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Staff Nurse - (Secure & SPLD Division)

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Various across the Secure Division
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum
Salary period
14/02/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Our services include:

Ashworth - High Secure Hospital:

  • Ashworth Hospital is one of only three hospitals in the country providing services for patients who require treatment and care in conditions of high security. 
  • Our vision is to be a centre of excellence for high secure care, providing a recovery focused environment for patients and staff. 
  • Patients remain in the high secure service until they are safe and well enough to move to a medium secure or other unit.
  • We care for up to 228 patients in 14 single storey semi-detached wards. Our wards are arranged in clusters around wide open green areas and each ward has its own garden. 
  • Each of our wards provides a specific type of specialised treatment and care and patients with similar conditions are usually grouped together based both on security and clinical needs. 
  • Care is provided by consultant led multi-disciplinary teams using the care programme approach. This ensures each patient has his own specialist team of professional staff to tailor make a treatment and care package. 

Rowan View:

This exciting development is an addition to the Secure & SpLD Service and represents our strong ambition for a new centre of excellence in forensic care.

  • Specialist Learning Disability and Mental Health services
  • 123 beds over eight wards: Female Learning Disability (Delamere Ward); Male Learning Disability (Astley and Birkdale Wards); Female Mental Illness (Eden); Male Mental Illness (Thornton, Rivington, Vale and Marbury Wards)
  • An environment that will promote the integration of physical and mental wellbeing
  • A social hub incorporating a café, therapy rooms, multi faith room, sports hall, gymnasium, music rooms, skills for life room, IT suite, bank and a physical health suite
  • Use of therapeutic technology for the benefit of patients and staff including virtual reality and avatar therapy

Rathbone - Low Secure Hospital:

  • Our Low Secure Unit on the Rathbone Hospital site in the Old Swan area of Liverpool provides mental health rehabilitation for men with severe and enduring mental health problems who are preparing to return to life in the community.  
  • The unit has two wards, Allerton and Childwall, each with 16 en suite bedrooms.
  • ‘Wavertree Street’ is central to the unit and provides structured leisure activities. The area has a café dining area providing a relaxed, bright atmosphere where patients can have relatives to visit.
  • Rathbone Low Secure Unit also has two self contained flats on site which are used within the Rehabilitation Programme and are used to further develop and consolidate the skills needed to live independently.
  • The staff team has consultant psychiatrists, nurses, nursing assistants, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and outreach practitioners working together to provides a full tailored approach to psychosocial rehabilitation for those we serve.

Secure & SpLD Service represents a step change in care for service users, preparing them for life afterwards. It will deliver innovative treatments to improve recovery times for people with mental health and learning disabilities.

Continuous Improvement is one of Mersey Care NHS Trust’s five values and our aim is to deliver care that makes a positive difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers.

We are looking for qualified Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Nurses who can demonstrate compassion and empathy to our patients, improving the quality of care services within a Secure/Forensic Environment.  We will also consider Learning Disability Nurses.   Applications are currently invited from those who are anticipating NMC registration by September  2021.

Our Secure Division is responsible for specialised secure mental health services, in low, medium and high secure settings for service users with a primary classification of mental illness, and personality disorders. Working across the Secure Division as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will contribute to the delivery of high standards of care and treatment to a challenging group of service users. This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to gain invaluable experience in forensic environments.

Along with your RMN/ RNLD qualification, you will need to demonstrate enthusiasm in your attitude, commitment and behaviour towards our service users using effective communication skills and the ability to thrive in a stimulating environment, performing well under pressure. Experience would be preferable but we also welcome applications from newly qualified nurses.

Please apply now.

We offer excellent terms and conditions including flexible working, structured pay progression, access to occupational health and staff support services and a genuine commitment to supporting staff to achieve their full potential through training and development. Staff will receive funding to pursue opportunities- from leadership development programmes to modules which allow accumulation of credits to gain awards, certificates and diplomas, to university courses and modules.


Shortlisting is planned for 14th February 2021

Interviews are scheduled for 25th February 2021


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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