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Ward Manager

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Longmoor House are looking for an enthusiastic Registered Nurse to join our dynamic team as Ward Manager.

Green ward 1 is a 20 bedded Ward that provides care for patients requiring assessment, reablement and discharge planning. The ward works with a Multidisciplinary team approach to providing excellent patient care for patients who are medically optimised for discharge from Hospital to prepare them for home. The team also care for patients referred directly from the community who do not require admission to the acute hospital but may need further investigations or reablement.

If you have excellent communication and Leadership skills and would like a new challenge to develop within a community setting this would be an ideal post . Full support and induction would be given to the successful candidate. The candidate will be expected to work flexible shifts over a 24 hour period over 7 days to provide leadership to the unit.

Shortlisting planned for 21 May 2024Interview planned for 27 May 2024

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have responsibility for the delivery of the clinical service on the ward. The post holder will be required to provide team leadership and management to the team. The primary function of the role is to provide leadership, management, and communication to and for the team, ensuring the delivery of efficient, effective, co-ordinated and responsive high quality care to patients/clients.

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

Provide clinical leadership and management to the clinical team. Be responsible for the delivery of the service within the area. Work in partnership with other services/stakeholders etc., to enable patients/clients to betreated in the appropriate setting. Ensure that the team provides a high quality service to its clients by providing caseload andclinical supervision. Have full line management responsibility for the team ensuring appropriate delegation anddelivery of patients/client care. Ensure that teams work proactively in order to deliver anticipatory and maintenance care,providing a responsive service to patients/clients with both planned and unplanned careneeds. Maintain clinical credibility by providing clinical care and supporting members of the teamwithin the clinical environment. Participate in the development of caseload management across the local health economy. Provide leadership and mentoring to those staff developing into a caseload managementrole. Acts as an advocate and champion for patients/clients in a variety of forums andprofessional groups and challenge attitudes and behaviour. Implement plans for the team including rotas and schedules/working patterns to ensurebusiness continuity. Practice autonomously and demonstrate evidence based clinical decision making. Provide clinical expertise and knowledge to the team when managing complex and highlycomplex situations. Assess patient/client conditions and consider a range of options when delivering complexand highly complex clinical care. Work in collaboration with other stakeholders to deliver services to patients/clients. Following holistic assessment of health needs, develop individualised care plans to fulfilthose needs, with the involvement of patients/clients and carers. Implement and evaluate care delivery for patients/clients with identified needs. Ensure that all clinical activity provided by the team directly reflects the core objectives ofhealth promotion, supported self-care, disease specific management, management of longterm conditions and end of life/palliative care. Set objectives by which performance will be monitored. Work with the service lead to deliver local based services, by participating in meetings andcommunicating the outcomes to staff. Provide reports to the service lead on staff and patient activity as requested

Work in collaboration with others to support practice development and servicemodernisation. Contribute to the development of role and service redesign. Actively participate in policy and service development authoring protocols as required. Provide induction to the local working environment, and policies for new team membersand students. Be an authorised signatory, ensuring probity in the authorisation of timecards and mileageclaims. Monitor budgets reporting over/under spending to the budget holder. Undertake personal development plans (PDP) and ensure all team members Contribute to the development of policy and services to reflect local needs Have up to date PDPs, monitor Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) and reviews. Ensure that all staff attend mandatory training. Ensure that administration and clerical duties are appropriately delegated to clerical supportofficers. Provide data that supports the monitoring of team contract and objectives. Participate in audits and research, as required. Participate in individual and group supervision. Implement mentorship and clinical supervision with the team. Ensure that record keeping within the team is consistent with professional standards. Initiate training and development of team members. Monitor and maintain standards ofpatient care delivery. Including maintaining and monitoring of clinical competency andstandards of record keeping In conjunction with the service lead, ensure systems are in place for the ongoing review andassessment of care provision and delivery. Work within guidelines to identify and manage risk, reporting identified risks to the servicelead. Report any incidents as per Trust policies and support or undertake any investigations asdelegated by the service lead. Monitor and ensure that the quality of the patient care delivered by the team is evidencedbased and supported by best practice, through the use of audit, caseload and clinicalsupervision. Participate in patient satisfaction reporting to improve patient care. Maintain registration in line with professional bodies. Provide support to team members holding responsibility for mentoring students. Identify skills deficits within the team identify methods of addressing these to supportservice delivery, improvement and development.* The post holder shall as necessary provide cover for and undertake duties of absent colleagues.* The post holder shall follow all the policies and procedures of the organisation.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent qualification.
  • Appropriate prescriber - if required within the role.
  • Evidence of CPD/Short courses.
  • Registration with relevant professional body.


  • First line management qualification.

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Demonstrable post registration/qualification experience.
  • Experience of management and clinical leadership.
  • Experience of successful multi-agency working.
  • Awareness of current national and local agenda in NHS and Social Care.
  • Understanding how other agencies work.
  • Awareness of factors that contribute to good health and the importance of promoting these in line with organisational public health policy.

Skills / Abilities


  • Evidence of influencing, motivating and negotiating with others to achieve change in relation to care.
  • Evidence of being able to communicate complex, sensitive information and advice on healthcare to patients/clients, carers and colleagues
  • IT literate.
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage a diverse workload.
  • Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to understand and analyse complex data.
  • Risk assessment skills.
  • Ability to network with multidisciplinary colleagues.
  • Self-management and motivation skills.
  • Report writing skills
  • Confidence to challenge poor practice and ability to address difficult issues
  • Ability to travel to work across boundaries
  • Research skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Longmoor House

Aintree Hospital Site


L7 9NJ

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