Deputy Manager (Senior Nurse) - Inpatient Rehabilitation

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
Canterbury, Kent
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen within the East Kent Community Rehabilitation Service, at Ethelbert Rd. The team require Deputy Unit Manager and the successful candidate should be an enthusiastic and motivated registered mental health nurse with sound knowledge and skills to take on this challenging but rewarding role.

Ethelbert Rd is situated in the centre of Canterbury and is one of 6 Rehabilitation Units across Kent, which provides specialist inpatient rehabilitation for individuals with complex mental health and psychological needs. The unit comprises of 9 single bedrooms and is staffed 24 hour a day, 7 days a week.

The multidisciplinary team provides a wide range of individualized interventions delivered by nursing, medical, psychological, occupational therapy and peer support clinicians. You will also have excellent interpersonal skills to manage and supervise staff effectively. You will be working with a wide range of experienced and friendly professionals providing high quality care with compassion.

Main duties of the job

We believe in clinically led, management supported services and want to strengthen nurse leadership to provide safe, compassionate, creative services which really make a difference to patient lives. You will therefore be an excellent clinician, committed to the concept of person centred care and recovery. You will have the ability to influence, enthuse and enable, a role model who leads from the front and by example you will use your clinical expertise to improve practice, to challenge tradition and to work with the team to create a culture of therapeutic optimism and hope.The candidate will be resilient, tenacious and ready for a challenge, who will support and develop staff to provide the kind of service you would want to recommend to family, carers and friends.

We will offer development opportunities, supervision, reflective practice, mentoring and coaching and will ensure you are fully supported in your new role. A working knowledge of serious and enduring mental health conditions, such as complex psychosis is essential.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The Senior Nurse will provide day to day support to the Unit Manager, to carry out appropriate delegated tasks.
  • To act up in the Unit Managers absence.
  • The Senior Nurse will be responsible for coordinating the comprehensive assessment of service users.
  • Screening referrals and completing assessments.
  • Medication Competencies.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure effective delivery of the Rehabilitation Therapeutic Intervention programme.
  • The successful candidate will also act as a Clinical Lead supporting best practice in line with NMC, NICE guidance and Trust Policy.
  • Facilitate and review approved Quality Improvement initiatives within the care setting.
  • Lead on Quality Clinical documentation CliQ checks.
  • There is a strong commitment to supervision, training and regular appraisal, which you will receive and deliver to the Band 5 Nurses.
  • Risk management, to include Datix and Risk Register
  • E-Roster
  • Facilitation of meetings client reviews, staff meetings, training.
  • Coaching, role modelling and mentoring staff and students.

If you are motivated, committed and enthusiastic about improving the lives of people with complex mental heath needs, have a progressive approach leadership and are looking for variety and a challenge in your day to day work we would be interested in hearing from you.

KMPT is creating an environment for equal opportunities for all, where we canALLbe ourselves.

We take pride in our services which are underpinned by our Trust values:
  • Respect - We value people as individuals, we treat others as we would like to be treated.
  • Openness - Work in a collaborative, transparent way.
  • Accountability - We are professional and responsible for our actions.
  • Working together - We work together to make a difference for our service users.
  • Innovation - We find creative ways to run efficient, high quality services.
  • Excellence - We listen and learn to continually improve our knowledge and ways of working.

Please see job description for full details

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Registered with the NMC
  • Qualified practice assessor
  • Completed preceptorship
  • Completed Edward Jenner Programme


  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Knowledge & Skills


  • Significant knowledge of and ability to apply relevant legislative frameworks and policies relating to care e.g. Mental Capacity Act
  • A comprehensive understanding and ability to apply principles of risk assessment and risk management
  • To be competent in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care
  • Effective organisational /planning and decision making skills
  • Understanding of current quality improvement initiatives
  • Significant awareness of clinical governance and its relationship to clinical effectiveness and patient safety and patient experience
  • Enhanced leadership skills e.g. taking charge, delegation of duties, supervising others.
  • Good knowledge and practice of IT skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NMC Code of Conduct


  • Ability to support and develop an environment which ensures effective clinical care and innovation.



  • Minimum of 3 years experience as a Band 5
  • Evidence of post qulifying continued learning
  • Previous supervision experience


  • Previous NHS experience

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Ethelbert Road Rehabilitation Unit, Canterbury

11 Ethelbert Rd

Canterbury, Kent


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