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Deputy Ward Manager

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to develop your career?

Located in the vibrant University City of Cambridge, Mulberry 2 Ward at Fulbourn Hospital provides exceptional career development opportunities in the recovery focused care of adults experiencing mental health crisis on a acute treatment ward.

We are currently looking for a motivated, enthusiastic Band 6 Deputy Ward Manager to join our innovative service . This is a great opportunity for someone seeking further experience in acute psychiatric care.

Mulberry 2 is a 16-bed treatment and recovery focused ward. We aim to provide a therapeutic environment offering planned care and treatment focusing on Psychosocial Interventions, and individual Recovery Plans. Full induction and training will be provided.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will assist the Ward Manager in the provision of clinical leadership and to be a clinical role model to the 24-hour inpatient team.

Acting on behalf of and to deputise, as directed by the Ward Manager in their absence and provide quality evidence based nursing advice, support and care for service users with mental and physical health needs and to their carers within a multidisciplinary setting.

Working in conjunction with the Matron to set, maintain and audit clinical standards in adherence to local and national priorities.

The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care within agreed parameters, and have a working knowledge of local, national policies and legislation which govern current service provision.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To be responsible for supervising the role of the named nurses in relation to care planning within the clinical area.
  • To be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the evidence based care required, including health promotion for a named service user/group ensuring it meets Trust timescales.
  • To participate in the setting of quality standards, including the monitoring and reviewing in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy. Utilising the data available such as learning from incidences and complaints.
  • To be responsible for the promotion of carer and service user involvement within the service and for its provision. To encourage recovery, discovery and independence, taking into account risk assessment and management.
  • To be responsible for establishing therapeutic relationships with service users, and the implementation of evidence based therapeutic interventions with appropriate boundaries in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Councils professional code of conduct.
  • To ensure the provision of social/therapeutic activities for service users.
  • To be responsible for the safe custody and administration of medicines in accordance with all medicine policies and ensure compliance is maintained.
  • To respect and value the different therapeutic approaches within the multi-disciplinary team but ensure that the agreed philosophy approach is adopted and followed.
  • To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and NMC guidance, reporting on any issues as appropriate.
  • To provide written reports as requested

  • Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications


    • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) or other specialism relating to post such as Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD) or Registered Nurse Children's (RNC)
    • NMC registration
    • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
    • Mentor qualification / ENB 998 or equivalent


    • Post graduate qualification related to ward specialism
    • Additional qualification for specialism



    • Experience of inpatient services and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
    • Basic training in the Mental Capacity Act
    • Experience of providing mentorship
    • Experience of supervising staff
    • Experience of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs


    • Previous experience of undertaking Continuing Care Assessments
    • Experience of developing service user and carer involvement
    • Experience relating to ward specialism
    • Lived experience of Mental Health

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Effective communication skills both verbally and written, including IT literacy (MS Office).
    • Ability to build effective working relationships with staff across a wide range of professional and managerial groups
    • Ability to carry out physical interventions (certain posts only)
    • Ability to use own initiative, to enable contribution to a multi-disciplinary team approach
    • Ability to advocate for the service users and colleagues that your supporting
    • Ability to calmly manage complex and stressful situations, prioritising own work and the work of others
    • Thorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (where appropriate)
    • Knowledge of physical healthcare needs
    • Awareness of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation
    • Understanding of the legislation relating to care including - Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Children's Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the Data Protection Act


    • Ability to present complex information to various audiences
    • The Trust's 7C's and Respect Enable Values (REV) initiative expectations

    Physical Requirements


    • Physically able to undertake a demanding role safely, as and when required



    • Willingness to follow instruction but also able to question and challenge
    • To continue your professional development and participate in annual appraisal and the performance management process
    • Interest in enhancing service user engagement
    • Demonstrates an interest in working with this age group

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    Fulbourn Hospital


    CB21 5EF

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