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Staff Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (rotational or night only)
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Walton Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 pa, pro rata
Salary period
21/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

So, you’re eager to learn more about Older People’s Mental Health Nursing opportunities at DCHS? 

Here are some of the reasons why we are unique;

  • The Walton Unit is the only specialist Mental Health Unit purpose designed for older adults with Organic illness in North Derbyshire.
  • Our dedicated OPMH Walton Unit provides a highest level of mental health care and support to our patients, we are proud to be part of an outstanding Trust, as rated by the CQC.
  • We have an extremely supportive preceptorship programme for newly qualified appointees.
  • We offer opportunities to develop professionally via our in-house leadership development programmes.

Are you?

  • A registered mental health / Learning Disability nurse (or newly qualified / about to qualify or looking for your first step into a specialist mental health environment)
  • A good communicator who is able to relay information to patients and their loved ones in a sensitive and compassionate way
  • Passionate about delivering high-quality care.


Main duties of the job

You will assess patient care needs and develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care, both for a specific group of patients as the Named Nurse and/or in supporting the care of all patients on the ward.  As a registered nurse, you will assist in the management and organisation of work as required; ensuring effective communication is maintained at all times, providing support for junior staff on the ward.  You will play a key role in the supervision and assessment of all learners and unregistered staff, providing a teaching role and acting as a named supervisor. 

You will support individuals with advanced dementia through assessment and treatment and will play a pivotal role in working with colleagues across the older people’s portfolio.

You will be responsible for both direct and indirect care delivery and will develop specialist treatment plans for patients in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team.


Working for our organisation

Derbyshire Community Health Services has been rated as an ‘outstanding’ Trust by the Care Quality Commission; we have achieved this by providing high quality patient care within an inclusive organisation that works together and shows care and compassion for each other.

Join us as one of the largest specialist community NHS providers in the country – one that is also among the very best NHS employers as voted by its own staff and by CQC.  DCHS is a top performing NHS Trust that strives for innovation and improvement for the service and individuals that work within it.

As well as the usual NHS benefits available to our staff, here are just a few more: 

  • Option to buy up to 10 days additional annual leave
  • Free parking at all of our sites
  • Local attraction discounts
  • Staff health & wellbeing programmes supported by our award winning wellbeing team
  • Lease car scheme
  • Relocation package (qualifying criteria)

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Whilst this role can be challenging in nature it is a fantastic opportunity to support individuals to regain sense of self and their place in society

Some of the main responsibilities for this role are outlined below and the full job description is attached as a supporting document:

  • You will have an ability to create a professional culture which is open to change, new ideas, concepts and innovation whilst reflecting our strategy and direction.
  • Maintain a high standard of skilled nursing care based on an assessment of nursing needs
  • Monitor the quality and effectiveness of nursing care, using appropriate standards and guidelines
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the physical, social and psychological condition of the patient and/or carer from admission to discharge
  • To keep accurate and contemporaneous clinical records and provide accurate statistical information as required
  • To support patients/carers, encouraging them to promote their own health and wellbeing and to express their interests and concerns

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Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Application form should be well written


Essential criteria
  • Registered RMN or RNLD
  • Application form to show a desire to work with organic illness
  • Applicant to have an understanding of the MHA and its application to practice
  • Applicant to have an understanding of the MCA and its application to practice
  • Some experience of dementia care on application form
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Krissie Sadller-Brough
Job title
Operational Service Line Manager
Email address
Telephone number
07717 571197