Physical Health Nurse RGN with £5,000 Welcome Bonus

Priory Group
Newbury, Berkshire
Competitive salary
11 Jun 2021
20 Jun 2021
Role Type
Start Date

Knowing that you're making a difference to people's lives is rewarding in itself. But our many roles offer much more than that. As well as helping you grow and develop your talent, we want you to feel proud of where you work and what you do.

The Cloisters is a Priory Hospital set on the southern outskirts of Newbury and boarders with Hampshire and Wiltshire. Close by are the big towns of Basingstoke and Reading with the cities of Winchester and Swindon an easy commute. We have excellent public transport links to London which is just a 50 minute train journey.

We are excited to be launching an updated service after a period of expansion and improvements now offering a 34 bed Recovery and Rehabilitation service for men with enduring mental ill health. Within the service is a care pathway offering an admission ward, a community facing ward, a longer term ward for patients with more complex needs and also a 4 bed flat for patients who are returning to independent living in the community. The site is warm and welcoming with a homely atmosphere, the patients enjoy home cooked meals contributing to menu choices at meetings with the chef.

We offer a range of therapies on site:

Art Therapy
Drama Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Horticulture at our off site allotment
Self-catering skills and nutritional advice

So come and join our team of highly experienced clinicians in this exciting phase of our journey to provide top quality, innovative, evidence based and collaborative care to our patients.

Staff benefit from:

free meals,
free parking,
easy to access local amenities during breaks including 2 gyms, local shops, the community college and a retail park.
Staff Wellbeing initiatives which include an Employee Assistance Programme, a staff recognition scheme, supervision and psychology led support groups.
A career progression pathway
Onsite training

The role holder will require NMC registration and previous experience gained within a relevant healthcare environment.

The main role of the Physical Health Nurse is to provide support to the Nursing and wider MDTs in ensuring the patients in the defined area have their physical healthcare nursing needs identified, care planned and evaluated in accordance with best practice and clinical evidence. As well as providing advice and support to colleagues at the site regarding physical healthcare needs in general terms; this includes Infection control, screening programmes and site specific requirements, depending on the clinical speciality. Be the site lead for Infection Prevention and control and for student nurses and apprenticeship nurses.

• Ensure that all patients are receiving physical healthcare assessments on admission, and that their care needs are commensurate with the assessment and consistent with pre-existing care plans; This includes obtaining relevant historical information, test results etc. in partnership with medical colleagues.

• Accurate and efficient date input following screening and results; ensuring process in place regarding communication of the results to the GP and the onsite medics.

• Documents all individual patient contacts in their Electronic Clinical record promptly, escalating information to medical and other nursing colleagues as required

• Provide briefing and support to Registered nurses at the site regarding the physical healthcare needs in general terms; this includes Chronic disease management; Screening programmes; Diabetes; Hypertension; COPD; wound management

• Provides training and support to staff regarding the use of physical healthcare measurement tools, e.g. Waterlow

• Provide training and guideline implementation of new equipment for the nursing team

• Provides training and support to relevant staff regarding Baseline physical observations, recording, interpreting and escalating

• Oversee the nursing care plans for patients with physical healthcare needs, providing training and supervision for newly qualified nurses regarding physical healthcare

• Liaise with primary Care services regarding individual patient needs relating to one or more of the following: Diabetic review; Hypertension management; Flu vaccines; Cervical smears; PSA testing; Mammograms; Anticoagulant monitoring; Thyroxine reviews and others as required; Ensuring that recall services are in place on a named patient basis

• Maintaining efficient liaison with other agencies and external professionals to ensure continuity of care.

• Provide services to patients including Clozapine Clinic; ECG Recordings; Phlebotomy; Wound care, alongside other members of the medical and nursing team

• Lead on IPC audits and ensuring any outbreaks, infection and notifiable diseases are reported and managed in accordance with Group and Divisional policy and the Code of Practice for IPC

• Act as a resource at site regarding IPC and medical Devices; This includes facilitating the correct audits, checks and actions in these areas are undertaken

• Oversee practice placements by student nurses; provide support and mentoring to apprentices on the Priory nursing programme.

• Act as Preceptor for newly qualified nurses starting at the hospital

• Form and develop positive working relationships with Universities providing Nurse training, be the site liaison officer with the Universities and take a lead, with site HR and DoCs on nurse recruitment

• Oversee Health Care Support Worker induction to site; supporting them to achieve their care certificate within the 3 months of starting.

• Undertake Quality Walk Arounds; collate data and action plan for Clinical Governance.

• Support Smoking Cessation programmes at site

• Actively lead Health Education and public Health initiatives that relate to the service

• Work as part of a network of Physical Healthcare nurses across the region, and division

• In conjunction with the SMT create an annual health promotion programme.

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