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Ward Manager - PICU

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting time to work for Derbyshire Healthcare. We are currently undertaking a programme to create purpose-built facilities to improve the safety, privacy and dignity for our adult acute mental health patients, by eradicating dormitory accommodation. As part of the programme, we are building a new state of the art Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on our Kingsway Hospital, Derby site.

This will be a 14 bedded male PICU focused on therapeutic interventions and will deliver care to the national standard of PICU recommendations. The unit is due to open in approximately November 2024, therefore this will be a great opportunity for you to shape the service and build your own team.

You will work alongside an Area Service Manager to establish and develop this new service for Derbyshire and collaborate with an innovative and forward-thinking programme team and senior leaders to design the operational structure, staffing model and clinical pathways.

Main duties of the job

As Ward Manager you will be responsible for the day to day operational and clinical management of the male PICU unit. Working in accordance with our people first approach you will lead by example, acting as a role model to lead a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to ensure the highest level of clinical standards. You will ensure the team provides safe, effective therapeutic care within a specialist newly purpose-built ward environment.

The unit will support patients with mental health conditions who need intensive treatment and support as an inpatient, provided within a safe and stable environment for their recovery. You will lead the team and support the wider MDT to create an environment where we are able to acknowledge our service users' cultures, life experiences, protected characteristics and their strengths to help promote their recovery.

The culture and ethos of approach within our PICU is aimed at ensuring that co-production of care with our service users is an essential and key part of their recovery journey. The MDT will involve both the service users, their carers, alongside clinicians and specialist practitioners as well as external agencies to ensure that individual recovery care plans are individual, co-produced, therapeutic and effective.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the Trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing development
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ Network, Disability and Wellness Group, BME Staff Support Network, Armed Forces Network, Women's Network, Multi-Faith Forum and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.

As this is a new service you will be responsible for leading on recruitment and selection campaigns for the unit along with the Area Service Manager, conducting interviews, making job offers and on-boarding applicants prior to commencing in role. You will also identify training programs for PICU staff, ensuring all team members receive necessary training, education and support prior to the unit opening.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), with relevant post registration experience of working with people with severe mental health problems
  • Mentor qualification


  • Relevant leadership qualification/ development
  • Experience of previously working in a PICU



  • Good communication skills
  • Experience working at Band 6 leadership/management of a team
  • In-depth knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act
  • In-depth knowledge of Deprivation of Liberty Standards and how these apply to the practice/clinical area.
  • Demonstrate literacy and numeric skills that enable clinical organisational and financial management
  • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in CPA/ Risk Assessment and clinical Management
  • Demonstrate up to date evidence based knowledge for clinical practice generally and the chosen speciality
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues relating to clinical practice, including policy and procedure development


  • Evidence of in-depth knowledge on MHA 1983 including forensic sections.

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Kingsway Hospital



DE22 3LZ

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