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Ward Manager-Sowenna Inpatient Unit

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting ward manager post has become available on the Sowenna Unit within Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Whether you are an experienced manager looking for a new challenge or interested in a development opportunity and chance to gain new skills/ experience in a different area. You will be supported by the senior management team to manage a specialist service which includes the regional commissioning structure, overseeing CAMHS care pathways and working alongside/supervising a team of multi-disciplinary professionals and clinicians.

Sowenna sits with in our enhanced care offer under the children's operational umbrella Working closely with our community services and our Multi agency Rapid response service.

Sowenna is part of the South West Provider Collaborative (SWPC) and has a close working relationship with Pediatrics and community and children's service, we are currently working to develop integrated care areas across our service that will improve integrated working for the families we serve, within this role you will be key to these developments.

Sowenna ward is a twelve bedded inpatient Unit at Bodmin hospital, Cornwall. The hospital site also hosts other mental and physical health wards.

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with the inpatient and children's management team but also SWPC lead provider and other partner Trusts within region to share best practice, network and work collaboratively.

We strive to provide a creative and holistic service for children who are experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems. These children require time and intensive support to aid their recovery. We aim to work in a trauma informed way and in an integrated way across our systems to enable a family to have the best opportunity for recovery in to the community.

The ward is currently undergoing a refurbishment programme to update the extra care area to high standard in line with service specification that will support he unit to keep Young people closer to home in the need for specialist care.

Sowenna has a number of other exciting service development and quality improvement programmes underway, and the post holder would support to drive these forward and continue to develop the service.

Sowenna manager will also have the support of a business support manager to assist with additional commissioning requirements attached to a tertiary service.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse currently registered with the NMC.
  • Graduate and post graduate qualification e.g. BSc and/or MSc in relevant area or significant relevant clinical experience.


  • Teaching qualification (e.g. ENB 998 or PGCE).
  • Nurse mentorship training.

Skills and Aptitude


  • Ability to manage young people who may be displaying high emotion, distress or challenging behaviour in a calm, caring and planned way according to Trust policies and best professional practice.
  • Excellent knowledge of the needs of children, adolescents and families with behavioural, relationship and emotional problems.
  • Ability to prioritise work and make autonomous decisions when appropriate.

Knowledge and abilities


  • Excellent knowledge of current policy, legislation and guidance (including evidence base) relevant to the provision of children's in-patient services and therapy.
  • Extensive experience of working in a multi-disciplinary clinical team.


  • Experience and knowledge of working within mental health inpatient services with extensive knowledge of risk assessment & team development
  • Experience of working in an in-patient adolescent mental health setting.

Personal Qualities


  • Hold a valid driving licence with ability to travel independently to other bases within CFT.

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Sowenna unit

Bodmin Hospital, Boundary Road


PL31 2QT

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