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Ward Manager - Critical Care

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
The post holder will have management responsibility for the department over the 24hr period, ensuring a high standard of nursing care.Key responsibilities will include the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, effective leadership and staff management/developmentThe post holder will always work within the NMC's Code of Professional Conduct.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the management team as Ward Manager for the Critical Care Department at the Royal site at Liverpool University Hospitals. We are a busy, 33 bedded mixed critical care unit which includes level 2, 3 and elective post-operative patients.

You will join the current management team within Critical Care and be a role model to our team and lead the development of staff within our unit. You will lead, provide and supervise a very high standard of compassionate care to our patients, whilst being accountable for staffing issues and managing a very large team. You will support the safety and quality agenda of patient care and staff management, ensuring that the values and objectives of the Trust are met whilst improving patient outcomes.

Furthermore, you will support the journey of the patient from admission to discharge, identify risk and formulate actions to reduce this risk and ensure patient throughput is effective. You will support the Matron, Consultants and the Multi Disciplinary Team and deputise for seniors in their absence.

About us

Currently Liverpool has two acute Hospital trusts operating over 4 sites Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (AUHFT) and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital (RLBUHT) which also looks after Liverpool University Dental Hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Exercise strong and effective leadership acting as an exemplary role model for the ward/department team.Maintain adequate staff cover and skill mix on the ward through effective use of staffing rotasEnsure staff compliance with mandatory training and maintain currentrecords.Ensure effective communication with patients and their carers.Liaise with nursing, medical and allied health professional colleagues to ensure that all facets of the patients` care are covered.Ensure effective communication with relatives, community nursing staff, other hospitals and local agencies to facilitate the smooth transfer and after-care of patients/clients.Ensure that the ward participates in maintaining standards relating to clinical governance.Responsible for the implementation of risk management policies within the ward/department, including the development, implementation and monitoring of action plans to address identified risks.Responds within appropriate time frames to patient complaints and concerns and ensure outcomes and action plans are implemented and monitoredResponsible for ensuring compliance with Trust policies and procedures.In collaboration with the matron, implement the Trust grievance/disciplinary policy with the aim of ensuring early identification of performance issuesMonitor and manage staff sickness/absence following the Trust guidelines, and liaise with the Matron as necessary.Participate in recruitment and selection of staff within the nursing team ensuring appropriate policies are adhered to.Support the implementation of the Trusts Human Resources Strategy including the principles of Improving Working Lives and Investors in People.

Monitor performance of staff ensuring that learning needs are identified through personal development plans, appraisal systems and supervised practiceContribute to planning, monitoring and control of resources.Contribute to nursing developments across the organisation via appropriate forums as requiredSupport the implementation of the Trusts Strategy for Nursing at ward/department levelParticipate in Senior Nurse Directorate cover as necessary.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse, current NMC registration
  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Post registration qualification in specialty


  • 1st level degree or studying towards



  • Demonstrable experience at Band 6 level or above
  • Evidence of effective ward management and leadership skills
  • Evidence of staff development, including pre and post registration students
  • Evidence of application of current nursing issues and developments
  • Evidence of managing a change
  • Evidence of developing standards of nursing care through clinical benchmarking



  • Understanding and application of clinical governance



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Basic IT skills, including e-mail and word processing



  • High level of personal and professional credibility
  • Supportive of colleagues
  • Committed to delivering high standards of patient care

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Mount Vernon Street


L7 8YE

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