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Ward Manager

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
**Secondment Opportunity**

*Previous applicants need not apply*

I'm Siobhan, Ward Manager at Springbank, and I am really excited to advertise this post. I have loved being the Ward Manager for this exceptional ward. I am leaving the role for a Service Manager position and, if you are successful, I will be your new manager.

Springbank is a 12-bed inpatient recovery unit for women with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) who are struggling to cope with the demands of life outside the hospital, despite input from community psychiatric services. I have worked as Springbank Ward Manager for 5 years, before which, I worked on the ward as a Band 6 Deputy Ward Manager. I have loved my time on Springbank because it has given me the opportunity to develop my skills within specialist services, both clinically and operationally and I have been a part of many successful recovery journeys for our patients.

We run an award-winning service with an engaged and innovative multidisciplinary team. We are always looking to develop and improve service delivery. I would encourage you to apply for this role if you have an interest in working with service users with a diagnosis of BPD and if you are looking for an opportunity to support the development of a team and clinical practice. We would encourage you to make this role your own to lead this fantastic team.

Main duties of the job

As Ward Manager, clear communication and relationship building are key skills. We will need you to work in partnership with the Ward Consultant and MDT in managing patient referrals and assessments from CPFT and out of area patients, ensuring suitability for admission to the ward and most importantly, to lead and develop your new team.

You will work in partnership with the consultant and multidisciplinary teams to ensure that expert leadership is demonstrated which meets the holistic health needs of adults within a Specialist Personality Disorder Unit. It will be essential to provide high visibility leadership, driving forward team developments by demonstrating an exemplar of expert practice, thereby energising and motivating staff to continually deliver person centred care of the highest quality.

You are the centre of the team and will need to be the glue holding the MDT together. Your team will expect you to provide expert advice, ensure high-quality student placements, manage the roster effectively and enhance the service to support the delivery of outstanding care.

Finally, you will be responsible for the provision of high-quality care on the ward. We will look to you to ensure the correct support is provided for patients and their families/carers, the ward is running safely and smoothly, research and innovation is encouraged and supported, and the ward is governed appropriately.

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

To provide expert nursing and clinical care in the delivery of holistic person centred care for people living with mental health needs.

Work closely with the Clinical Lead in sustaining and improving highlevels/standards of patient care and experience.

To promote and sustain the development of fully collaborative care planning relationships with patients, their families / carers (as appropriate) and the multidisciplinary team.

To promote general health education and facilitate physical recovery,maintenance of skills and abilities that support care on discharge.

To assist in the organisation and design of programmes which providetherapeutic opportunities for the service user population.

To promote and facilitate family and carer involvement with regard to discharge planning in agreement with patient.

To achieve and maintain 100% compliance with the trusts care planning audit requirements.

To support and coach staff in delivering care which is planned and balancedagainst the choices of patients to take risks and make informed choices and or planned care in the best interest of the person receiving our care.

To maintain an overview of standard as well as complex discharges which require detailed planning and at times may conflict with the opinion of other agencies, families and carers.

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse


  • Degree or equivalent qualification related to mental health and/or leadership in the field of mental health.
  • Student mentor training



  • Experience working at Band 6 of above and within specialism of mental health
  • Leadership/management of a team - community or hospital based
  • Excellent nursing skills - ability to lead by example, deliver broad range of interventions
  • Using key leaderships skills - holding people to account, managing poor performance, motivating/inspiring staff/teams, meeting key performance indicators
  • Evidence of successful working within multi-disciplinary teams and external partners
  • Developing staff and teams through - appraisal, mandatory/specialist training, performance feedback, supervision, coaching, role modelling
  • Experience within relevant service area


  • Lived experience of mental health services.
  • Experience of effective working with broad range of stakeholders
  • Track record of leading and managing a high performing inpatient team
  • Track record of meeting a broad range of KPIs, developing an improving team and individual performance
  • Experience acting as a professional nurse lead - advising on practice, supporting investigations

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • In-depth knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act Including the Interface of these acts and the potential for error.
  • In-depth knowledge of the safeguarding policies and procedures
  • In-depth knowledge of clinical governance, risk assessment/management and adverse incident reporting arrangements.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and policies in relation to Data Protection and information management.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of both local and national legislation/policy affecting practice in mental health and the NHS
  • In-depth knowledge on wider issues affecting future professional practice in mental health and the NHS
  • Ability to manage Human Resource recruitment/employment policies and procedures and their application.
  • Ability to lead by example, inspiring and sharing the commitment l of a person-centred quality service, provided by competent caring practitioners, in a safe environment.


  • Evidence of in-depth training at level 3 / 4 regarding MCA, 2005 and DOLS.

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Knowledge and experience of working in a specialist mental health setting.
  • Ability to commit to and demonstrate the ideal of a person-centred quality service, provided by competent caring practitioners, in a safe environment.
  • Strong leadership and motivational qualities. Knows how to inspire and develop a team / individuals
  • Self - aware and able to assess own inter-personal skills and how this may impact on the behaviours of others - promotes an engaging, positive outlook, commitment, reliability, forward thinking, passionate about mental health spectrum
  • Able to demonstrate initiative and be proactive.
  • Committed to personal and team development


  • Basic understanding of legislation relating to care including - 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 Understanding of the Care Programme Approach (CPA)

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to tolerate working unsocial hours should the need arise.
  • Ability to concentrate for sustained periods of time.


  • Ability to travel across the county for meetings
  • Ability to participate in physical intervention procedures



  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • Open and honest promoting a role model culture of openness in raising concerns when care quality is compromised.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Fulbourn Hospital

Cambridge Road


CB21 5EF

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