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Band 5 Staff Nurse - Victoria Centre, Swindon

Band 5

Main area
Elderly in-patients
Band 5
Permanent: Substantive
37.5 hours per week (Full Time 37.5 hours per week)
Job ref
Victoria Centre
£25,655 - £31,534 From £25,655 per annum
Salary period
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Job overview

Liddington Ward is looking for highly motivated Band 5 nurse to join our experienced and friendly team at Great Western Hospital, Swindon.

Liddington Ward is a purpose built 10 bedded dementia assessment unit, providing comprehensive support for patients and their carers during a challenging phase of their illness. The ward is situated at The Victoria Centre on the Great Western Hospital site. All patients have their own bedroom with en-suite facilities. Service users also have access to a therapy kitchen, Art Room, gym, and an OT activity room and garden.

You should be innovative, dynamic and enthusiastic to be a part of a team who are continually looking to improve the standards of care offered to service users. You will be part of a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team which prides itself on the person centred approach and strong team ethic.

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 are able to provide a comprehensive Preceptorship package for newly qualified RMNs and have opportunities for experienced staff to undertake specialist link roles of particular interest and develop clinical skills to enhance career progression. We consider this an excellent opportunity for newly qualified nurses or those returning to practice as well as established nurses looking to consolidate knowledge in this field.

Swindon is a large town situated in the North East of Wiltshire. It has a large pedestrian town Centre, a fabulous designer outlet store, lots of sports and leisure facilities, and the beautiful Coate Water Country Park which is a 5 minute drive from the hospital. Swindon is also famous for its Magic Roundabout, 5 mini round abouts within one large one and has excellent public transport services. The world famous Cotswolds is only a short drive, and London is only an hour away on the train. foot of the world famous Cotswolds. It enjoys very good transport links, sports and leisure facilities, has lively a social scene and excellent shopping areas.

The GWH site is easily accessible from the M4 and provides a number of on-site facilities, including parking.



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

1. Clinical Practice Management
To carry out clinical practice within 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, person-centred, nursing assessment and prepare care
plans in consultation with the service users to provide the best nursing care
• Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme
• Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users
• Ability to implement research-based practice
• Following successful completion of preceptorship, ability to supervise junior and
unqualified staff
• Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC
Standards for Medicines Management 2010 and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
• Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for
individual clients; ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health
• Ensure the ordering storage, administration and disposal of medication complies with
relevant trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management
2010,Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and MHA (1983)
2 Teaching, Education & Health Promotion
To use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentoring opportunities for staff
within designated areas and promote positive attitudes towards mental health. This will
• Regular provision of advice and mentoring to staff.
• Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and postregistered students, novice practitioners, and new team members as directed. 
3 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).
• Abide by the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating
to practice as outlined in 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
line manager, and to maintain records of these meetings.
• Maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act
• Work to the 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,
and ensure that others also work within these guidelines.

4. Finance and Workforce
To make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models
ensuring provision of best care possible. Follow 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.
• 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 time management
• Utilize electronic rostering systems (Rosterpro)
• Participate in education and training opportunities 
• To take charge of the Unit in the absence of the Charge Nurse or Clinical Team
• To be familiar with and comply with all Policies & Procedures operational within the
5 Record Keeping and Administration
To maintain standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance
with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines. This will
• The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in
accordance with relevant NMC Guidelines and Trust Policy.
• Work under the direction of ‘Essence of Care’ lead.
• Contribute to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to Records
Management within their span of control.

• Maintain safety of clients and staff within the Unit and ensure legal obligations are fulfilled.
6 Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development & Clinical Audit

To contribute to practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing.
This will include:
• Undertake relevant practice development/research activity.
• Take part in a rolling programme of audit.
• Comply with activity as outlined in “The Essence of Care”.
• Work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance.
8 Professional Nursing Advice
• Contribute to providing professional nursing advice within the post-holder’s area of
responsibility and span of knowledge. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RN3: Mental Health Nurse, Level 1
Desirable criteria
  • Able to undertake clinical supervision, appraisal, mentorship, teaching and preceptorships for Student nurses, bands 2, 3 and 4 staff. Ensure all personal development needs are reported to home manager.

Relevant Experience

Essential criteria
  • Practical experience of providing high quality care and exceeding expectations
  • Able to demonstrate experience of effective risk assessment and management
  • Able to develop an excellent therapeutic relationship; function as named nurse undertaking
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of basic counseling and group work
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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

Ben Amor
Job title
Interim Matron
Telephone number
01793 327831
Additional information

Ben Amor (01793 327831) or Frances O'Hara (01793) 327833