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Associate Deputy Chief Nurse (Safer Staffing)

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
The Associate Deputy Chief Nurse (ADCN) for Safer Staffing has responsibility for the leadership and management of nursing safer staffing across Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust this includes line management of the Lead Nurse for Safer Staffing. The (ADCN) will support the Deputy Chief Nurse in all issues relating to nursing safer staffing across the Trust and is an integral part of the senior nurse structure.

The Associate Deputy Chief Nurse for Safer Staffing will establish and foster an effective working relationship with the Care group and Corporate Teams to lead improvements in nurse recruitment and retention, including leading on International Recruitment, development of Health Care Support Workers (HCSWs), service delivery and the achievement of organisational priorities. The Associate Deputy Chief Nurse for Safer Staffing is responsible for decision making, in relation to safer staffing, where practice or service delivery issues arise across the Trust and where cross-care group leadership is required.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the Lead nurse for Safer Staffing on a daily basis to ensure the smooth running of the Safer Staffing function of the Trust, this includes:

Patient/Client Care
  • Maintain clinical skills by regularly participating in the delivery of patient care (as agreed with the Deputy Chief Nurse).
  • Maintain a highly visible presence across the Trust.
  • Responsible for the development of internationally recruited RNs to ensure delivery of safe, clinically effective, and compassionate nursing care across the Trust.
  • Ensure systems and processes are in place to monitor and assure the quality of nursing care and patient experience delivered by internationally recruited RNs.

Provide highly specialised advice to the Trust regarding Safer Staffing, International Recruitment and HCSW development.
  • Provide professional and clinical advice to nursing and non-nursing colleagues in relation to clinical matters.

Identify areas of clinical risk utilising incident data, staff and patient feedback and clinical audit implementing preventative action and sharing learning

Promote a culture that supports the active involvement of patient and carers in actively seeking their views on services provided in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of their care.

Ensure that nursing practice is delivered in a manner consistent with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct, the NMC 'Scope of Professional Practice'.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Responsibilities for Policy and Service Development
  • Identify areas for improvement across the Trust and support development of Trust level standard operating procedures.
  • Act as Subject Matter Expert and Policy Author for Trust wide Policy & Procedures when requested by the Chief Nurse.
  • Lead service improvement projects within in-patient services, analysing and interpreting highly complex data and making recommendations to the Deputy Chief Nurse and Chief Nurse and Care group triumvirate to improve services.
  • Lead on the implementation and embedding of professional nursing policies to ensure high quality, evidence-based care is delivered.
  • Support the Deputy Chief Nurse and Chief Nurse in reviewing performance measures and outcomes, providing advice and support to operational managers on improving nursing performance and outcomes.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of clinical protocols, guidelines, and pathways within inpatient services.

Responsibility for Finance
  • Responsible for signing off expense claims and authorising rosters, additional staffing, and overtime of staff for whom the post holder has line management responsibility.
  • Responsible for the management of resources/equipment in the service including efficient and effective rostering.
  • Responsible for oversight and monitoring of funding income from HEE and NHSE

Responsibility for Human Resources
  • Line manage Lead Nurse/Matron for Safer Staffing, ensuring responsibilities are aligned to the NHSE Matron handbook (2020) and that high quality services are delivered in accordance with national guidance, GMMH policies, key performance indicators and agreed service standards.
  • Lead on attracting and retaining nursing staff to the Trust ensuring there is a positive culture that promotes staff well-being and development.
  • On request of Deputy Chief Nurse act as a named lead investigator for complex HR investigations.
  • Oversee HR processes including performance, capability, absence, and disciplinary issues to ensure thorough and prompt response to concerns as they arise.

Responsibility for Information Resources
  • Adhere to Trust and service policies and procedures with regards to the use of IT including clinical records and provide complex statistical reports.
  • Ensure that nursing staff within the service adhere to Trust policies and procedures with regards to use of IT and the electronic patient record system.

Research and Development
  • Undertake research activities and facilitate research within the nursing workforce.
  • Ensure that the service stays abreast of evidence-based theories and that these are incorporated into nursing practice.


As a member of staff, you have:
  • Legal duties and responsibilities under Health & Safety legislation, plus a general duty to work safely and not to put others at risk i.e., colleagues, service users, visitors, as a result of any activity or omission at work.
  • A duty to report any practice that you consider compromises standards of risk and health & safety. The Whistle-blowing Policy gives effect to the Public Interest Disclosure Act under which an individual who raises such concerns for unfair treatment is protected.

All GMMH NHS Foundation Trust staff employed within all Environments that have contact with service users, their families, or systems to support them have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, adults, and vulnerable families.

As a member of staff, you must:

All GMMH NHS Foundation Trust staff employed within Clinical Environments have contact with children, vulnerable adults, service users and their families must familiarise themselves and be awareof their responsibilities and adhere to Local Safeguarding Childrens Board, Local Safeguarding Adult Board and LSCFT Procedures for Safeguarding and Protecting Children.
  • The Trust places great emphasis on the need for the strictest confidentiality in respect of personal data - both that of service users and staff. All information about people will be treated in the strictest confidence at all times. Breaches of confidentiality will be investigated and may lead to Disciplinary action being taken.
  • The Trust view its responsibility under the Data Protection Act and the Caldicott Principles as central to all activities that are carried out in its name. Staff are therefore expected to acquaint themselves with the principles of Information Governance, and to complete the mandated training modules that have been agreed.

Promoting Equality and Reducing Inequalities
  • To understand and uphold organisational policies and principles on the everyday promotion of equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • To create an inclusive working environment which values a variety of ideas, experiences, and practice, where differences are respected and celebrated for the benefit of ourselves, the Trust, and the communities we serve.

Freedom to Act
  • Works autonomously within sphere of responsibility and competencies
  • Work in line with the NMC Code of Professional standards of practice and behaviour


The post holder is expected to ensure their behaviours are consistent with our values at all times, we expect you to:

Support the aims and vision of the Trust.
  • Act with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Be a positive ambassador for the Trust.
  • Demonstrate high standards of personal conduct.
  • Value and respect colleagues, other members of staff and patients
  • Work with others to develop and improve our services.
  • Uphold the Trusts commitment to equality and diversity.
  • Take personal responsibility for their words, deed and actions and the quality of the service they deliver.


It is the responsibility of all staff to minimise the Trusts environmental impact wherever possible. This will include recycling, switching off lights, computers, monitors, and equipment when not in use. Helping to reduce paper waste by minimising printing/copying and reducing water usage, reporting faults and heating/cooling concerns promptly and minimising travel. Where the role includes the ordering and use of supplies or equipment the post holder will consider the environmental impact of purchases.

Further Information for Postholder(s)

This job description is not exhaustive but is intended to give an overall picture of the role. Other duties within the general scope of the post may be required from time to time. The duties of the post and job description can be reviewed through the agreed process. All information obtained or held during the post-holders period of employment that relates to the business of the Trust and its service users and employees will remain the property of the Trust. Information may be subject to disclosure under legislation at the Trusts discretion and in line with national rules on exemption.

All Trust sites have been designated a no smoking area. The post holder is therefore advised smoking is not permitted within the hospital premises or grounds or whilst representing the Trust in the course of their duty. While the Trust will not discriminate against employing smokers, all prospective employees should be aware of this policy.

Please see attached job description and person specification

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (MH or LD) with current professional registration
  • Master's Degree in relevant subject or equivalent knowledge & experience
  • Management/Leadership qualification
  • Evidence of continuing personal learning and development


  • Project Management qualification
  • Safer Staffing Qualification



  • Post registration experience
  • Experience of clinical leadership and change management.
  • Experience of implementing improvement methodology and influencing and motivating staff to improve services and patient experience.
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries in the development and provision of services
  • Evidence of significant contribution to service developments
  • Experience of research, audit, and clinical effectiveness



  • Extensive knowledge of Safer Staffing national agenda, policies, and standards
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant legal frameworks such as the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Strong value base which drives practice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Highly developed leadership and management skills
  • Excellent communication, both written and verbal



  • Can organise own work around competing demands and perform under pressure.
  • Assertive, confident, and competent
  • Innovative and adaptable
  • Positive approach to change
  • Enthusiastic and committed.
  • Impassioned about development of clinical services and improving patient experience.
  • IT literate
  • Flexibility - ability to work unsocial hours/weekends as dictated by workload.

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Knowsley Building

Bury New Road


M25 3BL

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