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Staff Nurse, Band 5

Job Description

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset HealthCare is a dynamic, forward-thinking Trust, running 14 local hospitals and providing a wide range of integrated community and mental health services to a population of almost 700,000 people.

Whether working in busy urban locations such as Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth or serving residents in rural areas, our 5,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do.

Staff thrive in a supportive, ‘family’ atmosphere and relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users. Some of our services are rated outstanding by the CQC, and we constantly strive to improve in all aspects of our work.

As well as job satisfaction, staff enjoy benefits ranging from a car lease scheme to free use of beach huts, flexible working options and a host of advanced training and career development opportunities. We offer a 24/ 7 employee assistance service, alongside many health and wellbeing initiatives.

Staff are also regularly consulted to help shape improvements or changes to the way the Trust is run, and their outstanding work is recognised through our Heroes awards scheme.

Dorset itself offers the opportunity for a truly outstanding work/life balance, whatever your age or outlook. Millions of people each year come to holiday in the place where most of our staff live and work every day – enjoying access to award-winning beaches along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, picture-postcard villages, great weather and stunning countryside. We have excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities, plus plenty of country pubs and lively nightclubs.

Have you considered a career in forensic nursing? Would you like to be based next to an award winning Dorset beach with up to £5,000 offered in re-location expenses, as well as up to *£2,000 recruitment and retention premium?

We are looking to recruit a number of engaging and compassionate mental health nurses (day and night shifts available) to work in our 12 bedded male, low secure unit which provides intensive and comprehensive care to our patients. We would welcome applications from both newly qualified and experienced RMN’s with an interest in and empathy for our patient group. The quality of work/life balance here is excellent, located next to Sandbanks beach the role will be working for the Twynham Ward at St Ann’s hospital, Poole.

Self-assured and calm you will be responsive and adaptive to service users’ needs when presented with challenging behaviour. Maintaining clear boundaries and consistencies within the team, the posts will be working closely with and under the guidance of registered nurses and other disciplines and will require an understanding of the Mental Health Act and the criminal justice system.

Regular Night Staff Nurse:

Joining the team, you will be jointly responsible for the planning and delivery of care to our inpatient population and will play a pivotal role in enhancing and developing services at night. Working predominantly night shifts you will be required to attend a set amount of day shifts per annum to ensure compliance with mandatory and specialist training, including arrangements for supervision within the team. You will be actively involved in the process of planning therapeutic activities within the scope of recovery and rehabilitation, and this will be enhanced by your knowledge of risk assessment and management. This is an ideal opportunity for the right candidates to build upon existing skills and experience in the field of forensic psychiatry. Experience is preferred but not essential.

You will be required to undertake a Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression course which is a condition of employment that must be successfully completed.

In return we offer:
• Working in modern surroundings the ward has recently been refurbished and the specification includes technologically advanced features, a full re-design and re-decoration.
• The Unit is fully compliant with the requirements of the National Minimum Standards for Low Secure Units.
• We are an active contributor to the CCQI Forensic Benchmarking Standards; particularly examining our practice and service environment through peer led reviews and taking part in both national and local initiatives.
• Dedicated professional development we offer preceptorship and mentoring support, HCR training, as well as a specialist forensic induction run by our Ward Manager.
• A generous relocation package of up to £5,000 and up to *£2,000 forensic recruitment and retention premium.

With miles of sandy beaches and some of the best weather in the UK, Dorset makes for a happy place to live and work.

*(£1,000 payable upon commencement and £1,000 retention premium after first year in post - conditions available at interview)

For further details / informal visits contact:
Steve Keeley, Ward Manager on  ( Phone number removed )  or 492152

Our vision:

is to lead and inspire through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our ambition:

is to inspire patients, partners, local people and professionals alike by achieving excellent clinical outcomes and experiences, by supporting people with compassion and kindness, and by being experts in our roles.

Our Behaviours:

How we do things around here is just as important as what we do and what we achieve. Our behaviours provide a guide to bringing our vision to life, and help everyone think about how they approach their work and other people. The behaviours below, have been identified by those within and external to Dorset HealthCare as being the most important, and are behaviours we hope everyone will experience at Dorset HealthCare.





Reliable and Trustworthy

Be part of an organisation leading the way to challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress.


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