.
  • Maintains effective liaison with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and other agencies involved in the care of patients. Works as a member of multi-disciplinary team, promoting confidence in the competence and skill of the nursing team.
  • Keeps abreast with developments in own speciality of nursing and research in mental health nursing and relate findings to practice.
  • To be fully involved in presentations in ward rounds, handovers and other meetings where patient care is discussed and reviewed. Chairing such meetings when required.
  • To expedite and participate in the assessment, admission, transfer and discharge of patients according to local guidelines and standards.
  • To co-ordinate the dispensing of medication according to trust policy and ensure junior staff adhere to Trust guidelines.

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • RMN or equivalent with post registration experience at staff nurse level in an acute setting.
  • Evidence of relevant ongoing professional development.
Devleoping Staff Essential
  • Evidence of developing a ward team and or supervising junior staff
Communication Essential
  • Evidence of good written communication
  • evidence of report or complaint response writing

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