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Charge Nurse (Specialist DBT Ward)




Priory Hospital Burgess Hill (D11), Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9LE

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£40,289 (+£5000 Welcome Bonus)



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Job Advert Location Description

Priory Hospital Burgess Hill is located in beautiful West Sussex and offers the opportunity to gain experience across many specialist mental health disciplines including Secure Services, a DBT Locked Rehabilitation service, HDU Services and Acute care.


With a CQC rating of GOOD across all 5 Key Lines of Enquiry, you would be working in a forward thinking hospital supporting our patients recovery alongside a highly skilled and dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Job Advert Role Description

We now have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and skilled Charge Nurse to join our team and help run our DBT-specialist Female Ward (Amy Johnson).


Amy Johnson is a 10-bed ward which provides expert, supportive individualised care to our female patients. We provide a specialist service which is dedicated to supporting females with personality disorders to help them manage their condition and acquire the skills to effectively manage their own emotions, be interpersonally effective and tolerate distress. This Ward specialises in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), which is a combination of CBT techniques and mindfulness. At its core, DBT allows the patient to find a balance between the opposite concepts of acceptance and change, allowing them to experience validation of their own behaviours and emotions whilst simultaneously understanding that to see a change they need to make skilled and deliberate changes.


As a Charge Nurse at Burgess Hill you will be working within a team that includes a range of professionals making an effective contribution to providing high quality care to our patients.


You will be supported to work within an identified career development pathway and will be supported with Peer Review, Clinical Supervision, mentorship and Appraisal.


Our Charge Nurse role involves:

•           Being a clear leader for the nursing team on the ward and managing shifts

•           Deputising for the Ward Manager providing cover and assisting with the day to day management of the ward and team

•           Providing high quality care and leading by example to junior staff

•           Developing therapeutic relationships to optimise patient engagement

•           Following all codes of conduct, standards and legislation, respecting the rights  of others and promoting ethical practice

•           Contributing to patient assessments, compiling a plan of care alongside the  individual, and monitoring patient progress

•           Mentoring, supporting and supervising student nurses and other members of the team

•           Promoting professional development within the team

•           Carrying out sit coordination duties when required


To be successful in this role you will need to be committed to Personal Learning and Development, Evidence and Values Based Practice and Patient Centred Care. You will need to have excellent team working skills and be highly self-motivated with a flexible approach.



•           RMN / RNLD / RMNH

•           A recognised mentoring certificate (Desirable)



•           Experience in a supervisory role

•           At least 3 years post registration experience

•           The ability to assess and teach junior staff

•           A proven ability to co-ordinate care, prioritise tasks and manage Health & Safety issues

•           The drive to learn and develop

•           A commitment to patient-centred care and to values-based and evidence-based practice


Our Benefits:

•           25 days’ annual leave increasing to 30 days with length of service - plus 8 bank holidays.

•           £5000 Welcome bonus (£1000 on starting, £1000 on completion of probation, then £1000 on completion of first second and third years service).

•           Relocation support (including payment for accommodation or moving costs), paid as a lump sum

•           Subsidised Professional Membership and Registration

•           Career development through Staff Nurse grading system

•           Free meals/refreshments when on duty

•           Free car parking

•           Payment into the pension scheme

•           Private medical cover and Life assurance

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check for all successful applicants. We are an equal opportunities employer.