About Nightingale Hospital

Nightingale Hospital is the only private mental health hospital in Central London, with over 30 years of experience in delivering specialised, evidence-based treatments in outpatient, day patient, and inpatient settings.

Our dedicated team of specialists is committed to diagnosing and treating all types of mental health conditions, including eating disorders and addictions. Conveniently located, we are a two-minute walk from Marylebone mainline and Underground stations, and within a ten-minute walk of Baker Street and Edgware Road Underground stations.

We are owned by the international medical group Orpea, delivering the full spectrum of psychiatric care, and high-quality care home and rehabilitation services across the globe.

The main purpose of the job

Reporting to the charge nurses, we are looking for healthcare assistants who will liaise at all levels with consultants, nursing services managers and all members of our multi-disciplinary team.

The postholder will be required to support the professional and multi-disciplinary team in the care of patients and the day-to-day management of the nursing department. In addition, they will be required to provide input with the implementation of specific support tasks with patients and their families. Finally, the successful candidate will provide feedback to other members of the treatment team regarding the progress of patients, under the direction of a qualified nurse.

The postholder’s main responsibilities include:

  • Assisting members of the multi-disciplinary team in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for patients.
  • Participating in the review of patients’ care plans as appropriate in ward rounds, meetings and case conferences, in line with policies and procedures.
  • Reporting and recording any changes in a patient’s physical or mental condition to the nurse in charge.
  • Liaising with other professionals and agencies as required.
  • Escorting patients both internally and externally to the hospital, as required.
  • Endeavouring to develop sound professional relationships with patients, to promote active listening and communicate the patient’s needs to members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ensuring that confidentiality is maintained at all times in accordance with the company policies, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Health Records Act 1990.

Salary: From £21,000 per annum dependent on experience, plus an additional London Allowance of £4,000 per annum added to all permanent posts (pro-rata for part-time roles)

Job type: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)


The following skills and qualifications are essential:

  • NVQ level 1 in basic nursing skills
  • Literacy and Numeracy of a GCSE or equivalent standard
  • Previous experience working with people with mental health problems
  • Good English communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Readiness to accept direction
  • Ability to present self in a confident manner
  • Awareness of the effect of self on others
  • Desire to work in the area of mental healthcare
  • Ability to prioritise tasks
  • Ability to take direction
  • Awareness of the level of the position being applied for
  • Regular and punctual attendance
  • Self-identified methods of dealing with stress.
  • Ability to identify situations that can cause stress to self
  • Ability to work day/night/weekend shifts
  • Able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the business

Strongly desirable qualities include:

  • Computer Skills at intermediate level
  • PMVA Training
  • Graduate in healthcare or related subject
  • Experience in specialist service areas such as YPU, eating disorders, addiction or general psychiatry
  • Basic understanding of mental illness
  • Good level of empathy
  • Ability to communicate with Colleagues, patients and visitors.
  • Willingness to undertake additional duties dependent upon the needs of the service
  • Interest in training in the field of Mental Health
  • Ability to work flexibly including overtime if required

Main benefits

We offer a comprehensive range of benefits, including:

  • Competitive salaries + an additional London allowance of £4,000 per annum added to all permanent posts (pro-rata for part-time roles).
  • Negotiable relocation allowance
  • 25 days’ annual leave pro-rata (increasing up to 30 with long service), plus bank holidays
  • A ‘refer a nurse scheme’ paying £2000 per successful recruit
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD) and training
  • Generous company pension scheme with The People’s Pension
  • 100% of NMC registration renewal paid (subject to meeting the criteria)
  • Travel loan scheme
  • Annual staff bonus (discretionary)
  • On-site restaurant with subsidised staff meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • An extensive Perkbox staff benefits package, offering a comprehensive range of discounts and access to well-being apps
  • Access to Perkbox Medical, which provides 24-hour access to a private GP service
  • Free life assurance cover (4x salary)
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards the cost of glasses (if required)
  • Long service recognition*
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay*
  • Long-term disability insurance*

*Subject to T&Cs

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  • Marylebone, London

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