Senior Staff Nurse – Canterbury, Kent

Senior Staff Nurse

Kent and Medway NHS

Canterbury, Kent


The CQC rates us as an Outstanding organisation for Caring with an overall rating of Good

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) offer a range ofongoing benefitsto our valued workforce across the Trust. From an active health and wellbeing programme to regular recognition events, we work hard to provide varied benefits that make a difference to your work-life balance.

KMPT is creating an environment for equal opportunities for all, where we can ALLbe ourselves.

We take pride in our services – which are underpinned by our Trust values:

  • Respect – We value people as individuals, we treat others as we would like to be treated.
  • Openness – Work in a collaborative, transparent way.
  • Accountability – We are professional and responsible for our actions.
  • Working together – We work together to make a difference for our service users.
  • Innovation – We find creative ways to run efficient, high quality services.
  • Excellence – We listen and learn to continually improve our knowledge and ways of working.


"Would you like to work flexibly?  In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement”



Job overview

Are you an experienced RMN or RGN looking for their first leadership role or in a leadership role and want a new challenge?

There is an exciting permanent opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic RMN or RGN looking for a leadership role in East Kent Place of Safety Team. The East Kent Place of Safety is based at St Martins Hospital in Canterbury and manages admissions of individuals who have been detained under section 136 MHA 1983 (as amended 2007).

We believe in clinically led, management supported services and want to strengthen nurse leadership to provide safe, compassionate, creative services which really make a difference to patient lives. You will therefore be an excellent clinician, committed to the concept of person centred care. 

You will have the ability to influence, enthuse and enable, a role model who leads from the front and by example you will use your clinical expertise to improve practice, to challenge tradition and to work with the team to create a culture of therapeutic optimism and hope.

Resilient, tenacious and ready for a challenge you will support and develop staff to provide the kind of service you would want to recommend to family and friends. We will offer development programme opportunities, supervision, reflective practice, mentoring and coaching and will ensure you are fully supported in your new role.

Main duties of the job

You will fulfil the role of Nurse in Charge within the Place of Safety, attending to your patients’ needs whilst ensuring a safe environment for excellent care.  You must be able to support the needs of our patients, their relatives and carers; which requires excellent communication and liaison skills.
You must have post-registration experience including working within a busy acute environment and have completed mentorship training to be able to mentor students.
You will be involved in and contribute to the Mental Health Act assessment completed as part of the Section 136 process. You should have the confidence to voice your opinion and views as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  You will be working with a wide range of experienced and friendly professionals, providing high quality of care and compassion.

You will also have excellent interpersonal skills to manage and supervise staff effectively.

Working for our organisation

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Supporting patients to function to their optimal ability in their This will range from encouraging self care to providing total physical care depending on the needs of the patient.
  • Maintaining and promoting a safe environment taking account of infection control and identifying and reporting hazards and risks in a timely manner
  • Escorting and transporting patients as required as part of their care
  • Driving unit vehicles as per needs of the service and as individual capabilities
  • Depending on the environment, serving food/assisting with cooking and promoting healthy choices as required to meet individual care plan
  • Working a full range of shifts as per the requirements of the May also be required, at times, to work at other Trust units and/or sites.
  • Physically able to carry out all duties required of the care setting, following successful completion of physical interventions training as required.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RMN completion of Preceptorship programme
  • Experience of Mental Health
  • Evidence of recent Practice

Desirable criteria
  • Practice development
  • Older Adult Knowledge
  • Leadership knowledge and further training


Essential criteria
  • Mentel Health Legislation
  • Safeguarding and ability to apply principles
  • Clinical effectiveness and patient experience
  • Person Centered care planning
  • Good IT Skills
  • Medication Competency
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in reports
  • Knowledge of NMC guidelines and revalidation

Desirable criteria
  • Experience co-ordinating shifts
  • Experience managing or supervising lower grade staff
  • Clinical reflection evidence

PLEASE NOTE: If role is patient-facing, candidates will be required to meet any government requirements for Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment to be appointed. A full course of the Covid-19 vaccination (or where applicable a valid exemption) may be required to be evidenced prior to receiving an unconditional job offer.

KMPT Staff Benefits:

NHS pension scheme

Your employer pays 14.3% towards your pension and life assurance benefits.

Please see for more details.

Annual leave for Agenda for Change

On appointment to NHS        27 days for full time or pro rata if part time
After 5 years NHS service       29 days full time or pro rata if part time
After 10 years NHS service     33 days full time or pro rata if part time

Plus bank holidays that’s up to 41 days – more than 8 weeks paid time off!

Medical staffs have national Terms and Conditions.
Buying and selling of annual leave is also available as part of our flexible approach to staff benefits.

Recommend a friend campaign

If you already work for us you could refer a friend from outside of the Trust to any of the roles below and you can receive £1000 if they are successfully recruited; Nursing staff – RMN RGN RNLD – Band 5 and 6, Medical Doctors, Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Professionals,

Flexible working

Covers job share, term time working, flexible shifts etc. Just ask and we will try to help.

Statutory and occupational maternity, paternity or adoption leave

Dependant on length of NHS service

Other paid/unpaid leave

This can be for Jury Service, Reserved Armed Forces, etc. This is paid outside of annual leave.

Non paid leave for career breaks

Staff Support

KMPT offers a face to face counselling service for any issues not just work related problems.

NHS discounts and shopping vouchers

Staff can sign up for Red Guava, PS discounts and Health Service Discounts to receive a variety of discounts in travel, fashion, technology, mobile phone contracts, food and drink, days out etc.

Learning and Development opportunities

In addition to the mandatory subjects there are a number of leadership, management and staff topic areas, including coaching and mentoring.

KMPT is committed to supporting all new staff and this includes a comprehensive Induction programme. The programme's duration depends on role and can be from 2 days to 4 weeks (not always consecutive days).
The Induction programme will provide an excellent opportunity for new staff to meet and engage with KMPT’s subject specialists and include the required training.
The programme may involve some travel to the various training venues across Kent and Medway, the main ones being Canterbury, Maidstone and Dartford.

Lease car schemeCycle to work scheme   The list goes on………!

New starter bonus. At the Trust we really value our nurses and the skills they bring. To recognise this we offer a New Hire Bonus of £1200 pro rata for band 5 and 6 nursing staff.

Probation Period. New employees external to Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust are subject to a six month probationary period.

To deliver an effective service it is essential in some of our roles that you are able to travel between work bases in a timely manner.

Production of false or forged documents/qualifications in order to obtain employment is a criminal offence and will be reported to the Police.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check.
Certain roles are subject to criminal record checks called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Therefore, you will be required to submit a completed Disclosure form to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

In cases where we receive a high volume of applications for a post, it may be necessary to bring the closing date forward. Please submit your completed application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not possible to respond individually to your application. Should you not hear from us within six weeks of the vacancy closing, please assume that your application has not been successful.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Audrey Chigwede
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