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Band 7 Ward Manager New Horizon's Mother and Baby Unit

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
16 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The New Horizon's Mother and Baby Unit is based on the Southmead Hospital Site in Bristol. The service provides 4 in-patient beds and provides advice and liaison to other professionals across AWP working closely with local specialist perinatal community teams and other Motheand Baby units in the South West. The service provides care for women in the perinatal period, who are experiencing serious mental illness.

The role will deliver operational management, clinical leadership and supervision to a designated team of staff within the Unit, making best use of resources at all times. Your responsibility is to ensure that all aspects of care provided to service users is of the highest quality, delivered in a manner that is respectful and sensitive to their needs and those who provide support.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the duties of a Ward Manager including support of the team, involvement in the referrals and assessment process, clinical leadership, leadership of the team and managerial duties with an overall emphasis on delivery of excellent care and a safe service.

The successful candidate, would be expected to work collaboratively with the internal leadership group with the aims of developing a service, in-line with CQC and PQN standards.

Experience, interest and passion of working in Perinatal Services, inpatient settings, managerial and clinical leadership, and change management would be beneficial for the successful candidate.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services in a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Results Areas

To act as a Clinical Leader with continuing clinical responsibility for designated clinical areas, ensuring that services provide high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, interventions andevaluations for patients. This will include: Confidential, sensitive and comprehensive, person-centred mental health nursing assessment that includes a Risk Assessment and ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems. Contributing to the professional development and the clinical supervision of team members on a formal and regular basis to maintain and develop quality standards of practice in accordance with appropriate professional guidelines, Trust Policies and level of responsibility of the post. Assess and monitor service provision against CQC standards (e.g. healthcare, associated infection control, health and safety, catering and food hygiene, fire safety and emergency planning) and contribute to the development of services that meet these standards. Enable service users by providing accurate and appropriate information, offering choices and involving them as fully as possible in the care process. To demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant Mental Health Legislation. Ensure the ordering, storage, administration and disposal of medication complies with relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and MHA (1983). Demonstrating knowledge, experience and competence specific to the area of practice. Enabling staff to use evidence-based strategies and person-centred/psychosocial interventions in the care and treatment of people with mental health problems. Leading by example, motivating and empowering others and promoting positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between all services involved in the care process. To provide a source of information on how to best meet the mental health needs of service users and their carers. Pursue legitimate patient concerns, resolving problems on their behalf in an efficient and effective manner. Ensure that all staff have access to, and are familiar with all clinical and other policies and procedures operational within the Trust.

Teaching, Education & Health Promotion

To use the Practitioners specialist skills, knowledge and resources to co-ordinate learning opportunities for staff within designated areas. This will include: Regular provision of advice and training to staff. Contribute to the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post- registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members. This may include formal teaching sessions. Evidence of promotion of positive attitudes towards mental health. To contribute to a culture of learning within the designated clinical areas.

Continuing Professional Development

To maintain and develop professional knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure that own clinical practice remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing patient and NHS service needs, as outlined in the NHS Plan (2000). Implement all legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice outlined in the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. Take responsibility for post-registration education and for continuing professional development as outlined in NMC Standards. Actively participate in regular clinical supervision from an identified Senior Practitioner, as identified in Trust Clinical Supervision Policy. To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from the line manager, and to maintain records of these meetings. To maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). Implement the Clinical and Personnel Policies and Procedures of AWP Trust. Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues inline with the appropriate NMC standards and Trust policy, and ensure that staff also work within these guidelines.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registration for Mental Health/LD
  • Clinical leadership
  • Perinatal experience/special interest


  • Inpatient experience - mental health/perinatal mental health
  • Managerial leadership experience
  • Experience of change management
  • Experience/interest in service development/quality improvement

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


New Horizons MBU Southmead Hospital

Dorian Way


BS10 5NB

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