Registered Mental Health Nurse - Inpatients

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

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Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Mental Health Nurse RMN looking for a change? OR perhaps you're a General Nurse RGN or Learning Disabilities Nurse looking to work within mental health services?

If you're passionate about Older Persons Mental Health and delivering high quality care then we want to hear from you.

The post holder is a key member of the in-patient multi-disciplinary team, providing assessment and treatment to older people with mental health problems working within a recovery focused service. There is a need to demonstrate a commitment to teamwork.

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

The post holder will be required to work rotational shifts and be required to work a proportion of shifts which include evenings and weekends and may be required to work in other areas of the Trust to meet service needs.

We are currently taking part in the Royal College of Psychiatry Improvement Programme working towards accreditation, being part of this process will create an excellent opportunity to help you enhance your skills.

You will be supported in your own professional development with opportunities to undertake a range of CPD and funded University BSc/MSc courses. You will have the opportunity to participate in research and Quality Improvement projects.

Please note - Applications will be assessed as received and prior to any closing date.

Main duties of the job

Pyrland operates as 2 separate wards; both wards have 14 beds providing assessment and treatment for people over the age of 65 across Somerset.

Pyrland Ward 1 specialises in the treatment of older adults with a range of functional mental health needs. Pyrland ward 2 provides specialist assessment and care for people with organic mental illness (i.e dementia).

Part of the role includes leading a team during the shift alongside a fellow RMN, providing evidenced-based care to our clients and working collaboratively with our community team colleagues to ensure that the admission and discharge process is effective.

As an RGN or LD Nurse you will be fully supported by an experienced RMN on shift at all times as you gain valuable experience of working in Mental Health Services.

You'll be joining a supportive and friendly team that will make your transition into the ward an enjoyable experience.

About us

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust endeavours to provide development opportunities for those looking to develop a career in the NHS, in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

Through our training programmes, individuals can earn a salary, develop their skills, and achieve a nationally recognised qualification, all whilst contributing towards delivering excellent patient care.

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

As an organisationthe NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS Discounts.

Somersetis a rural community served by several Community Hospital sites in addition to Musgrove Park Hospital which is only a short walk from the centre of Taunton. Local to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, less than 1hr from celebrated secluded beaches of Devon and Dorset. With award-winning schools & rolling countryside it's no surprise that Somerset is the choice for those in search of the perfect work-life balance.

Job description Job responsibilities

Leading the clinical management of designated service users in assessing, implementing and planning nursing care ensuring that junior staff and students are actively engaged in patient activity.

To observe, report and record changes in the patients physical, mental health and behaviour and to work with the MDT in planning and delivering care.

Maintaining working knowledge of legislation and guidance pertaining to mental health and learning disabilities and beresponsible for the administration of prescribed medication in line with Trust policy and drug administration standards.

Working within and manage the legal and professional frameworks relating to consent, capacity, deprivation of liberty and the Mental Health Act, understanding the range of interventions available, the evidence-base and potential outcomes for service users, communicating effectively with patients, relatives, carers and other members of the in-patient and community teams.

Acting as key worker to admitted clients as designated.

Applications will be assessed as received and prior to the closing date.

Please refer to the job description for full details on the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification and registration e.g. RMN - Appropriately registered with the NMC as per post requirements
  • Relevant teaching assessment qualification - NVQ assessor/verifier
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of NMC code of professional conduct Evidence of continuing professional development and to have undertaken post registration training. Ability to demonstrate and evidence post-qualifying experience. Experience of carrying out supervision to junior staff. Proven experience of working with a relevant client group in a multi-agency service, presenting complex and sensitive information to large groups of people
  • Experience of electronic patient records/RiO
Communication Skills Essential
  • Evidence of a good standard of literacy/English language skills High standards of written and verbal communication skills. Able to communicate with relatives, carers and other organisations about complex and sensitive issues. Able to demonstrate ability to work effectively as part of a team. To be able to Keywork the care of clients to ensure that high standards are met. To be able to facilitate therapeutic and recreational groups and activities
Planning & Organisation Skills Essential
  • Good organisation skills, ability to manage own time and organise and plan times activities for staff and patients. oAble to recognise and respond to behaviour that challenges
Physical Skills Essential
  • PMVA training to required level for role Basic keyboard use
Other Essential
  • Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients. Basic IT skills. To comply with all Trust policies and procedures. Ability to use email and internet. Ability to record and retrieve information on charts and paper and electronic records. Identifying needs for the individual, able to identify own training needs and personal development plans. To have skills in problem-solving 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.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Speaking to distressed patients, and their relatives, by telephone and in person. oInvolved with direct patient care where the post-holder may be subjected to frequent exposure to distressing circumstances. oFlexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients. oCompassionate - Open minded, treats colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect. oIntuitive and caring nature. oTo be able to demonstrate an awareness and responsibility whilst recognising the impact frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassion. oSympathetic and considerate towards patients, carers and relatives. oAbility to inspire hope, support recovery and make a difference. oAct in a ways that support equality and diversity.

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