Staff Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Mental Health
Band 5
Full/Part-time hours available
Job ref
Linden Unit
£22,128 to £28,746 p.a. pro rata for part-time
25/10/2017 23:59





Based in West Dorset we currently have vacancies within our Acute Care Inpatient Team based in Weymouth. The posts include an introductory £1,000 and an annual retention premia of £1,000. If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £5,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Located next to Westhaven Hospital, Weymouth, Linden Unit has 15 beds and provides acute assessment and treatment for people aged 18 and over who are in an acute phase of illness and working towards their recovery.

We are an open unit which has successfully completed implementation of all ten Safewards interventions so are now a “Safewards Ward”. A recovery focussed team, we recently upgraded our OT projects to include music composition and freestyle, upcycling, bicycle maintenance and will be developing our photography groups. We also work closely with the Dorset Mental Health Forum Peer Specialists in recovery education.

The Multi-disciplinary team on Linden Ward provides treatment and care for a wide range of mental health illnesses which include Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety and Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.

The aim of all staff is to provide a high quality of care and treatment for patients who have physical, social, psychological and emotional health needs and enable them to return home with support from the Crisis Home Treatment Team and / or their Community Mental Health Team.

We are seeking experienced staff but would also encourage applications from newly qualified RMN’s who have recently qualified and those who wish to return to practice.

In return we can also offer you:
• Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development
• An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and the chance to further your career in a nurse led environment.
• You will receive a comprehensive and structured induction programme and training.
• Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working
• NHS pension scheme
• NHS discount and salary sacrifice scheme

You will be required to work a day and night shift rotation.

Employment in this post requires a Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £44 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments.

Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service and are able to present a valid DBS certificate will not incur a charge.

This role incudes a £1,000* Recruitment Premium on commencement of your employment and a further £1,000* Retention Premium on completion of one year’s service and every year thereafter that the Unit continues to be open. Alternative employment opportunities in the Trust will be sought for all staff once the Unit closes.

Please be aware of the following conditions connected with these payments.

These payments will be paid to you as long as you remain employed in this role on Linden Ward. If you voluntarily choose to leave either the Linden Ward or the Trust’s employment before the end of two years we will reserve the right to recover these payments directly from your salary.

In the event of either of these scenarios occurring we will of course discuss this with you and consider all of the circumstances prior to reaching any final decisions.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Suart, Ward Manager on 01305 362039

If you have problems applying, contact

01202 277158