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Employment opportunities at a leading provider of mental health services in York. Please see a list of current vacancies below.

Staff Nurse (RMN) - Male Complex Dementia
  • Salary:  £23,000-£27,800 per annum (dependent on experience)
  • Hours of Work:  37.5 Hours per week
  • Closing Date:  30 April 2017
  • Interview Date:  16 May 2017

 

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated and adaptable individual to develop their skills and practice on the George Jepson Unit.

George Jepson Unit is a gender specific unit for older people (male), who require high levels of support to meet their needs in a person-centred and recovery orientated manner.  People who use this service generally have high risk challenging behaviour, needing frequent MDT support and skilled assistance to facilitate most activities of daily living.

Each of our services offer speciialised treatment, with permanent multidisciplinary staff teams trained to work within that framework.  we understand that each person who comes here for treatment has a unique recovery journey, and tailor the services to the needs of the individual by a process of shared planning and review of care, to allow a flexible and responsive approach.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Staff Nurse (RMN) who would like to expand their skills in Specialist Older Adults mental health.  Ideally applicants will have completed their preceptorship already with a real passion for older adult mental health.

Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to high standards of Professional Nursing Practice, have good written, verbal and IT skills, and above all being able to demonstrate a passion for the work carried out at The Retreat.

This position involves working shifts including early, late and night shifts.

For informal enquiries, please contact Laura Atkinson, Acting Unit Manager on Ext 2769 or email latkinson@theretreatyork.org.uk.

Benefits at The Retreat include:-

  • A Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Free Car Parking
  • Generous Holiday Entitlement
  • Staff Discount Scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Subsidised Staff Canteen
  • Reimbursement of Professional Fees
Staff Nurse (RMN) - Complex Female Personality Disorder Service (Kemp Unit)
  • Salary:  £23,700 - £27,800 per annum (dependent on experience)
  • Hours of Work:  37.5 Hours per week 

Do you want to work in an environment that values excellent clinical skills and offers the opportunity to utilise your training to deliver practical hands on support?  Do you wish that you worked in an environment that places a real value on therapeutic engagement, where your input genuinely matters and where you will be an essential member of a dynamic MDT?

This is an exciting opportunity to join a fantastic team working in a unique and innovative environment delivering cutting edge, evidence based and clinically recommended approaches in providing care and support for females with a wide range of complex presentations including Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD and associated Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders.  As part of The Retreat's Specialist PD Pathway Adult Services, you will be working towards recovery with women who have otherwise struggled to engage with and in many cases marginalised by mainstream mental health services.  We need skilled, enthusiastic and innovative staff who have a passion for working with this client group and have a strongly person centred approach focused on real collaborative user involvement and practice. 

The underpinning model for the Kemp Unit will be Structured Clinical Management, and the programme will also draw on other clinical models, including Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).  You will have the opportunity to be involved in delivering these therapies and full training will be given to help enhance the skills needed work in what can be a challenging but extremely rewarding environment.

The unit will be the first of its kind to deliver this particular variety of evidence based therapies and interactions with a view to creating a "gold standard" service.

As a nurse on this unit you will be responsible for shift management and will have keyworker responsibilities and as part of what is a relatively new unit, you will also be involved in helping to shape what will be a revolutionary new approach to working with this client group.

This will involve numerous research projects which we hope will influence similar therapeutic approaches across the country.

Although experience working with this client group is desirable, it is not essential, as we will provide comprehensive training package for successful candidates, including:

  • Structured Clinical Management
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • KUF (Knowledge and Understanding Framework for Personality Disorder)
  • Risk formulation and management
  • Training in the models used on the unit including DBT and CFT

As an organisation we recognise the need to provide support of our employees and as such Clinical Supervision is offered and supported by the organisation.

This position involves working shifts including early, late and night shifts.

If you are interested in finding out more then please contact Matt Gilligan, Unit Manager on 01904 404341 or email mgilligan@theretreatyork.org.uk for further details and an informal chat.  We would also strongly advise a visit to the unit to meet with staff and clients to get a real sense of the inspiring practice the unit delivers.

 

Staff Nurse (RMN) - Eating Disorders Service (Naomi Unit)
  • £23,000 - £27,800 per annum (dependent on experience)
  • Hours of Work:  37.5 hours per week

Do you want to work in an environment that values excellent clinical skills and offers the opportunity to utilise your training to deliver practical hands on support? Do you wish that you worked in an environment that places a real value on therapeutic engagement, where your input genuinely matters and where you will be an essential member of a dynamic MDT? This is an exciting opportunity to join a fantastic experienced team, working in a unique and innovative environment delivering evidence based and clinically recommended approaches. The Naomi Unit is proud to be accredited as excellent by the Quality Eating Disorder (QED) and achieve the Psychiatric team of the year award 2014 (working age adults).

The Naomi Unit is a modified therapeutic community providing care and support for females primarily with an eating disorder (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and EDNOS).  We also specialize in treating people with more than one diagnosis which may include Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

We need skilled, enthusiastic and innovative staff who have a passion for working with this client group and have a strongly person centred approach focused on real collaborative user involvement and practice.  The Naomi Program is a structured group program, based around the ‘Naomi Pathways to Recovery’, informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).   You will have the opportunity to be involved in these groups and full training will be given to help enhance the skills needed to work in what can be an extremely rewarding environment. As a nurse on this unit you will be responsible for shift management and will have keyworker responsibilities.

Although experience working with this client group is desirable, it is not essential, as we will provide a comprehensive training package for successful candidates, including:

•Physical Health Training

•Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

•Eating Disorders

•Phlebotomy (taking bloods)

As an organisation we recognise the need to provide support for our employees and as such Clinical Supervision is offered and supported by the organisation.

This position involves working shifts including early, late and nights.

It is also suitable for newly qualified nurses. If you are interested in finding out more then please contact  Caroline Morgan, Unit Manager on 01904 404285 or email cmorgan@theretreatyork.org.uk or Karen Williams, Deputy Unit Manager on 01904 404335 or email kwilliams@theretreatyork.org.uk.  For further details and an informal chat.  We would also strongly advise a visit to the unit to meet with staff and clients to get a real sense of the inspiring practice the unit delivers.

 

Staff Nurse (RMN) - Mixed Gender Specialist Mental Health Rehabilitation Service (Strensall Unit)
  • Salary:  £23,000 - £27,800 per annum (dependent on experience)
  • Hours of Work:  37.5 Hours per week

 

Do you want to work for an organisation that has a strong focus on staff development and places service user experience at the centre?  If so The Retreat is probably for you.....

Strensall is a pleasant community based mixed gender unit with 20 beds for older adult rehabilitation.  The long-term rehabilitation focus of the unit affords staff the opportunity to develop meaningful therapeutic relationships and undertake psychologically informed interventions.  The unit places a strong emphasis on meaningful occupational engagement and has strong links within the community.

The facilities include a 15 bed main building with common lounge areas, enclosing garden area, and a rehabilitation kitchen.  On site there is a 2 bed bungalow and a 4 bed bungalow both in the immediate vicinity of the main building.

Care on the unit will be delivered according to individualised treatment plans, and includes the option of progressing to a more independent living in a step down facility as part of a stepped care pathway for older adult rehabilitation.

The unit provides a therapeutic environment, facilitating structure, predictability, and an individualised person centred approach to achieve long term stabilisation and improvement of positive and negative symptoms.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Registered Mental Health Nurse to join our team.  You need to be able to demonstrate a mature outlook and be a thoughtful person who is willing to think psychologically and with a genuine interest in working with this patient group in a way that promotes responsibility and choice.  Ideally have successfully completed their preceptorship already, however, newly qualified will be considered.  The Retreat offers a broad range of opportunities for staff to develop clinically and you would join us at a time of some exciting developments across The Retreat as a whole.

The ideal candidate will:

  • be committed to high standards of Professional Nursing Practice
  • be able to demonstrate their leadership in promoting high standards within a team
  • have good written and verbal communication skills and be computer literate

This position involves working shifts including early, late and night shifts

For informal enquiries, please contact Carmel Joyce, Unit Manager on 01904 499160 or email cjoyce@theretreatyork.org.uk or Wendy Overton, Deputy Unit Manager on 01904 499160 or email woverton@theretreatyork.org.uk.  You can discuss the position and even arrange a visit to the unit to meet staff and clients.

Staff Nurse (RMN) - Older Adult Female - Katherine Allen
  • Salary:  £23,000-£27,800 per annum (dependent on experience)
  • Hours of Work:  37.5 Hours per week (part time will be considered minimum of 22.5 hours per week)
  • Closing Date:  30 March 2017
  • Interview Date: Tbc

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Registered Mental Health Nurse to join the team on Katherine Allen.  Katherine Allen is currently undergoing change and developments towards a female dementia specialist unit, where we will offer individualised care for female patients with a dementia diagnosis that present with high levels of behaviours that challenge and complex needs.

The post holder will be able to demonstrate a genuine passion and interest within this specialised area.  They should be able to demonstrate knowledge, and the importance of individualised formulation of care.  The post holder will provide evidence of ability in relation to medicines management and working within NMC guidelines.

The post holder should have person centred approach and a calm, empathetic style of working whilst demonstrating ability in promoting activity, social inclusion and autonomy for our patient group.  The ability to effectively manage risk and show resilience in dealing with challenging situations that can occur is vital to this post.

The Retreat has links with the local university and is able to offer training and modules for career development as well as opportunities for external training relevant to this specialist area.  We also offer a structured preceptorship package within the unit to guide and support newly qualified nurses.

The ideal candidate will:

  • be committed to high standards of Professional Nursing Practice
  • be able to demonstrate their leadership within a team
  • have good written and verbal communication skills and be computer literate
  • be on the live list of mentors or willing to undertake this training where required

This position involves working shifts including early, late and night shifts.

For informal enquiries or to arrange a visit, please contact Dawn Rutland, Unit Manager on Ext 2016 or email drutland@theretreatyork.org.uk.

Benefits at The Retreat include:

  • A Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Free Car Parking
  • Generous Holiday Entitlement
  • Staff Discount Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Subsidised Staff Cafeteria
  • Reimbursement of Professional Fees
Staff Nurse Opportunities - RGN, RNLD
  • Salary:  Starting from £23,000-£27,800 per annum
  • Hours of Work:  37.5 hours per week (part time will be considered minimum of 22.5 hours per week)

Who are we?

The Retreat York is a specialist, independent mental health hospital and a not-for-profit organisation.

We work closely with the NHS and local authorities to care for people with complex and challenging needs across six service lines.  We provide care for up to 80 patients in an open and calming environment designed to enable recovery and independence.  The hospital sits in 40 acres of beautiful grounds close to the University of York and is a peaceful place for our patients and a great place for our staff to work.

The hospital specialises in:

  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Complex Dementia
  • Rehabilitation
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Outpatient services including specialist Autism and ADHD

Why choose us?

On a professional level:

  • We have an excellent reputation.  Both locally and nationwide
  • We have excellent outcomes
  • We are an open hospital that encourages patients to be mobile and get better sooner
  • We provide excellent supervision and support
  • We provide opportunities for you to work across pathways, gaining a breadth of experience

On a personal level:

  • We invest in your future with a focus on Learning and Development including on the job training and opportunity to take external qualifications
  • Excellent pay and rewards
  • Our staff have an opportunity to devleop meaningful therapeutic relationships with our patients and pay an active part in their long term recovery plan

This position involves working shifts including early, late and night shifts.

For further enquiries or to arrange a visit, please call the HR Department on 01904 404270 or email hr@theretreatyork.org.uk

 

Experienced Registered Mental Health Nurses - To work Night Shifts

Who are we?

The Retreat York is a specialist, independent mental health hospital and a not-for-profit organisation.

We work closely with the NHS and local authorities to care for people with complex and challenging needs across six service lines.  We provide care for up to 80 patients in an open and calming environment designed to enable recovery and independence.  The hospital sits in 40 acres of beautiful grounds close to the University of York and is a peaceful place for our patients and a great place for our staff to work.

The hospital specialises in:

  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Complex Dementia
  • Rehabilitation
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Outpatient services including specialist Autism and ADHD

Why choose us?

On a professional level:

  • We have an excellent reputation.  Both locally and nationwide
  • We have excellent patient outcomes
  • We are an open hospital that encourages patients to be mobile and get better sooner
  • We provide excellent supervision and support
  • We provide opportunities for you to work across pathways, gaining a breadth of experience

 On a personal level:

  • We invest in your future with a focus on Learning and Development including on the job training and opportunity to take external qualifications
  • Excellent pay and rewards
  • Our staff have an opportunity to develop meaningful therapeutic relationships with our patients and play an active part in their long term recovery plan

This position involves working night shifts. This includes enchancements.

 

Senior Staff Nurse (RMN) - Acorn Programme
  • Salary:  £28,800-£32,000
  • Hours of Work:  Full time - 37.5 hours per week
  • Closing Date:  26 April 2017
  • Interview Date:  5 May 2017

The Acorn Unit is a therapeutic environment for women meeting the criteria for:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

We are incredibly proud of The Acorn Programme which was first accredited as a Therapeutic Community by the Royal College of Psychiatrists through the Community of Communities in 2007 and of the hard work and progress made by the clients who have graduated. We were also winner of the Specialist Provider of the Year at the 2014 Independent Healthcare Apex Awards.

We continue to work successfully with women who have recurring, acute inpatient admissions or self-defeating behaviours that result in chaotic lifestyles.

What is a Therapeutic Environment?

The aim of a Therapeutic Environment is to provide a safe environment that enpowers women to work together to manage their distress and enable them to embark upon a more stable and meaningful life in the community. We have a strong focus on occupational engagement and are proud to support and inspire our clients in their pursuit of meaningful occupation.

An important part of the treatment is for women to share their daily life with others and to take responsibility for sharing decisions about how to live together. Our staff set the overall structure of the programme, clients are asked to contribute to keeping the treatment safe and therapeutic, both by acting responsibly themselves and by helping others think about the effect of their behaviour on the unit.

We encourage a ‘culture of enquiry’ in which everyone can question the conduct of any other individual or group of individuals, psychological processes (‘I wonder what made you do that’), and managerial issues. Such questioning is an important learning opportunity, for those asking the questions and for those questioned.

Everything that happens in the community is open for discussion. We have a principle: ‘if you have a secret, you have a problem’. For many people the letting go of the need to keep parts of their lives hidden is a major part of their therapy.

Most of the structured work of the group is built around developing strategies and skills to handle the demands of daily life, using a plan of treatment called Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) particularly recommends DBT for women with BPD who want to reduce self-harming and suicidality.

Our Approach

We treat the person not the diagnosis and our mantra is simple: Turn up, Tune in and Tell the Truth.

On arrival at Acorn our clients start an important journey that will last 8 to 12 months. During their time with us they will acquire the skills they need to live in the community and manage their distress so they are able to engage in a meaningful life worth living.

This is achieved by:

  • Phase 1 Our clients learn DBT skills to enable them to manage emotional response around trauma
  • Phase 2 Our clients engage in trauma work to enable them to work through issues and find a way of stopping self-defeating behaviours
  • Occupational Engagement Participating in our occupational engagement programme: We offer life skills sessions designed to help the client prepare for their return to a meaningful life in the community which are tailored to the person's needs. We also encourage trips to cafes, train stations and town centres as well as arranging volunteer work in the community. In fact, clients have taken University courses during their time with us.

The Team

The team includes registered mental health nurses, a Consultant Psychiatrist, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and an Occupational Therapist, as well as input from other professionals such as a Social Worker, an Involvement Worker, a Dietitian, and sessional therapists for art and other creative therapies. The team members are all trained in DBT to varying levels and are experienced in working therapeutically with this client group.

Interventions provided:

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Family work
  • Life skills
  • Group analytic work
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Creative Therapies

Outcomes 

  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduction in self harm
  • Reduction in inpatient admissions
  • Reduction in dissociation
  • Improved ability to manage emotions
  • Improved healthy relationships

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Staff Nurse to join the Acorn Programme.  It is essential that the candidate is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with a minimum of one year's post qualification experience.  To be successful in this role, you need to be able to demonstrate a mature outlook and be a thoughtful person who has experience of working in both an individual and group format.  You must have a genuine interest in working with our client group and in learning ways of managing risk in a positive way that enhances the person's skills.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be committed to high standards of Professional Nursing Practice;
  • Be able to demonstrate their leadership skills in promoting high standards within a team;
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be computer literate.  This position involves working shifts including early, late and night shifts.

For informal discussions, please contact David Raikes, Unit Manager on 01904 412551 Ext 2310 or email draikes@theretreatyork.org.uk or Catherine Beynon-Pindar on 01904 412551 Ext 2021 or email cbeynon-pindar@theretreatyork.org.uk.

Benefits at The Retreat include:

  • Pension Scheme
  • Attractive Holiday Entitlement
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Reimbursement of Professional Fees
  • Staff Discount Scheme
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Subsidised Staff Cafeteria including free tea and coffee

 

Specialist Nurse - Autism and ADHD
  • Salary:  Upto £18 per hour
  • Hours of Work:  8 Hours per week
  • Closing Date:  26 April 2017
  • Interview Date:  Tbc

 

The Autism and ADHD Service is a high quality, confidential, diagnostic and specialist therapy service forming part of the outpatient department of The Retreat in York. We have a highly trained and experienced MDT that comprises of a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Occupational Therapist and Administrator. The service is set in a beautiful, welcoming setting on the outskirts of York.

The Autism and ADHD service is expanding the team and is looking for a Specialist Nurse. You will be expected to be part of the multi-disciplinary diagnostic process assessing adults for Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. You will be expected to offer assessment and treatments to meet client need. The post holder will be required to work autonomously on our adult clients' medication reviews. They will be working collaboratively with the Psychiatrists in our team. Nurses with additional prescribing qualification would be preferable but not necessary.

For further enquiries, please contact Katja Osswald on 01904 426063 or email kosswald@thetukecentre.org.uk

Benefits working at The Retreat include:

  • A contriobutory Pension Scheme
  • Generous Holiday Entitlement
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Staff Discount Scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Reimbursement of Professional Fees
  • Subsidised Staff Cafeteria
Medical Director
  • Salary:  Competitive
  • Hours of Work:  Up to 37.5 hours per week (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • 3 Days Medical Director Duties/2 Days General Psychiatry Duties

 

The Retreat at York has a history which stands for innovation and excellence in Psychiatry.  We are looking for a Medical Leader to help us continue on this path.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has vision, passion, drive and a commitment to delivering services of the highest quality;
  • Is commercially aware and interested in the development of new, pioneering services;
  • Has management experience and has taken a leading role in clinical governance;
  • Is trained as Responsible Officer for Revalidation;
  • Is an experienced General Psychiatrist and on the Specialist Register

We are a Quaker not-for-profit provider of special mental health services working with the NHS to provide care for people with complex and challenging needs and helping them to recover their sense of self and independence.

This is a key appointment for us and for you and we very much want you to visit us before deciding whether or not to apply for the position.  In order to have an initial discussion and arrange a visit please contact Cathy Waters (Chief Executive) on 01904 420900 or cwaters@theretreatyork.org.uk.

Benefits at The Retreat include:

  • A contributory defined benefit pension scheme
  • Free Car Parking
  • Staff Discount Scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Insurance
  • Reimbursement of Professional Fees
  • On-Site Gym
  • Subsidised Staff Cafeteria (including free tea and coffee)

 

The Retreat is an Equality employer. Our aim is to be fair to everybody and to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives more or less favourable opportunities or treatment on the grounds of, for example: age, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality (subject to nationality rules), sex / gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religion or religious affiliation / belief, part-time working, trade union membership and duties.

All appointments are subject to the receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.


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