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Ward Manager

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Senior Manager
Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) strive to provide excellent quality of Mental Health, Children's Community and Learning Disability Care of the highest standard to our service users due to our continued commitment to quality and service improvement.

To ensure that we achieve this goal we look to recruit candidates of a high calibre that share our passion for delivering excellent service user care, research and education.

We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Ward Manager to provide leadership and to join our Willow Ward Team. Willow Ward, a 18 bed acute in-patient unit assessing and caring for people with complex mental health and physical health needs based on the Fulbourn Hospital site near Cambridge.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. This post is open to professionals with the right attributes to enhance a team.

We will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff through a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting people with mental health or learning disability needs then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • 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 high levels/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 multi-disciplinary 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 provide therapeutic 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 balanced against 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.
  • To ensure the requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 and other statutory regulations are observed and implemented.

  • 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 embed effective channels of communication within the multidisciplinary team.
    • To develop and sustain sound working relationships with all stakeholders which may involve cross boundary working.
    • To expertly lead the team and develop joint ownership of change and improvement in service delivery.
    • To ensure resources are used effectively, creatively and within existing financial frameworks.
    • To create an environment conducive to the learning and development needs of all staff.
    • To ensure that referrals are made to other disciplines, professionals and agencies in a timely manner as and when required.
    • To chair multi-disciplinary/agency patient reviews, safeguarding strategy meetings and best interest meetings in the wards to aid in the effective discharge process.
    • To lead clinical care by example demonstrating high level clinical practice/patient care through coaching and role modelling.
    • To sustain and demonstrate a high level of personal clinical/nursing performance.
    • To ensure a high level of clinical / nursing practice working alongside the clinical team, which includes working some shifts.
    • To maintain a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors at all times, ensuring that Risk Management and Health & Safety requirements are understood by all staff and adhered to.
    • To identify and assess environmental risk and management/action plans that mitigates those risks.
    • To ensure that the staff team are knowledgeable and competent in risk management and ensuring a safe service.
    • To sustain an environment that promotes good patient experience. and sustain action plans that support improvement.
    • To be proactive in ensuring that infection control, health and safety and incident reporting measures are adhered to, using outcomes of investigations to improve same.
    • To ensure the team remains compliant with the statutory provisions of the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the Data Protection Act.
    • To participate in tribunals, supervision, safeguarding and case conferences. To ensure that safeguarding alerts are reported promptly via the correct channels of communication.
    • To lead safeguarding investigations and produce timely, accurate and professional reports which identify the lessons to be learned.
    • To continually develop own knowledge and skills of UK legislation and act as a knowledgeable resource for staff.

    Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • Registered mental health nurse
    • Degree or equivalent qualification related to mental health and/or leadership in the field of older people's mental health.
    • Student mentor training
    Experience Essential
    • Nurses with significant experience working at Band 6 of above and within specialism of older people's 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 multidisciplinary teams and external partners
    • Lived experience of mental health services.
    • Experience of effective working with broad range of stakeholders
    • Track record of leading and managing a high performing older people's in-patient team
    • Track record of meeting a broad range of KPIs, developing an improving team and individual performance
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • 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 Deprivation of Liberty Standards and how these apply to the practice/clinical area.
    • In-depth knowledge of the safeguarding policies and procedures
    • Evidence of in-depth training at level 3 / 4 regarding MCA, 2005 and DOLS.
    Knowledge & Understanding Essential
    • Knowledge and experience of working in dementia care settings.
    • 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 older people specialism.

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