To deliver a high standard of evidence based inpatient nursing care in partnership with the wider clinical team, the service users and their family members/carers.
To act as a primary nurse in the assessment of needs and organising and delivery of care.
To co-ordinate shifts and provide supervision for support workers and nurses in training.
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 take charge of a designated ward area and deputise for the ward manager/deputy ward manager as appropriate.
To be an active participant in the multi-disciplinary team, formulating care plans and utilising appropriate assessments and evaluations.
To represent the ward manager and/or care team, at appropriate forums and disseminate information as required.
To represent the clinical team perspective at multidisciplinary meetings and clinical reviews of patient care.
To undertake assessments of individuals and their families and carers as appropriate admitted to inpatient care, including service users presenting with high risk.
To develop care plans and discharge plans in collaboration with the service user and their families and carers
In conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, complete regular risk assessments and manage risks accordingly.
To regularly review risk factors and work in conjunction with the MDT to modify care plans.
To act as a Primary Nurse and Named Nurse for inpatients.
To ensure that clinical practice is evidence based and consistent with nursing guidelines, relevant NICE guidelines and Oldercare policies and procedures.
To provide supervision of support workers and nurses in training where appropriate.
To maintain and contribute to standards of professional care, ethics, policies and procedures.
Ensure that all electronic clinical records are maintained and that other systems and good practice, e.g. recording of handovers, occur for all staff to communicate effectively.
Working autonomously, confidently, competently and safely and utilising supervision and acknowledging others expertise as required.
To maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Information Governance polices.
To take appropriate action when working with vulnerable adults and children following safeguarding vulnerable adult and children procedures and liaising with the safeguarding lead and/or Local Authority.
To work in partnership with other agencies to gain the best person-centred outcomes for the individual.
Being able to act promptly and safely by prioritising patients’ needs and co-ordinating their care.
Collect data as directed to ensure service delivery is accurately captured, recorded and reflected.
Ensure participation in both managerial and clinical supervision and the supervision of others.
Maintain awareness of professional, clinical and organisational developments, participating in the Oldercare clinical governance framework to ensure communication with the wider organisation and dissemination of information to the team.
Ensure that own development needs are addressed through the staff appraisal framework and prioritised to meet requirements for registration purposes.
Excellent knowledge of the MHA (1983/2007), the Code of Conduct and the application of both.
Excellent Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) to include practical knowledge of, Deprivation of Liberties, Safeguarding (DOLS/LPS) and best interest decisions.
To promote respect for diversity and combat stigma and exclusion at every opportunity.
To communicate with and support relatives and carers and actively
Practice Development, including professional development of others
To act as a mentor/preceptor to junior staff and nurses in training.
To supervise junior staff in carrying out individualised planned care.
To access own supervision and to use this and reflective practice principles to enhance own development.
Report 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 Oldercare.
Provide managerial supervision where appropriate to support workers.
Research and Development/Audit
To use research in practice and developing research work from one’s own practice.
To oversee, manage and report upon at least one area of clinical audit.
Governance – including quality, standards, documentation & ethics
To maintain and contribute to the developments of nurses in training with regard to their professional care – NMC.
To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and standards and to provide specialist reports relevant to practice setting.
To adhere to the Nursing & Midwifery Council Code of Conduct, professional standards and ethics and comply with local and national standards of practice.
To keep accurate and timely clinical records.
To comply with and have a good working knowledge of the MHA (1983/2007), knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005) to include practical knowledge of all 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 Information Governance policies.
To be aware of and to work to the implementation of all and NMC 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 Oldercare 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 clinical 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, maintain and further develop 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
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