Staff Nurse

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Orchards ward is a newly refurbished ward which is 16 bedded and has a well established kind and caring team.

Your role will be:

To work within the inpatient setting as a valued member of the wards multi-disciplinary teamproviding and contributing to high quality nursing care for service users with severe mental healthproblems.To work as a named nurse being responsible for the risk assessment, planning, implementation andevaluation of emotional and physical care needs for service users, and be fully aware of the needs ofservice users over a 24 hour period.Monitor, report and maintain a healthy, safe and secure workplace by knowing and taking accountof: Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrencesregulations (1985), Control of substance Hazardous to Health (1985), European H&S Regulations(1992)-Numbers 1-6, Food Act (1996), Adhere to Trust policies and local service protocols.

Main duties of the job

This is an opportunity to join a forward thinking and progressive team that invests in staff development and career progression. We offer a supportive staff environment providing management/clinical supervision, appraisals and training opportunities.

On Orchards we have a fantastic, friendly team who adopt innovative approaches to caring for diverse patients and their families. We see our work in this area as a privilege. The people we have the honour to come into contact every day have incredible stories to tell about rich and fascinating life experiences. We are giving them confidence and belief that life continues to be worth living. You will get as much as you give.

The Orchards is a16bedded acute admission ward for older people, providing person centered care via our dedicated multi-disciplinary team. We are fully rotational covering mornings, evenings, night, weekends and bank holidays. Our flexible rota system allows good work-life balance while our teams attend work with utmost passion and compassion providing evidence based interventions through solution focused approaches and delivering excellent patient care.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder: Will work within their professional code of conduct. Work as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team driving the implementation of the nursing careas per the service users care plans, meeting the physical & emotional needs of the serviceusers in a caring and empathic manner. Take a leading role in monitoring & maintaining physical wellbeing. Work flexibly regarding shift and ward changes according to the needs of the service. Affectively record and communicate information relating to service users. Affectively lead and manage a shift delegating duties and supporting the MDT along withunqualified staff, HCAs and students. Will be aware of the trust values & behaviours and use them to provide a framework foryour daily working. Undertake any reasonable request within own competencies and understanding.RESPONSIBILITIES:The post holder will: Act as a named nurse, assess, plan, implement and evaluate care planning & risk assessmentwith service user on admission and at appropriate intervals. Ensure all interventions are documented clearly and comprehensively. Communicate with other members of the multi disciplinary team to effectively utiliseresources to help meet identified service users needs. Ensure the correct administering & documentation of medicines in accordance with TrustPolicy, legal requirements and NMC standards for medicines management. Collaborate with other members of the Multi-Disciplinary team in ensuring a safeenvironment is maintained for Service Users and staff. Contribute to the prevention & management of abusive, aggressive and challengingbehaviour in line with least Restrictive practice. Participate in supervision, annual appraisal and competency assessments in order to reflecton and develop own practice. Maintain PIN via the revalidation process. Ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 are known, understood andadhered to, including section 17 leave. Promote & ensure the good reputation of the trust. To act as a positive role model,maintaining professionalism & to demonstrate a positive attitude to service users, theirfamilies, visitor and others. Report and document any incident and escalate in line with trust policy and activelyparticipate in reviewing and learning from workplace related incidents. Be aware of and work within Safeguarding Adults and Children policies, be able to recognisethe signs of abuse and report and document concerns to ward manager and MDT. Contribute to the management of the ward by working collaboratively with colleagues anddeveloping and maintaining professional working relationships. Competently and confidently present & discuss information regarding service users careand treatment at ward round. Competently and confidently write and present information regarding service users care andtreatment at CPA, mental health act tribunals & hospital managers hearings. Ensure that the service users rights and dignity are maintained at all times. Understand how to escalate concerns regards care and treatment and how thewhistleblowing policy complements this. Escorting service users to various destinations as required. Willing and helpful to support and provide cover to other wards at short notice underdirection of senior staff. Ensure high levels of hygiene and infection control systems are maintained. Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health & safety. Maintain service user, staff and organisation confidentiality at all times. Take responsibility for attending all statutory and mandatory training as stipulated. Giving physical health care and physical health checks as required or instructed,documenting the physical health checks on the modified early warning scoring system(MEWS) chart and reporting changes to the nurse in charge of the shift. Effective coordination skills to ensure that all agencies are working effectively together tohelp people who are at the end stages of their lives and their family. To identify unmet needs for people who are at the end stages of their lives and to promptlyand effectively address these. All staff have a duty to identify, report and record all incidents of potential or actual abuse.This statement applies whether the victim is an adult or child. All queries will be addressedby the Trust Safeguarding Team.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • RMN Completion of Preceporship Programme
  • Experience of mental health
  • Evidence of recent practice
  • Practice Development
  • Older Adult knowldge and skill
Knowledge Essential
  • Mental Health Legislation
  • Safeguarding and ability to apply principles
  • Clinical Effectiveness and patient experience
  • Person centred care planning
  • Good IT skills
  • Medication Competency
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in reports
  • Knowledge of NMC Guideance and revalidation
  • Experience of coordinating a shift
  • Experience of supervsion lower grade staff
  • Clinical reflection evidence

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