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Band 6 Charge Nurse - Callington Road Hospital

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 6
6 months (There are currently 2 x 6 month secondments and 1 x 12 month)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Rotational shift pattern, including weekends, nights, late shifts and early shifts)
Job ref
Callington Road Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
28/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

Two 6 months and a one year secondment opportunities have arisen on Cherry Ward.

Cherry ward is an 18 bedded mixed sex acute ward that supports service users with a vast range of mental health experiences. The ward opened in October 2020; however, the team have demonstrated a positive, kind, compassionate and caring working environment for the service users. We have already received a lot of positive feedback from service users and carers who have been supported during their admission.

Since opening, the team have had numerous students allocated to them and it is testament to the team that already 3rd year student nurses have highlighted that they would like their first band 5 nurse role to be on Cherry Ward, having reported they have felt well supported and a valued member of the team.

The team work hard to provide excellent care to the service users they work with and we are lucky to have a wide range of experienced and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team, including; psychology, physio's, occupational therapists, medics and dietetics, that all work closely and consistently to provide a high standard of care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Main duties of the job

We welcome registered nurses who are able to work within and adapt to an often ever-changing service or ward environment. You will be able to work well within a team and demonstrate kindness, compassion, respect and great leadership skills that are key to being an effective member of the management team on Cherry Ward.

You will have the opportunity to take on additional management responsibilities, including, deputising for the ward manager in their absence, take on lead roles, supervise and appraise junior staff. You will also be supported to develop key management and leadership skills to support you in progressing in your career.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to attend additional training bespoke to the management role, specifically, supervision and appraisals, sickness management, the Managers Toolkit Training, as well as others.

You will receive full support from your direct line manager, other peer band 6's already on the ward, as well as senior managers based on site.

You will also be part of the duty nurse rota based on Callington Road site. This is a revised position to have a supernumery band 6 on each shift to support other wards in emergencies and to provide advice and de-brief support as required.

All nursing staff are expected to work a mixture of shifts, consisting of earlies, lates, nights and weekends.  All staff are expected to have undertaken or undertake PMVA training and PERT.

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. 

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.  

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Clinical Practice Management 
To carry out clinical practice within the designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided. This will include:

Undertaking a comprehensive, patient-focused, nursing assessment and prepare care plans in consultation with the service user to provide the best nursing care

Carry out clinical audit to evaluate and improve clinical services in partnership with service users

Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, MHA 1983. 

Ensure all others apply these, to support safe practice.

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health legislation.

Be familiar with the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. Recognise own competencies and to address any limitations to ensure safe practice. 

To implement and encourage others to implement research-based practice.

Supervise junior and unqualified staff 

Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme 

Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users 

Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for Individual service users: ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems. 

Teaching, Education & Health Promotion 

To use own specialist skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentoring 
opportunities for staff within designated areas and promote positive attitudes towards mental health. 

This will include: 

Regular provision of advice and mentoring to staff. 

Function as a preceptor and mentor to new staff enabling their full integration into the service. 

Develop junior staff through teaching or training activities. 

Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post- registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members as directed.

Continuing Professional Development 
To maintain and develop professional knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure that practice reflects best practice, remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing patient and NHS service needs, as outlined in the NHS Plan (2000). 
Implement the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice as outlined in the NMC "Code of Professional Practice". Change to: the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives

Take responsibility for post-registration education and for continuing professional development as outlined in NMC Standards. 

To receive clinical supervision in accordance on a contracted and regular basis from an identified Senior Practitioner, as per trust Clinical Supervision Policy. 

To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from the people manager, and to maintain records of these meetings. 

Maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) 

Implement Clinical and Personnel Policies and Procedures of AWP Trust. 

Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues and act in accordance with the appropriate NMC standards and Trust policy.   Ensure that others also work within these guidelines.

Finance and Workforce
To make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models ensuring provision of best care possible. Implement and abide by Trust and Service Policies in regard to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public 

To take part in PEAT and environmental risk assessments as requested so that best  use is made of resources. 

Undertake appraisals for staff at Band 5 and below to identify training and development needs and to ensure best practice. 

Assist in staff disciplinary issues. 

Implementation of managerial and clinical supervision to small team of nurses, ensuring best and safest practice is fully undertaken at all times. 

Manage temporary staffing resources in line with AWP best practice guidance 

Ensure that service provision is both safe and therapeutic within span of knowledge. 

Effective organisation of own time, and that of others to ensure safe and efficient running of ward 

Utilize electronic rostering systems (Rosterpro) 

Participate in education and training opportunities to develop self and others

To take charge of the Unit in the absence of the Ward Manager or Clinical Team Leader 

Ensure that all nurses, for whom the post-holder is responsible, abide by all Trust and local policies and procedures, in particular, Health and Safety at Work, Security and Confidentiality to guarantee legal obligations are fulfilled.

Record Keeping and Administration
To maintain and enforce standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements, and professional guidelines. This will include: 

The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant NMC Guidelines and Trust Policy. 

To work under the direction of ‘Essence of Care’ lead.

Contribution to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to  Records Management within their span of control. 

Make certain all health record keeping is to current professional and local standards to comply with legal obligations

Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development & Clinical Audit 
To be involved in practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing. 

This will include: 

Undertake relevant practice development/research activity. 

To take part in a rolling programme of audit. 

To comply with activity as outlined in “The Essence of Care”, and ensure direct  reports are compliant.

Work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance.

Professional Nursing Advice
To contribute to providing professional nursing advice within the post-holder’s area of responsibility and span of knowledge.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional registration
  • Clear record of ongoing continuing professional development
  • Substantial experience and band 5 level
  • Significant experience of effectively co-coordinating and leading shifts
  • Experienced in the prevention and management of violence and aggressions; evidence
  • Knowledge of the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for
  • Able to assess, plan treatment for and review nursing care needs
  • Motivated to provide the highest standard in a changing service
  • Ability to recognize and manage stress in the workplace
  • Significant relevant experience as a clinician, able to undertake thorough
  • Motivated to provide the highest standard in a changing service
Desirable criteria
  • Able to undertake clinical supervision, appraisals, mentorship, teaching
  • Previous band 6 experience
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sophie Couzens
Job title
Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0117 9195831
Additional information

Please ensure that you have the support of your current line manager prior to applying for the position.

You would also be welcome to arrange a visit to discuss the role.