Staff Nurse

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Acute Inpatient Service specialises in providing assessment and treatment for adults experiencing acute episodes of mental ill health. We support adults who present with a variety of experiences, needs and diagnoses, working dynamically to collaboratively support their holistic wellbeing beyond 'just' a diagnosis. The Acute Inpatient Service is a progressive advocate of reducing stigma regarding mental ill health and actively works alongside partner agencies and carers to achieve individualised recovery goals.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for the assessment, Planning implementation and evaluation of care needs, for patients who will be receiving care in an inpatient setting. They will be required to Keep all the electronic care systems up to date and relevant to the patients identified needs.

They will operate in a collaborative and inclusive way, when working with the patient group, to support the process recovery.

The post holder is expected to carry out all relevant forms of care without direct supervision and may be required to demonstrate procedures to and supervise qualified and unqualified staff.

The post holder is expected to regularly act as the shift coordinator or may be the nurse in charge of the ward in the absence of the Ward Manager or their deputy.

They will act as a mentor to student nurses, will be a preceptor to newly qualified staff and may sometimes be responsible for implementing the Appraisal process and will line supervise unqualified staff.

They will be competent and the administration of medication and understand and comply with their expected role around issue related to the Mental Health Act

They will be expected to engage in incident management and enacting risk management plans.

They will work collaboratively within the MDT to contribute towards care planning.

About us

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) is the main provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York and some highly specialised services across the country. As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

There are many benefits of working for LYPFT including fantastic employee wellbeing support, 27 - 33 days annual leave, flexible working and remote working arrangements, the NHS Pension Scheme (LYPFT pays 20.6% into your scheme each year), coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more organisations such as Blue Light Card, Health Service Discounts and NHS Discount Offers.

We also have an incredible bank department, offering variety of roles in nursing, allied health professions, healthcare support worker and administration clerical. Permanent employees are automatically added to bank. Bank-only workers can choose the hours they want to work and will have the opportunity to gain additional experience, keep skills up to date, develop new ones and earn extra money without having to commit to a permanent role. For an informal discussion or more information please contact the team

Job description
Job responsibilities

The Acute Inpatient Service can be a challenging environment due to the fast pace and variation in the presentations of the individuals whom we support. However, such factors contribute towards the dynamism, enthusiasm and up skilling of highly supportive teams. The Acute Inpatient Service collaboratively and compassionately supports individuals in their experience of crisis. LYPFT are invested in reducing the use of restrictive interventions, especially within inpatient services. We provide care for individuals who receive treatment under the Mental Health Act and those who are admitted informally. Teams have enthusiastically worked to embed the Safewards model into every day culture and practice and are actively working on the implementation of further initiatives to improve the experience of services users.

We are looking for dedicated Staff Nurses to join us and be part of our forward thinking, progressive team that invests in staff through continuous development and career progression. All team members will be supported through structured supervision and the appraisal process.

You might be a newly qualified RMN/RNLD nurse, a RMN looking to return to work or an experienced nurse looking for a new challenge. In addition, we are always happy to talk to you about your flexible working needs.

LYPFT are invested in the development of its staff. The Trust offer a variety of training and development opportunities in relation to clinical leadership, physical health care, progression through banding and more nuanced opportunities that arise within the service.

In LYPFT, we pride ourselves on upholding our Trust Values, not only for those receiving care under our services, but for the staff who we support. We keep it simple, we have integrity, we care.
  • RMN/ Degree /Diploma
  • Up to date knowledge of mental health act, code of practice and other relevant legislative and policy requirements and guidelines.
  • Understands and values the importance of clinical and professional supervision.
  • Maintain up-to-date requirements of professional, legal and technical standards of practice (and in accordance with professional codes of conduct).
  • To demonstrate a clear understanding of CPA and promote best practice within your own team.
  • Skilled in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care and treatment for patients, founded upon a demonstrable ability to engage with people with acute mental health problems.
  • Clear theoretical understanding of clinical risk assessment of people with acute mental health problems, combined with an appropriate level of skill in risk assessment.
  • Able to work consistently when under pressure, with good prioritisation and time management skills, developing in time the skills to co-ordinate and mange a team for a shift.
  • High level of skill in de-escalation of distress, and anger management (No force first).
  • Ability to apply, as a last resort, approved PMVA techniques, and to judge when these should be applied, seeking appropriate advice where necessary, and the ability to reflect on such situation post the event, both individually and as part of the team
  • Will know, maintain and constantly strive to improve, all standards of care within the Ward and the Unit, and to hold and assert that expectation over the practice of other staff.
  • Skilled in building collaborative relationships with service users to promote reflection, autonomy and engagement in the therapeutic process.
  • Organise and facilitate therapeutic and recreational activity and or groups. In time develop the skills to plan, lead and facilitate groups.
  • To understand and apply an awareness of the dangers of overly defensive practice and the concept of therapeutic risk.
  • Good understanding of the use of formal and informal group approaches as a therapeutic medium.

Person Specification
  • Dip HE/BSc/MSc RMN/ RLDN Qualification

  • Post Registration experience working in mental health services

  • Demonstrates good knowledge of mental health conditions, treatment and interventions. Understanding of the CPA

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