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Deputy Ward Manager and Clinical Development Lead

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 Per annum
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Unlock Your Leadership Potential: Join Us for an Exciting Career Pathway!

Are you ready to take your career to new heights and make a real impact in healthcare? We have a great opportunity that will provide you with the path to operational and clinical leadership excellence. Our goal is to empower our staff with strong leadership skills, offer unwavering support, and create a clear roadmap for career growth, all while allowing you to deputise for the Ward Manager in the operational and clinical development of our Acute Ward Team.

Enhanced Career Progression:This role is your ticket to a dynamic career, providing you with a structured pathway for operational and clinical leadership. We are committed to nurturing your potential, giving you opportunities for growth and development like never before.

Operational Excellence:You will play a vital role in enhancing our ward management structure, ensuring the seamless coordination of effective, evidence-based, patient-focused nursing care. Your impact will be felt through your exceptional communication and collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, the Senior Leadership Team, and support service providers.

If you're excited about a career that offers clear leadership progression, continuous learning, and an opportunity to make a difference, we invite you to apply now. Applications will be considered on a first come first serve basis for this role so don't delay!

Main duties of the job

Leadership and Continuity:Your role will ensure a consistent leadership presence, providing continuous clinical care and support to the ward team. You will have the vital skill of recognising and responding effectively to the development needs of the clinical team, setting an exemplary model for attitude, communication, and behaviour, inspiring excellence in clinical care at every level.

Integrated Care:Your role will expand beyond the ward, overseeing operational responsibilities, and ensuring effective ward management in the Ward Manager's absence. You will be a crucial link in the continuum of care, creating opportunities for service users to receive the best inpatient care.

Clinical Support:Your responsibilities will encompass providing vital clinical support for patients with complex physical, mental, or neurodevelopmental needs, including safeguarding, care planning, referrals, and participation in complex case forums.

Championing Physical Health:Collaborate with the Physical Health Lead to champion physical health care, monitoring practices and referrals, and supporting staff in areas such as wound care, pressure sores, and physical observations.

Carers' Advocate:Act as a Carers Champion for the Ward, actively seeking to promote feedback from Service Users and Carers, aligning with the Trust's strategy.

Quality Improvement:Be a catalyst for quality improvement, actively promoting and supporting Quality Improvement initiatives.

Working for your organisation

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:

1. Post registration experience within complex inpatient mental health setting

2. Experience of Leading on Quality Improvement initiatives

3. Excellent risk assessment, care planning and documentation skills

4. Able to work under pressure. Ability to work in a stressful environment.

This is your chance to be part of an innovative and supportive team that is committed to your growth. If you're excited about a career that offers clear leadership progression, continuous learning, and an opportunity to make a difference, we invite you to apply now. Your journey towards a fulfilling and impactful career starts here!

Interviews for this role will on a first come first serve basis. We recommend you apply today to ensure you dont miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Mark Wiltshire on: 0118 9605391 or email:Mark.Wiltshire@berkshire.nhs.ukwholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Registered Health Care Professional (eg. RMN/RGN/OT/Psychologist/ SW)
  • Masters degree in a health related subject or post graduate qualification or equivalent experience
  • Significant experience working in complex mental health environments
  • Advanced IT skills including using patient record systems and Microsoft applications.


  • Evidence of continuing professional development and portfolio of evidence available
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Management/Leadership Qualification or Training.
  • PSI qualification or other relevant advanced clinical qualification

Continuous Professional Development


  • Desire to undertake further training and self- -improvement to support patient experience

Previous Experience


  • Post registration experience within complex inpatient mental health setting
  • Evidence of clinical leadership skills.
  • Experience of Leading on Quality Improvement initiatives

Knowledge Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Mental health legislation, which included the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and DOLs
  • Report writing and presentations
  • Team-working and the ability to play an effective part in a wider MDT
  • Able to work under pressure. Ability to work in a stressful environment

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel multiple sites
  • Understand the limits of your abilities

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Prospect Park Hospital

Honey End Lane, Tilehurst


RG30 4EJ

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