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Ward Manager

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
An exciting opportunity for a Ward Manager has become available within our Children and Young Peoples Inpatient Services at Pebble Lodge. We are looking for a clinically skilled, enthusiastic, and motivated Ward Manager to join the team.

The post holder will work with the senior management team to ensure safe, effective care and treatment, and be supported in their development with learning opportunities.

The role requires an understanding of child and adolescent mental health, leadership and management skills, a good understanding of complex mental health, attachment and trauma issues for children and young people.

Being a University Trust, wepromote learning & development and all staff are encouraged and supported throughout their career to grow and develop. We provide in depth initial and on-going inductions, mandatory/personal training programmes, plus clinical and management supervision. Our staff also have access to some of the leading research programmes in mental health and, whatever your role, there are opportunities to develop skills and clinical practice by being part of ground-breaking work.

Our staff are entitled to a series of employee benefits, including flexible working, NHS Pension, car lease schemes and exclusive discounts on a wide range of products and services, from household appliances to holidays. We also offer a generous relocation package, where applicable.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to for an experienced, credible, motivated, resilient and inspiring clinician to lead our CAMHS acute mental health ward

Pebble Lodge is a 10 bed General Adolescent Unit providing a high quality of care and treatment for patients who have physical, social, psychological and emotional health needs. The purpose of the ward is to offer comprehensive assessments and treatment enabling Service Users to have shorter stays in hospital and to develop clear plans of care.

There is a strong sense of team and staff have been empowered to be innovative and implement their ideas on the ward. We want the new manager to build on these successes and continue to foster a supportive and learning environment for staff to work in. We have a values-based approach and welcome applications from candidates who will role model the trust's core values.

The successful candidate will possess strong clinical leadership skills, be able to demonstrate a supportive and empathetic approach to service users and carers. They will have excellent communication and organisational skills, be able to influence at senior level, have hands-on experience of working with challenging behaviours and a wide range of mental health problems.

The multi-disciplinary team are friendly, knowledgeable and have wide ranging skills to
  • Place the patient front and centre in their recovery journey
  • Promote freedom of choice and least restrictive practice, in a safe and therapeutic environment

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do, and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion, and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

The role will be offered on a secondment basis only. Please obtain permission to be released on a secondment before submitting an application.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • Ability to integrate theory and practice as per Band 6 to an enhanced level
  • Ability to integrate theory and practice at a highly developed level


  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Job specific experience


  • Experience at Clinical Team Leader, Band 6 Level
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision.
  • Multi-disciplinary networking.
  • Ability to integrate theory and practice to an enhanced level
  • Ability to articulate a problem solving approach to issues.
  • Ability to take charge of unit/ward on a regular basis. Deputise in the absence of Ward Manager.
  • Ability to prioritise needs and resources.
  • Ability to set clear, appropriate boundaries
  • Ability to negotiate and delegate.
  • Ability to lead and work in multiprofessional teams.
  • Ability to assess and manage therapeutic risks.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Devising, implementing and evaluating care plans.
  • Presenting and communicating information.


  • Awareness multi-cultural issues within acute psychiatry.

Managerial/supervisory experience


  • Experience of giving and receiving clinical supervision.
  • Ability to delegate appropriately

Finance & Resources


  • Managing Budgets

Information Technology


  • Basic IT skills, normally obtained through practice or practical training

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


CAMHS 49 Alumhurst Road

Alumhurst Road



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