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Charge Nurse - £3k welcome bonus

Job overview

We’re looking for aspiring leaders and clinically credible nurses to join our dedicated team on Southgate Ward, based at Wedgwood House, Suffolk as a Charge Nurse.

Southgate Ward is a is a general working aged adult acute mixed sex ward. We have 16 beds on our unit and work with adults who have a wide range of mental health problems and diagnoses. 

Adult acute experience would be especially welcome. Whilst experience in working with adults with a range of mental health problems would make you perfectly suited to this role, we are really open to welcoming people from clinical backgrounds who have experience in other areas of mental health.  But we would like individuals to be well motivated, have good interpersonal skills, personal resilience, and an enthusiasm for working with adults and their families whilst they are going through a difficult and stressful period in their lives, in terms of their mental health and well-being. 

This role is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate leadership in the team, having junior staff to supervise and teach.  Having a good understanding of governance and how we can continue to strive for excellent care. 

Come and join our friendly team! 

Main duties of the job

As part of our ongoing strive for excellence we are developing a 'care team' approach patient centred care. We’re looking for a hands on, flexible charge nurse who will confidently make decisions and support their small care team.

We will look to support you to develop your skills in a variety of ways, whether that is through our existing band 6 development programme, leadership courses, mentorship as well as formal recognised qualifications too. You would be part of the multidisciplinary leadership team, influential in shaping, developing, and delivering care to meet the needs of the local population, in partnership with all other stakeholders. We are looking for individuals who have enhanced clinical skills and experience with an ability to inspire, motivate and deliver clear improvements for patients and staff.

It can be a challenging environment at times, so we need clinicians with a positive attitude, compassion, resilience, and a hands-on approach. It is vital that the clinician is reflective around issues of power and difference, see the importance of working across systems, and can do that effectively.

 If you have the drive to provide excellent care, can demonstrate high quality clinical skills and are willing to go the extra mile to help make a difference to people’s lives then we would love to hear from you.

This post does require full PMA fitness (full training will be given) and to be able to work shifts including nights and weekends

Working for your organisation

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly, and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk? The people here are warm and welcoming, you’ll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. We are close to London and have an international airport in Norwich too. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops, and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

We can accommodate some flexible working in line with the service need.

Benefits included with this role are:

NHS pension

a comprehensive in house & external training programmes

career progression

starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)

staff physiotherapy service

on site gym open to staff 

NHS discounts and many more.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As Charge Nurse, you will be expected to take responsibility for supporting your care team, working within governance processes to support the implementation of individualised and responsive care.


Responsible for the line management of identified members of the service.

Monitor the practice of junior staff and identify any learning and development needs in respect of the clinical skills base.

Maintain own and lead/supervise staff in maintaining professional, therapeutic relationship/boundaries with patients, carers, and colleagues.

Provide and ensure provision of regular line management supervision and Appraisals to junior members of staff.

Complete ward rotas as required, ensuring ward is sufficiently and safely staffed at all times.

To support the development of effective mental health care pathways within the service.

Support to service evaluation and audit systems.

Support review/development of service wide policies and protocols.

Support the establishment of partnerships and networks with key stakeholders.

Deputise for Clinical Team Leader as required.


To be accountable for own professional practice.

Support the development and implementation of recovery focused interventions to patients with mental illness.

Provide training and support to other as appropriate, including non-statutory agencies.

Demonstrate effective personal planning and organisation of personal daily workload and that of others.

Work flexibly, managing own working time effectively according to service demands.

Make clinical judgements, identifying alternative courses of action, managing, and providing a high quality of care and supporting others to do the same.

Maintain respectful, effective professional interpersonal relationships with others.

Attend all mandatory training as required by the Trust and to undertake further training and updating as required to carry out the role.

Initiate, create and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients and carers and relevant others, ensuring that clinical practice is recovery focused and patient centred.

Promote the involvement of service users, carers, and relevant others in the development of the care pathway.

Work collaboratively with the Clinical Team Leader in establishing a clear philosophy for the multi professional clinical practice within the work area and develop an acceptable model of care that is shared amongst the team.

Ensure that all patients are given a full explanation on their care pathway/treatment options and no decision is taken forward without their involvement and consent.

Undertake clinical audit and clinical governance activities as required.

Ensuring that the practice of clinicians is recovery focused and patient centred, promoting the direct involvement of patients, carers, and relevant others in the development of the plan of care


Demonstrate a personal approach to practice that is reflective and informed by best practice including NICE Guidelines.

Adhere to local and professionally prescribed codes of conduct and practice.

Develop and maintain a professional portfolio which demonstrates reflective practice

Have monthly clinical supervision as per Trust Policy

Promoting in collaboration with the Clinical Team Leader, an atmosphere within the clinical area conductive of best practice.

Work co-operatively with the Clinical Team Leader in ensuring that members of the MDT maintain a professional portfolio.

Maintain personal standards and ensure self and others adhere to all policies, procedure, guidelines, and standards set by the Trust and relevant bodies.

Maintain an up-to-date knowledge relating to the current Mental Health Act ’83/’07 and any relevant guidance thereof and share all relevant information with colleagues as necessary. Ensure others adhere to the legislation.

Identify personal learning and training needs through KSF, appraisal and personal development plans on an annual basis.

Support and develop the principles of joint partnership working and to be pro-acting in fostering positive inter-agency relationships and information sharing.

Be responsible for organising student placements and learning outcomes, be the contact point for the link tutor to discuss student issues as they arise.

Ensure that self and others maintain yearly mentorship updates.

Ensure that personal appearance, practice and manner of self and staff conform to the standards and expectations of the Trust.

To comply with all Trust Policies, Guidelines and Protocols.

Fulfilling Organisational Responsibilities

At the discretion of, and in the absence of Clinical Team Leader, make the most efficient and effective use of ward resources in the context of an awareness of clinical need and financial limitation.

Support the Clinical Team Leader in the co-ordination and development of the clinical area.

Reporting and recording incidents, complaints and accidents involving patient, staff, or visitors in accordance with the Trusts standards or at the direction of the Senior Charge Nurse

Ensure compliance with regulations in respect of the storage and administration of drugs pursuant to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1973

Ensure compliance with the trusts policies for the care of patients’ valuables and ensuring awareness amongst staff of the Standing Financial Instructions and other relevant guidance documents

Receive Section papers on behalf of the Hospital Managers as required.

Ensure that staff maintain knowledge of and work within Mental Health Legislation appropriate to their level of practice

Maintain a personal awareness of the requirements of the Health and Safety at work Act.

Participate in recruitment and selection as per Trust guidelines.

Plan, supervise and participate in induction and the preceptorship of all new staff

Regularly check email, incoming post, and trust intranet site for updated information on clinical practice standards and share with others as appropriate

Co-ordinating the ordering of equipment and supplies for the ward.

We are looking for someone who:

*  Evidences a sound level of understanding of the effects of mental illness, alongside an empathetic approach to meet the individual needs of the patient.

*  Evidences a dynamic, creative, and positive approach

*  Exhibits communication skills that shine through, and are essential for this post

*   Is trustworthy, self-motivated, and organised with time

*   Applicants must possess attitudes and values that reflect the excellent standards or care we expect within NSFT.

As a unit we pride ourselves on working together to deliver high quality care and to support each other through any challenging times.  

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team providing a high level of care for the young people; therefore, good interpersonal communication and organisational skills are required.

You will work supportively and collaboratively with the Clinical Team Leader in ensuring the effective management of the ward in all respects, environmental, financial, and clinical.

Please find attached our Job Description and Peson Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference, click APPLY!

Interview dates are to be confirmed and candidates may only be given a minimum of 3 days’ notice.

You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

**This post attracts a recruitment premium of £3,000 (pro-rata for part time roles).  This is a one off payment with half paid on appointment and half paid after the completion of a satisfactory probation period (6 months).  The premium is taxable.  Please note that should you leave employment, or choose to move to an alternative post within the Trust that does not attract this recruitment premium, you will be required to reimburse all or some of the payment.Please note this recruitment premium is for external applicants only. and not applicable to newly qualified nurses**

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sarah Kingston- Clinical Team Leader (Ward Manager( / 01284 719778

Charge Nurse - £3k welcome bonus

Bury St Edmunds
£35,392 - £42,618

Published on 26 Sep 2023

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