Registered Mental Health Nurse - Inpatients

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Whether you're a newly qualified nurse or an experienced RMN, we want to hear from you! Rydon Ward in Taunton is an excellent place to start or continue your inpatient nursing career.

We are able to offer you a supportive and welcoming environment with access to supervision, appraisals, psychology services such as weekly reflective practice groups, and regular opportunities for both formal and informal training. There is a strong focus on staff wellbeing on the ward so you can be confident that you will have the support you need to continue to provide good clinical care.

There is clear clinical leadership within the wards with access to Band 6 Clinical Leads offering a supportive working environment, as well as a structure that provides future opportunities

Main duties of the job

Rydon ward 1 and 2 each have 15 beds that provide assessment and treatment primarily for adults of working age who are experiencing an acute mental health problem. We have a team of specialist mental health doctors, nurses and therapists who work closely with our home treatment team.

You will be a key member of the in-patient multi-disciplinary team, working within a recovery focused service. There is a need to demonstrate a commitment to team work.

Personal and professional development is a requirement of the post and will be supported through both internal and external training opportunities.

You may be required to work in other areas of the Trust to meet service needs.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To lead the clinical management of designated service users in assessing, implementing and planning nursing care
  • To ensure that junior staff and students are actively engaged in patient activity
  • to observe, report and record changed in the patients physical, mental health and behaviour
  • To work with the MDT in planning and delivering care
  • To maintain working knowledge of legislation and guidance pertaining to mental health and learning disabilities
  • To identify, provide and supervise the necessary care to patients to help them complete daily living activities. Personal care and daily living activities include personal hygiene, elimination, diet and fluid intake, clothing and laundering, manual handling, person environment and maintaining rest and activity.
  • To identify and provide and supervise therapeutic activities, emotional support and stability to patients to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.
  • To create and maintain professional supportive relationship with all members of staff, with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery
  • To undertake required physical observations including blood pressure, temperature, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height and report exceptions appropriately.
  • To ensure all clinical and risk assessments are completed and reviewed in line with Trust policies on data collection.
  • To be responsible for the administration of prescribed medication in line with Trust policy and drug administration standards
  • To work within and manage the legal and professional frameworks relating to consent, capacity deprivation of liberty and the Mental Health Act
  • To understand the range of interventions available, the evidence-base and potential outcomes for service users
  • To communicate effectively with patients, relatives, carers and other members of the inpatient and community teams
  • To establish, maintain and end purposeful therapeutic relationships with patients
  • To adhere to all practice standards implemented by the Trust
  • To act as keyworker to admit clients as designated

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant degree or equivalent qualification
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Appropriately registered with the NMC as per post requirements
  • Teaching/Assessor qualification
Knowledge Essential
  • Required to develop knowledge base in line with the KSF requirements for the post
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and to have undertaken post registration training
Experience Desirable
  • Experience of working in multi-agency services
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relative remaining sensitive and empathetic
  • Listens to others' views respecting and valuing individual patient needs
  • Professional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members
  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • Able to take instruction and direction and work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to record and retrieve information on charts/paper and electronic patient records
  • High standards of written communication skills with the ability to use email and internet
  • Ability to undertake PMVA training to required level for role
Communication skills Essential
  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills
Planning & Organisation Skills Essential
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan times activities for staff and patients
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Compassionate - Open minded, treats colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect
  • Intuitive and caring nature
  • To be able to demonstrate an awareness and responsibility whilst recognising the impact frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassion
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients
  • Sympathetic and considerate towards patients, carers and relatives
  • Ability to inspire hope, support recovery and make a difference
  • Act in a way that supports equality and diversity.
Other Essential
  • Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients
  • Must be a car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service

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