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Ward Manager

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
30 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Ward Manager to join our friendly nursing team within our Adult Services Directorate in Exeter to provide operational leadership for Salus Ward.

You will become part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team, using your skills, experience and leadership to help define and deliver a package of care to people on one of our mixed gender wards that helps them on their road to recovery. The role is dynamic and challenging and we are looking for someone who is highly motivated, innovative and enthusiastic who can demonstrate an eagerness for the on-going development of the service.

As a Ward Manager, you will need excellent communication and leadership skills to ensure collaborative work with patients, utilising the well-being and recovery model, to provide the highest quality of care.

You will have the confidence and skills to support your team to respond to both the physical and mental well-being needs of your patients in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team and be a strong advocate for your patients. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate sound experience of risk assessment and management and will be committed to the principles of patient and carer involvement as well as showing expertise in budgetary management and being able to understand and meet performance criteria.

Main duties of the job

You will be a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) with post registration experience, including significant experience in a Band 6 position. In return we offer a highly supportive and cohesive multidisciplinary team with a wide range of opportunities to further develop your abilities and career.

You will have experience of working in a team. The role involves communication, so we expect that you have excellent verbal and written skills.

Interacting with patients and the public you will be confident in giving non-clinical information and advice that improves their experience. Dealing with sensitive information daily, you will understand the importance of data security.

You will often work under pressure and without direct supervision, so we are looking for someone confident and capable. You will prioritise tasks, and manage your own workload, providing support for your colleagues where required.

You will become an important part of the team, working to ensure that every patient receives high quality care. You may be required to support the induction of new staff member, demonstrating activities to them and providing supervision to support administrators.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for further information regarding this role.

Person Specification



  • Post Registration Qualification and experience in a health or social care subject. ( e.g. RMN, Social Work, OT, Psychology).
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.


  • Recognised management training and qualification or willingness to work toward it.
  • Training to Level 3 in Safeguarding children, young people and adults: roles and competencies for Health Care staff.

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to lead change and motivate staff.
  • Ability to liaise with a range of services both within and external to the Trust.
  • Ability to interact therapeutically with distressed persons.
  • Ability to manage conflict.
  • Able to produce well written reports.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Ability to comprehend and utilise experience within the team
  • Skilled in exploring and utilising available resources effectively.
  • Analyse complex information and interpret to facilitate management action.
  • Ability to undertake risk management.
  • Able to own problems and get involved in the solutions.
  • Ability to produce effective care plans.
  • Ability to plan and produce service development plans.
  • Project Management skills.
  • Highly developed organisational skills.
  • Budget planning and setting.
  • Reliable and adaptable within a structured environment.
  • Ability to lead and motivate others.
  • Adaptable to change with an ability to promote change in others.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Able to manage physically challenging behaviour.
  • Trained in Physical Intervention.
  • Standard Computer skills



  • At least four years post registration, at least two years at Band 6 in an Acute Inpatient setting.
  • Experience of managing other staff.
  • Experience of the care of mentally ill people in an acute setting.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Clinical supervision and mentoring experience.



  • Of leading, supporting and developing teams.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Able to provide supervision and support to staff and students.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 & 2005, Codes of Practice, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberties.
  • Clinical supervision.
  • NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Risk Assessment and Management.
  • Care programme approach.
  • Current developments in mental health care and nursing practice
  • Treat patients with dignity and respect.
  • Able to assess plan treatment and review nursing care needs, supervise other in the same.
  • Recognise performance issues on the ward and how to address them
  • Motivated to promote highest standards in a changing service.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Infection Control.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Salus Ward

Torbay Hospital




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