Band 5 Staff Nurse - Alder Unit, Callington Road Hospital

Main area
Staff Nurse/RMN
NHS AfC: Band 5
Secondment: 3 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Alder Unit
£28,407 - £34,581 per annum
Salary period
07/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

Are you an RMN looking to expand your experience and knowledge and explore other areas of mental health nursing?   If so, please read on!

We are looking for a Band 5 nurses with at least 6 months post qualifying experience who is interested in working in an inpatient psychiatric ward at Callington Road. 

If you are interested in making a difference to our service users lives then we would love to hear from you.

You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals to ensure that the clinical, environmental and social needs of the service users are met by assessing, developing, implementing and evaluating care programmes.  You will also support junior staff and nursing students and participate in their professional development while working on the ward.

Typical shift patterns are: Early Shift (7:00 – 15:00), Late Shift (13:30 – 21:30) and Night Shift (21:00 – 07:30). Each shift includes a 30 minute break.


Main duties of the job

You will have the exciting and rewarding opportunity to provide specialist psychiatric rehabilitation in an inpatient setting.

Your role will be diverse as you will be involved in delivering evidence based interventions, working collaboratively with service user, cares and the MDT to create truly person centred care plans, formulations and risks assessments. 

You will be able to coordinate shifts, administer medication and run groups and activities in line with the not only the needs of the unit but your interests and passions too. 

We value your hard work, skills and experience and in return, we offer you:

  • A tailored induction
  • Paid time to complete statutory and mandatory on line training before you start.
  • A two week supernumerary period of time to complete induction and training. 
  • The ability to request shifts using Employee On Line on your computer, smart phone or tablet. 
  • Regular supervision with an experienced member of our team. 
  • Access to NHS staff discounts from many high street names including cash back on grocery shopping from many supermarket. 
  • Automatic enrolment into the NHS pension scheme if eligible or our alternative scheme NEST if you meet the criteria, this includes an employer contributions of 20.68% to the NHS Pensions scheme and 3% for NEST
  • Free access to Occupational Health & employee support
  • Annual staff survey . 
  • Job satisfaction and the knowledge that your work will make a difference to our service users and their families and carers

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

1. Clinical Practice Management

To carry out clinical practice , 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 service 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 Legislation
  • 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 include: 
• Regular provision of advice and mentoring to staff. 
• Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post-registered 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 (1974). 
• 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 Leader 
• To be familiar with and comply with all Policies & Procedures operational within the Trust 

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 include: 
• 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. 

7 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
  • Qualified Nurse RMN
  • Must have finished preceptorship
Desirable criteria
  • Inpatient Experience

EBP and Person Centered Care

Essential criteria
  • Experience in delivering evidence based and person centred care
Desirable criteria
  • Passionate about delivering evidence based and person centred care

Passion and Interest

Essential criteria
  • Desire to work in rehabilitation services
Desirable criteria
  • A desire to develop skills

Team Working

Essential criteria
  • Experience working within a Team
Desirable criteria
  • Desire to work within a Team

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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

Kyla Padfield
Job title
Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
Apply Now