Band 6 Charge Nurse - Bristol

Main area
Mental Health
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Rotational shift pattern, including earlies, lates and nights, including weekends)
Job ref
Blackberry Hill Hospital
£35,392 - £42,618 per annum
Salary period
26/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

Are you ready to make a positive impact on the lives of the young people within our service? Join our passionate and dynamic team at the forefront of transforming young lives within CAMHS inpatient services.

This is a highly exciting time to join an innovative and forward thinking team, with training and leadership opportunities to help you develop your career.  

We are looking for a Nurse ready to work at a Band 6 level and with a passion for providing a standard of care that can really change young people’s lives. 

  • The Unit is in a position through the South West Provider Collaborative to offer further training of which could include; DBT for Adolescents, Non-Violent Resistance, and Positive Behavioural Support, providing valuable transferable skills.
  • We can offer support in gaining clinical and management experience that looks to future career development, with training programmes delivered within AWP.
  • You will work in a highly supportive environment.  
  • You will have a thorough induction into the running and life of the Unit with input into working with young people. 

Main duties of the job

Supporting young people with severe and complex Mental Health difficulties through individual, group, and family settings.

Taking on the role of a clinical lead within the Unit to ensure the highest standard of care for young people. 

You will oversee more junior members of the Nursing Team and assist in the maintenance and development of clinical standards, as well as . 

You will work closely with the Unit MDT and support the Ward Manager in the effective running of the Unit. 

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.

Working within AWP will bring you support and development as we strive to provide exceptional care for the people we care for. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As an inpatient CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) nurse, your primary responsibilities involve providing specialised care and support to children and adolescents with mental health issues who require hospitalisation. Your duties may include:

Assessment and monitoring: Conducting thorough mental health state examinations of patients upon admission and throughout their stay to understand their specific needs and concerns.

Medication administration: Administering prescribed medications and monitoring their effectiveness and potential side effects, ensuring patients receive the appropriate dosage as prescribed by the medical team.

Leadership: Being a leader to junior staff, supporting their development through positive role modelling, clinical supervision and providing a containing presence. Working closely with the ward manager to complete audits.

Care planning and implementation: Collaborating with the multidisciplinary team to develop personalised care plans for each patient, which may include therapeutic interventions, risk management, and 1:1 sessions.

Crisis intervention: Managing and de-escalating crisis situations that may arise, employing appropriate techniques to ensure the safety and well-being of patients and staff.

Emotional support: Providing emotional support and a safe, empathetic environment for patients and their families during their admission.

Family involvement: Involving the patient's family in their care.

Collaborative care: Working closely with other healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, family therapists and psychotherapists to ensure comprehensive and holistic care for the patients.

Documentation: Maintaining accurate and up-to-date medical records and patient progress notes, ensuring proper communication within the healthcare team.

Discharge planning: Assisting in the transition of patients back to their home or community, ensuring appropriate aftercare arrangements are in place, and contingency plans.

Safeguarding and advocacy: Advocating for the best interests of patients, ensuring they receive proper care and support, and identifying and reporting any concerns related to safeguarding or welfare.

Continuous professional development: Engaging in ongoing training and professional development to stay updated on the latest developments in mental health care and nursing practices. Riverside holds DBT, NVR and Milieu Therapy within their ethos.

It's essential for inpatient CAMHS nurses to be compassionate, patient, and skilled in handling mental health crises, as they play a crucial role in helping young patients navigate through difficult times and achieve better mental health outcomes.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health, Children, Learning Disability, Adult)


Essential criteria
  • An understanding of the importance of self-awareness and how one’s own experiences may impact upon one’s attitudes and interactions.
  • An ability to manage and contain stress individually and within the team.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in an inpatient or community setting.


Essential criteria
  • Ability to form and maintain boundaried working relationships with service users.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Ability to take a leadership role in the Nursing Team.
  • Ability to assess the needs of service users including risk and develop management plans.
  • Ability to manage and oversee the work of more junior members of staff.
  • Ability to lead the team in challenging situations.
  • Ability to provide clinical leadership within the Nursing team, to maintain standards, and provide clinical supervision for more junior members of staff.


Essential criteria
  • Sound knowledge of Nursing Processes.
  • Knowledge of the legal frameworks.
Desirable criteria
  • Mentoring Qualification.

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Harri Richards
Job title
Ward Manager
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