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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

As a leading teaching, training and research trust, we have close links to Oxford and Oxford Brookes, Buckinghamshire, Reading and Bath universities. We are part of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, working closely with our university colleagues to translate their findings into clinical care as quickly as possible, enabling people using our services to benefit from the latest advances in healthcare.

In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent. We expect our staff to share and demonstrate these values as we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide. This ensures that we have the right workforce to deliver effective team-working and excellent patient care and experience.

Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure Barring Service and other relevant employment checks.

  • Are you passionate about providing safe and excellent care when people need it most?
  • Are you looking for a robust, and supportive training package with opportunities to learn and develop professionally?
  • Are you a team member able to work well with a range of professionals?
  • Are you looking for experience delivering care with young people with psychological problems and their families?

Then you are the person we are looking for.

The Highfield Unit is a purpose-built tier 4, inpatient CAMHS unit.

We are a multidisciplinary team offering inpatient and day patient admission for young people with acute mental health problems. We are looking for staff nurses to join our energetic and passionate team, working alongside care assistants, doctors, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, family therapists, and dieticians.

We provide care for young people with a range of difficulties including eating disorders, anxiety OCD, depression and bipolar mood disorders, unusual experiences and psychosis, trauma, self-harm, and relationship and attachment-based difficulties. Families are often contending with multiple and complex psycho-social difficulties, and we aim to take a holistic approach guided by evidence and best-practice.

We have a skilful and dedicated team of nurses and HCAs, and within this team you will be directly involved in the assessment, care planning, and delivery of treatment. Each young person has a dedicated case team whom works closely alongside colleagues supporting an individual young person.

The role importantly involves 24 hours, 7 days a week care therefore shift patterns are in place which will include nights. It is a varied role that can be rich and rewarding, and you will be valued and supported by the team around you.

There will be many opportunities available for you to develop your skills and competencies. We offer a range of therapeutic groups on the ward, such as DBT-informed skills, community meetings, a psychodynamic-informed reflective group, patient involvement forum, eating disorder group, a collaborative weekly case review base on a CBT-E model, and psychoeducational parents groups. You will have the opportunity to co-facilitate therapeutic groups alongside other members of the nursing and multidisciplinary team.

You will be able to contribute to the development of the service by joining and contributing to working parties, which focus on specific areas such as autism spectrum condition, eating disorders, safer care, outcome measurement, psychosis, and others.

We have strong links with the university and as a unit have contributed to much research and the opportunity is present if you would be interested to be involved in this aspect.

You do not need prior experience in the field as comprehensive training will be provided such as ASC course, breakaway and management of violence and aggression, DBT-informed skills, and Positive Engagement And Caring Environments (PEACE) an innovative, experiential training package. If Preceptorship is required this is done thoroughly and ensures you are supported to develop thoroughly professionally; we would ensure that you are able to supervise other staff, become a mentor and clinically have excellent skills in leadership and delivering quality clinical care.

We actively encourage application forms from RMN, RNLD and RSCN’s as feel that this dynamic ward requires input from each of these areas of expertise. In return your skills will be in demand and developed as well as gaining the knowledge and skill from other areas of expertise thus enhancing your own professional portfolio.

We are a supportive team that values reflective practice, and you will be able to make use of regular team meetings, reflection sessions, and individual supervision.

If you are looking for a new opportunity, a career change or seeking thorough clinical experience we encourage you to contact the Highfield to arrange an informal visit with current Staff and Patients.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Trust include:-

  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Lease car scheme
  • Competitive pension scheme

For more information or to arrange an informal visit please contact Katy Stafford on  ( Phone number removed ) .

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

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