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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/12/2020.

Registered Nurse

Job Reference: 383-FOR-1129-20

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Kingsway Campus, Derby
£24,907 - £30,615 pa, pro rata

Want to make a real difference and have a truly rewarding career? Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of ‘making a positive difference in people's lives’.

We’ve been rated ‘good’ overall by the CQC, with some outstanding services. The CQC commented at our most recent inspection on how our colleagues “treated patients with compassion and kindness” and “felt positive and proud about working for the trust.”

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Derbyshire Healthcare and our Chief Executive, Ifti Majid, is a national advocate on these issues. We are actively seeking to increase diversity in our workforce through our recruitment activities. Selection will be on the basis of merit and we are committed to the principles of positive action, to address any imbalances of opportunity.

We are committed to ensuring that all Trust colleagues can work safely during the current Coronavirus crisis. As part of this, the Trust is reviewing job roles in relation to COVID-19 national guidance, in terms of home working, flexibility and safe practice, to ensure positive working environments for staff and the best quality services for patients. Please note that this post may be subject to adjustments in line with COVID-19 national guidance.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Registered Nurses to join the Rehabilitation and Forensic Services on the Kingsway Hospital site in Derby. We have 2 inpatient rehabilitation units; Audrey House and Cherry Tree Close.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to become part of a diverse multi disciplinary team.

The team provides 24 hour, inpatient support and help to adults with severe and enduring mental illness, who have traditionally found it difficult to spend long periods of time out of other inpatient settings.

Other difficulties may include poor response to treatment, frequent relapse, repeated admissions to acute services and dealings with the criminal justice system.

Our philosophy is underpinned by the ‘recovery’ paradigm.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a keen interest and understanding in the key principles of ‘recovery’ and will be expected to work collaboratively with service users and their carers in order to sustain an attitude and environment where hope is maintained and recovery is possible.

In summary successful applicants will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring that local and national clinical targets are achieved
  • Maintaining effective communication between members of the MDT
  • Professional development
  • Ensuring that they conform to relevant codes of practice
  • Assessing, planning, implementing and reviewing care with the wider MDT
  • Implementing evidenced based practice while respecting service users' own unique experiences as valuable tools in the recovery process
  • Co-ordinating care for identified service users
  • Safely and confidently coordinating shifts
  • Providing supervision to junior staff and mentoring student nurses
  • Maintaining an accessible responsive and cost effective service


These posts are full time and will involve working shifts, late and early shifts with occasional weekends, Bank Holidays and night shifts.

The personal themes of hope, self-management, empowerment and meaningful and purposeful activity are central to the client centred Recovery Approach of our Rehabilitation Service which aims to promote mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Individuals within our rehabilitation services are encouraged to actively identify their own needs and lead their treatment planning.

Socially inclusive, graded, meaningful activities are encouraged to develop and maximise each person’s level of functioning in self-care, productivity, vocational and leisure pursuits. The team work together with individuals to build on their ability to pursue their own life within the wider community to the fullest degree possible.

The atmosphere in the units is homely and supportive and is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team providing a 24 hour service.

We are looking for candidates who have excellent interpersonal and team working skills, the ability to motivate and support individuals in overcoming challenges and working towards their goals and a genuine interest in working with clients suffering from severe mental illness.

The multi-disciplinary team comprises of Nursing Staff, Occupational Therapists, Support Workers, a Psychologist, a pharmacist and Psychiatrists.

Successful applicants must hold a current registration as a mental health nurse. They must have good analytical, motivational and negotiating skills and be good communicators with a passion for recovery-focused working.

Knowledge of recovery orientated practices and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) is highly desirable.

We actively encourage positive and constructive risk taking, flexible and innovative ways of working. In return for your motivation and commitment we offer the following:

  • Regular supervision and appraisal
  • A supportive, flexible and hopeful work environment
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • A supportive network of professionals
  • Training in ‘recovery’ and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (as well as other recovery tools)

Applications are welcome from newly qualified registered nurses.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Karen Doorga

Senior Nurse

01332 623714

Additional contact information

Rose Ureke or Russ O'Reilly, Lead Nurses, Cherry Tree Close, 01332 623700

This job may close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

Please ensure you regularly check the email account (including JUNK MAIL folders) that you use to submit your application, as any further communication regarding your application will be sent electronically.

Applications submitted via NHS Jobs will be imported into the Derbyshire Healthcare recruitment system provided by Trac systems. All information you receive about your application will be generated from the Trac recruitment system and you will not be able to track the progress of your application via NHS Jobs, or send/receive messages via NHS Jobs.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.


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DBS Check
The cost of undertaking a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure will be met by the individual. The Trust will meet the initial costs of the disclosure which will be deducted from your first month’s salary. The current price of a standard check is £23 and an enhanced check is £40.

We are obliged to check employment history for at least the past 3 years for successful candidates. Please ensure that the referees you provide us cover at least the past 3 years of your employment/training.



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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