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Staff Nurse - Cobden Unit

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Psychriatric Intensive care
NHS AfC: Band 5
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Stepping Hill Hospital
£24,214 to £30,112 pa
24/09/2019 23:59

About the Trust

We are proud to provide high quality mental health, learning disability and community services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford.

Our vision is to enable a happier and more hopeful life for each and every person within our communities.

Our 5,500 staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care and we receive excellent feedback from our patients. We’re really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we are a great place to work. 

Many of our staff and teams have brought home high profile national and regional awards and we are privileged that some of the most talented professionals in the country choose to work for us. This includes some prominent national mental health experts.

We are one of the first NHS organisations in the country to launch a Just Culture approach. This aims to get to the heart of what, not who, was responsible for an error.

Instead of blaming staff for honest errors, we will support them to come forward and share their experiences to allow lessons to be learned.

We also offer a dedicated staff wellbeing service. This provides lots of help and support for staff experiencing mild to moderate psychological difficulties that are impacting on their work.

Pennine Care is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce.

Our ambition is to work together to promote an all-inclusive environment which attracts all candidates and signals our ongoing commitment to both celebrate and promote diversity. We encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

As a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria at each stage of the selection process.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and developing the Trust as a Great Place to Work.  We offer the a range of family friendly inclusive employment policies and services to support our staff from different backgrounds. In addition we offer the following benefits: 

  • 27 days annual leave rising to 29 (after 5 years) and 33 (after 10 years) plus 8 bank holidays- pro rata
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • A dedicated Staff Wellbeing Service
  • Annual personal development review and support for continual personal and professional development
    A number of NHS discounts across retail, leisure and travel
  • Flexible Working
  • Staff Discount with Stagecoach and First Buses

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. If you’re looking to re-locate, there’s no GREATER place to live and work than MANCHESTER.                                                  

Our city offers an outstanding, yet affordable quality of life. Where else does vibrant nightlife and diverse culture meet the peace and tranquillity of the rolling Pennines?

Future plans

We are currently developing our future strategy, which will focus on providing the highest quality mental health and learning disability services.

As part of this, our community (physical health) services in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale (adult services) and Trafford will be moving to a new NHS provider in 2019. For Bury, Oldham, Rochdale (adult services), this will take place on the 1st July 2019

We have been very proud to run community (physical health) services over the last seven years, but we believe there are other provider organisations better positioned to enable these community services to achieve more for the benefit of local people. We are working closely with our staff and colleagues in the new provider organisations to ensure the smoothest possible transfer.


Service/Ward/Department Summary:

An opportunity has arisen for a Staff Nurse to join the nursing team at the Cobden Unit (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit).

The Cobden Unit is a 10 bedded PICU situated at Stepping Hill Hospital.

The unit provides short-term intensive assessment, treatment and support to service users within the Pennine care footprint, who maybe experiencing psychiatric crisis, and often present with a variety of complex mental health needs.

We are currently looking to recruit staff nurses (RMN) to our team. We are seeking caring and motivated individuals with a desire to work with service users who require a high level of support.

We are in a position to fully support a preceptorship programme for newly qualified staff.


Role Summary:


To contribute to the development of an evidenced based therapeutic culture; which maximises a patient’s recovery potential whilst maintaining a safe and relationally secure environment.  To ensure that the highest possible standards of nursing care are carried out in accordance with current legislation, trust policies and procedures.

Key Responsibilities of the Post:                                          

  • To work with individual patients and multi disciplinary team members in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.


  • To undertake PICU assessments with the support of the senior team


  • To act as a Named Nurse for allocated patients.


  • To maintain accurate written records of nursing interventions.


  • Engage in Physical Intervention Training for the management of violence and aggression and utilise the approved techniques in the clinical area.


  • To teach and supervise other nursing staff and students and to undertake mentoring of student nurses.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification:


  • Registered RMN
  • Previous experience of working within PICU/Acute Services
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Possess a level of fitness to carry out duties / tasks of the job description after reasonable adjustments under the terms of the DDA have been made.
  • Able to work on internal rotation basis
  • Able to work shifts (including night shifts) to meet the needs of the service

No smoking policyDisability confident employer

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

Fay Bowers

Unit Manager

0161 419 4895