Deputy Ward Manager

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A golden and rare opportunity has arisen to join a male acute ward (Langdale) at Dorothy Pattison Hospital. The role will involve overseeing patient care and safety, driving quality, supporting and providing leadership to junior staff, and to support the ward manager.

Post Title: Deputy Ward Manager

Reports To: Ward Manager

Directorate/Department: Mental Health Acute Inpatient Services

Salary Range: Band 6

Main duties of the job

To manage a very busy and dynamic ward with an established management team.

To work with, promote and contribute to the development of appropriate models of inpatient care.

To contribute to the assessment of care needs, development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care within the context of the care programme approach.

To provide supervision and clinical leadership to junior nursing staff, to ensure effective delivery of programmes of care for the patients on the caseload.

To report and identify service deficit limitations/development opportunity to senior colleagues.

To monitor the well being of patients and contribute to the development of practice in relation to protecting individuals whose health and well being is at risk.

To ensure effective communication with the multi disciplinary team, service users and carers about programmes of care and routine or complex matters

To manage safeguarding and complex case management on a busy male acute ward.

Will have opportunity to to undertake managerial duties such as rota management, audit improvement.

To deputise in the absence of the ward manager as required.

To carry out the senior nurse role when required across site.

Provide leadership whilstintegrating the trust vision and values in to the working practices of the team.

About us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

We currently employ over 3,000 members of staff and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work within the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.

To demonstrate an ability to engage proactively using effective communication with patients and families/carers/significant others.

Ability to demonstrate a high level of clinical nursing expertise acting as a role model to others and to have an awareness of their own specialist skills.

To participate in Mental Health Act assessments and demonstrate an up to date knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the nurse and its application in practice.

To demonstrate a good understanding of Mental Capacity Act and implementing Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding referrals.

Demonstrates competence, skills and knowledge to effectively work with patients and their families/carers/significant others with regards to medicine management.

Demonstrate the skills and knowledge essential for developing risk management plans and timely review of the risk management plan identifying opportunities for positive risk taking in conjunction with the patient, ward team and carer/family/significant other.

To support Band 5 staff in their role as named nurse, facilitating responsible care coordination, care planning, implementation and clinical assessments.

To monitor the well being of patients and contribute to protecting individuals whose health and well being is at risk in accordance with local policies e.g. observation policy, risk management policy.

Ability to assess patient progress on the ward through close working with the ward team.

To maintain patient confidentiality in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Professional Code of Conduct.

To maintain clinical records in accordance with local policies.

To monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others in own work area as identified in local policies.

To initiate quality improvement directives such as clinical audits, Essence of Care.

To take an active and where necessary a leading part in developing knowledge, ideas and to support evidence based practice and have a clear understanding of good practice.

To support Band 5 staff in their role as Shift Coordinator and/or Nurse in Charge.

To undertake and support team members through processes such as Professional Developmentplanning and Clinical Supervision.

To contribute to the development of junior members of staff and students promoting an environment conducive to learning.

Ensure all necessary documentation identified in organizational/local policies and procedures are completed by self and others as required.

Ensure an open channel of communication/information to the team and other members of the multi disciplinary team including active engagement with care coordinators under CPA in order to identify appropriate resources to support the patient upon discharge from hospital.

Ensure an open channel of communication/information throughout the wider Trust including other ward areas, site meetings and support services such as Finance, Employment services.

Refer any enquiries out of your sphere of competence to the appropriate channels using line manager.

Develop nursing practice through the critical appraisal of research, integrating findings where appropriate into clinical practice.

Support nursing and multi disciplinary research and audit within the Trust.

Maintain a professional portfolio and registration for practice.

Report and discuss any professional concerns with the Ward Manager.

Act as a positive role model when carrying out all aspects of patient care.

Be non judgmental and anti discriminatory in your approach to patients and staff despite difficulties that may present and promote this ethos within the team.

Take time to listen to the patient regarding their concerns, anxieties and needs.

To participate in regular individual performance reviews and in the production of a Personal Development Conversation.

To actively engage in reflection on own practice as an ongoing process and through regular clinical supervision.

To attend mandatory training courses indicated in personal development plans or required by the needs of the service.

To work rotational shifts including nights, weekends and bank holidays in accordance with service need.

To participate in cross site Senior Nurse cover including nights, weekends and bank holidays offering managerial support to other ward areas.

To support the Ward manager in developing effective ward rotas, managing skill mix issues and addressing staff shortages where necessary through effective communication with the ward team and Bank Nurse service.

To effectively negotiate annual leave with team members keeping accurate records in line with Trust policies.

To negotiate and facilitate mandatory and identified training for team members.

To support the Ward Manager in managing staff sickness in an effective and timely manner as per Trust policies and maintain accurate records.

Demonstrate the commitment to develop the range of skills required to deputise in the absence of the Ward Manager.

Demonstrate effective time management and the ability to prioritise competing demands.

To demonstrate a commitment to work positively with patients and carers who express verbal concerns or complaints about the service and attempt early and effective resolution.

Demonstrate a comprehensive and working knowledge of the policy and procedural guidance following a Serious Untoward Incident (SUI) and the ability to prepare a clear and concise 24 report following such incidents.

Demonstrates awareness of the major national policy initiatives and their influence on care delivery.

Person Specification

Experienced and dynamic


  • Band 5 for at least 12 Months


  • six months band 6

Employer details

Employer name

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Langdale Ward - Dorothy Pattison Hospital

Alumwell Close



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