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Deputy Ward Manager

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year per annum inclusive of High Cost Allowances
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Deputy Nursing Team Leader role is suitable for Registered Nurses who have successfully completed preceptorship and have registered as an approved NMC mentor.

The post holder will deliver, or advise on the delivery of, high quality safe nursing care, ensuring consistently high standards of practice and clinical excellence which comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional conduct.

Main duties of the job

As a Deputy Nursing Team Leader you will promote and develop clinical leadership and clinical practice and be a positive role model to junior members of the team through the practice of evidence-based care. You will be expected to support professional development through clinical appraisal and supervision and contribute to the ongoing educational programme for staff, fostering a positive learning environment.

About us

Spring Ward: Based at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, Kent, within London Borough of Bromley, South East London. Spring Ward is a female medium secure ward with 15 beds, caring for female adults aged 18 and over.

Spring Ward supports patient pathway to recovery through a series of carefully managed stages. Spring Ward is part of the Croydon Adult and Behavioural & Developmental Psychiatry Operations Directorate. These beds form part of the full 120 forensic estates, including a Medium Secure Unit and Open Rehab.

The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) forensic services work in collaboration with the South London Partnership (SLP). The SLP is a partnership between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, (Oxleas) South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, (SLaM), and South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG). The partnership brings together clinical expertise, experience, and innovation, aiming to improve quality, use resources most effectively, and deliver best practice consistently to all patients. The SLP provides a single point of access for referrals with the aim to provide care closer to patients' homes, families and communities across south London; with patients benefiting from improved recovery and rehabilitation in the least restrictive setting clinically appropriate.

Job description Job responsibilities

A full & detailed job description can be found attached. This is an outline of the key tasks and responsibilities expected of a Band 6 Nurse. The post holder will also be required to undertake additional duties appropriate to the clinical area/speciality in which they work.

  • Working autonomously and supporting junior staff and wider care team to implement the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities.
  • Leading & ensuring the fundamentals of care are met - nutrition, hydration, hygiene, comfort, emotional and social support.
  • Leading, supporting/teaching junior staff on risk assessment and risk management
  • Supporting and supervising junior staff to develop the management of care needs through:
  • Demonstrating an enhanced understanding of Mental Health signs and symptoms and understanding how these may present in practice including recognition of impact on patient presentation and behaviour including risk factors.
  • Recognising and responding appropriately to challenging behaviour in line with Trust policies and training. Leading and coordinating junior staff and the wider care team in the management of difficult situations and de-escalation and developing resilience and strategies to manage, including on leading staff and patient de-briefing sessions.
  • Demonstrating a depth of knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty and other legislation applicable to the practice area
  • Contributing to an effective communication process with appropriate and accurate information to patients, carers, family, friends and colleagues.
  • Maintaining timely and accurate service user written/electronic records in line with Trust policy. Use care plans, pathway documents and Information System progress notes appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • Reporting, without delay, any safety or security concerns to maintain the safety of service users, carers, staff and others in line with Trust policy.
  • Understanding and contributing to the Trust risk assessment policy,
  • Maintaining confidential information in accordance with Trust Policies. Teamworking and Professional development:
  • Working to support shared responsibility within the team: demonstrating support, respect and courtesy towards colleagues; working in a professional manner and with Trust values always in mind, respecting the boundaries of the relationship with service users/patients, carers and staff.
  • Leading, attending and participating in team meetings and contributing ideas to multi-professional team discussions.

  • Person Specification Experience Essential
    • oExperience of research based/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice oSignificant relevant clinical experience oEvidence of continuing professional development oExperience as a preceptor / mentor oKnowledge of clinical governance and audit Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation
    • oExperience of taking responsibility for a ward / clinical unit. oExperience of engaging / supporting clinical research projects Experience of supporting practice development in clinical areas oExperience of teaching. e.g. lecturer practitioner/preceptorship Experience of recruitment and selection of staff
    Qualifications Essential
    • Essential Requirements oRegistered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse oMentorship qualification
    • oMaster's degree
    skills and abilities Essential
    • oAble to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision oTeaching ability oResilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations. oApproachable Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others oForms very effective working relationships with colleagues oAdvocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics; promotes equality and diversity
    • oProblem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framework
    other Essential
    • oEmpathy for service users including individuals who have experienced mental health problems. oLoyal and able to advocate for and show pride in the work area and organization and demonstrates values of trust and NHS oFlexibility to work shift patterns across 24hrs, 7days a week and across all clinical areas as required oAbility to fulfil all the requirements of the role (including physical)

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