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Clinical Ward Manager - Southfield

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen within adult forensic services to appoint a motivated, passionate and inspirational leader into the Band 7 Clinical Ward Manager Post on Starling ward, which is a 17 bedded female ward. Southfield provides low-secure mental health inpatient care for patients detained under the mental health act. Some patients admitted to Southfield service may have a forensic history or offending behaviour and can be subject to home office restrictions. The Unit also supports patients with complex non-forensic presentations principally associated with challenging behaviour, emerging personality disorders as well as psychosis, and other mental disorders. In addition, most patients have long-standing complex problems that cannot be safely or successfully cared for in acute inpatient wards.

Southfield is proud of providing compassionate leadership that enables everyone to have a sense of autonomy and belonging fostered by ensuring contribution to how things are run in the Unit. The post holder will work alongside a designated band 7 Clinical improvement lead to support a well-established, enthusiastic team that provides high-quality care to patients.

Main duties of the job

As the Clinical Ward Manager you will have continuing responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the developing, implementation and evaluation/assessments of programmes of care and setting standards of care, the management of a designated ward including the deployment and supervision of staff where the teaching of students and/or extensive nursing intervention is required.

You will have continuing overall responsibility for the management of nursing services within the Unit, providing flexible cover across other Units during those times when such duties are delegated by Modern Matron/Service Manager whilst on call or to cover for leave/absence.

You will take lead responsibility to assess and make nursing recommendations to the Responsible Medical Officer on the suitability of Service Users for admission to the Unit and formulate policy relevant to your sphere of influence.

You will carry continuing responsibility for the management of the total resource within your area and you will have direct clinical involvement with the defined speciality of forensic mental health nursing.

Under the overall direction of the Service Manager/Modern Matron, you will maintain high standards of patient care and maintain a supportive leadership profile for the Charge Nurses, Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and Health Care Support Workers.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In this role your management responsibilities will be to:

*Carry 24 hour continuous responsibility for a ward and manage it within the allocated resources.

*Undertake responsibility for the implementation of Trust personnel policies.

*Provide the Modern Matron with statistical returns as requested e.g., sickness, annual leave, etc.

*Carry responsibility for the planning and co-ordination of annual leave, maintaining appropriate staffing levels and skill mix of ward area.

*Provide effective leadership by setting clear objectives and defining roles of staff.

*Lead the nursing team, delegating work, organising rotas on an equitable basis and ensuring appropriate skill and grade mix.

*Hold responsibility for overall staffing arrangements and nursing rotas organising the most effective use of manpower and skill mix within available resources.

*Ensure that nursing staff adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct and make periodic checks on the presence of staff names on the live register.

*Participate in the planning and commissioning of new services.

*Participate in the formal review and evaluation of the services provided.

*Demonstrate effective leadership skills to the ward team ensuring a high level of morale within the clinical area, sound organisation, dissemination of information and good communications.

*Ensure reports, statements and investigations of accidents, incidents and complaints are carried out and the appropriate authorities are notified.

*Undertake responsibility for the management of all subordinate staff within the sphere of influence.

*Organise regular communications with staff (ward meetings).

*Attend regular meetings with other ward managers.

*Attend regular meetings with the senior nurse to discuss issues.

*Attend regular meetings with other professionals/heads of departments.

*To ensure ward meetings take place.

*Liaise with other disciplines.

*Liaise with multi-disciplinary teams.

Your clinical responsibilities will be to:

*Have 24 hour continuous responsibility for the ward.

*Participate and ensure the implementation of prescribed care according to agreed standard.

*Monitor and evaluate care, initiating any action that may be required.

*Ensure the confidentiality of all patient-related information and records, ensuring that staff complies with this policy.

*Formulate standards of care statements, evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of same.

*Provide or arrange for a nursing assessment of referred Service Users to determine the suitability for forensic mental health nursing intervention.

*Advise staff of other psychiatric services in the nursing care of difficult to manage Service Users.

*Ensure that all staff observe the provisions of the Mental Health Act (1983), in particular the Code of Practice and Part III of the Act and regularly monitor the application of the Act.

*Attend ward rounds regularly so as to gain an overview of patient needs and presentation across the service and to promote effective communication.

*Act as a professional consultant to nursing staff and other professionals on patient care matters.

*Exercise professional judgement through experience and knowledge in determining levels of dangerousness in service user population.

*Demonstrate an up to date knowledge concerning the health status of Service Users whilst identifying and engaging appropriate nursing interventions, consonant with up to date nursing research and practice developments.

*Identify any changes arising from practice developments in nursing and to advise the senior nurse of appropriate action.

*Monitor and ensure the maintenance of a high standard of nursing in the applications of clinical nursing procedures and treatments including the custody, storage and administration of medicines.

*Establish, formulate and update Unit policies/procedures in consultation with the senior nurse and other policy team members.

*Undertake responsibility for the clinical supervision of all subordinate staff within the sphere of influence.

Person Specification



  • RMN or Equivalent
  • Sub part 1 of the NMC Register
  • Significant experience post RMN registration.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


  • Further post registration development



  • In depth experience of those years spent working in a mental health setting at Band 6 or above.
  • Experience/knowledge of assessing/ training needs.
  • Teaching skills.
  • Understanding of service user issues and related problems.
  • Sound understanding of current legal and administrative procedures concerning care of mentally ill service users e.g. MHA, CPA.
  • Good leadership skills with the ability to coach, guide, supervise, teach and role model qualified and un-qualified staff, including students.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workload and meetings.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills active listening, negotiation, assertiveness, negotiation, decision making, social awareness.
  • Good verbal, written and communication skills.
  • Good level of IT skills -- Outlook (email), word, excel.
  • Good facilitation skills and the ability to organise and chair meetings.
  • Ability to network internally and externally.
  • Demonstrate evidence of a positive approach to work/team working.
  • Able to secure the co-operation of colleagues at all levels.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independently.
  • Evidence of motivation for personal/ professional drive.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Highly motivated.
  • Pragmatic.
  • Good attendance record.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.


  • Experience in carrying out workplace/workforce investigations and assessments at a senior level.
  • Experience of carrying out pre
  • admission assessments
  • Active involvement in change processes within previous working environments/ teams.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust



Tatchbury Mount, Calmore



SO40 2RZ

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