Band 6 Charge Nurse - Lime Unit, Callington Road Hospital

Main area
Inpatient mental health
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Lime Unit
£35,392 - £42,618 per annum
Salary period
27/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

Lime is based at Callington Road Hospital Bristol, Lime ward offers evidence informed care and support to men during the acute phase of their mental health. 

Lime is a dynamic, energetic and fluid environment working towards achieving a gold standard level of care for male inpatient, as a band 6 on the ward you would be part of the leadership team working with patients and the team to achieve this goal.

You will be encouraged and supported to undertake quality improvement projects and other work that impacts on maintaining high standards of care, which enhances the patient and carers experience of inpatient wards.

You will work closely with our service users and the team to give psychologically informed care to patients working closely with the MDT.

Lime are keen for you to develop within your role, supporting with your personal development and Goals, supporting you to achieve your future plans and development needs and career pathway, you will be encouraged to take a lead on specialisms within the ward working with the management team you will be a vital part of the senior team enabling the Lime team to grow and offer interventions that continue to offer a patient recovery beyond discharge.


Main duties of the job

To supervise Band 5 staff and below in developing, implementing and assessing individual programmes of care. An integral part of the role is to undertake appraisals, clinical supervision and teaching.

As a band 6 in the team you will be encouraged to enhance and support patient care to the highest of standards and work with the team to work in a therapeutic positive environment.

Responsible for specific “management duties” within the ward, which are commensurate with their grade, you will be expected to provide general management in the absence of the Ward Manager.

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 within the designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided. This will include:
Undertaking a comprehensive, patient-focused, nursing assessment and prepare care plans in consultation with the service user to provide the best nursing care

Carry out clinical audit to evaluate and improve clinical services in partnership with service users

Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, MHA 1983. Ensure all others apply these, to support safe practice.

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health legislation.

Be familiar with the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. Recognise own competencies and to address any limitations to ensure safe practice. 

To implement and encourage others to implement research-based practice.

Supervise junior and unqualified staff 

Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme 

Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users 

Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for Individual service users: ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.

2 Teaching, Education & Health Promotion 

To use own specialist 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. 
  • Function as a preceptor and mentor to new staff enabling their full integration into  the service. 
  • Develop junior staff through teaching or training activities. 
  • 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). 

Implement the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice as outlined in the NMC "Code of Professional Practice". Change to: 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 people manager, and to maintain records of these meetings. 

Maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). 

Implement 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. 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. Implement and abide by 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. 

Undertake appraisals for staff at Band 5 and below to identify training and development needs and to ensure best practice. 

Assist in staff disciplinary issues. 

Implementation of managerial and clinical supervision to small team of nurses, ensuring best and safest practice is fully undertaken at all times. 

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 organisation of own time, and that of others to ensure safe and efficient running of ward 

Utilize electronic rostering systems (Rosterpro) 

Participate in education and training opportunities to develop self and others 

To take charge of the Unit in the absence of the Ward Manager or Clinical Team Leader 

Ensure that all nurses, for whom the post-holder is responsible, abide by all Trust and local policies and procedures, in particular, Health and Safety at Work, Security and Confidentiality to guarantee legal obligations are fulfilled.

5 Record Keeping and Administration

To maintain and enforce 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. 
  • To work under the direction of ‘Essence of Care’ lead.
  • Contribution to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to Records Management within their span of control. 
  • Make certain all health record keeping is to current professional and local standards to comply with legal obligations.

6 Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development & Clinical Audit

To be involved in practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing. This will include: 

  • Undertake relevant practice development/research activity.                     
  • To take part in a rolling programme of audit. 
  • To comply with activity as outlined in “The Essence of Care”, and ensure direct reports are compliant.
  • Work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance.

7 Professional Nursing Advice

To contribute to providing professional nursing advice within the post-holder’s area of responsibility and span of knowledge.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 18 months staff nurse experience
Desirable criteria
  • Inpatient or acute nursing

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

Allison Teagle
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Ward manager
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