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Deputy Ward Manager

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inclusive of inner London HCAs
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Halswell ward provides short- and long-term hospital admissions to male patients suffering from serious mental health problems such as psychotic illness, bipolar affective disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The ward is staffed by a multidisciplinary team who are responsible for assessing, managing, and reducing the risk to the person and community whilst in our care. The team comprises of mental health Nurses, Forensic Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Dance and Movement Therapists, Recovery Workers, and administrative staff.

The Ward provides admission under the Mental Health Act within both low and medium level of security which is generally agreed with the referring team/court/Ministry of Justice.

The team works in collaboration with referring teams to help the person move back to an appropriate community setting as soon as possible.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the Ward Manager in implementing and monitoring all policies and ensuring that the ward functions in line with the Trust and service line philosophy of providing respectful compassionate care that is of the highest quality. The post holder will also support the Ward Management to ensure that supervision and appraisal systems are robustly implemented and that the care provided is of the highest possible standard in line with the service's clinical governance framework. The Deputy Ward Ward Manager will support the Ward Manager with providing a safe environment within which all staff can deliver care and support to patients and their significant others. He/she will be equipped with the skills and knowledge and resources to ensure effective deployment of resources within agreed budgets.

We are an innovative service and are constantly striving to improve the quality of the service we provide. You will therefore be expected to engage in ongoing professional development and appraisal. You will also be expected to contribute to the strategic development of the service. Experience in an acute setting is essential.

You must have a proven ability to work effectively in a team and have excellent communication and IT skills.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading and supporting junior staff and wider care team to implement the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.
  • Leading on and undertaking activities to ensure that the fundamentals of care are met - nutrition, hydration, hygiene, comfort, emotional and social support:
  • Co-ordinating and evaluating collaborative patient centred care getting feedback and improving plans with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
  • Liaising and working positively with members of the multi- disciplinary team and partner organisations.
  • Administering, and monitoring the side-effects of, medication monitoring service user compliance. Safety safe custody of medicines, sharps, clinical equipment, report all incidents following trust policy.
  • Leading and supporting/teaching junior staff on risk assessment and risk management that involves making decisions based on knowledge of the research evidence, knowledge of the individual service user and their social context, knowledge of the service users own experience and clinical judgment.
  • Supporting and supervising junior staff to develop the management of care needs through: Initial data collection, Monitoring of individual service user / patient progress, Feedback and discussion
  • Producing reports and in-care reviews. Devising a plan of care and interventions in partnership with service user, carer and MDT.
  • Coordinating junior staff and the wider care team in providing hands-on care to service users and evaluating processes of care delivered. This will include: Undertaking 1-1 engagement with service users in an honest, open and non- judgmental way.
  • Recognising and valuing service users as individuals, acknowledging the importance of maintaining the service users respect and dignity at all times and ensure that the care provided respects equality and diversity.
  • Ensuring the monitoring and recording service user clinical observations are undertaken, such as physical observations and vital signs and treating or escalating as appropriate any signs or symptoms of deterioration or that does not fulfill the personal parameters to the relevant professional for treatment. Promote healthy lifestyles and give health promotion advice and support.

  • Person Specification

    Education and Qualification


    • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
    • Mentorship qualification


    • Master's degree

    Experience and Knowledge


    • Experience of researchbased/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
    • Significant relevant clinical experience
    • Evidence of continuing professional development
    • Experience as a preceptor / mentor
    • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
    • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation


    • Experience of taking responsibility for a ward / clinical unit.
    • Experience of engaging / supporting clinical research projects
    • Experience of supporting practice development in clinical areas
    • Experience of teaching. e.g. lecturer practitioner/preceptorship
    • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff

    Skills and Abilities


    • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
    • Teaching ability
    • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.
    • Approachable
    • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others
    • Forms very effective working relationships with colleagues
    • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics promotes equality and diversity


    • Problem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framework

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


    Springfield University Hospital

    15 Springfield Drive


    SW17 0YF

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