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Band 5 Staff Nurse - Victoria Centre, Swindon

Band 5

Main area
Elderly in-patients
Band 5
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Victoria Centre
£24,214 - £30,112 per annum
31/03/2019 23:59

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. We also provide specialist services extending throughout the south west.

We employ over 4,000 dedicated members of staff who deliver services from more than 90 locations, working in approximately 150 teams across a geographical region of 2,200 miles, for a population of approximately 1.8million people.

We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery. Our staff are pivotal in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.


The Victoria Centre is a purpose built unit based on the Great Western Hospital site. The unit consists of two wards, one specialising in the care of the older person with mental health problems and the second ward specialising in the care of the older person with organic illness.

The post advertised will lend itself predominately to the unit services. The post holder will work closely with the band 5 staff already in post along with the ward manager and modern matron. We are seeking a well-motivated enthusiastic band 5 to deliver on clear leadership to junior staff nurses and health care assistant’s working on the ward.
We strive to deliver high quality care to our service users supporting our carers and promote a culture where there is clear communication. Clear pathways of care and close working with our multidisciplinary colleagues. Our purpose is to deliver on a comprehensive assessment so the service user and carer is supported on the person’s journey.

We value our staff by ensuring we carry our appraisals, we give regular supervision to develop their skills, knowledge and practice. The band 5 will be expected to lead by using their own skills and knowledge, promote a positive attitude to mental health nursing and the ability to make changes in practice to enhance the patient’s experience. We welcome candidates to visit the unit and explore the post further.

To newly qualified nurses we offer a comprehensive preceptorship package, by offering a range of experiences to embed knowledge and skills so they are equipped with the tools to run an in-patient facility safely.

A rotational post is available so the preceptorship nurse will enter an 18 month rolling programme completing the first months on an identified ward and the following 12 months gaining experience in the remaining 3 in-patient facilities 4 months each. The wards are made up of an organic ward, a functional ward in older adults, an adults of working age ward and a rehabilitation ward.

The Trust also gives consideration to staff who are relocating, which can be discussed at interview.

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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Julie French on 01793 327820