Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Beckenham


This post offers an exciting opportunity to work in the Forensic Intensive Psychological Treatment Service (FIPTS), a well-established, innovative service for offenders with personality disorder in SLaM.

Waddon Ward is a Forensic Intensive Psychological Treatment Service (FIPTS) based at River House, Bethlem Royal Hospital. We are a 15 bedded male medium secure unit offering assessment, treatment and care for offenders with severe and enduring personality disorder. It is one of only three specialist units in the country. We accept referrals from prison, high secure or medium secure services within the south of England

Our treatment model is based on the Violence Reduction Programme (VRP) which all the patients participate in. This is an intensive therapy delivered by psychiatrists, psychologist, nurses and therapists a true multi-disciplinary approach. We help people to reduce aggression and anti-social behaviour and to improve relationships. Other treatments include group-work and one to one therapy sessions, occupational therapy and meaningful work to help people live more independently in the community. There is a three to four month assessment period on the ward before treatment begins, which typically lasts between one and two years.

The successful candidate will work closely with the senior clinicians in the team to support the development of the service. There are opportunities to provide both individual and group work. You will receive the training and supervision required.

We have a well-established preceptorship programme for newly qualified staff leading on to mentorship. All staff receive regular individual clinical supervision and attend group reflective practice.

Development opportunities include:

(a) Training in the use of the HCR-20 Version 3 violence risk assessment and supervised completion of at least six HCR-20 V3 assessments.

(b) Experience in developing and gaining accreditation as an Enabling Environment and support to complete enabling Environment assessor training with the royal College of Psychiatrists.

(c) Supervised experience in psychological therapies for personality disorder, including psychoeducation and cognitive behavioural therapy.

(d) PD Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) awareness level training.

You must be a qualified RMN. It’s important that you have an understanding of multidisciplinary services and the challenges that adults face from their mental health problems. We want to hire staff that are passionate about mental health, who believe in our recovery model and who will act as advocates for the reduction of stigma in our community. You must have an excellent understanding of safeguarding and how to work within professional boundaries. Roles at SLaM are challenging, stimulating and diverse. We believe that we can offer you something different from other Trusts if you are interested in a role please apply.

If successful at shortlisting stage you will be invited to an assessment on the Friday, 28th June 2019 at the ORTUS learning and events centre.

**Please note that if you do not state the month and year that you have completed your Nursing qualification you will not be invited to the assessment.**

**As featured on Life on the Psych Ward**

Ward Name & Location: River House, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham

Patient Age Range: From 18 years

Patient Gender: Male Only

South London Partnership

The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) is a collaboration between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, delivering mental health services to a population of more than three million people. The partnership brings together clinical expertise, experience and innovation, aiming to improve quality, use resources most effectively, and deliver best practice consistently to all patients.


Our values are pivotal - if you can demonstrate that you can uphold the values and ethical practice that is at the heart of all of our organisations, then we will welcome you to join us and will support, train and develop you throughout your nursing and caring journey.