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POST Staff Nurse

HOURS 37.5 Hours per week
LOCATION Nominal base is XXX but required to work at other Trust locations as requested in response to the demands of the service.
ACCOUNTABLE TO Clinical Manager/ Matron
You will contribute to the comprehensive assessment of service users in the area / team that you are working.
You will work as a member of the nursing team in providing high quality, evidence-based, holistic nursing care to patients in line with your NMC professional code of conduct and trust policies. You will assess, plan, implement and evaluate packages of care based upon individual patient needs, under the guidance of the Nursing Team Leader as per NICE guidance.
As a newly qualified nurse you will undergo a period of Preceptorship and will undertake job purpose in negotiation with your preceptor. Once you have met your objectives and your preceptorship is completed, you will then be able to meet the job purpose fully.
The Staff Nurse post will compliment and support the Ward Manager and Charge Nurses with direct responsibility for leading the team of staff on a day to day basis providing advice and support to lower banded staff within your professional group and team locality. This may include the management of these staff in line with agreed Trust HR processes as required.
You will be expected to work collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within the multi-disciplinary team in delivering services; providing a 7-day a week, 24-hours a day service for 365 days a year working shifts where appropriate and operationally required.
In delivering your duties you are expected to display behaviours that are aligned with the Trust values and in accordance with the NHS Constitution at all times.


  • Strive for Excellence – always demonstrate attention to quality and governance, using expertise effectively, look to learn and educate others. Want NEP to be the best

  • Keep it Simple – listen carefully, listen first, be clear about expectations, explain honestly, avoid jargon

  • Creative Collaboration – know when to ask for help and when to offer it, appreciate others’ needs, goals and contributions, look for the win, win, share idea, make them happen

  • Commercial Head, Community Heart – create safe environments, deliver the right care at the right time – seize opportunities, make the difference

  • Humanity – listen without prejudice, stand up always for dignity and respect, care with compassion, put clients and their families at the heart of what we do, make time for people

  • Our Cause, Our Passion – encourage others to make the difference, be candid, open and honest, build trusting relationships, go the extra mile, always use integrity and aim to eliminate stigma, take pride in your Trust, speak up, speak out, enjoy success

Please note that this role outline serves to provide an illustrative example of the duties and responsibilities you may be expected to undertake during the course of your normal duties. It is not an exhaustive list and you will therefore be required to undertake other responsibilities and duties that are considered to be commensurate with the band.
Core Clinical Function

  • To be responsible along with other nursing staff for patient assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation all care aspects of individual care planning.

  • Attending to the physical and psychological needs of the patients under the care of the nursing team.

  • Act as key worker for a designated group of clients.

  • Delivery effective individualised care by supervising staff in the assessment of patient’s condition. Ensure that accurate and objective information is recorded and signed by the appropriate member of staff.

  • Establish therapeutic relationships with individual clients, relatives and carers are maintained by the nursing team. Write and contribute towards the formulation of care plans.

  • Ensure effective and confidential communication at all times maintaining strict confidentiality with regard to any information concerning patients and colleagues.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the needs of carers of patients with mental health problems.

  • To fully comply with the requirements of the NMC and upkeep of registration.

  • Be aware of the Mental Health Act 1983 and be aware of clients detained under section of the Mental Health Act 1983 in the clinical area.

  • Supervise the formulation of plans for the patient’s discharge and transfer from the clinical areas in line with Care Programme Approach, Community Care Act 1990 and discharge policy.

  • Observe any changes in a patient’s physical condition or mental state and document in an appropriate manner.

  • Assist patients towards self-care and independence.

  • Understand the need for personal responsibility in relation to using the correct techniques for moving and handling patients.

  • Act in a relaxed manner, thereby contributing to the creation and maintenance of a calm and relaxed atmosphere/environment.

  • Establish positive professional and appropriate relationships with patients adopting a non-judgemental approach. Always be prepared to listen and treat each patient with respect and courtesy; valuing them as individuals.

  • Carry out planning and organisation of the therapeutic and social activities for patients in the clinical area.

  • To act as a mentor to student nurses.

  • To provide managerial supervision to junior colleagues.

  • Participate in therapeutic and social activities/groups.

  • As appropriate and necessary assist patients who have the need to use hoists and wheelchairs.

  • As requested take on clinical, managerial and environmental responsibilities.

Core Non-Clinical Function

  • The post holder will be required to take charge regularly in the absence of the person with continuing responsibility.

  • Ensure staffs are acquainted with the situation of fire appliances and are familiar with the Ward and Trust fire procedure.

  • Report, in writing if necessary, to the nurse in charge any abnormalities, accidents, untoward occurrences of observations regarding the patient.

  • Report all malfunctions and inadequacies of equipment and supplies to the ward manager.

  • The post holder will be required to take part in the ward’s internal rotation policy.

  • Read and act upon Trust policies and management guidelines, ensuring that nursing policies and clinical procedures are implemented and adhered to.

  • Undertake investigations in accordance with Untoward Incident Reporting procedure, and manage Serious Untoward Incidents in the absence of the senior nurse.

  • Participate in meetings, reviews, study days and in-service training programmes.

  • Maintain and foster good relationships with all other agencies associated with patient care.

  • Undertake other link roles for specified areas, including Infection Control, Health and Safety and PALS liaison, Student Placements.

  • Undertake any additional duties deemed appropriate to grade.


  • The post holder will be able to demonstrate insight into own developmental needs and will formally discuss the same with Ward Manager in the form of target setting via the individual performance review procedure. Where development is necessary the post holder must show commitment towards development.

  • It will be expected that the appropriate educational opportunities should be highlighted to the Ward Manager and where offered should be taken in line with PREPP with due regard to the current obligation of a minimum of five educational days within a three year period to remain as a registered practitioner within the NMC.

  • The post holder, having attained appropriate courses, must ensure that feedback and the opportunity of sharing of knowledge is given to their colleagues.

  • It is expected that the post holder will present both informal and formal teaching sessions of both a clinical and academic nature.

  • The post holder will be a mentor to learner students and will demonstrate the appropriate skills to objectively assess.

  • The post holder will be expected to contribute to audit and research at ward level and will contribute to and maintain research folders at ward level.

  • Positive role to colleagues. Liaise effectively with other multi-disciplinary team members and the residents/patient’s significant others.

  • The post holder will be expected to be involved in standard setting at ward level and to be active in the evaluation of the same by the use of audit tools.

In addition to core clinical and non-clinical support the following are additional key activities identified as being necessary to the role in the delivery of your normal day to day activities.

  • Complete mandatory training in line with the Trust Policy

  • Receive annual appraisal and provide annual appraisals to lower banded staff

  • Provide training relevant to HCA and lower banded staff

  • Take all allocated annual leave

  • Receive management supervision and provide management supervision where appropriate

  • Comply with the CPD, practice hours and revalidation process requirements set out by Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC - This is the essential requirement for yearly registration)

  • Medicines competency framework

  • Mentorship and supervision of students and junior staff

  • Receive clinical supervision and provide clinical supervision to Bands 3 / 4

  • Supervise and manage on a day-to-day basis lower banded staff within the professional group and team locality as required and in line with Trust HR processes

  • Ensure lower banded staff are appropriately inducted, receive appropriate supervision, have an annual appraisal and are compliant with mandatory training requirements

  • Attend seminars / conferences and other CPD events – external/internal

  • Attend regular key Trust-wide meetings / forums i.e. Professional nurse advisory committee, nurse forum, Link nurse forum (Infection control)

  • Attend additional in-house developmental training, and support delivery of a number of mandatory training e.g. STORM, TASI, Infection Control, Safeguarding

  • Complete Preceptorship within 6 months of commencement of employment in professional nursing role

  • Be a Remedy representative

  • Act as a safeguarding champion

  • Resilience in dealing with emotive service user issues.

  • To identify own stressors and take appropriate action to prevent negative impact of this on wellbeing and seek appropriate and timely support.

Raising Concerns at Work
You are contractually bound to the duties and expectations set out within the NHS Constitution and therefore that you raise any genuine concern of risk or wrongdoing. If you are a professionally qualified member of staff you have a further professional duty to put the interests of the people in your care first and to act to protect them if you consider they may be at risk.
In using the term ‘in your care’ we are referring to those you come across or know about, and not just those that you deliver specific care to, or have direct clinical or managerial responsibility for.
If you do not report concerns in your workplace it may bring your fitness to practice into question and place your professional registration at risk. Just as raising concerns represents good practice, ‘doing nothing’ and failing to report concerns is unacceptable.
Health and Safety at Work Act
The post holder must be aware of the responsibilities placed upon them under the Heath and Safety Act 1974 to ensure that agreed procedures are carried out and that a safe working environment is maintained for patients, visitors and employees.
Equality and Respect
You must undertake your duties in a manner which promotes equality for all and provides an environment in which the dignity of individuals is respected and is free from work place harassment and bullying.
Professional Conduct
The post holder must comply with their appropriate professional body and code of conduct e.g. NMC Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors, Code of Conduct for NHS Managers.
Responsibility for Data Quality
All staff that record information have a responsibility to ensure that the data is relevant, accurate, complete and captured in a timely manner so that it is fit for purpose. Staff must follow the agreed Trust policies and procedures

A data subject e.g. an employee/a patient, has a right to expect this under the Data Protection Act’s fourth principle – Personal data shall be accurate and where necessary kept up to date

Personal Safety/ Therapeutic and Safe Interventions (TASI) Training
The Trust provides every member of staff with training appropriate to their role and work environment in the prevention and management of violence and aggression.  The training courses are designed to teach you prevention and de-escalation skills as a primary intervention and physical techniques where appropriate to your role, to assist you in maintaining safety, if an incident occurs.  These training courses meet all national standards and guideline.
When attending the Trust’s Personal Safety or Therapeutic or Safe Interventions (TASI) training courses, you must be physically fit to participate fully in the practice sessions. All physical interventions taught on the course are designed to meet both legal and local requirements to maintain a safe environment for all within the work place.
Personal Safety physical techniques require you to be agile on your feet when backing off from a perceived attacker during training. Therefore balance, posture and being generally fit to perform practice safely are of the utmost importance. The physical techniques in the training courses require staff to have full movement of their limbs, joints and torso and also be able to kneel, for example. Should you have any questions in respect of this aspect of the job role, please contact the manager named as the informal contact before submitting an application for the post.
Infection Control
All staff members have a responsibility to themselves, patients, service users, visitors and other staff to maintain high standards of Infection Prevention and Control and follow the agreed Trust policies and procedures.
All staff members have a responsibility to themselves, patients, service users and other staff in ensuring the effective Safeguarding of Children and Adults. Staff must follow the agreed Trust policies and procedures in both these domains

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North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is a ‘No Smoking’ Trust.

North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust has a number of policies in relation to equality and diversity. All employees are expected to observe these policies in their behaviour to the public and their colleagues.
North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust does not permit the consumption of alcohol during working hours.
On appointment within the Trust staff may be allocated to a specific area of care. It is however Trust policy to allocate staff to other areas of work within the Trust from time to time where this is in the interest of the individual and / or the service.
Information being handled by employees of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is strictly confidential. Failure to respect the confidential nature of this information will be regarded as a serious breach of regulations, which will result in action under the Trust’s Disciplinary Procedure including possible dismissal.
Please note that this job description serves to provide an illustrative example of the duties and responsibilities the post holder may be expected to undertake during the course of their normal duties. It is not therefore an exhaustive list; the post holder will therefore be required to undertake other responsibilities and duties that are considered to be commensurate with the band.

Staff Nurse , Band 5




-RMN Qualification.
-Completion of preceptorship.

-Mentorship in Education.

Work Experience

-Experience of working within Mental Health Services.
-Experience of a range of services including in-patient as a RMN.

-Experience of working with Acute adult service clients and relevant knowledge of current issues and research.


-Principles of person centred care.
-Awareness of the MHA 1983.
-Equality and Diversity Awareness.
-IT Skills including Carebase.
-Literate and Articulate.

-Willingness to further develop self in areas pertaining to work, such as acute adult services.
-Commitment to Research Based Practice.
-Physical care skills.

Skills and Aptitudes

-Motivated and enthusiastic, committed, able to work as a team member.
-Sound Managerial skills.

-Committed to joint working.
-Experience of Performance Review Setting.

Communication and

People Skills

-Good written and verbal.
-Communication skills.

Organisational Skills

-Leadership skills.
-Motivational skills.
-Team Building Skills.
-Ability to delegate.


-Ability to work flexible working patterns in order to meet service needs.
-Ability to give and receive constructive criticism.
-Ability to represent the service to outside agencies.

- Ability to travel independently across a wide geographical area


-Conscientious and reliable.
-Ability to work under pressure.
-Ability to use own initiative.
-Self-awareness with a sense of

Respect for others, irrespective of social class, race or sexual orientation. -Understanding of and a commitment to User involvement and Empowerment.

Physical Effort

- This post requires the post holder to be physically able to undertake the Trust’s Therapeutic & Safe Interventions (TASI) training when required
-Undertake Manual handling training and carry out tasks following an appropriate risk assessment.

Psychological Impact

-Resilience in dealing with emotive service user issues.
-Be able to assess and act well in unpredictable situations where multi- tasking will be required.
-Be able to support families and carers within duties of own role.
-Able to identify own stressors and take appropriate action to prevent negative impact of this on wellbeing and seek appropriate and timely support.

Working Conditions

-Front line operational dealing with service users on a daily basis in an unpredictable environment.
-Shift working.

Final 04.01.2016

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