Assistant Ward Manager - Step Forward Centre

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Step Forward Centre recovery & transition ward is a 12 bedded mixed ward, based on the Lynfield Mount hospital site. We offer an assessment of service user's level of functioning and provide recovery-focused care and treatment for service users.

You will demonstrate excellent communication and facilitation skills in your work within the multidisciplinary team, across teams and with patients, families and carers

You will be committed to delivering the highest quality care user-centred care in accordance with national and local initiatives and evidence-based practice

You will have experience of supervising staff, providing teaching and education to staff and experience of taking charge of a team in a multi-disciplinary setting.

You will demonstrate strong leadership qualities and an ability to work autonomously and proactively within the team, with service users/families/carers.

In the role of assistant ward manager you will:
  • Act as a lead clinician with responsibility for assessment, implementation and evaluation of care for the designated client group.
  • Have the role of managerial supervisor for a group of nurses, Occupational Therapy staff, Healthcare Support Workers and students
  • Have a lead role in a highly committed, multi-disciplinary team, working on a 2-shift basis, that provides 24/7 care. You will work alongside other managers in Specialist Inpatient Services, in providing a high quality service.

Main duties of the job

  • Job Purpose:

  • The post holder will work to support the Vulnerable Children School Nurse team to ensure a high quality assessment of health needs is undertaken for all school aged children who are subjects of an initial child protection case conference. This will identify whether there are any ongoing or unmet health needs that can be met by the Vulnerable Children School Nurse team for this cohort of children and young people .

    Closing Date: 30th June 2022

    About us

    We are a provider of award winning, high quality mental health, community and learning disability services that look after the 'whole person', caring for their physical and mental health needs. We work with individuals, their carers and our partners to ensure that people get the right care, in the right place with the right support.

    Our health care services cover all ages, so if you live in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven.

    We know that you want your care to be delivered in your own home, or as close to your home as possible and we are committed to providing high quality community care tailored to your needs.

    Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: - We Care, We Listen, We Deliver

    We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

    We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

    We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

    Job description Job responsibilities

  • Main duties:

  • To support the Vulnerable Children School Nurse team by:
    • Undertaking in-depth health needs assessments with children and young people who are made subject to a child protection plan at initial child protection case conference
    • The development, delivery and evaluation of care plans and the provision of health advice and support to children, young people and their families open to this team, as required.
    • Plan and deliver evidence based skilled nursing care to children on the School Nursing child protection team caseload in accordance with Trust policies, guidance, and procedures
    • Attend initial child protection case conferences: attend core group and review case conference if child is open to the school nursing child protection team and has identified health needs that are being supported by the team
    • Work alongside and develop relationships with colleagues and partners to ensure a high quality and consistent approach to initial child protection case conference in adherence to the statutory Guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children, Trust and Local policies and procedures
    • Establish positive and supportive working relationships with partner agencies, ensuring the School nursing child protection team perspective is represented at initial child protection case conferences
    • Review the electronic health record of all children for whom initial child protection case conferences are held to ensure that relevant and pertinent school nursing and sometimes health visiting (if child has started school within the last 2 years) information is collated in a high quality report for sharing within the case conference
    • Work in an agile and mobile manner to support the completion of health needs assessments and attendance at meetings, whether that be attending in person, virtually or by telephone to contribute to the discussion
    • Share relevant and pertinent information about a child in the initial child protection case conference (and future meetings if relevant) using the Signs of Safety model
    • Make decisions on behalf of the Vulnerable Children School Nurse team as part of the initial child protection case conference recognising that there may be occasions when support from the Safeguarding or Leadership Team members should be sought to discuss or guide
    • Maintain contemporaneous record keeping in each childs electronic health record providing a brief synopsis with outcomes and health actions from the initial child protection case conference and health needs assessment
    • Escalate any concerns regarding risk or exceptional circumstances where appropriate
    • Contribute to data collection and collation for the Vulnerable Children School Nurse team
    • Support children and young people with any identified health need that can be met by the school nurse using existing school nurse standards and packages of care
    • Refer and signpost children and young people to other specific services that can meet an identified health need that cannot be met by the Vulnerable Children School Nurse team.
    • Work as part of the Community Childrens Service for Bradford and therefore will attend team meetings and joint quality and safety meetings
    • Participate in policy development to improve the service, and update guidelines and standard operating procedures when required
    • Form part of the multi-agency partnership and will therefore be expected to form conducive working relationships, sharing Community Childrens Service health expertise, knowledge, and skills with colleagues
    • Participate in regular clinical, management and safeguarding supervision
    • Attend appropriate meetings as directed by line manager
    • Comply with mandatory training requirements
    • Undertake annual appraisal, completing development plan
    • Comply with all Trust policies, procedures, and protocols
    • Pay regard to materials and equipment.
    • Carry out duties with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunity Policy
    • Seek advice and support from your line manager whenever necessary
  • Staff Supervision and Support
    • Promote effective communications and relationships
    • Take responsibility for best clinical practice
    • No direct line management responsibility for this role
  • Financial Responsibility

  • No financial responsibilities for this role.
  • Safeguarding

  • All staff members have a duty to report any concerns they have about the safety or well being of adult service users, members of their families, including children. Employees should be aware of their roles & responsibilities to both prevent and respond appropriately to abuse. They should undertake the safeguarding training required for their role.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse - Current Registration on part 3 or part 13 of NMC Register.
    • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience
    Experience Essential
    • Assessment, planning, formulation and evaluation of patient's psychological difficulties.
    • Experience of working with people with long term Mental Health Needs.
    • Experience of supervising staff. Experience of taking charge of a team and Multi-disciplinary team working.
    • Experience of providing teaching and education to staff.
    • Management Experience of Ward/Department
    • Experience of crisis interventions. Experience of working with people with long term Mental Health Needs.

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