Staff Nurse – Behavioural Services


Staff Nurse (Behavioural Services

Salary grade £29,245 – £37,993 per annum

Department/ward Neuro-behavioural and Huntington Disease Service – Wellesley, Wolfson & Coombs ward

Responsible to Ward Manager

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) is one of the oldest independent hospitals and medical charities in the UK, not to mention one of the most respected. Today, we continue to enhance dignity, independence and quality of life for every single one of the patients and residents who rely on the rehabilitation and care we provide. We are respected as an authority on Neuro-disability care, we provide training in neuro-care and research advances into the science of care for individuals with neuro-disabilities. Providing short and long-term specialist services for adults with profound or complex neurological injuries, the RHN is passionate about finding ability in disability.

We have an exciting new opportunity to join our Nursing team as a Registered Nurse, this role is within Neuro-behavioural and Huntington Disease Service.

The Registered Staff Nurse will work as part of the multi-disciplinary team to deliver a high standard of care to the patient and residents of the hospital. You will be responsible for the assessment of patients care needs and for the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.

The Neuro-behavioural service is a specialist inpatient ward for adults with challenging behaviour resulting from a brain injury. The service use the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach which focuses on using the positive techniques to promote adaptive behaviours. The specialist Huntington Disease service provides excellent care and support for patients who have high complex needs and their families. It encourages independence and maximises patient’s quality of life.

Main objectives of the role

  • Demonstrate an awareness of RHN’s objectives and contribute to achieving them appropriately
  • Strive to improve efficiency in all areas of your work
  • Strive to improve efficiency
  • To actively contribute to creating a culture where quality is at the centre of everything we do and is delivered on all occasions to the highest level, in accordance with the appropriate CQC regulations and professional standards including the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code
  • To deliver a high standard of care to the patient and residents of the hospital
  • To work according to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and relevant professional guidelines as a named nurse for a defined group of patients and take responsibility for:

Protecting and supporting the health of individual patients and residents

Assessment of care and health and social care needs

Development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for individual patients and residents

  • Within a model of clinical supervision, to gain experience and skills in:

Clinical practice

Facilitation and teaching

Management and leadership

  • To work in accordance with RHN Nursing and Midwifery Strategy and RHN values and contribute towards achieving the RHN’s strategy
  • To maintain effective communication with patients, residents, families/carers and staff
  • To provide a high standard of holistic patient and resident centred care
  • To take charge of the ward/department in the absence of senior nursing staff when agreed competencies to do so have been fully attained

Key Responsibilities

  • Clinical Management & Professional Practice
  • Personal and People Development
  • Training
  • Communication
  • Integrated Governance & Risk Management
  • Resource
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Service Improvement
  • Quality
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Assessment and Care Planning to meet health and well-being needs
  • Provision of care to meet health and well-being needs
  • Information Processing
  • General

Person Specification

  • 1. Registered Nurse with the NMC
  • 2. Evidence of continuing professional development
  • 3. Clinical knowledge and experience of nursing in Brain Injury population
  • 4. Ability to negotiate and work effectively in an interdisciplinary team
  • 5. Demonstrable clinical skills and good practice skills
  • 6. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal presentation skills & report writing
  • 7. Good understanding of relevant compliance standards, codes of practice, and statutory and professional regulations
  • 8. Experience in rehabilitation of people who present with challenging behaviours, such as verbal and physical aggression, withdrawn behaviour, dis-inhibition and impulsivity
  • 9. Previous experience or related training or qualification in management of challenging behaviours, including but not limited to de-escalation, positive reinforcement and re-direction
  • 10. Previous experience or related training in Positive Behaviour Support and its guiding principles
  • 11. Previous experience or related training in Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) and Breakaway techniques
  • 12. Previous experience or direct involvement in promotion of independence, respect, dignity, inclusion and reducing individual restrictions
  • 13. Direct involvement in enhancing individual’s quality of life and facilitating community integration and seeking valued social roles

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Please let us know if you have not managed to arrange to receive the vaccine via other channels yet, as we can arrange the administration of the vaccine within the hospital.
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