Deputy Ward Manager

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Orchid is a mixed 20 bed Ward that provides care for older adults with functional mental health conditions. Based in Reading, located close to the amenities of the town centre and a leafy park, the ward works closely with patients and families to help them to identify their needs and participate actively in their care, providing a place of empathy, kindness and compassion. We have created a culture where everyone has a voice and where service users and staff collaborate to make positive change.

You will be an enthusiastic and experienced registered Mental Health Nurse with a mentorship qualification. With a passion for caring for patients with complex needs, you will have excellent communication and people skills. You will have a good understanding of mental health treatment and legislation and be an inspirational leader, sensitive to the needs of colleagues and empowering them to be their best by creating a culture of continuous professional improvement.

Calm, confident and assertive in emotionally demanding situations, you will be astute at setting and maintaining professional boundaries. Communicating complex and sensitive information in an effective and compassionate manner, you will be a sympathetic advocate for patients, ensuring that their dignity is maintained, and cultural and spiritual values are met.

Main duties of the job

  • Act as a clinical team leader for a group of nominated staff. Take charge of the ward in the absence of the ward manager and be responsible for the overall management of the ward
  • Assist in the implementation of clinical/management supervision of staff within the ward area.
  • Take a lead role in the implementation of clinical care and the evaluation of nursing outcomes.
  • Assist the ward manager with planning efficient use of staffing resources on the ward. Ensure that staffing levels are safe and contain the necessary skills mix, showing due regard to the need for effective budgetary management.
  • Maintain effective systems of communication within the multi-disciplinary team and with patients and relatives.
  • Develop your leadership skills to become competent in fulfilling the DSN (Duty Senior Nurse) role on a rotational basis within 6-9 months of starting your role dependant on previous experience.
  • Be proactive in the production and implementation of new ideas and methods of care.
  • Ensure that the learning needs of students allocated to the ward are met, including the development of education packages.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer. We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:o Caring for and about you is our top priorityo Committed to providing good quality, safe serviceso Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:o Flexible working options to support work-life balance.o 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sello Generous NHS pension schemeo Excellent learning and career development opportunitieso 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing schemeo Access to a range of wellbeing tools and serviceso Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurantso Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equalityo Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.o Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification
  • A minimum of two years post registration experience in a mental health setting
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and portfolio of evidence available

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Gugu Nkomo- on 01189605336 wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and portfolio of evidence available
  • IT literate


  • Mentorship qualification
  • PSI qualification or other relevant advanced clinical qualification

Continuous Professional Development


  • Desire to undertake further training and self-improvement to support patient experience

Previous Experience


  • A minimum of two years post registration experience within a mental health setting


  • Experience in Quality Improvement initiatives

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Mental health legislation, which included the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and DOLs
  • Report writing and presentations
  • Team-working and the ability to play an effective part in a wider MDT
  • Able to work effectively with colleagues
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel to multiple sites

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Orchid Ward PPH

Prospect Park Hospital, Honey End Lane, Tilehurst


RG30 4EJ

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