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Ward Manager

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum plus HCAs
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and hard-working Band 6 or Band 7 ward manager in a secondment post to work with the multi-disciplinary team on Laurel Ward. This is an exciting opportunity to join an established and supportive team. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic nurse to work within a stimulating and rewarding inpatient setting within the Acute and Urgent Care Service Line.

Laurel Ward is an 18 (plus 2 surge beds) bedded male acute admission ward within the Trust for patients requiring assessment and/or treatment. The service provision is 24 hours seven days a week. The team is multidisciplinary, and you will have extensive support and role development. The ward is currently located in Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton.

You will have the opportunity to make networks with community teams and other external agencies. You will gain experience of working with individuals facing a wide range of mental health issues who require short term intensive work and the support of specialist mental health services. The emphasis is on prioritising individuals within the care pathway; assessing individual needs; providing a range of individual and group interventions and working with the team to prioritise discharge.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate is expected to work with the ward team and the service linein providing high quality nursing care and leadership. He/she will be a highly skilled and well-motivated individual with considerable experience of working in a dynamic acute mental health service.

The post holder will be responsible for implementing and monitoring all policies and ensuring that the ward functions in line with the Trust and service line philosophy of providing respectful compassionate care that is of the highest quality. The post holder will also ensure that supervision and appraisal systems are robustly implemented and that the care provided is of the highest possible standard in line with the service's clinical governance framework. The Ward Manager is ultimately responsible for providing a safe environment within which all staff can deliver care and support to patients and their significant others. He/she must ensure effective deployment of resources within agreed budgets.

We are an innovative service and are constantly striving to improve the quality of the service we provide. You will therefore be expected to engage in on-going professional development and appraisal. You will also be expected to contribute to the strategic development of the service. Experience in an acute setting is essential.

You must have a proven ability to work effectively in a team and have excellent communication and IT skills.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking- You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To take responsibility for the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Children.
  • To co-ordinate bed management for the ward and monitor referrals in conjunction with medical staff.
  • To lead in the recruitment, selection and retention of staff in the clinical area.
  • To ensure the ward is adequately and safely staffed within the agreed budget and nursing resources are used efficiently to meet identified needs.
  • To participate in budget setting and report areas of concern to the Matron.
  • To ensure that effective communication is established within the service and external departments e.g. attendance at regular staff meetings, attendance at Ward Managers meetings, and team briefing.
  • To ensure ward hygiene, ward cleanliness and the maintenance of ward fabric, reporting deficiencies where appropriate to the Matron.
  • To ensure systems are in place for the safekeeping of patients property.
  • To ensure effective implementation, dissemination and monitoring of all Directorate and Trust-wide policies.
  • To investigate complaints, accidents and critical incidents in accordance with agreed procedure and prepare timely reports.
  • To provide monthly reports to the Matron as required e.g. activity levels, bed occupancy, manpower and expenditure, staffing issues and any other information that the Matron needs to be aware of.

  • To work closely with the Matron in the delivery of high quality mental health care.
  • To manage the in-patient nursing team.
  • To ensure effective management of the e-roster in order to provide consistency in nursing care and a reduction in agency use.
  • To effectively manage the wards expenditure budget and ensure the most appropriate and cost effective use of resources within the remit of the nursing team
  • To provide information where required to the Matron in order to assist with performance reporting to the National Commissioning Team.
  • To keep under constant review the overall provision and ongoing development of service delivery, ensuring high standards of professional care, open and transparent communication processes and adherence to the Trust policies, procedures and protocols and a safe and therapeutic environment.
  • To have responsibility for the recruitment, selection and retention of nursing staff and to participate in the selection of other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To monitor sickness and absence of nursing staff.
  • To keep nursing job descriptions under review, in order to develop roles to meet the needs of the service.
  • To ensure an appropriate Clinical and managerial supervision structure is in place for all nursing staff.
  • To ensure that all nursing staff have an annual development review.
  • To ensure that appropriate guidance and education is available to nurses.
  • To monitor continuing professional development for all nursing staff.
  • To represent the service at various management meetings such as the Ward Managers Development day.
  • To review and develop policies, procedures and protocols for the service and ensuring that these are implemented and monitored.
  • To ensure that effective communication is established within the service and external departments e.g. attendance at regular staff meetings, attendance at Ward Managers meetings and team briefing.
  • To investigate complaints, accidents and critical incidents in accordance with agreed procedure and prepare timely reports.

  • To be responsible for the assessment of care needs, and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and recovery for the clients.
  • To work with the Modern Matron to establish and maintain high standards of clinical practice and patient care including providing expert nursing leadership in the management of people with acute mental health problems.
  • To ensure the named nurse system for patients is in operation on the ward as well as plan, organise and allocate staff with appropriate levels of skills and expertise to be the named nurse to selected group of patients.
  • To ensure after-care at the appropriate level (CPA/Section 117) is arranged for each service user on discharge, depending on the individual needs, in conjunction with other disciplines, in particular achieving effective liaison and planning with community teams.
  • To ensure that all staff members are aware of current risk assessment procedures and management plans and fully engage in zoning.
  • To ensure regular auditing of the interventions carried out by nursing staff take place and that nursing staff reflect on practice.
  • To ensure that all staff members are familiar with and observe the provisions of the Mental Health Act, Care Programme Approach, maintain and observe Codes of Professional Conduct and other appropriate legislation.
  • To implement and contribute to policy and service development as appropriate.
  • To participate in the monthly Ward Managers development programme.
  • To adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct at all times.
  • To ensure that all staff adheres to the Mental Health Act 1983, and that all relevant documentation is current, updated and appropriately filed.
  • To ensure the safekeeping of clients money and property, through adherence to the relevant Trust policies.

Person Specification Training and Qualifcations Essential
  • RMN (current NMC registration)
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Evidence of post qualification training/education
  • Ongoing evidence of continuing professional development
  • Development at Diploma or Degree level
  • Management qualifications
  • Training in providing supervision
  • RGN qualification
Experience Essential
  • oDemonstrable experience of working at Band 6
  • oExperience of working with adults with Mental Health problems
  • oExperience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • oExperience of working as a Clinical Supervisor
  • oExperience of implementing and monitoring standards of care
  • oExperience of recruitment and selection of staff
  • oExperience of managing and monitoring budgets
  • oExperience of managing non clinical staff and other professionals
  • oExperience of implementing significant changes in working practices
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NICE guidelines for treatment of schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Personality Disorders and other common mental health problems.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Sound knowledge and skill in risk assessment
  • Clear understanding of the Mental Health Act, Clinical Governance, CQC reports, Clinical audit and national policies
  • Ability to establish systems to provide necessary reports on activity and performance
  • Ability to contribute to, monitor and implement changes and improvements to services
  • Ability to monitor and control resources
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Therapeutic Milieu

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