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Band 5 RMN- PICU services

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
St Charles Hospital, London
£30,786 - £37,841 pa inc
Closing date
2 Feb 2022

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Mental Health
Contract Type
Full Time
£30,000 - £40,000
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Do you think you have what it takes to work within an innovative and unique mental health service within central London?   

If so, we have the opportunity for you! 

Following on from the promotion of previous post holders we are looking for Registered Mental Health Nurses who are looking for a new challenge or to start their career within our male and female PICUs at St Charles. Shannon Ward is a female Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Nile Ward is a male PICU, both accredited by the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units (NAPICU) and based at St. Charles Hospital in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea with good transport links. 

CNWL prides itself on its investment in staff both in terms of developing career skills but also its commitment to staff health and wellbeing. As part of this post you will receive this and much more!


The successful applicant will be an NHS employee and may therefore have contact with vulnerable service users. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to take significant steps to protect the health and safety of our staff, service users and those attending our sites. In order to comply with our duty of care, we require our staff to have the COVID vaccine and we will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process. Vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an exemption applies.

Why join our PICU wards?

  • An opportunity to work with our nationally accredited PICU teams. This accreditation means that they have achieved and are delivering the highest standards of clinical excellence as governed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • As part of this accreditation we are continuously exploring innovative ways to improve the experiences of both our service users and our staff. Our recent Quality Improvement (QI) initiative helped to reduce violence on the ward by 43%.
  • We are committed to empowering our service users and to allow our staff more time to do what they love, NURSING. We have weekly Communal Cooking where a patient will cook for the other patients and staff and they will all eat this together improving relations between everyone and creating a warm, friendly environment.
  • We have service user-led projects including incredible wall murals which have been completed by our service-users, gardening sessions and a community football team!
  • Our sensory gardens have been created with the aim of improving our therapeutic and community-based environments.
  • Through the development of our QI projects we created the Trust’s first Health and Fitness Practitioner who creates enhanced workout programmes and delivers nutritional education to our service users. This has allowed these service users to feel more able to continue their recovery in the community and has led to an average of 3-6kg less weight gain since its implementation.

Working for our organisation

You will be offered;

  • Shift work that can support you to have a healthier work-life balance.
  • Great transportation links that will make your commute easier.
  • Commitment to develop you as a practitioner as evidenced by current staff progressing to Band 6 positions and others being supported to complete their Nursing Advocate and Advanced Clinical Practitioner training.
  • Opportunities to shadow our other services at St Charles such as HTT, FRT, HBPoS and speciality inpatient services.
  • Regular supervision and career mapping including development programmes.
  • Participation in case-formulation and specialist, psychology-led training sessions.
  • The chance to work with a strong, forward-thinking and innovative service that will allow you to flourish as a practitioner and do what you do best, nursing.
  • Hidden Gem, annual award ceremonies and award-winning Staff Networks that have thousands of members and exciting events.
  • Excellent staff benefits: our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include: childcare vouchers, health and wellbeing services, season ticket loans and cycle to work scheme. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will possess sound clinical risk assessment and management skills, good knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983), CPA and NMC code of conduct. We are looking for someone with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and who can work both as part of a team and on their own initiative and respond creatively to service provision and service user needs. 

Our Band 5 nurses contribute to the provision of safe and reliable services by:

  • Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services as safe as possible
  • Safeguarding people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns when necessary
  • Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use our services
  • Being open and transparent about their own practice
  • Supervising the work of others
  • Reflecting on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality can be made
  • Working with others to create a culture of continuous improvement
  • Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive records
  • Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training

If you think you have what it takes to work with our exciting teams then we want to hear from you.

Interview date TBC

Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria

  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Numeracy skills required for the safe administration of medicines

Desirable criteria

  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development

Experience Desirable criteria

  • Experience of working on a PICU or similar environment
  • Experience of working on a inpatient mental health ward

Skills Essential criteria

  • Able to communicate with the multi-disciplinary team, present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively. Speaking face to face but also by telephone and writing letters and reports.
  • Maintaining accurate, timely, concise and legible clinical records both electronic and handwritten which adhere to the CNWL policies
  • Able to talk to people about sensitive issues in a supportive manner but also challenge others assertively where necessary
  • Able to maintain electronic patient records Use Microsoft Word for letter and report writing
  • Work well with other members of the team including communicating effectively, being kind and considerate, reliable and enthusiastic
  • Help others in the team achieve their objectives and deliver safe, effective care
  • Mentor, teach and support others in the team
  • Supervise others in the team
  • Contribute to the culture of the team and play a role in making it inclusive, kind and hard working

Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics Essential criteria

  • Be a role model and embody CNWL’s values by being Caring, Respectful, Empowering and working in Partnership.

CNWL NHS Foundation Trust are committed to safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.

Due to the high response levels we receive for some vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date and advise you to submit your application as soon as possible. 

Our Agenda for Change employment contracts are subject to a contractual 13 week probationary period.

If you are offered a job, information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.



There’s a place for you at CNWL

We’re passionate about delivering first-class patient-centered, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient’s own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.

Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. 
We’re always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we’re hoping to find our future leaders and we’ll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.

With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more – whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

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