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Mental Health Nurse
NHS AfC: Band 6
Secondment: 3 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
08/12/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Discharge Flow lead

NHS AfC: Band 6

Want to make a real difference and have a truly rewarding career?  Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of ‘making a positive difference in people's lives’.

We’ve been rated ‘good’ overall by the CQC, with some outstanding services.  The CQC commented at our most recent inspection on how our colleagues “treated patients with compassion and kindness” and “felt positive and proud about working for the trust.”

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Derbyshire Healthcare and our Chief Executive, Ifti Majid, is a national advocate on these issues.  We are actively seeking to increase diversity in our workforce through our recruitment activities.  Selection will be on the basis of merit and we are committed to the principles of positive action, to address any imbalances of opportunity.

We are committed to ensuring that all Trust colleagues can work safely during the current Coronavirus crisis. As part of this, the Trust is reviewing job roles in relation to COVID-19 national guidance, in terms of home working, flexibility and safe practice, to ensure positive working environments for staff and the best quality services for patients.  Please note that this post may be subject to adjustments in line with COVID-19 national guidance.

The Government recently announced their intention to make Covid Vaccination for all patient facing staff compulsory from April 2022, unless the person has a valid medical exemption.  Please bear this in mind when making your application as you will need to demonstrate that you meet this requirement by the 1st April 2022. 

Job overview

This fixed term contract/12 month secondment is offered to support discharge flow in the Older Adult service wards at Kingsway site.

The role will including working with the band 4 discharge coordinators based on the wards and having a clear oversight of all patients across the estate, which includes 54 Older Adult beds.

Main duties of the job

As the Discharge Flow Lead, you will work with partner organisations throughout the Older adult health and social care system of Derbyshire.

You will support ward staff with assessments to aid discharge including OT and Nursing assessments.

You will represent the trust at Derbyshire flow meetings to have a wider understanding of the current discharge climate, including the effect of COVID.

Working for our organisation

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of ‘making a positive difference in people's lives’.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD’ overall, commenting on how our colleagues “treated patients with compassion and kindness” and “felt positive and proud about working for the trust.”

Benefits include:

  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years’ service 
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Access to Vivup
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification.   To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site.  You will need to register if you do not already have an account

There is the expectation that as a Lead Professional, you will be able to make complex decisions and support junior staff in the discharge flow process with the aim of reducing Length of Stay.

This will be supported for those new to the role and to assist in developing your experience. 

Experience of working with older adults with a functional, mental health illness is desirable. The successful applicant will work within a supportive leadership team.

Having the opportunity to work with the Senior Nurse, ASM, Team Derbyshire Leaders, Heads of Nursing and  Physical healthcare leads.

Professional development and further learning is encouraged and you will receive robust clinical and managerial supervision, along with wider support and training in-house within the team.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RN part 3/13/ SW/OT
  • Educated to Diploma level or above. (or Equivalent).
  • Evidence of Personal Professional Development Plan
  • Can Demonstrate *post registration clinical experience of core competencies
Desirable criteria
  • supervision training or willingness to complete.
  • Mentorship training or equivalent or willingness to complete.

Experience and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead a multi professional workforce.
Desirable criteria
  • Previous Leadership experience.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills such as motivation, facilitation, mentorship.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver Clinical and Managerial Supervision within an effective model
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Wood
Job title
Area Service Manager
Email address
Telephone number
07867 140218
Additional information

If you would like to discuss this role further then please contact me.  I have added the Lead  Band 6 Nurse Job Description  to this post.  However, I can supply Social Worker/OT  Band 6 Job Description if required, as this post is open to all 3 professions.

If you have problems applying, contact

People Resource Team
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital Peter McCarthy Suite
Whitecotes Lane
S40 3HW
07917 464054 / 01332 564856, option 1, option 1
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