Ward Manager

Barts Health NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year per annum inc (pro rata)
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

We are looking for an experienced nurse to help lead our Monday to Saturday nurse led Paediatric Day Case Unit. The successful candidate will work with the current part time ward manager to direct this evolving medical and surgical service to meet the needs of children and young people from east London and surrounding areas.

The post requires someone who is motivated to make a difference and interested in being involved to develop the service further. The successful candidate will have show a commitment to patient safety, quality improvement and financial stability. You will be expected to use your expert clinical knowledge alongside your management and leadership skills to improve the working lives of staff and enhance patient experience.

The post is 0.5wte (22.5hours / 15hrs per week alternating) and will be set days Tuesdays and Fridays with alternating Wednesdays. However there may be able to be some negotiation with the current job share holder. Full Monday to Friday cover between the two job share roles is required.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide expert clinical leadership at ward level, setting and delivering high standards of clinical care. The post holder will provide 24 hour accountability for the overall management of the ward and the delivery of nursing care. Responsible for the management, deployment and supervision of nursing and associated staff and the management of the budget. To lead the development of ward nursing practice and standards of care. Responsible for the education of patients and staff.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To develop, lead and support the ward team ensuring that the monitoring, assessment, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care is performed for each child and family admitted to the ward.
  • Establish and maintain good communication strategies ensuring that all relevant information is cascaded to all members of the team and inter-professional team and relevant agencies.
  • Ensure that all medical, nursing and therapy needs are understood and treatments performed in accordance with Trusts standards and protocols.
  • Develop and review professional practice under the Scope of Professional Practice NMC (2002) to promote clinical expertise and provide a quality service to meet the needs of the child and family.
  • As a role model, resource and clinical expert demonstrate evidence based best practice and work in collaboration with the ward team to supervise the caseload.
  • Maintain a working culture and environment that enables nurses to be challenging and creative, and support nurses to work in partnership with inter-professional team, children and families.
  • Maintain and expand nursing expertise by participating in clinical activities, appropriate delegation and a high standard of nursing records.
  • Facilitate the functioning of the inter-professional team and promote the contribution of the nursing role in meeting the immediate needs of the child and family.
  • Contribute to and lead the nursing team within Clinical Governance strategies.

  • Managerial
  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge amongst ward staff of developments within the service as well as the Trust as a whole.
  • Encourage staff to adhere to all relevant Trust and National policies and guidelines.
  • Manage the budget ensuring that the best service is provided within the resources available. Be proactive in identifying safe and effective Cost Improvement Schemes
  • Liaise and communicate with Senior Nurse on all matters relating to areas of responsibility
  • Participate in recruitment and selection of staff
  • Contribute to the development of competencies relevant to nursing as a whole and nurse led care in particular.
  • Ensure that the preparation of duty rotas is in line with Trust policy and considers the changing needs of the service and maintains an appropriate skill mix at all times.
  • Audit ward processes and procedures including the use of equipment, ensuring the safety of staff, patients and visitors.
  • Ensure staff are aware of processes involved in preventing and managing clinical risk incidents.
  • Implement and maintain quality initiatives to monitor the standards of care and local and National guidelines and recommendations, and contribute to Clinical Audit
  • Assume the responsibility of Senior Nurse on site when requested in Senior Nurses absence
  • Attend relevant meeting within the Childrens Service and the Trust ensuring that all staff are aware and pro-actively contribute towards the strategic direction of the Childrens Service
  • Establish and maintain systems for Individual Performance Review and cascade it to all members of the team ensuring that each nurse has a Personal Development Plan which is regularly reviewed.
  • Provide written reports and accounts when required.

  • Education
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues to identify their training and development needs, monitoring their progress and evaluating their effectiveness
  • In collaboration with Senior Sister /Charge Nurses and other relevant personnel, establish and maintain in-service education and professional development programmes and participate in teaching to share knowledge and expertise.
  • Fulfil the role of Clinical Supervisor and develop a system of clinical supervision and reflective practice.
  • Liaise with Centres of higher education to access appropriate education and training programmes
  • Facilitate and promote the department as a suitable learning environment for new members of staff, learners and families
  • Evaluate all teaching programmes for patients and families
  • Pro-actively promote understanding and knowledge of diverse needs of children and families from different ethnic backgrounds.

  • Research
  • Maintain a high level of current research awareness and developments in the field of paediatric nursing, the ward specialities, and in the wider profession
  • Participate in approved research relevant to the care of children and families with medical conditions
  • Implement changes based on research findings when appropriate
  • Develop skills for presentation and publication

  • Person Specification



    • oRecent experience at band 6 within an acute clinical setting supporting ward manager.
    • oExperience within relevant speciality



    • oRSCN / RN Child with current NMC registration
    • oPreparation for Mentorship course or equivalent
    • oEvidence of continued professional development
    • oIT skills


    • oEducated to degree level or working towards
    • oLeadership course / development programme
    • oPost basic qualification relevant to area of practice

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