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Staff Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Springfield University Hospital
£30,786 - £37,841 per annum inclusive of HCA
Salary period
28/01/2022 23:59

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust, we are happy to talk flexible working.

We are passionate about caring for our service users, their family and friends and the wellbeing of our colleagues.  From 1st April 2022, it will be a requirement for everyone joining South West London and St Georges in a CQC regulated patient facing role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to hold a qualifying exemption.  Applicants are further advised that it is a condition of employment that evidence of their vaccination status is provided, as part of the pre-employment checks.

Job overview

Staff Nurse Band 5

About the team:

The Forensic Inpatient Service provides short and long term hospital admissions to both male and female patients suffering from serious mental health problems such as psychotic illness, bipolar affective disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Each ward is staffed by a multidisciplinary team who are responsible for assessing, managing and reducing the risk to the person and community whilst in our care. The team comprises of mental health Nurses, Forensic Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Dance and Movement Therapists, Recovery Workers and administrative staff.

The Forensic Inpatient Service provides admission under the Mental Health Act within both low and medium level of security which is generally agreed with the referring team/court/Ministry of Justice.

The Forensic Inpatient Service works in collaboration with referring teams to help the person move back to an appropriate community setting as soon as possible.

In keeping with our obligations under the new Coronavirus Regulations 2021 in relation to Care Home visits, the successful candidate will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination status against Covid-19

Main duties of the job

About the role:

Clinical Skills

  1. Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading on implementing the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.
  2. Leading on and undertaking activities to ensure that the fundamentals of care are met - nutrition, hydration, hygiene, comfort, emotional and social support.
  3. Co-ordinating and evaluating collaborative patient-centred care; getting feedback and improving plans with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
  4. Providing accurate information about care in an accessible format to patients and their relatives / carers.
  5. Liaising and working positively with members of the multi- disciplinary team and partner organisations.
  6. Administering, and monitoring the side-effects of, medication; monitoring service user compliance.
  7. Safety; safe custody of medicines, sharps, clinical equipment, report all incidents following trust policy.
  8. Developing the management of care needs through:
  9. Initial data collection
  10. Monitoring of individual service user / patient progress

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Working for our organisation

Our Trust headquarters is located within the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting and we also operate in nearly 100 other locations throughout the UK.  This is easily accessible via the Northern Line (Tooting Bec Station) and via private transport.  


We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leave
  • Work life balance
  • Career development
  • Subsidised car parking 
  • NHS discounts
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

We look forward to receiving your application.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As a Registered Nurse you provide direct personal care to service users/ 
patients, without direct supervision, and co-ordinate the care given by 

The post holder will deliver high quality safe nursing care, ensuring 
consistently high standards of practice and clinical excellence which comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional conduct. 

The role includes leading the delivery of comprehensive service user 
assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of person-centered 
care in a collaborative way.

The post holder will co-ordinate a first class service that includes assessment and monitoring of physical health, 
maintaining service users rights, supervising junior staff and students, working collaboratively with the Multi-Disciplinary Team and maintaining a safe and therapeutic working environment and accurate records.
Band 5 nursing roles are only open only to staff with a nursing registration, 
obtained as a result of completing a qualification recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

Person specification

Education and Training

Essential criteria
  • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship qualification

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of research-based/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of relevant Professional andand develop these by using evidence based practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of shift co-ordination
  • Experience of supervising and mentoring junior

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user’s needs, without close supervision.
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Approachable.
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others
  • Forms very effective working relationships with colleagues.
  • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics; promotes equality and diversity.
Desirable criteria
  • IT skills
  • Skilled in supervision of others, and in providing critical and constructive feedback.


Essential criteria
  • Empathy for service users including individuals who have experienced mental health problems.
  • Loyal and able to advocate for and show pride in the work area and organization
  • Flexibility to work shift patterns across 24hrs, 7days a week and across all clinical areas within the Trust as required
  • Ability to fulfil all the requirements of the role (including physical)
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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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Nurse Manager
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