Registered mental health staff nurse - Neurosciences

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Come and join our highly motivated and patient-focused clinical team as we develop the service we deliver to patients who present to the Neurosciences and Stroke Units requiring management in their mental health conditions. In an exciting new initiative, we are recruiting Registered Mental Health Nurses as part of our nursing workforce to help us deliver true parity of esteem between physical and mental health care. We are committed to support the needs of our staff and as such flexible working will be considered.

The Wessex Neurological Centre (WNC) provides a dedicated, integrated 24-hour acute neurosurgical and neurological assessment, investigation and treatment service.  Being one of the largest Neuroscience centres in the country, the centre serves a population of three million. Sitting within a large teaching hospital Trust, it has clear priorities for maintaining high standards of care and developing its specialist services for the community and purchasers of the former Wessex region, West Sussex and the Channel Islands.

In this role you will:

  • To provide direct nursing care and psychological support for patients who present to the Unit with mental health crisis and for patients whose mental health is impacting on their ability to engage with physical health care. This includes patients with dementia.
  • To provide support for carers and relatives, including helping them to access hospital and community services that provide support to family members of people with mental health problems.
  • To provide specialist observation and, where required, de-escalation for patients who present with mental health crisis and/or acute behavioural disturbance. This includes responding to ‘Code Green’ calls, where appropriate.
  • To contribute to ongoing assessment, management and evaluation of physical and mental health care needs for patients who present to the Unit in mental health crisis, in accordance with relevant UHS policy and guidelines, and in collaboration with the Acute Stroke Unit clinical staff and the liaison psychiatry team.
  • To work closely with the liaison psychiatry team in their management of patient pathways and action delegated tasks, as appropriate. This includes liaison with appropriate multidisciplinary colleagues to maintain patient flow.
  • Under the supervision of the Unit clinicians, liaise with appropriate mental health teams and other community services to optimise the safe discharge of patients who are below threshold for Liaison Psychiatry review or whose Anticipatory Care Plan identifies that liaison psychiatry review may not be required.
  • To follow neuroscience’s policy and guidance in the management of patients who may self-discharge or abscond.
  • To provide advice and peer support to registered nurses when observing and caring for patients with mental health crisis, supporting the development of their knowledge and skill to care for patients with mental health crisis.
  • To attend professionals meetings when requested by the Unit Vulnerable Adults Lead, to support the development of High Intensity Service Users.
  • To work in a 24 hour service, on a shift basi To support the Unit staff in the management of other adult patients when there are no patients requiring specialist mental health nursing care.

We are a supportive and education focused team who can offer you the opportunity to develop the bespoke and desirable skills essential for excellent patient care through our in-house training as well as University lead courses. 

We have a dedicated neurological education department who are on hand to help with nurse revalidation; extended clinical skills training as well as supporting staff who may have been working in either private or community based settings who are keen to return to the acute hospitals trust.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is ...

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789

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23 January 2019
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £23,023 - £29,608 pa pro rata GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
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