Ward Manager

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to manage an award winning male PICU team at the Scarisbrick Unit based within Ormskirk District General Hospital. This PICU works alongside a mixed sex acute ward and 136 suite and there is opportunity to contribute to the overall management and development of the unit. We pride ourselves on quality improvement and patient experience and want our wards to be at the forefront of person centred care and leading on new and exciting initiatives. Therefore, we are seeking a strong, caring and person centred individual to lead the PICU in achieving this and more.

The Ward Manager position requires strong leadership skills, clinical visibility and ability to engage with the full MDT and service users. The successful candidate needs to be a role model, coach and mentor to their diverse healthcare team of Senior Staff Nurses, Staff Nurses, RDNAs, TNAs, HCAs, Peer Support Workers and Student Nurses. There is an expectation that you will be able to provide meaningful supervision, debriefs and appraisals, encouraging staff wellbeing and development. Due to the nature of the PICU environment the ward manager will their colleagues and team in overcoming challenges and problem solving complex clinical issues.

Main duties of the job

Within the role, there is plenty of opportunity for professional development, in a way that's exciting and bespoke to your needs, these will be explored and actioned through regularly supervisions and Professional Development Meetings. This could include exploring training opportunities as Professional Nurse Advocate allowing meaningful and reflective supervisions across the unit, or developmental courses around your own leadership and management, among many more things.

At the Scarisbrick Unit, we welcome applicants who have a positive attitude and put service user care and staff wellbeing and development at the heart of everything that they do. Quality improvement is key within a dynamic PICU and there will be requirement to lead on the implementation and embed these initiatives into practice on the ward. Furthermore, there is opportunity to present these both within the Trust and Nationally, celebrating successes in improvement with other stakeholders. Recently Lathom Ward won awards for their work in reducing restrictive practice and engaging service users in meaningful activity. This has now been nominated at national award ceremonies in Nursing and Quality.

We would like to welcome all applications from suitable candidates who feel that this is the right role for themselves

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Must hold relevant qualification, show evidence of professional development and have experience in leadership.
  • Overall oversight of the ward environment, including the staffing and service user care.
  • Be a clinical presence on the ward, role modelling to staff team and supporting inpatient safety matrix and care planning.
  • Development of the staff team through high quality supervision, PDRs and supporting mandatory and elective training.
  • Co-produced quality improvement plans with a proactive approach to reducing restrictive practice.
  • Supporting service users with complex needs to achieve their own recovery and reintegrate back into the community.
  • Ability to deputise for Matron in absence and support with the unit wide goals across the trust.
  • Be able to engage in risk management and positive behavioural support plans.
  • Contribute to practice development and trust wide initiatives in order to promote best care.
  • Recruitment and retention of staff with real focus on staff wellbeing.

Please see attached Job Specification and Person Specification for more information on the requirements for the Ward Manager role. This will be a rewarding opportunity for the successful candidate to join a supportive and person centred team. We believe in the trust values and want to welcome someone who can also want to see these achieved in the care they give

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Post reg. learning and development relevant to the role
  • On-going registration with the NMC
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and practice of Mental Health Act 1983
  • Knowledge and practice of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Knowledge of common mental health problems and medication used in relation to these
Experience Essential
  • Post graduate experience at Clinical Leader level
  • Supervision and management of staff
  • Experience of assessing, planning, implementing and reviewing care needs
  • Experienced in acting as a mentor/assessor of student staff

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