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Mental Health Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Mental Health
Band 5
Permanent/ fixed term/ secondment available
Full or part time hours available
Job ref
£21,128 - £28,746 gross per annum
25/02/2018 23:59

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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Here at Woodlands we are looking for individuals who are committed and able to integrate within an established large multi-disciplinary team.

You will need to be enthusiastic and conscientious and do everything you can to provide patient cantered care. You will be able to meet deadlines to ensure that people get what they need when they need it. You will be compassionate, empathetic and sensitive in your approach to people who may be distressed or have a challenging manner.

If you have the right values for our organisation we will support you with a programme of training and development. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, or to find out more read on...

Woodlands is a mental health inpatient unit situated in Ipswich. The four wards provide assessment and treatment services for acute mental disorders and rehabilitation including depression, bipolar, psychosis, dementia and crisis resolution:

  • Avocet Ward, 21 beds
  • Lark Ward, 10 beds and 136 Suite
  • Poppy Ward, 21 beds
  • Willows Ward, 21 beds (10 functional & 11 for diagnosis of dementia)

All of the wards have access to a ‘low stimulus environment’ (LSE)

Our primary focus is on collaborative working; placing great emphasis on the assessment/recovery model.  Many aspects relating to service user recovery is reflected within the assessment tools the patients and staff use and the philosophy that underpins patient centred care.

You will participate in all aspects of care management, as directed by the Care Programme Approach. They will embrace the principles of recovery and adopt a person cantered approach in all aspects of their work with service users and carers.

As a member of staff you will be expected to supervise other members of the team. You will be supported in attending statutory and mandatory training, as well as other courses that have a direct relevance to the position. Your performance and development needs will be continually reviewed through management and clinical supervision and the organisations appraisal process. We also have the leadership forum.

Posts on Lark Ward attract a recruitment premium of £3000.  This is a one off payment with half paid on appointment and half paid after the completion of a satisfactory probation period (6 months).  The premium is taxable.  Please note that should you leave employment, or choose to move to an alternative post within the Trust that does not attract this recruitment premium, you will be required to reimburse all or some it, as follows:  100% of the value of the premium in the first 12 months; 50% of the value of the premium in the period 12 months to 2 years following appointment.

If Woodlands sounds like the place for you, then please apply today! Or for more information please find attached an information sheet on each ward at Woodlands

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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

Matthew Jackson - or Lucy Wall -

If you have problems applying, contact

01603 421137