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Mental Health Deputy Ward Manager *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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I'm Hannah, Deputy Ward Manager for Mulberry 2. I started working for CPFT in 2021 when I was newly qualified. I was drawn to work for the Mulberry wards as a staff nurse because of the opportunity to participate in the 3:3:3 model and the team values I observed in practice whilst working as a HCA. This ambitious model requires strong teamwork and communication and I love working as part of a multidisciplinary team in this fast-paced, innovative model.

At CPFT our adult inpatient wards operate an exciting, ambitious model of care, known as the 3-3-3 model, focussed on providing the right care at the right time. The Cambridge Wards are known as the Mulberry Wards Mulberry 1 our Acute Assessment Unit, where patients stay up to 3 days, Mulberry 2, our Treatment ward, where patients stay up to 3 weeks, and Mulberry 3, our Recovery Unit, where patients stay up to 3 months.

Working on the Mulberry wards you get to support patients on their journey from an episode of acute illness towards recovery. The model is designed to support patients in accessing the right care at the right time and preventing unnecessary lengthy hospital stays. I love the fast-paced, and diverse nature of the job.

We are looking for Senior Clinical Nurses and Deputy Ward Managers to join us on the Mulberry wards. These vacancies include an attractive �3000* welcome bonus - a gratifying start for a gratifying career.

** Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

Main duties of the job

The wards bold model requires staff to have a commitment to teamwork, a sense of accountability, and an ability to work well under pressure when required.

You will be responsible for supporting and leading on the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care on a rotational shift basis. The role is incredibly diverse, in this post you could be supporting brief crisis admissions or supporting longer term recovery goals on our recovery ward.

The role will involve identifying and contributing to the training needs of junior registered and unregistered staff and ensuring that issues of equality, diversity and rights are dealt with in accordance with good practice legislation.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a comprehensive list of responsibilities please refer to the attached job description and person specification of the role you are interested in
  • To be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the evidence-based care required, including health promotion for a named service user/group ensuring it meets Trust timescales.
  • To ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act 2007 are observed, adhered to, and implemented.
  • To promote carer and service user involvement within the service and for its provision. To encourage recovery, discovery, and independence, taking into account risk assessment and management.
  • To establish therapeutic relationships with service users, and the implementation of evidence based therapeutic interventions with appropriate boundaries in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Councils professional code of conduct
  • To demonstrate care and compassion in your work
  • To be responsible for the safe custody and administration of medicines in accordance with all medicine policies
  • To respect and value the different therapeutic approaches within the multidisciplinary team but ensure that the agreed philosophy approach is adopted and followed
  • To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and NMC guidance, reporting on any issues as appropriate.
  • Empower service users by ensuring that they receive the relevant information about their treatment, medication, available services, advocacy services, ward routines and safety procedures.
  • To have completed and continue the delivery of support to Student Nurses in a formal capacity (Mentorship/Supervision/Practice Assessor.)

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) or Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD)
  • NMC registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Mentor qualification / ENB 998 or equivalent


  • Post graduate qualification related to ward specialism
  • Additional qualification for specialism



  • Experience of inpatient services and working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Basic training in the Mental Capacity Act
  • Experience of providing mentorship
  • Experience of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs


  • Previous experience of undertaking group work
  • Experience of developing service user and carer involvement
  • Experience relating to ward specialism
  • Lived experience of mental health

Skills & Abilities


  • Effective communication skills both verbally and written, including IT literacy (MS Office).
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with staff across a wide range of professional and managerial groups
  • Ability to use own initiative, to enable contribution to a multidisciplinary team approach

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Thorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (where appropriate)
  • Understanding of the legislation relating to care including - Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Children's Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the Data Protection Act

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Mulberry Wards, Fulbourn


CB21 5EF

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