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Associate Hospital Manager

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience No salary for this post. Sessional Payments and expenses only
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a panel of volunteer Associate Hospital Managers who undertake a specific role as set out in section 23 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Main duties of the job

The Mental Health Act 1983 imposes duties upon the 'Hospital Managers' (the term refers to the organisation itself - Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) to ensure the lawful application of the Mental Health Act. The role of the Associate Hospital Manager (who despite the term has no managerial function) is a delegated function to review detention on behalf of the Trust following renewal by the Responsible Clinician, and to hold reviews following requests by persons who are subject to the Mental Health Act - either in hospital or in the community. Following review, section 23 of the MHA provides that the Associate Hospital Managers may exercise the power to discharge a patient.

Associate Hospital Managers have delegated responsibility to review whether patients continue to be detained only as the Act allows. This involves acting as a panel member in order to hear the case for continued liability to detention. Effective participation will require preparatory reading. There will be a requirement to chair hearings (subject to suitable competency). The duties also include completing hearings 'on the papers', attending appropriate training and attendance at a bi - annual forum.

You will be part of a Trust wide pool of individuals who will be called upon to undertake hearings on behalf of the Trust, for which remuneration is given although applicants should not be motivated by the prospect of financial reward.

You will not have employee status.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a Trust wide role although it currently involves extensive use of Microsoft Teams.

Candidates should be available to undertake hearings at the request of the Trust, normally between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, occasionally at short notice.

Candidates should:
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in and awareness of mental health issues in diverse communities.
  • Have the ability to retain knowledge of the core elements of the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act relating to the role.
  • Demonstrate a good awareness and understanding of Equality & Diversity issues.

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is also an LGBT inclusive employer. Selection will be on a basis of merit. We are taking positive steps to promote a positive and inclusive culture we welcome applications from those that identify with these groups in order to better represent our local communities. The Trust will enhance its effectiveness and minimise the barriers to achieving equality by challenging discriminative behaviours.

*Previous applicants need not apply

Person Specification



  • oBasic IT skills to use a laptop including email and Microsoft Teams, and accessing files and folders
  • oHigh level of communication skills, verbal and written



  • oFluent English communication


  • oAbility to speak other languages such as Urdu, Punjabi etc
  • oSkills in British Sign Language.



  • oAn understanding of the issues relating to mental health in diverse communities.


  • oAn understanding of the workings of health and social care services and other relevant external agencies, e.g. criminal justice agencies.
  • oExperience of the mental health system as a service user.



  • oUnderstanding of confidentiality and data protection
  • oAn interest and awareness of mental health issues
  • oClearly demonstrated working knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act

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).

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


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