Registered Mental Health Nurse

The closing date is 18th Mar 2024

Job summary

The search is over, this is the start of your journey with Solent NHS Trust! We are committed to staff who are at the forefront of our patient care, as without you -- there would be no Solent. We're looking for likeminded individuals to drive our high standards of patient centred care and support our patients to rehabilitate, increase their independence and promote quality of life.

A fantastic opportunity exists for an experienced or newly qualified band 5 RMN who has a passion to deliver the best care for our patients on our wards. You will be joining our Inpatient wards at an exciting time for rehabilitation to deliver improved health outcomes and wellbeing for our patients and their families. As part of Solent's exciting Futures project, we are moving all our community rehabilitation units onto a single site with a new purpose-built state of the art rehabilitation centre of excellence.

The Kite unit is a 10 bed neuropsychiatric rehabilitation service for people following an acquired brain injury, whose impairments are largely in the cognitive, behavioural or mental health spectrum, with the aim to enable patients rebuild their lives after a brain injury.

We need you to be flexible to work a variety of shifts, rotas are provided 6 weeks in advance with the possibility of a bank contract.

We have an intensive induction period, pastoral care and support within your role and training and qualifications on offer to develop your career in a way that works around you!

Main duties, tasks & skills required

*Ensures use of nursing knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patients/clients/family/ health needs as well as actively promote health and wellbeing.

*Evaluate clinical outcomes and reports variance to clinical pathway, protocols, or best practice guidelines, policies and Code of Conduct.

*Contributes to effective discharge planning and/or referral processes to health care providers and support agencies to meet identified health needs.

*Applies diagnostic reasoning and professional judgement to nursing practice issues/decisions.

*Manage direct care of patients/clients on a day to day basis to achieve best health outcomes and when required manage care of all patients/clients in the absence of senior colleagues.

*Fosters inquiry and critical thinking amongst colleagues to advance nursing practice and patient/client care to ensure the provision of positive patient/client outcomes and person-centred care.

*Accurately documents assessments of patients/client's health status, diagnosis and response to nursing and other interventions and treatments on the Trust Clinical Records System.

*Educate and provides information to patients/clients/family to improve knowledge of disease/illness, self-management prevention of complications and promotion of recovery.

*Identifies when a vulnerable adult may be at risk and knows how to refer to the local authority adult safeguarding service.

*Role models culturally safe nursing practice and able to report poor practice when observed.

About us

At Solent, our teams mirror the communities we serve. The Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging plan fosters authenticity, ensuring every Solent NHS Trust member feels visible, validated, and valued.

The Annual Staff survey positions us among top-performing Community and Mental Health trusts in 3 of 9 themes:

  • Compassion and inclusivity
  • Each voice matters
  • Staff Engagement

Our commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a strong sense of uniqueness, celebrated among colleagues, contributing to excellent patient outcomes.

We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, offering an informal chat for those uncertain about job fit. Our revamped recruitment process prioritizes inclusivity, aligned with Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interviews.

Join our 7 staff networks:





Multi Faith

Black, Asian, and minority ethnic


Solent supports flexible working, providing a carer's passport. Our award-winning Health and Wellbeing service, including Employment Disability, Neurodivergent, and Menopause support, makes Solent NHS an inclusive workplace.

We promote staff vaccination as the primary defence against Flu and Covid-19. Join us in contributing to outstanding patient outcomes in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



*BSc Nursing or RN currently registered with NMC (Mental Health or Learning Disability).

* Clinically competent at Band 5 level.

*Practice assessor/supervisor.


*Teaching Qualification, e.g. ENB 998 or equivalent.



* Experienced in developing care plans.

* Experienced in developing and delivering care and clinical interventions to patients.

* Experience of MDT working.

* Evidence of recent CPD.

*To be able to implement restrictive manoeuvres, as required for PMVA training.


* Experience of mental health or learning disability rehabilitation.

*Experience of working with patients who have high levels of anxiety and possible aggression, who present with challenging behaviours and complex needs.

* Experience of teaching, training and / or supervision.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

For help with your application, contact: 

Nikki Liversage 


Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 5 


£28407.00  to £34581.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Part-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

Western Community Hospital 
William Macleod Way 
SO16 4XE 


This vacancy is closed to applications.