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.

 An Exciting RMN Band 6 mental health staff opportunities have arisen within Knight Ward .

Knight Ward is a 20 bedded female inpatient acute ward which provides a safe and supportive environment to aid patients in their recovery.

The ward caters for patients within the ages of 18-65 years living in the boroughs of Barking ,Dagenham and Havering suffering from mental illness

The post holder will be joining a multi-disciplinary team that is committed to the provision of high quality patient centred care for all who use the service. The ward teams has a strong nurse leadership including Staff Nurses, Band 6 Clinical Leads & Deputy Ward Managers, Ward Manager as well as a Modern Matron who provides operational and clinical leadership.

This nursing establishment seeks to ensure greater support to our junior staff and also optimises future career prospects within the acute care pathway.

We therefore invite applications from compassionate and diligent mental health nurses.

You may already be in a Band 6 role and seeking a different challenge or you may be an experienced band 5 looking for carer progression .

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:

-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.
– We are currently developing the role of Assistant Psychologists within our adult acute wards.
– NELFT is recognised both nationally and internationally 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 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.

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.

Mentoring and coaching including shadowing opportunities are available within the varied NELFT services as well as a range of courses in partnership with the local universities.

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.

– To provide support for junior staff through supervision

-Deputise in the absence of line manager

-Carry out various ward audits
– 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.

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).

Probationary Period

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).

Priority Post – Assessment/Interview info

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 shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

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 focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex

High Cost Area Supplement – London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,784 to a maximum of £4,822).

The post may close before the scheduled closing date depending on the volume of applications.

As an employee of NELFT, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Excellent working environments in a mix of state of the art and historic buildings
  • Agile working with outstanding ICT support
  • A long-standing and award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
  • Staff Benefits including NHS Pension, childcare vouchers, a salary sacrifice car scheme, the MyTrustBenefits discount scheme, cycle scheme and Annual Leave Sale / Purchase scheme, trade union membership and a range of ambassadorial roles
  • A focus on staff health and wellbeing featuring subsidised gym membership, access to Mindfulness, walking groups and other wellbeing support.
  • We have signed the skills pledge and are an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer opportunities which include a wide range of training options and an active Quality Improvement Programme

    Equal opportunities employer

    We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, are Disability Confident and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community, people of all protected characteristics.

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