Ward Manager

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a.
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you an experienced Band 6, looking for an exciting new opportunity to gain management experience and do you want to be part of a Rehab Inpatient Team and help shape the future of the musculoskeletal rehabilitation?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Ward Manger/Senior Sister to join the team on our 15 bedded ward at Swanage Hospital.

The successful candidate will be a skilledand experienced MSK Rehab nurse with 2 years' experience at Band 6 Junior SR/CN or already in a Band 7 role. We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated, demonstrates leadership qualities, able to prioritise workload and work under pressure.

You will be a role model for staff and ensure all grades are supported in their work. You will have the ability to communicate effectively at all levels and have high clinical standards and the ability to lead a team. You must be able to set clear direction and be collaborative in your approach.

Working in line with the Trust Values and People Strategy is essential.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have 24-hour responsibility for the effective and efficient operational day-to-day management of the department/ward, including budget control, clinical governance staff development and training. The post holder is professionally accountable for the maintenance of standards of professional practise and standards of care. They will provide professional clinical leadership within a defined area and provide direction and inspirational leadership to all members within the multi-disciplinary team.

The post holder will undertake and supervise clinical practice, audit, research, and teaching to set, monitor and continuously improve standards of care and patient experience.

The post holder is accountable for safe, effective clinical practice managing and developing team performance, managing a devolved budget ensuring efficient and effective use of physical and human resources.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact dhc.wideningparticipation@nhs.net to access the support.

Person Specification

Educational Requirements / Qualifications


  • Professional NMC Registration.
  • Band 6 Experience minimum 1year and 6 months


  • relevant leadership courses

Skills / Experience / Knowledge base


  • 3 years post-registration eexperience
  • Experience in performing PDRs
  • Leadership skills


  • Extended skills - eg cannulation ECG's, syringe drivers
  • Assesor/ supervisor



  • Able to take clinical responsibility for self and other health professionals in team

Information Technology


  • IT skills, knowledge of electronic systems and organizational tools(eg MS Teams , Office 356)



  • Evidence of recent evidence based professional development

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