Under the supervision of registered nurses to deliver a high standard of inpatient care in partnership with the wider clinical team, the service users and their family members/carers.
* To support the named nurse/primary nurse in the assessment of needs for a group of patients and deliver their care under supervision.
* To work within a team of nurses and other professionals who are committed to the delivery of a quality service.
* To adopt a flexible approach to hours of duty, in order to meet the needs of the service over a 24-hour period.
* To be an active participant in the multi-disciplinary team, assisting in the formulating of care plans and utilising skills to inform patient assessments and evaluations.
* To contribute to the information recorded on the patient information system by reporting to nursing staff on patient's presentations throughout the shift.
· Under the supervision of the registered nurses, to undertake assessments of individuals and their families and carers as appropriate admitted to inpatient care, including service users presenting with high risk.
· Under the supervision of the registered nurses, to develop care plans and discharge plans in collaboration with the service user and their families and carers
· Under the supervision and guidance of the registered nurses, assess patient's risks against their risk management plans and manage risks accordingly.
· Under the supervision of the registered nurses regularly review risk factors and provide observational information to the MDT to enable them to modify care plans.
· To support the Primary Nurse and Named Nurse for each shift in the provision of care to a group of inpatients.
* To ensure that you are familiar with, and work within the employers' policies and procedures at all times.
Scope and Authority:
Clinical practice, including own professional development
· To ensure a comprehensive nursing assessment is completed on admission.
· To ensure that all patients have an individual care plan and risk assessment, which has taken into account patient and carers views, and ensuring the regular review of both.
· Develop care plans based on individual's needs and that are outcome based taking into consideration the needs of the family as appropriate.
· Monitor, evaluate and modify interventions/treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.
* To provide a highly specialised range of clinical interventions and knowledge of evidence-based models of practice relevant to older adult care.
Key Result Areas:
· Working with the education department, complete the designated care certificate and level 1 diploma in dementia care within the timescales given to you.
· Working under supervision, to confidently, competently, sensitively and safely, give care to a group of patients
· To maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Information Governance polices at all times.
· To be familiar with the safeguarding policy and procedures, to take appropriate action when working with vulnerable adults and children by liaising with the nurse in charge/safeguarding lead and advising of concerns.
· To greet, accompany and assist professionals from outside the hospital who are visiting patients and liaise with nurse in charge as required.
· Being able to act promptly and safely in recognising patients' needs and reporting changes to the nurse in charge.
· Collect data as directed to ensure service delivery is accurately captured, recorded and reflected.
· Ensure participation in both managerial and clinical supervision, to assist with your own professional development and the maintenance of care standards.
· Ensure that own development needs are addressed through the staff appraisal framework.
· To be familiar with the impact of people detained under the MHA or DOLS/LPS) and be aware of your responsibilities at all times.
· To promote respect for diversity and combat stigma and exclusion at every opportunity.
· To communicate with and support relatives and carers and actively promote their involvement with the patients' care plan.
Practice Development, including professional development of others
· To access own supervision and to use this and reflective practice principles to enhance own development.
* Report to the nurse in charge, any incidents which put at risk or have the potential to put at risk, the health and safety of patients, staff or assets or reputation of the employer.
Research and Development/Audit
· To take part in research in practice as directed by the registered nurses.
* To work under supervision to report upon at least one area of clinical audit.
Governance - including quality, standards, documentation & ethics.
· To contribute to written and electronic patient records and activity data.
· To keep accurate and timely clinical records and record observations as required.
· To comply with and have working knowledge of the MHA (1983/2007), knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005) to include practical knowledge of documentation, DOLS/LPS and Best Interest decisions.
· To follow safeguarding vulnerable adult and children procedures.
· To maintain confidentiality at all times in accordance with the employers' information Governance policies.
· To be aware of and to work to the implementation of all employer policies and procedures.
· To develop and promote safe working practices and maintain requirements for health and safety, lifting and manual handling, COSHH: Fire Safety and Environment and attend relevant mandatory training.
· All staff have a responsibility to maintain the health and safety of themselves and others within the performance of their duties in accordance with employer health and safety policies and to undertake specific health and safety responsibilities as necessary.
· To maintain and further develop knowledge and experience in the specific area of older people's care through training and ongoing professional development.
· To participate with monitoring service development and personal growth in line with annual appraisal and the post holder's Personal Development Plan.
* To promote and maintain the necessary requirements for communicating in an age appropriate way with patients whose understanding may be impaired by their mental health needs, learning disability, their age or by the nature of the illness they are experiencing.
- Opportunity for sponsorship to gain a degree in nursing