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Ward Manager - Elm Ward. Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
East Sussex
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
As a Ward Manager on Elm Ward, you will be an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team. This is a challenging but incredibly rewarding role, providing the opportunity to work on a busy and dynamic ward and to gain a variety of skills and experiences.

Elm ward is a specialist 15-bedded male Low Secure and Forensic ward. We have to consider a complex picture for our service users, who are often victims of significant trauma and abuse, but also perpetrators of violence. There is also the potential that for developmental purposes the post will rotate alongside Blossom ward (Female unit) however this is not an absolute requirement.

The Hellingly Centre is a Secure Hospital, comprising of three Medium Secure Wards and one Low Secure Ward. Situated in rural East Sussex, close to Hailsham, Eastbourne and Lewes, we enjoy the benefits of both beautiful countryside and the convenience and amusements larger town links provide.

This post offers the Trust's �4,000 Incentive for band 5-7 Nurses & Practitioners, as well as a relocation package up to a maximum of �8,000 (subject to terms and conditions).

Main duties of the job

As a Ward Manager on Elm Ward, your main responsibilities will be to:
  • Uphold the core values of the ward promoting openness, transparency and learning
  • Supervise and be an enthusiastic mentor of new and junior staff
  • Maintain accurate and timely clinical documentation
  • Ensuring and maintaining the gold standard of clinical governance.
  • Be responsible for the management and leadership of a team of health professionals providing 24-hour care including responsibility for assessment planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for the patients within their sphere of responsibility.
  • Conduct thorough assessments of risks and risk management plans to support incidents on the ward.

You will be working with service users who have committed criminal offences, but have often also been victims themselves. Service users regularly experience stigma for both mental health and offending history, so our role is to develop trusting and safe relationships which balance being collaborative and supportive with sound risk management skills.

No two days are the same while we have structure and set boundaries, there is always a need to be able to adapt to what is a dynamic ward environment.

About us

Forensic mental health is a unique and fascinating field which provides both challenge and opportunity in abundance.

Being curious, creative, self-aware and assertive are important skills that you will build on, as you are often required to think 'outside the box'.

We play a crucial part in supporting and advocating service users towards recovery, while maintaining the legal requirements within the MHA and of public protection.

Our Trust:

We provide mental health and learning disability care for all ages across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

We'd love you to join our organisation, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, with 82% recognising patient care as our top priority in our staff survey.

Other key survey results include:
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description

Job responsibilities


To be a successful Ward Manager on Elm Ward you will be:
  • A qualified nurse, registered on the NMC who has completed the Mentorship Course/ENB Equivalent
  • Experienced in managing staff
  • Passionate about improving the lives of individuals who are being held within the criminal justice system
  • Understanding that this is a challenging but hugely rewarding work setting

It would also be advantageous if you:
  • Have experience working within a mental health setting ideally forensic .

Development and Training

We are committed to investing in staff and offer regular quality supervision, reflective practice, in-depth training and development opportunities.

The Forensic Healthcare Service supports nurses to undertake both academic and professional development opportunities including nurse prescribing, advanced clinical practice and multi-professional responsible clinicians. We are keen to offer staff the support to progress through a clinical career pathway and have nurses undertaking MSc programs and degree modules.

Hellingly Centre is a member of Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services. QNFMHS benchmarks via peer reviews, creating opportunities for qualified staff to become certified peer reviewers for nationwide forensic services.

See attached Job Description for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

George Guerges, General Manager - email

(We are happy to arrange informal visits currently COVID dependant)

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree/ diploma level with a relevant qualification or equivalent experience
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Post Basic Courses / relevant Study Days



  • Extensive experience of acute care in the care group and demonstrable achievement in clinical practice
  • Experience of providing professional support/supervision and motivation of staff
  • Understanding of Health and Social Care Governance
  • Relevant care group experience of working with people with serious mental health problems
  • Experience of managing staff
  • CPA experience

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


The Hellingly Centre

The Drive, Hellingly

East Sussex

BN27 4ER

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