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Deputy Ward Manager

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a confident & compassionate Deputy Ward Manager (DWM) .The Croft Child and Family unit are looking for a highly motivated DWM with the right skills to complement our nursing and multidisciplinary team.

You will work closely with the Ward Manager to deputise as directed in the absence of the Ward Manager and sometimes Clinical Nurse Specialist at a range of meetings and manage a range of tasks as well as providing high quality patient care . You will be a role model to junior staff with the ability to teach ,nurture and grow the nursing team alongside the WM and CNS .We will provide Supervision, reflective practice, training, and opportunities for professional development. We are passionate about improving standards and service user/carer experiences.

We would love to meet you if you have experience working with children and young people and families with complex MH issues but also If you're an experienced nurse who hasn't worked in this area , you will have many transferable skills to bring to the role and our experienced team members can support you to grow and develop

Main duties of the job

The poster holder will assist the Ward Manager in the provision of clinical and operational leadership and to be a clinical role model to the 24-hour inpatient team. Acting on behalf of and to deputise, as directed by the Ward Manager in their absence and provide 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. Working in conjunction with the Service Manager to set, maintain, and audit clinical standards in adherence to local and national priorities. The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care within agreed parameters, and have a working knowledge of local, national policies and legislation which govern current service provision.

The post holder will 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. They will ensure that effective communication pathways exist, and that they act within their sphere of responsibility, managing the clinical area alongside the Senior Ward Nurse. The post holder will be required to have clear oversight of rosters and manage safe staffing numbers accordingly.

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

1. To be responsible for supervising the role of the named nurses in relation to care planning within the clinical area.

2. 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.3. To participate in the setting and implementation of quality standards, with particular reference to QNIC essential standards, including the monitoring and reviewing in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy. Utilising the data available such as learning from incidences and complaints.4. To ensure the post holder understands and meets their professional role and responsibilities under the Care Programme Approach.5. To ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act 2007 are observed, adhered to and implemented.6. To be responsible for the promotion of carer and service user involvement, including close working with families in Tier 4 inpatient units, within the service and for its provision. To encourage recovery, discovery and independence, taking into account risk assessment and management.7. To be responsible for establishing 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.8. To ensure the provision of social/therapeutic activities for service users.9. To be responsible for the safe custody and administration of medicines in accordance with all medicine policies and ensure compliance is maintained.10. To respect and value the different therapeutic approaches within the multidisciplinary

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) or other specialism relating to post such as Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD) or Registered Nurse Children's (RNC)
  • NMC registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Mentor qualification / ENB 998 or equivalent


  • Post graduate qualification related to ward specialism



  • Experience of inpatient services and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs


  • Experience of developing service user and carer involvement
  • Experience relating to ward specialism

Skills & Abilities


  • Effective communication skills both verbally and written, including IT literacy (MS Office).
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as a role model, empowering and motivating other team members
  • Ability to use own initiative, to enable contribution to a multi -disciplinary team approach
  • Ability to advocate for the service users and colleagues that you are supporting
  • Decision making, delegation and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to calmly manage complex and stressful situations, prioritising own work and the work of others
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with staff across a wide range of professional and managerial groups.


  • Ability to present complex information to various audiences

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Thorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (where appropriate)
  • Knowledge of physical healthcare needs
  • Awareness of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation
  • 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


  • The Trust's 7C's and Respect Enable Values (REV) initiative expectations

Physical Requirements


  • Physically able to undertake a demanding role safely, as and when required



  • Willingness to follow instruction but also able to question and constructively and professionally challenge
  • To continue your professional development and participate in annual appraisal and the performance management process
  • Interest in enhancing service user engagement
  • Demonstrates an interest in working with this age group

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Croft Child and Family Unit

Ida Darwin Hospital


CB21 5EE

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