Deputy Ward Manager-Clinical Development-Adult Mental Health

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
5 Jan 2024

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This is a highly valued, rewarding, and challenging role with opportunities to improve the delivery of inpatient services.

Mortimer ward is a 21 bedded acute Mental Health Ward situated in The Stonebow Unit, Hereford and is part of the provision of acute inpatient services across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It is a vital service for supporting those with acute mental health difficulties of varying complexities. Patients requiring admission may also have complex physical co morbidities and applicants should have an interest in both mental and physical health care delivery. Patients admitted can both be informal or detained under the Mental Health Act and require a holistic care approach to work towards their Recovery.

The ward has a multi-disciplinary team approach including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, activity support workers, Psychiatric Consultants and junior doctors. You will also work alongside colleagues in the Crisis Team and Adult Social Care. We also support student nurses as part of our team.

Rotational shift pattern system over a 24 hours / seven day period.(07.30hrs-20.00hrs & 19.30hrs-08.00 hrs).Full time but part time hours considered. The Stonebow Unit is currently undergoing extensive redesign which will enhance the patient experience, ward safety and therapeutic environment.

This role will maintain a strong clinical focus on the ward to support the maintenance of quality and leadership for the patient experience.

Main duties of the job

  • Maintain high standards of patient care ensuring all patients individuality, dignity and privacy is maintained at all times.
  • Provide key leadership in MDTs reviews, communicating treatment plans to the wider team & liaising with external agencies
  • Ensure that each patient receives an individual clinical assessment which is the subject of a regularly updated care plan that, wherever practicable, is formulated in conjunction with the patient.
  • Ensure that information regarding patients needs and progress are communicated promptly & accurately to their relatives & carers having due regard for confidentiality.
  • Provide strong clinical leadership for all staff, maintaining & enhancing own knowledge by making use of educational opportunities, under the guidance of the Ward Manager. This includes appropriate extensions to the role of the nurse/OT in line with NMC/HCPC & Trust policy.
  • Maintain & promote the importance of physical health needs amongst our service users with serious mental illness
  • Develop additional clinical skills such as ECG & venepuncture
  • Taking a role in the monitoring & auditing of medication
  • Taking a lead in safeguarding
  • Taking a lead with inducting new staff
  • Take a lead in ensuring that students in practice are supported & receive a positive experience
  • Shaping clinical knowledge and skills with other staff
  • Ensuring that all staff members receive regular Clinical supervision
  • Interest in further educational courses to enhance clinical development

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer
  • 27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service
  • Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities
  • Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support
  • Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)
  • Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a service, we provide inpatient facilities for working age adults with acute mental health problems and we are looking for caring, compassionate individuals to work within our acute service who are committed to providing high quality care and treatment to our patients. Working in an acute environment can be challenging, but with the right team, positive attitude and resilience we are rising to the challenge and reaping the reward of being able to support people during their most difficult times.

With you in our team, we will empower you to work innovatively, showing a commitment to providing compassionate care and a strong desire to improve the patients experience. You will be able to apply the philosophies of engagement, recovery and positive care in your work with your patients.

Your career with us will be enjoyable and rewarding as you develop specialist skills and make a real difference for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

It's a career that you can take pride in and enjoy, and together we can make life better for our communities.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification

Skills & Abilities


  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to provide a consistent positive role model to others
  • Effective communication skills, written and verbal
  • Able to deal with a range of people in difficult and complex situations
  • Able to pass on information in a timely and coherent manner, whilst maintaining confidentiality
  • Ability to prioritise problems and use clinical judgment to deal with them
  • Skilled in dealing with psychiatric emergencies
  • Ability to work as effective team leader
  • Ability to provide clinical supervision to others
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care
  • Able to demonstrate sound clinical skills

Additional Criteria


  • Be a strong leader by demonstrating a consistency and honesty in your approach to a variety of situations and people



  • Registered with the appropriate professional body
  • Registered Mental Nurse (RMN), Registered Nurse (Mental) (RN(M)), or Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Teaching and assessing qualification ENB 997/8 or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous skills and knowledge updating (Personal Portfolio)
  • Up to date training in MAPA techniques (Levels 1, 2 & 3), Intermediate Life Support and treatment of anaphylaxis, Risk management, Mental Health Act 1983, Manual Handling, Fire, Care Programme Approach, NCRS, Blood Glucose monitoring & Basic First Aid
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Training in Leadership and Management



  • Experience in a qualified position preferably gained in more than one area


  • Management of staff of varying professions



  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of the NMC/HCPC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Knowledge of national and Trust policies and procedures and how to access them
  • Evidence of recent clinical update or training relevant to the post
  • Knowledge of national trends in mental health care
  • Promote peoples equality, diversity and rights
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance and a commitment to clinical supervision
  • To be in receipt of regular clinical supervision

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Mortimer Ward, Stonebow Unit

Stonebow Road



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