Band 5 Staff Nurse - Poppy Unit

Band 5

Main area
In-patient services
Band 5
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Green Lane Hospital
£22,128 - £28,746 per annum
02/11/2017 23:59

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of high quality mental health services across a core catchment area covering Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. The Trust also provides specialist services for a wider catchment extending throughout the south west.

Our aim is to enable and empower people to reach their potential and to live fulfilling lives through providing recovery and reablement focused services that yield positive outcomes for our service users and their carers.

Specifically, The Trust provides services for people with mental health needs, with needs relating to drug or alcohol dependency and mental health services for people with learning disabilities. We also provide secure mental health services and work with the criminal justice system.

Increasingly AWP provides treatment and care in people's own homes and other community settings, reflecting the preferences of our service users. Our community services are supported by high quality inpatient services that provide short term assessment, treatment and care.


Exciting opportunity to join the Poppy Unit and soon to open Bluebell Unit Place of Safety suite.

We are looking for motivated and experienced or newly qualified Band 5 nurses who wish to work with adults of working age in an inpatient setting. Devizes Inpatient unit is 20-bedded inpatient unit, mixed gender unit for Adults of Working Age with complex mental health conditions, set in the town of Devizes, Wiltshire.

The four bedded Bluebell unit Place of Safety unit is due to open in Autumn 2017 it is an exciting opportunity to be part of this new team and to develop relationships with external stakeholders, such as the police, social services and commissioners.

Based at the Poppy Unit, you will be required to receive members of the public detained on Section 136 or a section 135 of the Mental Health Act, by the local Constabulary. Your role will be to support these individuals through the assessment process, assessing physical needs and contributing to liaison, information gathering and assessment by the appointed team.

The service will take people detained under the 136 or 135 from Wiltshire.

Band 5 Nurses on the unit work as part of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals to ensure that the clinical, environmental and social needs of the service users are met by assessing, developing, implementing and evaluating care programmes. In addition, Band 5 nurses manage and supervise junior staff and nursing students and participate in their professional development. Post holders will need to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of both the mental capacity and mental health acts.

We are able to provide a comprehensive Preceptorship package for newly qualified RMN’s and have opportunities for experienced staff to undertake specialist link roles of particular interest. All RMN’s on the unit are actively encouraged to undertake the accredited post registration Mentorship course and will play a vital part in service and clinical quality development for the ward. Support and supervision for all staff is a fundamental part of the culture of the ward and individuals are actively encouraged to seek out learning opportunities throughout the triumvirate.

The post requires flexible shift working, including rotation onto night shifts. Part –time working may be considered for suitable applicants.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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