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Deputy Ward Manager (JHRU)

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a Deputy Ward Leader. We have a permanent post offering full time (37.5 hours) This post requires working across Monday to Sunday.

Jean Heyes Reablement Unit is a 24 bedded male and female community unit which specialises in the rehabilitation of medically optimised patients. The unit supports individuals who are medically well enough to be discharged from hospital, but who require a period of bed-based, Nurse & Therapy led rehabilitation. We support individuals to achieve specific goals which enable safe discharge back into the community or their own home .

We are looking for people, with relevant experience and qualifications. The posts available offer exciting opportunities to focus on the reablement of adults, provide hands on care, improve quality and provide professional clinical leadership to the unit.

An Enhanced DBS with Adults' Barred List checks will be obtained during pre-employment checks.

You must have extensive post-qualification experience, ideally within the NHS for this post.

This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Previous applicants will not be considered.

Main duties of the job

  • To ensure a high standard of care is delivered by the Nursing team within the JHRU environment through the provision of evidence-based practice.
  • To demonstrate leadership and ensure safe practice
  • Provide clinical and managerial expertise.
  • Play a key role in co-ordinating and developing the nursing team.
  • To provide support to the senior management in ensuring all staff comply with Trust policies and professional and legal standards.

About us

Choose Well - Choose WWL

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.


Please note that senior positions (AFC band 8A or above) may be expected to participate in an on-call rota, if the role is predominantly operational.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

Planning and Organisational Duties
  • Acting as a clinical role model ensure high standards are embedded with clinical practice delegating nursing care and interventions to other members of the team according to their level of knowledge.
  • In collaboration with the Team leader, be proactive in supporting the clinical nursing developments within JHRU.
  • Responsibility for coordinating the nursing team and prioritising the workload in response to the differing demands of the service.
  • In the absence of the Team Leader, plan the duty rota negotiating with team members to provide adequate cover.
  • Receive referrals on a daily basis and take appropriate action to ensure patient needs are met in a safe and timely manner.
  • Be responsible for and competent with all aspects of communication, verbal and non-verbal, written and electronic in order to be effective.
  • Receive information via team meetings keeping an awareness and understanding of organisational issues.
  • Liaise closely with hospital services, other intermediate care services, social services and voluntary sector, to ensure a seamless service.
  • Receive referrals from hospitals, Better at Home and Access to Community Services Team.
  • Maintain own standards of patient care and monitor those of junior team members. Highlighting identified training needs to the Team Leader. Facilitate a learning and development environment for team members and allocate students.
  • Undertake preceptorship, mentorship and workplace assessor and teaching roles, as required by the service within the nursing team.
  • Be fully responsible and accountable for the teaching, and the giving of information to, patients and their families so they may make informed decisions for their care.
  • Participate in formal and informal teaching of staff, demonstrating nursing care procedures when appropriate.
  • Liaise with Team Leader to ensure team members maintain an up-to-date knowledge base and skill development programm
  • Integrate the principles of Health Promotion into practice in order to empower patients through information and involvement.
  • Be conversant with factors contributing to adult abuse and refer to social services as appropriate.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and families to ensure involvement and consent for care planning and subsequent interventions.
  • Act as a clinical role model for nursing staff and assistants.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection process as appropriate, interviewing on the panel for nursing and ancillary staff as and when required.
  • Assist in the maintenance of accurate and timely data to enable the service to be monitored, reviewed and developed.
  • Ensure accurate statistical data is promptly submitted in line with trust policies
  • Participate in a multidisciplinary approach to service delivery. developing close links.
  • Develop skills in communicating with patients who have barriers to understanding such as speech, language, sensory impairment, confusion and aggression.
  • Provide support and reassurance to patients, families and their carers when discussing sensitive issues, inclusive of terminally ill patients and bereaved relatives.
  • Ensure care is delivered in a manner that reflects the teams philosophy and promotes maximum independence.
  • To assess the nursing care needs for patients which is responsive to their needs and develop, implement and evaluate plans of care in conjunction with other health or social care professionals liaising with both internal and external agencies as required
  • Using a recognised model of care be responsible and accountable for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing care, without direct supervision for all patients referred to the team. Based on identified need make requisitions for items of home loan equipment. Refer to and liaise with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Be responsible and accountable for the admission and discharge of patients where possible, within the admission criteria, which is responsive to the varying, needs of the patients
  • Prioritise caseload, responding to calls accordingly.
  • Be responsible for limiting own actions
  • To follow individual care and treatment plans, with indirect supervision, for patients according to needs identified by qualified staff.
  • To assist the qualified therapists in the preparation of treatment materials and equipment.
  • To deliver care as prescribed by qualified staff in an enabling manner that is conducive to promoting the independence of patients.

Communications and Key Working Relationships
  • To ensure that documentation is completed in accordance with Trust and departmental requirements.
  • To ensure that care plans are adhered to and any changes in the patients needs are reported to a qualified nurse or therapist immediately.
  • To attend departmental meetings when on duty to receive team brief, strategic plans and organisation objectives information.
  • To record interventions in a single patient record, ensuring that entries meet Trust and departmental guidelines.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary working by attending MDT meetings on a daily basis, feeding back patient progress
  • To act in a supportive manner to patients, carers and/or families by respecting their privacy, dignity, culture and human rights.

Responsibility for Finance
  • Contribute to ensuring the effective use of all resources.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the stock and equipment requisitioning within the due economy. Bring to the attention of the team leader any potential efficiency savings or anticipated budgetary pressures.
  • Request and authorise the booking of additional staff to cover sickness/absence in agreement with the team leader.

Responsibility for Human Resources
  • To receive an individual performance review and development planning on an annual basis.

Responsibility for Health & Safety

Compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 the post holder is required to fulfil a proactive role towards the management of risk in all of their actions. This entails the risk assessment of all situations, the taking of appropriate actions and reporting of all incidents, near misses and hazards, and a statutory duty of care for their own personal safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

Responsibility for Teaching
  • Participate in formal and informal teaching of staff, demonstrating nursing care procedures when appropriate.
  • To attend supervision sessions with allocated mentor to ensure that competencies and practice is updated and maintained.

Work Circumstances
  • Monday to Sunday

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Qualified with diploma or degree)


  • Evidence of recent study or relevant courses
  • Leadership qualification



  • To be able to demonstrate extensive proven post registration experience
  • Experience of leading a team


  • Experience of managing conflict resolution
  • Previous experience of audits
  • Experience in responding to incidents and complaints
  • NHS experience



  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise/time management skills
  • Basic keyboard/IT skills
  • Making clinical decisions
  • Problem solving skills


  • male and female catherterisation
  • venepuncture and cannulation
  • ECG



  • Knowledge of up to date and current issues in nursing
  • Knowledge of Reablement processes
  • Knowledge surrounding policies and procedures


  • Knowledge of current issues in Intermediate care
  • Budgetary awareness

Employer details

Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Leigh Infirmary

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