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Band 6 - Deputy Ward Manager

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post places particular emphasis on patient centered care and therapeutic engagement, ensuring all aspects of direct patient care are delivered at the highest quality. A key element of this post will be to support and provide sound clinical interventions to service users and clinical leadership on a day-to-day, shift-to-shift basis for a group of staff on a designated clinical area. The post holder will work in collaboration with the Ward Manager to develop and transform the nursing care provision, ensuring that it supports and reflects service user mental health and physical needs, is culturally appropriate, and compliant with professional guidance.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will take charge of the shifts on a rotational basis, act as a primary nurse to service users and their carers, as well as being responsible for the establishment and maintenance of effective communication with all relevant personnel who contribute to the care of the service user both internal and external to the Trust.

The post holder will, in collaboration with the ward manager, ensure continuous clinical and professional development for ward staff through on the job coaching, mentoring, audit, regular supervision, and ward based training of less experienced staff.

The post holder will deputise for the ward manager as required and promote multi-disciplinary team working whilst leading predominantly on nursing issues and leadership.

All staff working within our Trust should adopt our values.

All staff have a responsibility to contribute to high standards of care, they need to:
  • Be a quality inspector, never knowingly passing on a defect, error or risk to a colleague or patient, putting things right where you can, and reporting everything, especially where you need help to put it right.
  • Take a pro-active role in identifying risks and acting on the results to resolve problems at source wherever possible bearing in mind resources and priorities and liaising with Line Manag
  • Take part in risk management practices, both clinical and non-clinical in line with the Trust Risk Management Strategy to help reduce risks to the safety of patients.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See attached detailed job description and person specification:

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • RMN Professional Qualification



  • RMN Professional Qualification
  • Preparation for Mentorship or willingness to work towards
  • Proven experience at Band 5 (or equivalent) within the same specialty with evidence of ongoing development or evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Substantial post-qualification experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental illness
  • Evidence of applied understanding of the needs of clients and complex presentations in Mental Health in-patient care (within specific speciality)
  • Demonstrable evidence of knowledge of clinical risk assessment
  • Demonstrable evidence of knowledge of NMC Standards and Code of Conduct
  • Demonstrable evidence of knowledge of change management processes in the leadership and support of large groups of staff
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of best clinical practices relevant to the area
  • Knowledge of the role and function of other organisations who provide services to clients with mental health problems
  • Ability to demonstrate sound clinical leadership skills in a large multi-disciplinary team
  • Be able to implement the Trust's Equal Opportunities Policy into work settings
  • Ability to translate clinical risk into care plans
  • Demonstrable evidence of excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Ability to present ideas with clarity and in a persuasive and influential style
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate effectively with other agencies at a variety of levels
  • Demonstrable ability to provide situational management to staff and deal with conflict
  • Evidence of ability to provide focused support to staff
  • Demonstrably ability to maintain morale and leadership in an uncertain and changing environment
  • Reliable, and committed to developing client care and nursing
  • Full commitment to equal opportunities
  • Demonstrable evidence of flexible approach, able to recognise signs of stress in self and others and take appropriate action
  • Ability to effectively manage applied clinical work and the development of nursing practice
  • Ability to gain the trust, confidence and respect of clients, carers, and staff of a variety of levels and disciplines
  • To participate in the development of a culture which actively promotes the involvement of service users and carers


  • Post registration clinical qualification in Mental Health eg. Acute Care, Post Registration Specialist training in
  • Professional development in Clinical Leadership
  • CFT Interventions Clinical Supervision training
  • personal development related to clinical area/care group
  • Experience of managing staff and other professionals

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Meadowbrook Unit

Stott Lane


M6 8HG

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