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Staff Nurse-Mental Health Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Inpatient and Acute Directorate
Band 5
37.5 hours per week
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Sunflowers Court
£23,023 to £29,608 pa plus HCAS
23/01/2019 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

Morris ward is a Low secure inpatient services are for patients detained under the mental health act who require care and treatment under conditions of low security due to the nature of the risk they pose to themselves and others.

The service will accept men aged 18 and over with severe and enduring mental illness who have persistent, complex and challenging needs who cannot be safely assessed and treated in an open and acute facility and do not require the level of security only available in medium and high secure settings. This includes histories of aggression, absconding, criminal offences, severe and intractable clinical symptoms, serious drug or alcohol misuse.
The ward team includes a medical team, consultant psychiatrist, nurses and occupational therapists.

We are seeking applications from compassionate and diligent Band 5 mental health nurses. You may already be in a Band 5 role and seeking a different challenge or you may be newly qualified and wish to join us on our Preceptee programme.

Why work for NELFT?

NELFT have a commitment to supporting our staff to provide the highest quality of care and have implemented a number of initiatives including:
-Increased levels of senior nursing staff on every ward thus providing greater support to our junior staff and optimising future career prospects of Band 5 nurses
-Implementation of Safewards
-A well- recognised Preceptee programme which includes a multi-disciplinary learning aspect
-Development of a nurse rotational programme which incorporates mental and physical health care placements
-Comprehensive training opportunities including physical health programme, working with personality disorder. varied and multifaceted Equalities & Diversity course as well as a wide range of Safeguarding Adult and Children courses.
- NELFT is recognised nationally and internationally recognition for a number of key clinical innovations including the acute care pathway and Open Dialogue.
-NELFT has gained further national recognition for the implementation of the BME Ethnic Minority Network.

Our Trust provides a wide range of mental health inpatient services including older adult, adult acute, Learning Disabilities, Psychiatric Intensive Care, Low secure services and young people.

The inpatient teams are continually developing clinical care standards and are currently working on initiatives including Safewards, Safety Thermometer and Safety Crosses.

We are currently developing the role of Assistant Psychologists within our adult acute wards. All inpatient clinical staff are also required to undertake a tailored course in managing physical health within the inpatient setting.

In return for your hard work, NELFT is committed to promoting continued professional development and providing high quality supervision. NELFT is also committed to providing quality psychosocial interventions within acute and crisis services. For those with an interest in psychological interventions, opportunities will be available to staff in providing low intensity psychological interventions and to receive supervision from the psychology team.

Professional development is available: mentoring and coaching; shadowing opportunities within the varied NELFT services,
a range of courses in partnership with the local universities.

To improve the working lives of our staff we are committed in helping them achieve a healthy balance between work and home life and offer a range of initiatives to help staff achieve this, including Flexible Working policy, NHS Pension Scheme, Childcare Vouchers and a lease car scheme. We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Please demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how NELFT values are an integral part of how you practice and provide quality care.

The main responsibilities of the post:

-To complete 5 days of Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression course which is yearly updated and implement in practice as required.
-To work shifts over a 365 day a year basis including night duty
-To undertake assessment of client’s needs and support the MDT in formulating appropriate individual care plans, taking a holistic approach.
- Ensure that relatives and carers of service users and feel supported and are able to communicate effectively with the clinical team
- Appropriate IT skills to ensure accurate documentation and communication around care
-Take steps to maintain the safety and welfare of staff, patients, visitors and to the ward.
-Work alongside service users and carers/relatives to continually work towards improving and maintaining high standards.

As a minimum criteria all staff employed by the Trust should have a basic competency for numeracy and literacy equivalent to NVQ level 2. For more information regarding our assessments. If you are shortlisted for this post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills after the interview.

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are successful at interview for this post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes.  The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,659 to a maximum of £4,664).

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For informal enquiries please contact:
Name: Karen Mills
Job Title: Manager
Telephone number:0300 555 1200

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