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Ward Manager

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Older Peoples Mental Health (OPMH) Directorate as a Ward Manager at Beech Ward.

Being a ward manager is more than managing a team. It's being a leader, inspiring others, being the driving force behind a positive culture, providing guidance, nurturing talent, and most importantly, looking after everyone on your ward. Whether you are a senior nurse looking for the next step in your career or an experienced manager looking for a new ward to make your own, if you think this would be of interest to you then you are invited to apply for this post.

Beech ward, based on the grounds of Torbay General Hospital, is a 16 bedded inpatient mental health ward supporting primarily older adults above the age of 65 with functional mental illnesses. It has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Main duties of the job

As a Ward Manager you will lead the nursing team in providing high-quality care and support to older adults experiencing an acute episode of mental illness, while also supporting your colleagues and promoting good teamwork.

You will empower recovery and deliver supervision to staff across the ward to deliver a high standard of healthcare. You will lead by example, acting as a positive role model to all members of the nursing team, working with the ward leadership team to create a caring and compassionate culture that provides high-quality, patient-centred care. Other duties include:
  • To provide leadership and management to the ward and clinical team
  • To provide evidenced based professional support and advice to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To lead and promote education and staff development for the continued professional growth of the team members and students.
  • To ensure the delivery of high standards of nursing care in accordance with evidence based professional practice, policies and procedures.
  • Ensure legislation policies and procedures are implemented and staff has access to them and an understanding of their use.
  • Manages allocated budget ensuring resources are efficiently and effectively used and maintained.

Please read the job description and person specification for full details.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • A professional Mental Health Qualification (RMN/RNLD).
  • Evidence of Post Registration Education.
  • Teaching qualification/mentoring training.
  • Up to date knowledge of Older peoples Mental Health Functional and Younger Adults.


  • IT Skills.
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism.
  • Management qualification.



  • Post registration experience in older adult care.
  • Substantial experience of working at a senior clinical level.
  • Experience working within a MDT.
  • Clinical Supervision and Mentoring Experience.
  • Experience of managing staff.


  • Experience of managing budgets.

Knowledge and Skills


  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act/Mental Capacity Act principles.
  • Able to communicate complex and sensitive information to individuals and teams.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Effectively manage inpatient flow.
  • Ability to assess and manage risk effectively.
  • Lead and supervise staff to provide a high quality, effective service.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Effectively able to manage own time and that of the team.


  • Understanding of recovery principles in mental health.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Beech Unit

Torbay Hospital




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