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Deputy Ward Manager/Charge Nurse - incentives apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA / pro rata for part time
Closing date
1 May 2024

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We're looking for a Deputy Ward Manager to join our friendly team at Hellingly, where you will be a role model, leader, and clinical lead. A Deputy Ward Manager is an exciting role where you will develop your clinical leadership skills and knowledge while maintaining your hands-on nursing skills. The emphasis of this role is on promoting clinical expertise and teaching, whilst being a key member of the ward leadership team.

The role is situated on Oak Ward, a 15-bedded Male medium secure forensic ward. Where we consider a complex picture for our service users of victims of significant trauma and abuse, but also perpetrators of violence.

No two days are the same while we have structure and set boundaries, there is always a need to be able to adapt to what is a dynamic ward environment.

This post offers a 5% hard-to-recruit premia and is subjected to a Trust-wide standard sign-up bonus of �4k and a Relocation bonus of up to �8k (pro rata applies and is subject to terms and conditions).

Main duties of the job

Oak Ward is a unique workplace and requires nurses to manage an ever-changing environment. You will be working with service users who have committed criminal offences, but have often also been victims themselves. Service users regularly experience stigma for both mental health and offending history, so our role is to develop trusting and safe relationships that balance being collaborative and supportive with sound risk management skills.

As a Deputy Ward Manager, your responsibilities willbe to:
  • Uphold the values of the ward promoting openness, transparency and learning
  • Be an enthusiastic mentor to and supervise new staff, newly qualified nurses and junior staff
  • Oversee certain areas of clinical expertise such as medication management and physical health provision on the ward
  • Support the Ward Manager with HR tasks such as return to works and sickness monitoring
  • Accurately and timely maintain clinical documentation
  • Manage shifts as a nurse in charge
  • Conduct thorough assessments of risks and risk management plans to support incidents on the ward

We are looking for an individual who is resilient, driven, and passionate about providing high-quality nursing care to our patients, whilst supporting the leadership on Oak Ward.

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Our Partnership Perks:
  • Access to a host of discount schemes including reductions on fuel, savings on high street and online stores, as well as Blue Light Card advantages!
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
  • Maternity package
  • Excellent NHS Pension
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Free parking on-site
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC, where 82% agree that care for patients is our top priority
  • Access to full psychological support via our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development

Job description

Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Deputy Ward Manager/Charge Nurse in our team, you will:
  • Be a qualified nurse, registered on the NMC
  • Forensic experience is an advantage but not essential
  • Have relevant post-qualifying experience including supervising staff
  • Be passionate about improving the lives of individuals who are being held within the criminal justice system
  • Understand that this is a challenging but hugely rewarding work setting

It would be advantageous if you have:
  • Have experience working within a mental health setting

For this role you will be required to work a mixture of shifts including Long Days (07:00 19:30) and Nights (19:00 07:30).

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Marta Bardecka (Ward Manager) at / 01323 444179.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification
  • Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development



  • Significant post qualifying experience relevant to the care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with severe mental health problems particularly in their acute phase of illness
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


The Hellingly Centre


BN27 4ER

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