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Deputy Ward Manager

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Halton, Runcorn
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to announce that we are recruiting a permanent Band 6 Deputy Ward Manager to join a female acute inpatient ward in Runcorn.

We are looking for the right candidate to support the ward leadership team, with making positive changes and embedding new ways of working on the ward. You will also be expected to provide clinical oversight of all pathways and help embed both pathways and models into our everyday practice.

Main duties of the job

Provide effective leadership via both managerial and clinical supervision & act a a senior nurse role model on the ward to patients and colleagues.

Represent the service at meetings as required, deputising for ward manager when required.

Ensure the effective deployment of staff and other resources to deliver the required service and the agreed standards Participate in the recruitment and selection process in accordance with Trust policy.

Ensure the principles of Clinical Governance are incorporated in service delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreed clinical standards.

Ensure that service users are cared for within the confines of their respective Mental Health Act status and adhere to the requirements of the MHA 1983 and the corresponding Code of Practice.

Develop local protocols involving team members to ensure a high standard of service delivery is achieved and maintained.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Assist in the development and implementation of integrated care pathways, including appropriate service user assessments/referrals and models of care.

Participate in case supervision to monitor named primary nurses standards of service user care and documentation.

Participate in regular clinical supervision as per Trust policy.

Ensure the ward environment is conducive to promote service users health, safety and well-being, thereby preserving and respecting each service users personal dignity, privacy, religious and cultural beliefs.

Ensure record keeping is in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.

Ensure the safe management of medicines and adhere to safe practice and principles of administration in accordance with the NMC code of professional conduct and Trust Medicines Code.

Work in a professional and collaborative manner with the Multi-disciplinary team.

Participate and promote positive intra-agency working.

Participate in the referral process of potential new admissions, including the assessment of such individuals in accordance with the agreed care pathway and the completion of quality reports where appropriate.

Responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care without supervision and act as Named Nurse as required.

Participate and assist in setting standards of service user care based on sound research findings.

Where indicated and following completion of the relevant training the practitioner will act as a non-medical prescriber, at all times working within their sphere of clinical competence.


Deputise for the Clinical Team Manager as required.

Undertake delegated responsibilities as agreed with Clinical Team Manager.

Support the formulation and implementation of clinical and operational practices, and procedures as appropriate.

Participate in the recruitment, selection and induction of new staff.

Participate in the Senior Nurse/Unit Coordinator Rota according to current locality structures over a 24-hour period.

Assist in the management and co-ordination of all services delivered to the service user within the clinical area over the 24 hour period, optimising all available resources.

Support the implementation, monitoring and updating of an operational policy and philosophy for the clinical area.

Ensure the principles of Clinical Governance are incorporated in service delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreed clinical standards.

Ensure that service users are cared for within the confines of their respective Mental Health Act status and adhere to the requirements of the MHA 1983 and the corresponding Code of Practice. This may include liaison with the home office for restricted service users

Ensure adherence and implementation of Effective Care Coordination.

Ensure that Trust policies and procedures are adhered to.

Assist in the development of local protocols to ensure a high standard of service delivery is achieved and maintained.

Support the process of staff participation in the formulation of new ideas/suggestions to improve service user care and service delivery.

Provide effective leadership to the designated team.

Provide statistical information as required.

Ensure service users finances, money and valuables are cared for in accordance with Trust Financial Policies and Codes of Practice.

Assist in the maintenance and updating of the units equipment inventories and service schedules. Ensure regular servicing, maintenance, repair or replacement as required adhering to Health & Safety, COSHH and Medical Devices Agency regulations.

Ensure effective processes of communication are established, maintained and regularly evaluated within designated team.

Assist in the investigation of complaints and incidents at ward level in accordance with Trust policy.

Participate in Serious Untoward Incident investigations/reviews as required

Co-ordinate utilities, equipment and services and report/refer issues to respective managers where necessary.

Provide relevant staff with the necessary management supervision regarding the co-ordination and delegation of duties, to ensure a comprehensive and consistent delivery of care is maintained.

Ensure that the nursing practice within the clinical area adheres to the Trusts policies and procedures.

Participate in managerial supervision.

Appropriate participation of managing performance of staff as required.

Appropriate participation of managing attendance of staff as required.

Person Specification



  • Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained), on the appropriate part of the NMC register and hold a current NMC registration



  • Experience of working in an acute environment
  • Experience of mentorship, supervision and co-ordination of staff.
  • Experience of working as a Nurse in Charge/Shift Co-ordinator
  • Experience of Care Planning process
  • Working in a multi-agency framework
  • Demonstrate a contribution to change management process
  • Experience in positive leadership of a team
  • Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches



  • Demonstrate sound leadership qualities and an understanding of management styles
  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
  • Ability to delegate and coordinate
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to utilise Assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and up to date clinical records
  • Able to present factual information and refer questions to others where appropriate
  • Able to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues
  • Effective time & workload management
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to identify and minimise risk effectively
  • IT skills



  • Recovery Model
  • Mental Health Act (1983)
  • Effective Care Coordination
  • Relevant National policies and guidance
  • Evidence based and reflective practice
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Vulnerable Adults Procedure and Child Protection.
  • Safety, Privacy and Dignity Guidelines



  • Continuous improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


The Brooker Centre

Hospital Way

Halton, Runcorn


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