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Mental Health Deputy Ward Manager

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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We are excited to advertise our Deputy Ward Managerposition for our 14 bed Acute Assessment Unit (Mulberry 1) on our Fulbourn site, with good transport links and free parking.

Our Acute AssessmentWard is part of our innovative and ambitious model of care, known as the 3-3-3 model. Our three wards work collaboratively to enable patients to access the right care at the right time. We have our Acute Assessment Unit (Mulberry 1), where patients stay up to 3 days, our Treatment ward (Mulberry 2), where patients stay up to 3 weeks and our Recovery Unit (Mulberry 3), where patients stay up to 3 months.

Our Mulberry 1 ward provides care for our local population experiencing serious mental illness. We are looking for someone with a commitment to teamwork, a sense of accountability, and an ability to work under pressure.

At CPFT we understand the need for our staff to have a healthy work-life balance and our aim is to provide you with a supportive and inclusive environment in which you can thrive. We are committed to providing high-quality, safe, and effective care within services where staff wellbeing is a priority.

Main duties of the job

As a Deputy Ward Manager you will be responsible for the provision of quality evidence-based nursing advice, support, and care for service users with mental and physical health needs and to their carers within a multidisciplinary setting. You will be responsible for leading on the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care on night shifts.

You will also be responsible for identifying and contributing to the training needs of junior registered and unregistered staff and ensure that issues of equality, diversity and rights are dealt with in accordance with good practice and legislation. You will ensure that effective communication pathways exist, and that they act within their sphere of responsibility, leading the night shift in the absence of the Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ward Manager or the designated deputy.

We offer desirable staff benefits, like our staff benefits app, which is available to download on iPhone and Android, giving our staff easy access to everything from electronic payslips to a wide range of NHS discounts on the High Street. We also have an outstanding Staff Wellbeing Service offering 1:1 and/or group support. Finally, our new specialist mental health service for staff provides rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment for moderate to severe mental health conditions, with specialist occupational support.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the evidence-based care required, including health promotion for a named service user/group ensuring it meets Trust timescales.
  • To ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act 2007 are observed, adhered to, and implemented.
  • To promote carer and service user involvement within the service and for its provision. To encourage recovery, discovery, and independence, taking into account risk assessment and management.
  • To establish therapeutic relationships with service users, and the implementation of evidence based therapeutic interventions with appropriate boundaries in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Councils professional code of conduct
  • To demonstrate care and compassion in your work
  • To be responsible for the safe custody and administration of medicines in accordance with all medicine policies
  • To respect and value the different therapeutic approaches within the multidisciplinary team but ensure that the agreed philosophy approach is adopted and followed
  • To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and NMC guidance, reporting on any issues as appropriate.
  • Empower service users by ensuring that they receive the relevant information about their treatment, medication, available services, advocacy services, ward routines and safety procedures.
  • To have completed and continue the delivery of support to Student Nurses in a formal capacity (Mentorship/Supervision/Practice Assessor.)

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) or Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD)
  • NMC registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Mentor qualification / ENB 998 or equivalent


  • Post graduate qualification related to ward specialism
  • Additional qualification for specialism



  • Experience of inpatient services and working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Basic training in the Mental Capacity Act
  • Experience of providing mentorship
  • Experience of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs


  • Previous experience of undertaking group work
  • Experience of developing service user and carer involvement
  • Experience relating to ward specialism
  • Lived experience of mental health

Skills & Abilities


  • Effective communication skills both verbally and written, including IT literacy (MS Office).
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with staff across a wide range of professional and managerial groups
  • Ability to use own initiative, to enable contribution to a multidisciplinary team approach

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Thorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (where appropriate)
  • Understanding of the legislation relating to care including - Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Children's Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the Data Protection Act

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Mulberry 1 Ward, Fulbourn


CB21 5EF

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