Mental Health Inpatient Staff Nurse

  • NHS
  • Full Time
  • Reading
NHS

Job Description

Whether you are newly qualified or an established Staff Nurse we can offer you some fantastic opportunities to build upon & consolidate your learnings or help you strive towards your next career goal.

Our Preceptorship programme is designed to support your development into the mental health in-patients staff nurse role with a bespoke induction week, monthly supervision & training sessions and a comprehensive structure of on-going support.

As an established staff nurse, we are able to offer great learning opportunities to support your continued professional development.

The service comprises of 7 in-patient mental health wards, with the addition of a Place of Safety (S136 suite).

  • Four mixed Acute Wards (Bluebell, Daisy, Rose & Snowdrop) providing care to adults with mental health conditions such as Bipolar affective disorder, depression and schizophrenia. Each Ward can support the needs of up to 22 patients in a caring and compassionate environment.
  • Sorrel is a mixed 11 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care unit that provides care to vulnerable adults detained under the Mental Health Act. The ward provides a low stimulus environment for patients who have specific needs and associated risks that cannot be managed on other wards.
  • Orchid is a mixed 20 bed Ward that provides care for older adults with functional mental health conditions.
  • Rowan is a modern 20 bedded specialist ward that provides care for dementia patients. The ward facilities include cinema, pop-up pub, magic table & annual patient events.
  • Place of Safety (POS) is a safe area for patients who may be posing a risk to the public with various mental health issues. The police can use the law (the Mental Health Act) to take people from a public place to a ‘place of safety’ if they seem to have a mental illness and be in the need of care. Place of Safety is a place where mental health professionals can then assess people’s mental state and determine whether they require treatment or further support.

Based in Reading, located close to the amenities of the town centre and a leafy park, our wards work closely with patients, families and wider organisations to help them to identify their needs and participate actively in their care, providing a place of empathy, kindness and compassion. We have created a culture where everyone has a voice and where service users and staff collaborate to make positive change.

You are an enthusiastic registered mental health or general nurse with a passion for caring for vulnerable patients. With excellent communication and people skills, a warm personality and the resilience to help us transform our patients’ lives, you will have a good understanding of acute mental health treatment and legislation.

Eager to share your knowledge when managing and mentoring more junior members of staff, you will be an inspirational member of our team, striving to be your very best and supporting colleagues in the delivery of compassionate, safe and structured care. You will be proactive, ensuring seamless delivery across a multi-disciplinary team and be able to work without direct supervision, showing initiative and a determination to support patients and their families through creative engagement.

A calming influence, you will be able to deal with difficult and distressing situations professionally. Your energy and drive will be rewarded with the support of an enthusiastic team that strives to create a warm, friendly and compassionate environment.

About the Job

  • You will be clinically responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of effective nursing care on a Mental Health ward. You will liaise with other Professional Teams and with those providing support services
  • Occasionally as part of your professional development plan, take charge of the ward under the supervision of more senior qualified nursing staff member/colleague
  • You will ensure that the clinical, environmental and social needs of the patient are met by assessing, developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of care, seeking guidance and direction from senior nursing staff working in the unit where necessary
  • To be the best you can be, you’ll access our professional clinical and leadership development to ensure you are up to date, feel confident and develop as a nurse and leader, and manage and supervise a team of junior staff

Some of the benefits of joining our team:

  • Agenda for Change Salary ranging from £24,907 to £30,615 per annum
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
  • Annual leave 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Access to onsite library
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
  • And so much more

The “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:

  1. Registered Mental Health or General Nurse
  2. Previous experience working in a mental health care setting
  3. Good oral and written communication skills
  4. Understanding of Mental Health legislation, which includes MHA, MCA and DOLs

If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we would recommend you apply today!

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call Hannah Jungius, recruitment administrator, on 01189605609 or email: [email protected]

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