Senior Nurse - England Central
Based at our England Central hub, east of Birmingham
Salary: Band 6, £32,629 - £39,417, per annum, dependent on experience
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Combat Stress was established in 1919. We are the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For over a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.
Today we provide UK-wide support to veterans from every service and every conflict, on the phone and online, in the community and at our treatment centres. We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So, when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to take on the future.
About the role:
For a Senior Registered Mental Health Nurse, a job working with our wonderful Armed Forces veterans is a hard role to beat. Our veterans have served in every campaign since the First World War and for over a hundred years our nurses have been there to support them with their mental health needs. You will work with a service user group who have a real motivation to make positive changes to their lives and your experience, compassion and focus on recovery will help them get there.
Experience of working with military and veteran populations would be welcome but it is by no means essential. Your interest, enthusiasm and commitment are more important.
You will work autonomously within a small but highly skilled multidisciplinary team to provide a timely and high quality specialised mental health service for veterans. We will work with you to develop your skills and abilities, as we know that an investment in you is an investment in our veterans
We expect that most of your time will be spent working virtually with our veteran community – both on a 1:1 basis and in running groups – although the role also involves working with veterans in person at our Central Hub. We expect that this role will work autonomously as a practitioner with veterans, so you need to be comfortable with this. You will also be part of an interdisciplinary team formulating programmes of treatment with veterans. You will require specialist clinical risk assessment and treatment skills, along with an understanding of the needs of individuals presenting to the service. The role will require you to be proactive in the development of service and organisational initiatives.
- Undertake assessment of the clinical needs of veterans, planning, implementing and evaluating care with a high level of autonomy.
- Work 1-1 with individual veterans on your caseload
- Participate in and support your Therapy, OT, Peer support and Medical colleagues in the wider IDT
- Initiate and participate in clinical case conferences/inter-disciplinary meetings
- Work collaboratively with the veteran - and include family members and significant others in the veteran’s treatment, when appropriate.
- Maintain professional, ethical and legal standards in carrying out therapeutic interventions.
- Ensure the safety of the veteran and others is maintained at all times.
You will have…
- Compassion, resilience and a dedication to empower and support our service users
- Enthusiasm and a willingness to undertake specialist training in working with former military personnel with mental health conditions.
- Exceptional communication and people skills and the emotional resilience to help veterans in their recovery.
- The ability to remain calm in difficult and distressing situations, you will be an inspirational and supportive member of our team
- A commitment to veteran recovery in order to effectively monitor, manage and reduce risk
- The skills to identify the potential abuse or neglect of vulnerable individuals, and will contribute to the development of protection plans under the Safeguarding Adults procedure
- Experience as Registered Mental Health Nurse with a with a current Pin Number
- Previous experience of working with military personnel and their families or a strong interest to do so
- The ability to maintain documentation, undertake audits and demonstrate integrity in your role
- Previous community-based experience
- You will work within a reputable charity that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our veterans. Combat Stress has strong values, is a fantastic cause and has a very committed follower and supporter base.
- The opportunity to work with our inspirational veterans and support them to make lasting change to both them and their families
- The opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team and external agencies to ensure that appropriate family and carer support is in place, and promote the needs of veterans by providing training and support to non-specialist clinicians, military charities and others who may be involved in the care of veterans and service leavers.
- Specialist Training
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, with an increase upon 5 years of continuous service
- A paid lunch break
- Competitive stakeholder pension scheme - contributions matched up to 11%
- Discount shopping vouchers
- Cycle to work scheme
- Access to the Employee Assistance Programme
Your energy and drive will be rewarded with the support of a dynamic team that strives to create a progressive, kind and compassionate environment. Combat Stress is a leading player in veterans mental health and in supporting veterans through digital means. The Central team will have a fixed base, although we are now expecting our clinical staff to work in a hybrid home/base model, as much of our therapeutic work is now digital.
This role is subject to a DBS check.
There is a legal requirement that all staff working in a CQC regulated location must be fully vaccinated (received both doses of a recognised vaccine) unless exempt for clinical reasons. If you are appointed to work with the charity, you are required to provide proof of full vaccination as part of your pre-employment checks.
What we offer:
You will work within a reputable charity that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our veterans, that has a fantastic cause and a committed follower base.
• 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
• Competitive stakeholder pension scheme - contributions matched up to 10% of salary
• Discount shopping vouchers
• Cycle to work scheme
• Access to the Employee Assistance Programme
Plus many more.
How to apply:
To apply, send an up to date CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the role please contact Sue Meir-Bruce, Deputy Head of Operations - England Central on email@example.com
Closing date: 31 January 2022
Interview date: Week commencing 7 February 2022