Band 5 Registered Nurse - Bristol

Main area
Specialised Drugs & Alcohol Services
Band 5
Permanent: Substantive
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Rotational two shift system, Long Days / Nights, includes weekend working)
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Acer Unit, Clifton Ward, Southmead Hospital
£28,407 - £34,581 per annum
Salary period
06/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

We are looking for a Band 5 Mental Health (RMN) or General Nurse (RGN's) who wishes to work with adults in Substance Misuse Recovery.

Are you motivated, enthusiastic and looking for a challenge? Do you have excellent communication skills and a positive attitude as well as a commitment to providing excellent care to individuals who are experiencing a wide range of mental health and emotional needs in substance misuse recovery?

Acer Ward is a Nurse led Substance Misuse Recovery Ward with fabulous opportunities for learning and developing nursing skills, especially with physical health and the use of medication for detoxing/stabilising clients.

Nurses on Acer are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals that work to ensure that the clinical, environmental, social and health care needs of our service users are met, working collaboratively and therapeutically with individuals to empower and support them in their journey through Substance Misuse Recovery to 'Having a Life worth Living'.

You will have the opportunity to work and liaise closely with our MDT colleagues, local partnerships, both voluntary and statutory services and families.

All nursing staff are expected to work a mixture of shifts, Days, Nights and Weekends.

We very much look forward to hearing from you and are happy to be contacted prior to applying to discuss the role further or visit the ward.

Main duties of the job

Working within the rotational shift system of the ward, you will be an active member of the team working with your colleagues to create and develop the ongoing positive therapeutic environment of the ward. Sharing responsibilities of shift coordination and medication management within the shift.

Your role will include but is not limited to:
Attending multi-disciplinary ward rounds.
Ability to quickly develop trusting therapeutic relationships with service users.
Undertaking comprehensive, person-centred, nursing assessment. Preparing care plans in consultation with the service users to provide the best nursing care.
Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for individual clients.
Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members as directed.

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).

The team on Acer is committed to the continuing professional development of all staff and has a supportive training and supervision programme in place. We will support you with training, learning and development opportunities to develop your knowledge, abilities and skills.

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.

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description with Person specification.

This is a generic Job Description - please consider the Job Description and Person Specification in terms of working with individuals with substance misuse needs as well as mental health and emotional needs.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse
  • Able to demonstrate experience of effective risk assessment and management
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • De-escalation and listening skills
  • Ability to recognise and manage signs of stress in self and others in the workplace
  • Knowledge & experience - Substance misuse & mental health

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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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

Further details / informal visits contact

David Williams
Job title
Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0117 3787980
Additional information

The following are also contactable to discuss the role of nurses on Acer unit;-

Daniel Crew - (Charge nurse)

Nina Barrett - (Charge nurse)

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