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Unit Manager - Discharge Lounge - Peterborough/Huntingdon

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you ambitious, motivated and passionate about patient care? Do you want to make a difference for your patients?

If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Ward Manager to oversee the Northwest Anglia Foundation Trust's departure lounges.

We are looking for an experienced, dynamic, highly motivated and enthusiastic nurse to join our team.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent communication and team working skills and be dedicated to improving the patient's experience. You will be expected to be a clinical role model with a willingness to develop the team.

The post is substantive and will require cross site working to cover both of the departure lounges in operation for the Trust. The expectation will be 2 days on our Hinchingbrooke Site and 3 days on our Peterborough site.

Applicants must have significant post registration experience, with at least 2 years previous experience at Band 6 level.

Please note that we can only consider applications from individuals with a live NMC registration or UK nursing students awaiting their PIN, as we are currently unable to support OSCE.

Main duties of the job

Recruitment and retention of staff

Budget management

Rota completion and management

Sickness management

Future development of Departure lounges

In addition:

Support , advise and provide assurance that the nursing teams are :
  • Maintaining the effective day to day running of the lounge
  • Ensuring that the criteria for referral to the Departure Lounge is followed and maintained
  • Contacting the wards and departments regularly to identify the patients for transfer to the lounge
  • Ensuring all patients leave hospital with the correct communicationdocumentation, equipment, and dressings
  • Ensuring all patients transferred to the Departure Lounge are admitted via the E-Trac patient's administration system in order to capture arrival and departure times
  • Report any concerns / incidents that affect safe and effective care delivery

About us

We are dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusivity within our workforce and warmly welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, with a particular emphasis on encouraging those from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, as well as candidates from our local area.

As part of our commitment to supporting our employees we offer a range of benefits including:
  • Generous annual leave entitlement starting at 27 days and increasing to 29 days after five years of service and 33 days after 10 years of service, in addition to the national Bank Holidays (pro-rata for part time staff)
  • Membership of the NHS Pension Scheme:
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Enhanced hourly rates for unsociable hours e.g. night shifts, weekends, bank holidays
  • Opportunities for career development and training to help you progress in your role
  • Wellbeing support and activities to promote a healthy work environment
  • Access to our in-house physiotherapy service
  • On-site canteens offering subsidised meals
  • Subsidised staff parking (currently free)
  • Free Stagecoach Bus Travel to and from work within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where employees feel valued and empowered to excel in their roles. Join us and become part of a team dedicated to making a positive difference in our community.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post requires an experienced and competent health care professional who has continuous responsibility for the leadership and management of the departure lounges.

The post holder will be responsible for achieving clinical excellence in the quality of care provided through the best use of the team, by allocating work appropriately, using resources effectively, developing and implementing policy and guidelines, and by controlling an agreed financial budget.

The post holder will also work collaboratively and co-operatively with others to meet the needs of patients and their families and take an active part in contributing to the wider activities and strategic plans of the Trust.

An essential part of the role is to actively engage with clinical nursing teams across the trust to improve utilisation of the departure lounge in terms of increasing numbers of patients accessing the lounge and ensuring the opening hours are maximised. Role modelling behaviour and expectations in line with the Trust Values and Behaviours is essential

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Registered nurse with current registration
  • Management / leadership certificate or equivalent or in process
  • Post registration experience in clinical speciality or equivalent


  • Postgraduate certificate in management or equivalent
  • Further relevant postgraduate development



  • Preceptor / mentor for student nurses
  • Roster management
  • Budgetary management
  • Leadership role
  • Dealing with critical incidents / complaints
  • Previous experience in Acute care services


  • Audit and research in practice
  • Patient Care and Public Involvement



  • Continuing professional development with portfolio
  • Professional leadership within the clinical governance framework
  • NMC Code of Professional Conduct / Practice


  • Clinical practice development

Key Skills/Abilities


  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to act as a clinical supervisor, mentor and preceptor
  • Good organisational skills
  • Bed management skills in relation to patient flow
  • Ability to demonstrate the compassionate values and behaviours needed for dignified care


  • IT skills
  • Project development skills



  • Willing to develop by expansion of the role

Employer details

Employer name

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust


Peterborough City Hospital

Bretton Gate



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