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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/10/2020.

Nurse Associate

Job Reference: 380-JD184

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Forensic Mental Health Services
Trevor Gibbens Unit, Maidstone, Maidstone
£21,089 - £23,761 pa

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Innovation is one of our core values and that is demonstrated in some of our award-winning teams.

Our Peer Support Workforce has gained local and national acclaim for working alongside people accessing our services and embodies the reality of recovering lives

Indulge your research interests with our enthusiastic team, who are involved in a whole host of national and home-grown studies with the potential to shape future healthcare.

There are exciting times ahead in 2020 when the Kent and Medway Medical School is set to open, collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent with KMPT one of the NHS partners, inspiring the next generation of medical professionals.

We are also at the forefront of partnership working, an integral part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, looking at the way forward for sustainable health and social care.

KMPT is creating an environment for equal opportunities for all, where we can ALL be ourselves.

We take pride in our services – which are underpinned by our values:

  • Respect

  • Openness

  • Accountability

  • Working together

  • Innovation

  • Excellence

The Role

The TGU specialises in the assessment and treatment of mentally disordered offenders, serving the community of Kent and a population of approximately 1.6 million. The service now provides a total of 66 beds throughout a range of clinical facilities based on patient need.

At the Trevor Gibbens Unit, we are committed to include our patients in all that we do. To us this means ‘Nothing about you, without you’.

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Nurse Associate. You will have an interest in providing care to our patient group and in providing leadership to our Apprentice, Band 2 and 3 Healthcare Workers. We are looking for an individual who is innovative, positive and capable of challenging the status quo in the interests of service and workforce development.

Our promise to you as a new recruit is that we will provide you with the following:

- A thorough induction to the unit

- Security Training

- Experience of working with a specialist patient group at Kent’s only NHS Regional Secure Unit

- Opportunities to progress and develop via the NHS Leadership Academy and our links with local universities

- Opportunities to work in a range of clinical environments, ie, ECA, Acute, Rehabilitation and Pre-Discharge

- Experience in both male and female wards

- Specialist Risk Management Training

- Opportunities to co-facilitate psychology treatment groups

- Collaborative Risk Assessment Training

- Personality Disorder Training

- Team Away Days

- Trauma Informed Practice Training

- People Management and General Management Skills Training

- Research Opportunities

- Standard Mandatory Training

- Access to our unit facilities, eg, gym/sports access and café and free parking

Do you want to develop your skills, with the backing of a well-developed team and make a difference to the recovery of our patients? If the answer is yes, we want you to join our team.

The role is a key member of the multidisciplinary care team (MDT) and will have continuing responsibility to:

Under supervision from the MDT deliver an effective and competent level of care, which is determined by the patients care plan.

Line manage and supervise the care given by Healthcare Workers and Apprentice Healthcare Workers and provide guidance and training as appropriate.

Be fully aware of the needs of patients over a 24 hour span of care and directly supporting the qualified nurse in charge when on shift. i.e. you will be second in charge of the shift.

Act as role model to colleagues and patients.

Essential Knowledge and Experience

Experience of working with people with a severe mental health illness in a secure setting

People management experience

Currently undertaking the Nurse Associate training programme

Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.

Safeguarding Training

Ability to travel between Trust sites in a timely manner.

Experience of running groups

Ability to work as part of a team and individually

Ability to maintain boundaries and form positive therapeutic relationships with patients and carers

Evidence of ongoing personal development.

Computer literate

This post may be subject to a six month probationary period, depending on the successful candidate.

Employment in this post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameEmma BowlerAdditional contact information

Emma Bowler, Lead Nurse on 01622 723195 or Cate Ballinger, Groombridge Ward Manager on 01622 723172

KMPT Staff Benefits:

NHS pension scheme Your employer pays 14.3% towards your pension and life assurance benefits.

Annual leave for Agenda for Change
On appointment to NHS 27 days for full time or pro rata if part time
After 5 years NHS service 29 days full time or pro rata if part time
After 10 years NHS service 33 days full time or pro rata if part time
Plus bank holidays that’s up to 41 days - more than 8 weeks paid time off!

Medical staff have national Terms and Conditions.

Recommend a friend campaign. Existing KMPT employees could refer a friend from outside of the Trust to the roles below and can receive £1000 if they are successfully recruited; Nursing staff - RMN RGN RNLD - Band 5 and 6, Medical Doctors, Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Professionals

Flexible working. Job share, term time working, flexible shifts etc. Just ask and we will try to help.

New starter bonus. We value our nurses and the skills they bring therefore we offer New Hire Bonus of £1200 pro rata for band 5 and 6 nursing staff.

Induction. KMPT provides comprehensive Induction programme to support new employees. This ranges from 2 days to 4 weeks dependent on role (not always consecutive days). You may need to travel across site includes Canterbury, Maidstone and Dartford.

Probation Period. New employees external to KMPT are subject to a six month probationary period.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Certain roles are subject to criminal record check. You may be required submission of completed Disclosure form to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

In cases where we receive high volume of applications for a post, we reserve the right to bring the closing date forward.

Your application will be imported from the NHS Jobs website into the recruitment system which we use for managing our recruitment. You will not be able to track the progress of your application through the NHS Jobs website. You will not receive messages or notifications about your job application from NHS Jobs.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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