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Deputy Unit Manager

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
We have a great opportunity to join our Rehab Pathway.

We have a 9 month fixed term opportunity (commencing August 2024) for a Band 6 Deputy Unit Manager at Summers View.

If you are an enthusiastic, caring and compassionate registered professional, who is ready for the next stage in their career within a challenging and complex environment then we want to hear from you.

Summersview is a 10 bed mental health rehabilitation unit. The team specialises in supporting people with enduring psychosis through their recovery journey, helping them to reach their optimum & their goals.

The unit has a strong MDT focus consisting of a consultant psychiatrist, RNs, ANP, HCSW's, Occupational therapist, STR worker & Psychologist.

Candidates should have experience in working with clients with enduring mental health problems.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead the team, working closely with the Unit Manager ensuring there is a clear focus on patient centred quality care.

Candidates will be asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation on: How would you engage the team to strive for excellence?

This post will provide an opportunity to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the country.

Main duties of the job

The role of the deputy manager is to provide support and assistance to the unit manager in ensuring the effective management and running of the service. This will include having specific responsibilities as delegated by the unit manager and will require the post holder to deputise for the unit manager as and when appropriate/required.

KEY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIESAccountability and responsibility

To act as a role model & clinical lead influencing and developing all aspects of clinical care within the area and implementing clinical governance plans.

Co-ordinate care delivery, e.g. allocations of named nurse/name worker/care co-ordinator, ensuring continuity of care across shifts, staffing changes & absences etc.

To demonstrate the application of appropriate procedures and standards.

To assist in the general management of the clinical area, this may include specific duties such as responsibilities for completing duty rosters, maintaining staff records or updating supervising systems for monitoring resources (e.g. keys) as agreed with the unit manager.

About us


Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.'

Our team prides themselves on compassion, teamwork, and resilience.

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation, and we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring, and compassionate registered professional who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country.

Whether you are about to qualify, newly qualified or an experienced practitioner, we want to meet you and discuss the possibility of you joining this great Team.

The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

In return we offer

A competitive progressive salary

We cover the cost of your DBS Check (�44)

Uniform provided

Competitive staff benefits such as weekly offers and discounts

Individual Personal Development Plan and Career Progression

Excellent pension scheme available

27- 33 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays (pro rata)

Job description

Job responsibilities


To ensure that the principles and values of the organisation and of the units operational policy and philosophy are evident in everyday practice.

To develop a culture in which the individuals rights of safety privacy and dignity are actively promoted and interactions are conducted with courtesy and respect.

To establish professional relationships and networks beyond the immediate clinical team, developing and promoting interagency working, contributing to appropriate groups and forums. To actively seek to promote the clinical service both within the Trust and within the wider setting developing positive public relations and engendering confidence in the service.

To take an active lead in developing standards of practice, ensuring that systems are in place for setting, communicating, implementing, evaluating and reviewing the same.

Ensure that where possible activities are evidence based and in keeping with changes in the field of activity. Take a lead in initiating new ideas and communicating new evidence, ensure that changes in practice are fully implemented and maintained, act as a support and supervise other staff in implementing change.

Ensure that effective communication systems that promote MDT working and ensure accuracy of communication are in place and adhered to.

Lead and advise upon clinical nursing issues guiding practice and where necessary challenging inappropriate practice or attitudes. Represent the views of the nursing team within wider clinical team.

Provide advise and support to junior staff both on an informal basis and through the roles of mentor, clinical supervisor and preceptor as appropriate.

Ensure personal awareness and observe the NMC guidelines for professional practice in the pursuance of everyday activities. Act in a manner that inspires the confidence of others and promotes the credibility of the profession and the service.

To have a knowledge and understanding of relevant policies and legislation and guidance and the impact that these have for clinical practice. To ensure that the these are communicated and adhered to and to take appropriate action when this is not the case.

Take responsibility for ensuring continued registration and for personal and professional development in accordance with NMC guidance (or other professional body), attending statutory and mandatory training and other pertinent training as agreed with the unit manager through the personal review process.

Person Specification



  • Valid registration with professional body Evidence of CPD relevant to the clinical area



  • Previous experience in band 5 role Demonstrate the ability to co-ordinate all aspects of care needs and be able to carry out tasks without direct supervision

Employer details

Employer name

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust


Summers View



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