The closing date is 10 October 2023
Up to 37.5 hours per week. An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in Cotehele's brand new, purpose built 10 bedded Unit in Plymouth. Cotehele is a Functional Mental Health Unit for predominantly over 65s presenting physical challenges as well as mental health. Applications are welcomed from newly qualified as well as experienced staff with a desire to work with the age group. Recent changes have incorporated the availability of a Home Treatment Team to help facilitate smooth discharge and provide support before admission. The Unit is in the process of evolving to incorporate an ageless approach. If you would like to be considered as part of the team at this exciting time, then this job might well be for you.
All candidates must be computer literate and have a firm understanding of information governance. If you think you have the right skills to offer us at this exciting time then we would very much like to hear from you. You will need to be able to work a rotating shift pattern days and nights to cover the ward 24 hour 7 day a week.
This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training including physical intervention training.
You will receive enhanced payments for night and weekend work, access to a pension scheme and CPD days each year We will also support and facilitate your development in this role through supervision and a personal development plan tailored to your needs and experience.
Main duties of the job
Cotehele is a 10 bedded functional assessment unit providing care for predominantly over 65s who are in an acute stage of their mental illness.
Cotehele works within an MDT model with nursing staff/HCAs/OTs/Physios and Doctors and a psychologist.
Band 5 colleagues are a crucial part of the workforce over the 24 hour period.
The post holder is responsible for the assessment of care needs, conducting robust risk assessments and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.
The post holders will have a passion for the working with functional mental health as well as working with over 65s. Patients will be in an acute phase of their mental illness, but may also have physical care needs as well as personal care needs. The skill of taking physical observations will be necessary and the ability to take bloods and ECGs desirable. Previous experience is preferable however, this post is also suitable for people who are recently qualified.
The post holder is required to supervise staff, be in charge of shifts and be able to teach qualified and unqualified staff, including basic and / or post basic students, participate and lead medication rounds.
The post holder will at all times work within the NMC code of conduct.
All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.
Job Share(s) Considered
Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.
As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.
We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.
Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:
Protected CPD time for registered staff
Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff
Leadership & mentoring programmes
Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training
A Robust Preceptorship
A bespoke induction programme
Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.
Key tasks and Responsibilities of the Post.
The post holder is responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.
The post holder will be designated to take charge.
The post holder is required to supervise staff and be able to teach qualified and unqualified staff, including basic and / or post basic students.
The staff nurse will at all times work within the spirit of the NMC code of Professional Conduct for trained nurses and local policies.
Deputy Ward Manager
Clinical Team Leader
Plymouth City Council Other Departments
Voluntary Organisations within the Locality
Staff Managed or Supervised by Postholder:-
Health Care Assistants
Key Tasks and Responsibilities of the Post
Utilise nursing skills to assess, plan and implement and deliver care to patients who are in an acute phase of their illness
Organise the provision of care and act as Named Nurse/Associate Nurse for a specified group of patients.
To function as a member of a multidisciplinary team taking appropriate responsibility for the implementation of decisions made by the team
Ensure planned nursing care is implemented and evaluated, take appropriate action in the light of evaluation.
Participate in training programmes for both trained and untrained staff
In conjunction with the university and Senior Staff Nurses ensure training programmes/objectives for learner nurses are implemented.
To be responsible for implementing drug administration procedures according to laid down policy.
Maintain standards of care to highest level within available resources.
Maintain confidentiality in respect to the patient at all times
To actively participate in line management with senior and junior members of staff.
To liaise effectively with other wards and services. To develop and maintain relationships with providers statutory and non-statutory
To maintain confidentiality in respect of the patient/client at all times.
Communicate clearly with patients, their families and all other mental health professional groups about their health problems and care plan.
Actively participate in clinical governance and quality improvement initiatives, e.g. clinical audit or clinical policy development.
Play an active role in CPA multi disciplinary reviews and ward rounds, reporting on the nursing assessment of the patients’ progress and participating further in M/D Care Planning.
Ensure that patients are encouraged to play a part in the Care Plan and to sign it; and ensuring they receive a copy of it. This is to promote person centred planning
Provide mentorship for students
Attend and participate in meetings ie. Case Conference, Mental Health review tribunals
To actively participate and provide clinical supervision
To have a working knowledge of Livewell Southwest CIC Policies and Guidance.
To actively participate in rotation programme across the Locality
To have a working knowledge of specific policies relating to your work area, i.e. seclusion policy, ECT policy, Safeguarding and be able to apply this in practice.
To work within NMC Code of Conduct in regards to documentation and to ensure compliance with the Trust clinical record keeping policy
To participate and undertake in the appraisal process
To have a competent and robust knowledge of legislation including Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty
To support the induction and Preceptorship programme
To ensure mandatory training is up to date and be able to undertake in their own work place
To be able to assess and manage risk for their personal safety and the safety of their colleagues within the relevant policies
To work in accordance with the NMC guidelines around CPD and be able to evidence this via a portfolio
To at all times work within the NMC Code of Conduct
To assume responsibility as delegated by a senior member of staff
To participate in coordinator / duty rota as required
To participate in new service developments such as Place of Safety and Nurse Lead discharge
The post holder is required to comply with all infection control, policies and guidance, attend relevant updates and report issues of concern to their immediate line manager (if no action or explanation received, then it is the individuals responsibility to escalate to Director of Operations / Chief Executive office).
This job description is not exhaustive and the list duties may change as the post develops. Such changes will only take place following consultation with the post holder and will be commensurate with the grade.
Livewell SW (CIC) has adopted NO SMOKING and NO ALCOHOL policies for staff, which applies to all posts. Details of these policies are available on request and will be included in the statement of main terms and conditions of service of staff appointed.
Essential At Recruitment Fully Competent Desirable
Registered Mental Nurse
· Sign off mentor
· Mental Health Act /Mental Capacity Act / Deprivation of Liberty
· Sound working knowledge base of functional mental health illness’s
· Policies and procedures
· Mental Health and physical health care
· Record keeping
· IT skills
· MDT working
· Multi agency working
· Continuing Healthcare
· Networking with other agencies
· Ethical issues in relation to Mental Health
· Experience in a variety of settings
· Life experience in wide range of settings
· Assessment Skills
· Communications Skills
· Leadership Skills
· Team Work Skills
· Medication Administration Skills
· Supervision of Junior Staff
· Responsible and self motivated
· Flexible to the needs of the service to include shift working
· To participate in rotation and recovery principles
· Ability to support learning
· Ability to undertake breakaway / physical intervention
· Ability to drive (Community staff)
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).