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Band 7 Ward Manager - Acute IP Section 136

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Your responsibility is to ensure that all aspects of care provided to service users is of the highest quality, delivered in a manner that is respectful andsensitive to their needs and the needs of the carer.

We are looking for a passionate, motivated, professional and knowledgably Mental Health Nurse, who will continue to deliver the best possible care.

There is a well established multi disciplinary team with a strong and experienced band 6 team.

You would be able to demonstrate strong leadership and management skills, be committed to promoting best practice and ideally would have experience of working in adult acute and community and understand the links with Community services.

This is an enjoyable and rewarding role.

Mason Ward Bristol 136 Place of Safety based at Southmead Hospital. If you were successful you would be well supported to be integrated into the ward team and with the other Ward Managers and Matrons on site.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Main duties of the job

To deliver operational management, clinical leadership and supervision to designated team of staff within the Unit, making best use of resources at all times.

Managing staff performance and development.

Responsible for the overall patient care.

Inspiring and driving the nursing team.

Working with service users and their family's to ensure their needs are met.

Participating in trust Governance structure to ensure safe and up to date practice.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Practice ManagementTo act as a Clinical Leader with continuing clinical responsibility for designated clinical areas, ensuring that services provide high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, interventions andevaluations for patients.

This will include:

Confidential, sensitive and comprehensive, person-centred mental health nursing assessment that includes a Risk Assessment and ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.

Contributing to the professional development and the clinical supervision of team members on a formal and regular basis to maintain and develop quality standards of practice in accordance with appropriate professional guidelines, Trust Policies and level of responsibility of the post.

Assess and monitor service provision against CQC standards (e.g. healthcare, associated infection control, health and safety, catering and food hygiene, fire safety and emergency planning) and contribute to the development of services that meet these standards.

Enable service users by providing accurate and appropriate information, offering choices and involving them as fully as possible in the care process.

To demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant Mental Health Legislation.

Ensure the ordering, storage, administration and disposal of medication complies with relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and MHA (1983).

Demonstrating knowledge, experience and competence specific to the area of practice.

Enabling staff to use evidence-based strategies and person-centred/psychosocial interventions in the care and treatment of people with mental health problems.

Leading by example, motivating and empowering others and promoting positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between all services involved in the care process.

To provide a source of information on how to best meet the mental health needs of service users and their carers.

Pursue legitimate patient concerns, resolving problems on their behalf in an efficient and effective manner.

Ensure that all staff have access to, and are familiar with all clinical and other policies and procedures operational within the Trust.

Teaching, Education & Health Promotion

To use the Practitioners specialist skills, knowledge and resources to co-ordinate learning opportunities for staff within designated areas.

This will include:

Regular provision of advice and training to staff.

Contribute to the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post- registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members. This may include formal teaching sessions.

Evidence of promotion of positive attitudes towards mental health.

To contribute to a culture of learning within the designated clinical areas.

Continuing Professional Development

To maintain and develop professional knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure that own clinical practice remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing patient and NHS service needs, as outlined in the NHS Plan (2000).

Implement all legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice outlined in the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives.

Take responsibility for post-registration education and for continuing professional development as outlined in NMC Standards.

Actively participate in regular clinical supervision from an identified Senior Practitioner, as identified in Trust Clinical Supervision Policy.

To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from the line manager, and to maintain records of these meetings.

To maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).

Implement the Clinical and Personnel Policies and Procedures of AWP Trust.

Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues in line with the appropriate NMC standards and Trust policy, and ensure that staff also work within these guidelines.

Finance and Workforce

To manage all budgets within the post holders sphere of control and make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models.

To agree and manage all pay and non pay budgets for area of responsibility.

To contribute to PEAT and environmental risk assessments on a regular basis so that best use is made of non pay/capital resources.

To work with the Modern Matron to monitor all SLA activity and ensure specified standards are met.

To manage any staffing resources in line with AWP best practice guidance

To contribute to the review of staffing resource and skill mix, ensuring that service provision is both safe and therapeutic.

Develop staff rosters in line with AWP guidance utilizing electronic rostering systems (Rosterpro)

Monitor record and manage staff attendance as detailed in Trust Policy and procedure, and to take appropriate action.

To ensure structured appraisal systems are in place for all staff.

Take part in initial investigations of staff disciplinary issues.

Person Specification retire and return Essential
  • RN3: Mental Health Nurse, Level 1
  • Able to evidence thorough best practice assessment of service users needs; able to demonstrate appropriate plan for any risks posed.
  • Able to undertake clinical supervision, appraisals, mentorship, teaching and preceptorships for student nurses and Band 2,3,4 and 5 staff ensuring all personal development needs are reported to team leader.
  • Clear understanding of the principles of managing significant numbers of staff and tight financial budgets
  • Keeping accurate, relevant records
  • Substantial experience and Band 5 level
  • Experience of managing other staff

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