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Ward Manager (RNMH, OT or SW) Adult Acute

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to work alongside other compassionate and enthusiastic people who are committed to a vision of making a positive difference in people's lives on Ward 35 and across the Radbourne Unit? If so, we want you to be a part of our future, people focussed team and help us shape how we deliver our mental health services.

Ward 35 is a 20-bedded, female adult, acute inpatient ward, providing a high standard of patient-centred evidence-based care for our service users. The Ward is on the Radbourne Unit which has two male and two female acute wards, alongside a 10-bedded Enhanced Care Ward (which will remain open until November 2023).

We are passionate about providing the highest possible standards of care through a multi-disciplinary approach within our Team, which comprises of a Consultant Psychiatrist, Specialist Medic, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP), Clinical Matron, Clinical Leads, Occupational Therapists, Registered Nurses and Nursing Assistants, as well as our Operational Support Lead to enhance leadership support and developmental opportunities across the service division, all of which are supported by our Ward Clerk.

Our Trust is currently building two brand new pioneering mental health facilities, and this will be split across the Kingsway Hospital and Radbourne Unit sites, providing single-sex wards and individual ensuite bedrooms.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead with care and compassion whilst promoting collective leadership within our team and the wider Unit.
  • To provide operational management for the Ward 35 team.
  • Provide strong clinical leadership, ensuring evidence-based practice is delivered to improve the quality of and shape cost effective and responsive services.
  • Be responsible for monitoring and ensuring maintenance of standards of care that support safe high-quality practice throughout the 24-hour period.
  • Live the Trust Values promoting a positive image of the Trust to service users, carers, and the community as a whole, and role modelling to the nursing team.
  • Provide advice, resources, and support to our Multi-Disciplinary Team.
  • Support and promote staff development.
  • To have responsibility for aspects of clinical governance within a designated ward or team.
  • To ensure compliance and assurance relating to safe and effective use of all resources and ensuring the safety of staff and patients.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of making a positive difference in people's lives.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account
  • To provide a clear sense of purpose and leadership by being visible and accessible to staff, patients, carers, and the public.
  • To work collaboratively with the Area Service Manager, Head of Nursing, and the Senior Multidisciplinary team to develop a vision for staff that ensures a positive, high performing, productive and supportive culture.
  • To ensure all levels of staff have a good understanding of the objectives and priorities of the ward area/team and the wider Unit and how these fit into the overarching Service and Trust plans.
  • Ensure the establishment and maintenance of good relationships and communication with other directorates in DHCFT, promoting a culture where clinical and other staff are actively involved in decisions on how services are provided, and targets delivered.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders including Commissioners and other external agencies and contractors as required.
  • Demonstrate operational management skills, implementing change management, project management, service development and transformation, etc.
  • Participating in investigations, undertaking the role of Investigation Officer, making recommendations following investigation to influence policy development and change.
  • To contribute to steering groups for clinical and operational policy.

Person Specification



  • Professional registration as an Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker
  • Post registration qualification
  • Willing to undertake degree or higher training
  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Evidence of up to date personal development


  • Degree level education
  • Leadership qualification

Experience / Skills


  • Demonstrate experience in a leadership role, ie B6
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and awareness of professional accountability and codes of conduct
  • Demonstrate the ability to co-ordinate and lead multi-professional teams
  • Demonstrate up to date evidence based knowledge for clinical practice generally and the chosen speciality.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead the clinical team in a service user/career focused way
  • Demonstrate exposure to and a comprehensive knowledge of Clinical Governance in action (audit, research clinical effectiveness etc)
  • Demonstrate operational management skills, including change management, project management etc.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver clinical and managerial/performance supervision within an effective model
  • Demonstrate experience working within adult acute inpatient mental health


  • Knowledge and skills related to individuals with a learning disability & ASD

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Radbourne Unit, Royal Derby Hospital

Uttoxeter New Road


DE22 3WQ

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