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Band 7 Ward Manager - Windswept - Sandalwood Court

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Windswept Team provides a Rehabilitation in-patient psychiatric service for adults who experience enduring mental health and recovery needs, and who are from a variety of cultural backgrounds and ethnic groups. It is a 14 bed mixed sex unit based in Stratton, Swindon with a current bed occupancy of 8 patients

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team at Windswept, in a leadership role as the Unit Manager to ensure provision of high quality care, working alongside the Senior Practitioner.

Main duties of the job

The ward manager would be responsible for providing Clinical Leadership on the wards, focusing on developing staff, quality improvement, learning from incidents and complaints and supporting the multi-disciplinary team in the management of complex cases.

We are looking for candidates who have considerable experience in inpatient settings, and who are passionate about improving services. We are committed to working in partnership with service users and carers and co-producing service improvement.

For successful candidates, we can offer you development in quality improvement skills, enhanced clinical skills and management leadership.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust)a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Clinical Practice ManagementTo act as a Clinical Leader with continuing clinical responsibility for designated clinical areas, ensuring that services provide high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, interventions andevaluations for patients. This will include: Confidential, sensitive and comprehensive, person-centred mental health nursing assessment that includes a Risk Assessment and ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems. Contributing to the professional development and the clinical supervision of team members on a formal and regular basis to maintain and develop quality standards of practice in accordance with appropriate professional guidelines, Trust Policies and level of responsibility of the post. Assess and monitor service provision against CQC standards (e.g. healthcare, associated infection control, health and safety, catering and food hygiene, fire safety and emergency planning) and contribute to the development of services that meet these standards. Enable service users by providing accurate and appropriate information, offering choices and involving them as fully as possible in the care process. To demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant Mental Health Legislation. Ensure the ordering, storage, administration and disposal of medication complies with relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and MHA (1983). Demonstrating knowledge, experience and competence specific to the area of practice. Enabling staff to use evidence-based strategies and person-centred/psychosocial interventions in the care and treatment of people with mental health problems. Leading by example, motivating and empowering others and promoting positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between all services involved in the care process. To provide a source of information on how to best meet the mental health needs of service users and their carers. Pursue legitimate patient concerns, resolving problems on their behalf in an efficient and effective manner. Ensure that all staff have access to, and are familiar with all clinical and other policies and procedures operational within the Trust.

2 Teaching, Education & Health PromotionTo use the Practitioners specialist skills, knowledge and resources to co-ordinate learning opportunities for staff within designated areas. This will include: Regular provision of advice and training to staff. Contribute to the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post- registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members. This may include formal teaching sessions. Evidence of promotion of positive attitudes towards mental health. To contribute to a culture of learning within the designated clinical areas.

3 Continuing Professional DevelopmentTo maintain and develop professional knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure that own clinical practice remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing patient and NHS service needs, asoutlined in the NHS Plan (2000). Implement all legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice outlined in the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. Take responsibility for post-registration education and for continuing professional development as outlined in NMC Standards. Actively participate in regular clinical supervision from an identified Senior Practitioner, as identified in Trust Clinical Supervision Policy. To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from the line manager, and to maintain records of these meetings. To maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). Implement the Clinical and Personnel Policies and Procedures of AWP Trust. Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues in line with the appropriate NMC standards and Trust policy, and ensure that staff also work within these guidelines.

4.Finance and WorkforceTo manage all budgets within the post holders sphere of control and make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models. To agree and manage all pay and non pay budgets for area of responsibility. To contribute to PLACE and environmental risk assessments on a regular basis so that best use is made of non pay/capital resources. To work with the Modern Matron to monitor all SLA activity and ensure specified standards are met. To manage any staffing resources in line with AWP best practice guidance To contribute to the review of staffing resource and skill mix, ensuring that service provision is both safe and therapeutic. Develop staff rosters in line with AWP guidance utilizing electronic rostering systems. Monitor record and manage staff attendance as detailed in Trust Policy and procedure, and to take appropriate action. To ensure structured appraisal systems are in place for all staff. Take part in initial investigations of staff disciplinary issues.

5 Record Keeping and AdministrationTo maintain standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy, local joint arrangements and professional guidelines. This will include: The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant NMC Guidelines and Trust Policy, and Guidance. Ensure and evidence that staff are compliant with NMC and Trust Guidance. To establish comparison groups and clinical benchmarking activity concerning documentation as outlined in The Essence of Care, and to work under the direction of Essence of Care lead. To contribute to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to Records Management within their span of control. Implement Trust and Service Policies and Procedures relating to health and safety at work.Ensure that all staff are aware and compliant, in order to maintain safety of service users and staff within the Unit at all times.

6 Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development& Clinical AuditTo contribute to practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing. This will include: Contribute to relevant practice development/research activity. Take part in a regular programme of audit. Input to clinical benchmarking activity as outlined in The Essence of Care. To keep up to date with national audits and research regarding people with mental health needs, specific to the posts requirements. To work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance.

7 Service Overview and PlanningTo contribute to the development and planning of services specific to the posts designated areas. This will include: Contribute to the planning and development of clinical services, including the review of team establishments, grade mix and skill mix, and to be actively involved in the recruitment, selection and interviewing process for all staff. To have a say in clinical policy development and clinical governance functions, working collaboratively with Clinical Leads, Lead Nurses, Service Users, Carers and local Managers. Work with the Modern Matron to develop effective and innovative ways of delivering integrated mental health services which reflect the principles of best value, advising them about ways of using budgets and resources that safeguard users and promote professional standards. Monitor budgets and contribute to the delivery of cost effective nursing services. To ensure processes are in place that support the development of quality improvements in the nursing service, consulting with service users, their carers and service staff. To provide people management function to identified staff for the designated areas, including the development and implementation of regular appraisal and performance management systems.Maintain accurate records. To respond to the objectives outlined within the Trusts Nursing Strategy. Take part in Patient Forums and associated PPI requirements. 8 Professional Nursing AdviceTo provide professional nursing advice within the post-holders area of responsibility. This will include: To be actively involved in giving professional advice relating to nursing issues. Involvement in nursing disciplinary and grievance procedures and investigations. To give accurate advice around nurse grading and associated appeals.

Person Specification

Clinical leadership


  • Experience of clinical leadership in either a band 6/7 post


  • Experience of leading a team

Health and safety


  • Working knowledge of health and safety


  • Evidence of being in a role that addresses Health and safety

Budget management


  • Understand of budget management


  • Staffing level management

Inpatient experience


  • Band 6/7 Inpatient role


  • Previous band 6/7 inpatient role

CQC expectations


  • Experience with working with CQC expectations / regulations

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust



Highworth Road



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