Mental Health Nurse

Holly Ward and Hospital avoidance

Mental Health Nurse – Rotational post – Band 5

This is a truly unique opportunity to really put your skills to the test, as this role will provide you with the opportunity to use not only your mental health nursing skills, but also your physical health skills too in working with older adults who have functional mental health issues.

This amazing opportunity is open to newly qualified and experienced nurses, who are looking for development.

How does it work?

The rotation will consist working on the ward and at least a 4 month block in every 12 month period within the Hospital Avoidance team.

Following on from a pilot of rotational posts within the dementia service we are looking to offer the same opportunities for suitability qualified nurses with an interest in working with older adults with mental health needs.

  • Holly ward is a 16 bed ward for older adults at the Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury. Specialising in delivering high quality care to service users within a well established multidisciplinary team.

  • Hospital Avoidance service has been successfully supporting people with dementia in the community as an alternative to hospital admission, facilitating a safe and timely discharge when required and working in support of system wide admissions avoidance agenda. This service model is being enhanced to offer Hospital Avoidance to older people with functional mental health needs.

You will receive preceptorship (if required) and excellent clinical supervision throughout rotation, as well as working alongside a multidisciplinary team, consisting of clinicians, Consultant Physiatrist and allied health professionals in addition to other external agencies, carers and families.

As part of the rotation you will have opportunity to gain /develop knowledge /clinical skills and leadership. You will also have the opportunity to undertake quality improvements.

At the end of the rotation?

You will continue to have a substantive role within inpatients and or community. For some it is envisaged that you will be ready to progress your career further within the pathway and that may mean promotion to a band 6 role or specialising into a particular area. However, you will be supported with opportunities for the amazing career that you have ahead of you.

We know from past experience that this will be a very popular opportunity due to the support and development available, so don’t hesitate to submit your application as early as possible.

Comments from a staff nurse who joined the Trust in a previous rotational post

“I was initially attracted to this post because dementia services have always been my preferred clinical area to work in. I was further attracted to the post because over the two years I will gain experience working in three main clinical areas of dementia nursing in the NHS; enabling me to gain experience and knowledge in the different stages of dementia.

So far my experience has been very positive and I am thoroughly enjoying working on the ward andI’m particularly enjoying being part of the Hospital Avoidance team. This is giving me experience working with services users outside of the hospital but utilising skills, knowledge and expertise I have gained while working on the ward”.

Comments from the ward manager “the post has had a positive experience for both the staff, patients and carers on the ward. There is already evidence that the new way of offering posts, bring new ideas to ward and experience from other areas”.

For information /discussion about this post, contact Sharon Madden

Ward Manager /Hospital Avoidance lead.

Closing date: 28th September 2020

Reference: 40883085

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