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Staff nurse – mental health

Band 5

Main area
Acute stroke unit
Band 5
Full Time/Part Time (min 25 hours)
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£23,023 - £29,608 pa pro rata
25/10/2018 23:59

Come and join our highly motivated and patient-focused clinical team as we develop the service we deliver to patients who present to the Acute Stroke Unit (F8) requiring management in their mental health conditions. In an exciting new initiative, we are recruiting Registered Mental Health Nurses as part of our nursing workforce to help us deliver true parity of esteem between physical and mental health care.

You will join our established team on F8 ward; a 28 bedded acute stroke unit that works in collaboration with the therapy team to provide intense stroke rehabilitation for patients with complex needs.

 In this role you will:

  • To provide direct nursing care and psychological support for patients who present to the Acute Stroke Unit with mental health crisis and for patients whose mental health is impacting on their ability to engage with physical health care. This includes patients with dementia.


  • To provide support for carers and relatives, including helping them to access hospital and community services that provide support to family members of people with mental health problems.


  • To provide specialist observation and, where required, de-escalation for patients who present with mental health crisis and/or acute behavioural disturbance. This includes responding to ‘Code Green’ calls, where appropriate.


  • To contribute to ongoing assessment, management and evaluation of physical and mental health care needs for patients who present to the Acute Stroke Unit in mental health crisis, in accordance with relevant UHS policy and guidelines, and in collaboration with the Acute Stroke Unit clinical staff and the liaison psychiatry team.


  • To work closely with the liaison psychiatry team in their management of patient pathways and action delegated tasks, as appropriate. This includes liaison with appropriate multidisciplinary colleagues to maintain patient flow.


  • Under the supervision of the Acute Stroke Unit clinicians, liaise with appropriate mental health teams and other community services to optimise the safe discharge of patients who are below threshold for Liaison Psychiatry review or whose Anticipatory Care Plan identifies that liaison psychiatry review may not be required.


  • To follow neuroscience’s policy and guidance in the management of patients who may self-discharge or abscond.


  • To provide advice and peer support to registered nurses when observing and caring for patients with mental health crisis, supporting the development of their knowledge and skill to care for patients with mental health crisis.


  • To attend professionals meetings when requested by the Acute Stroke Unit Vulnerable Adults Lead, to support the development of High Intensity Service Users.


  • To work in a 24 hour service, on a shift basi To support the Acute Stroke Unit staff in the management of other adult patients when there are no patients requiring specialist mental health nursing care.

We are a supportive and education focused team who can offer you the opportunity to develop the bespoke and desirable skills essential for excellent patient care through our in-house training as well as University lead courses. 

We have a dedicated neurological education department who are on hand to help with nurse revalidation; extended clinical skills training as well as supporting staff who may have been working in either private or community based settings who are keen to return to the acute hospitals trust.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. We've recently been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey we ranked seventh in the country for staff engagement, and fourth best nationally for our proportion of staff saying that they would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care. One of our main objectives has been to become a top ten research trust, with the pharmacy department being an integral part of achieving this.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep.

The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.

If you want to work in a fulfilling role as part of a friendly team, we would encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit.

Closing date for applications Thursday 25 October.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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