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Charge Nurse

Band 6

Main area
Forensic Services
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Warren Court, Woodside Road, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, WD5 0HT
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Salary period
03/02/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

The post holder will be required to provide comprehensive, professional, effective leadership, Clinical advice and expertise, and managerial support to the Inpatient Area under the direction of the Team Leader.

You will be responsible for the day –day running of an identified clinical area.

You will be expected to assist the Team Leader in maintaining effective team, working processes, including outcome measures which include Key Performance Indicators (PDP, Attendance Management and e-rostering).

The successful candidate must display a considerable degree of initiative, possess mature judgment and maintain a calm, friendly and efficient manner when dealing with service users, their relatives, colleagues and visitors.

You should be able to demonstrate sensitivity towards those suffering from Learning Disabilities and Mental Health problems, be non-judgmental in your approach to people who have offended, have a good understanding of relational security, and be prepared to model and promote the Trust Values.

The post holder will be required to work independently using initiative, and applying a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism to their work. They must be able to demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills, manage competing demands and organise your own work in meeting deadlines in order for the smooth running of the ward area.

Main duties of the job

Be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and
evaluation of care for service users.

Be required to teach other nursing and non-nursing personnel.

Be a role model through their own good practise.

Be responsible for maintaining clinical standards, and team systems
under the direction of the team leader.

Assist the team leader in maintaining effective team working processes, including outcome measures.

Be expected to deputise for the Team Leader in their absence.

To manage the ward/unit resources and clinical environment during
their shift.

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on…

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Will act as a clinical expert in their service area. This means keeping clinically up to date, being able to assess service users thoroughly, plan care rigorously, and audit and evaluate nursing interventions based on evidence and locally agreed protocols and policies.

Will co-ordinate all co-workers assigned to his\her service user group and will ensure they are fully conversant with all aspects regarding the service user’s care and treatment.

Will identify the individual care needs of allocated service users, plan, implement and evaluate all care programmes in conjunction with the unit’s nursing team and the MDT.

Will maintain close liaison with all department\staff involved in a service user’s care and report on progress and effectiveness to the MDT.

Will lead and/or participate in ward rounds, case conference, etc and will prepare reports on service users as required.

Will be aware of all policy documents and legal requirements pertinent to the post and ensure that these are adhered to.

Will demonstrate and serve as an example for all clinical activities to appropriate grades of staff.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RMN/RLDN or Dip/ Bsc (Hons) in Mental Health/Learning Disability Nursing ENB 998 / Preceptorship and Mentorship. ENB


Essential criteria
  • At least 2 years post registration experience at Band 5
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in other clinical settings

Job related aptitude and skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a multiprofessional team
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the and use own initiative, and make decisions in complex situations
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassuring skills are required.
  • Ability to deal with distressing circumstances and challenging behaviour
  • Experience of risk assessment and management.
  • Ability to cope with an unpredictable work pattern and frequent interruptions
  • Understanding of legal framework MHA, MCA, DoL, safeguarding and social factors involved in care
  • Supervision skills
Desirable criteria
  • Specific clinical skills applicable e.g brief therapy, cognitive therapy and anxiety management.
  • Implementing quality improvement initiatives

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Charity Chitauro
Job title
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Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Maria Offemaria on 01923 682062