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Southwark Inpatient Ward Manager

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
Lewis ward is a male ward at the Maudsley Hospital. We provide care and treatment for men, aged 18-65 years old, with sever mental health illness. As a team we provide care for men who live in the London Borough of Southwark. The ward has an established friendly and welcoming team who are dedicated and committed to the delivery of excellent care to our patients. We offer psychiatric assessment, care and treatment in hospital, which reduces the risk to self and others.

We appreciate that the role of a ward manager can be challenging but also rewarding you will have an administration manager in the establishment to take on a considerable amount of the administration tasks this will help release your time to focus on clinical care. This is in addition to support from a Matron, Clinical Service Lead and Deputy Head of Nursing.

About the location:

Lewis Ward is located in Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, Camberwell, London, SE5 8AZ.

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). We also provide services and operate across other locations, such as London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and dynamic nurse to lead one of our male acute inpatient services. We are looking for an assertive, approachable and creative individual to manage the day to day running of the ward including role modelling high standards of care, service development, promoting good practice, maintaining patient and staff safety and leading on quality improvement projects.

This is an important but challenging, band 7 ward manager, secondment position. The successful candidate will therefore be taking up a privileged position in leading a high performing, efficient ward made up of staff who are keen to maintain great care delivery for patients experiencing acute mental health issues and requiring a thorough assessment.

In collaboration with the Consultant Psychiatrist, the successful candidate is expected to lead the team in providing high quality, compassionate nursing care and will be able to demonstrate this through compliance with performance outcomes. The post holder will also ensure that supervision and appraisal systems are robustly implemented, and that staff are supported to ensure that the care provided is of the highest possible standard in line with the Trust's Mission.

The Team Leader is ultimately responsible for providing a safe environment within which all staff can deliver care and support to patients coming through the service.

About us

Working for our organisation

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will :
  • Be prepared to physically move between sites as needed.
  • Ensure that they are fully aware of current developments and practice in their clinical area. Acknowledge their own limitations and discuss/identify their training and development needs with their line manager.
  • Make effective use of supervision with their line manager on a regular and agreed basis.
  • Be aware of the need to reflect on their practice both as clinician and manager.
  • Manage their time efficiently.
  • Be aware of and adhere to all Trust Policies and act as a role model to other staff.
  • Meet the NMCs requirements for Standards of Professional Practice, Code of Conduct and Post Registration and Practice (PREP) and Revalidation
  • Recognise emotional and mental effort required to fulfil the post.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health).
  • Mentorship Course.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Degree or equivalent experience.


  • Management course.
  • RGN



  • Experience of managing clinical practice at Band 6.
  • Experience of implementing and monitoring standards of care.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and knowledge of methods to develop culturally sensitive practice.
  • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff.


  • Experience of working with other client groups and of using a variety of models and approaches to care.
  • Experience of implementing significant changes in working practices.



  • Specialist clinical knowledge relevant to the service, including evidence based practice.
  • Working knowledge of all relevant legislation associated with acute mental health care, including MHA, CPA procedures, Human Rights Act, NSF, Child Protection and NHS Plan.
  • Understanding of the role and function of other organisations providing services to people with mental ill-health.


  • Knowledge of performance management procedures.

Skills and Abilities


  • Skills in developing and changing clinical practice.
  • Ability to negotiate and reach compromises in verbal discussions in a manner which inspires. confidence and respect from others. I
  • Ability to build and maintain high standards of professional links and communication channels with a variety of personnel and agencies.
  • Ability to analyse complex issues/problems, gather relevant information and exercise sound judgement in reaching the most appropriate conclusions.


  • Proven ability to maintain a balance between strategic and operational management.
  • Appreciation of the complexities of variety of the Ward Manager's role and how to balance clinical and non-clinical responsibilities.

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AZ

Denmark Hill



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