Staff Nurse

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,580 a year inc 5% high cost area supplement
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a staff nurse to join a 20 bedded acute inpatient assessment unit for older adult service. New Spenser ward is a busy unit, the friendly and enthusiastic team aim to provide a holistic assessment and treatment for older adults, suffering from functional illness. New Spenser ward is based in Chertsey (St Peters Hospital Campus).

The position of the staff nurse is to ensure that service users needs are met and to assist team in maintaining high standards of care delivery. We are looking for candidates with good communication skills, a flexible approach and enthusiasm to work within the team. Candidate will assist team to develop and achieve ward and organisational objectives. Candidate will participate in staff meetings and training and development activities as necessary to ensure their skills and knowledge are up to date.

You will be playing a pivotal role in providing excellent support and care for people who uses our service.

To provide the highest standard of personal care and assistance to the people who use our service, always promoting their dignity, individuality and maintain a safe and secure environment for their wellbeing.

If you care for others without a second thought and are looking for a rewarding career where you can make a difference and change lives for the better, there is no better place than New Spenser Ward.

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible & Accountable for the work of junior staff, making judgements regarding client care. In accordance with all relevant Trust/local policies. The ability to be an effective problem solver.
  • Accountable and responsible for their own practice and that of the practice of all junior staff within the shift. Responsible for future planning of the shift and that of three days ahead as per local policy. To work within legislation of the health and safety act 1974 as set in local & trust policies.
  • Responsible and accountable for the safety of all within the unit. Effective team working, effective delegation of staff, objectives. Effective time management of self and others
  • Effective communication good verbal skills legible written skills as per NMC Record keeping Guidelines, Sensitive and empathetic approach specific people skills. Ability to problem solve and effective management of conflict.
  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge in the care of older adult with mental health needs.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively at all levels. Promote a therapeutic environment and relationship.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and/or experience of working with older adults. Have a positive attitude towards older adults and recognition of the issues related to gender and age.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

1. Main Purpose of Job: To undertake the role of named nurse for specific older adults, therefore being responsible & accountable for the assessment of clients and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care that addresses gender, age and individualised needs of the client. All clients will be provided with a person centred care package, which promotes holistic multi disciplinary team working within the CPA process. Decisions will be undertaken with the full collaboration of the client, carer and/or family, providing them choice and participation in their overall care plan.

2. Qualifications: RMN. Evidence of relevant post basic training.

3. Experience: six months experience of working in an acute/older adult service. Training in specific clinical skills will be provided. Positive attitude towards the care of older adult mental health issues.

4. To be responsible & accountable for the assessment of clients and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team.

5. To demonstrate clinical expertise and act as a positive role model. To act as an information resource to other members of the multi-disciplinary team. To liaise with all agencies involved in the care of clients within the unit.

6. Provide and promote the provision of a safe and effective service to clients, visitors & Staff.

7. Flexibility in providing a service over 24 hours. This will include a set three shift pattern and flexible working hours the trust has improving working lives policy.

8. Responsible & Accountable for the dispensing, administrating, storage and recording of all medicines in accordance with NMC guidelines and trust/local policies.

9. Assist the charge nurse/modern matron/unit manager as part of a key worker team to assess, plan, implement and evaluate/review care programmes/treatment packages. To ensure high quality, individualised and consistent care is delivered. As per Care programme Approach Trust/local policies.

10. Responsible & accountable for person centred care which may include moving and handling of clients, adhering to trust/local moving and handling policies.

11. Responsible & accountable for promoting a normal daily routine, maximum independence, dignity, respect and personhood, in accordance to essence of care standards as set within the unit.

12. Responsible & accountable for the provision of meals and drinks and to ensure the patients dietary needs are met and recorded appropriately as and when required as per individual care plans adhering to trust/local policies, in accordance to essences of care standards as set within the unit.

13. Responsible & accountable for the recording and reporting of relevant patient information to the nursing team, to ensure effective treatment planning. To provide written records of your interventions each shift within the individual nursing notes. To provide verbal reports at handovers adhering to Trust/local policies, supporting consistency of care in accordance to Essence of Care standards as set within the unit. In partnership with NMC record keeping guidelines.

14. Provide support to newly appointed staff and bank staff by supervising the induction procedure local to unit, to ensure smooth running of the ward, supporting the consistency of individual care.

15. Ability to communicate effectively using tact, empathy, negotiation, reassurance to clients, staff, carers & visitors. (The skills listed are not exhaustive).

16. Responsible & Accountable for prioritising own allocated work, and the work of junior staff, making judgements regarding client care. In accordance with all relevant Trust/local policies.

17. Contribute to the planning and monitoring of service delivery at regular held staff meetings to maintain high quality care and determine areas for potential improvement of the service, to contribute to delivering a balanced budget at the end of the financial year.

18. To participate in a clinical supervision system yearly/six monthly individual personal development plans, engage in management/clinical supervision of junior staff.

19. Responsible for future development in knowledge and skills relevant to the post.

20. To undertake specific learning objectives pertinent to the field i.e. as agreed at Personal Development Plan meetings.

21. To develop own future learning in supporting junior staff/student nurses by long term commitment, - mentorship course. Training in specific clinical skills will be provided.


Job Title: Staff Nurse


Through supervised practice consolidate theoretical knowledge into sound clinical practice.

To ensure the promotion of safety, privacy and dignity.

Provide and develop an appropriate plan of care for patients that will ensure that the needs of older people are met with regard to their age, spiritual, cultural, ethnicity and gender.

To ensure the well being and interests of clients, staff and visitors to the department.

To report and act upon directives received from senior management.

To adhere to the Trust's policies and procedures, ensuing that they are followed by staff at all times.

To assist in the planning and co-ordination of the work of other members of the team.

To follow the Code of Professional Conduct as laid down by the NMC and to ensure that all staff within their sphere of responsibility also follows the code as laid down.

To liaise with all agencies who are involved in the care of older adults and the promotion of mental health.

To apply current and valuated research findings into clinical practice where appropriate.

To maintain accurate and up to date records.

To assist in the development and maintenance of a learning environment which is conducive to the acquisition of further knowledge and skills for all staff.

To accept personal responsibility for identifying own learning needs and professional development.

This job description provides a brief overview of the Staff Nurse role. It is subject to regular review and development in consultation with the post holder.


a) All staff will have a sound awareness of Safeguarding issues and be clear about their respective roles and responsibilities to report, respond to and share information in relation to Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding Children, Domestic Abuse and Public Protection.

b) All staff will have a knowledge of and adhere to the Data Protection Act and will not disclosure to any person or organisation, any confidential information that comes into their possession in the course of their employment.

c) To fully participate in the Trusts performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.

d) Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with line manager as part of the personal development planning process.

e) To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.

d) To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the teams in which he/she works.

e) To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager which are commensurate with the role, including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover.

f) To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

g) To contribute to the prevention and control of health care associated infection by adhering to Trust policies and guidelines.

h) Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Trust is committed to valuing and promoting diversity in employment, service delivery practices and its general environment. An expectation of all leadership posts within the Trust is that each individual will take responsibility for promoting open, inclusive and accessible service provision, staff development and a culture that values and respects difference.

Employees must:

Cooperate with the Trust and its officers in implementing the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Take reasonable care of their own health, safety & welfare.

Refrain from doing anything which may constitute an unacceptable health & safety risk to themselves or others.

Report any defective equipment, unsafe situations or practices immediately to the responsible manager.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualifications: RMN. Evidence of relevant post basic training.
  • Experience: six months experience of working in an acute/older adult service. Training in specific clinical skills will be provided. Positive attitude towards the care of older adult mental health issues.

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
New Spenser Ward

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