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Ward Manager

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in leading a team? Do you have excellent communication skills? Do you have a commitment to our Values and Striving for Perfect Care?

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Mid Mersey Division to manage Rydal Ward, which is and older adult functional ward at Knowsley resource and recovery centre. Candidates need to have excellent leadership and interpersonal skills that will enable them to challenge, motivate, influence and inspire their colleagues at all levels, and have an understanding of leading and managing an acute inpatient ward.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will carry managerial responsibility over a 24 hour period. They will be responsible for the performance and delivery of high quality, evidenced based and person centred care. The post holder will operate as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team but be expected to be flexible in terms of delivering care within the ward setting.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1.1 Provide effective leadership/ management to the designated team.1.2 Formulate and implement local clinical and operational practices and procedures as appropriate.1.3 Represent the Operational Business manager/ Modern matron at meetings as required.1.4 Ensure effective deployment of staff and other resources within the service to deliver the required service and agreed standards.1.5 Participate in the recruitment and selection process in accordance with Trust policy.1.6 Ensure effective induction of new staff in accordance with Trust policy1.7 Ensure exit interviews are offered to staff on leaving the organisation/moving teams within the Trust.1.8 Ensure the implementation, monitoring and updating of an operational policy and philosophy for the clinical team.1.9 Ensure the principles of Clinical Governance are incorporated in service delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreed clinical standards.1.10 Ensure adherence and implementation of Effective Care Coordination within their scope of responsibility.1.11 Ensure that Trust policies and procedures are understood and adhered to by all staff within their scope of responsibility.1.12 Develop local protocols involving team members to ensure a high standard of service delivery is achieved and maintained.1.13 Lead and ensure staff participation in the formulation of new ideas/suggestions to improve service user care and service delivery.1.14 Ensure that the Managing Performance Policy is adhered to.1.15 Ensure that the Managing Attendance Policy is adhered to.

Please refer to attached Job Description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualification eg. RMN, RNLD, OT, SW and current professional registration. (to be maintained)


  • Evidence of education to degree level or evidence of performance to equivalent level

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Management and supervision of staff
  • Effective team working within a multi-agency framework
  • Managing complaints/ compliments
  • Effective change management
  • Positive leadership of a team
  • Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches
  • Assisting with effective budgetary management
  • Evidence based and experience of reflective practice
  • Safe Guarding Children
  • Mental Health Act 1983
  • Relevant national policies and guidance
  • Up to date clinical knowledge relevant to the care environment
  • Clinical/ managerial supervision
  • Vulnerable adults guidelines


  • Wider range of statutory and non-statutory services to young people
  • Risk management training



  • Effective leadership qualities and management styles
  • Ability to utilise assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings
  • Ability to formulate relevant reports
  • Delegation and coordination
  • Resource and budget management
  • Clinical and management supervision
  • Ability to work to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Mentorship skills and record keeping
  • Flexible approach/ creative thinking
  • IT skills


  • Project Management
  • Presentation skills



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Knowsley Resource and Recovery Centre

Whiston Hospital


L35 5DR

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