The Chichester Centre is a modern unit providing low secure services for men and women. The service is configured around two male wards and one female ward, with approximately 16 service users on each of the wards. Each ward has a well-established MDT led by a ward manager. The MDTs include nursing, OT, social work, psychiatry and psychology. There is an in-reach pharmacy, SALT and GP service. We have a working together group (WTG) which meets fortnightly and includes service user representatives from each ward as well as staff. The WTG take a lead on service improvement across the unit.
This is a challenging but incredibly rewarding role. Hazel Ward is a 15 bedded female low secure forensic ward. As ward manager, you will be an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team leading on the care and delivery for our service users. We play a crucial part in supporting and advocating service users towards recovery, while maintaining the legal requirements within the MHA. Experience of working within a forensic service is desirable, however, not essential.
Main duties of the job
To be responsible for the management and leadership of a team of health professionals providing care over a 24-hour period, including responsibility for assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of care for the patients within their sphere of responsibility.
To ensure that the team functions in line with the care group core business.
To provide effective leadership and management to staff which promotes high performance standards both individually and as a team, in the achievement of the Trust's objectives and priorities. The Trust's success will be dependent on all managers playing an active role to make sure the existing areas of good employment practice are universally embedded within the organisation.
To deliver a service within the agreed budgets and resources ensuring maximum value in terms of clinical and cost effectiveness.
Forensic mental health is a unique and fascinating field which provides both challenge and opportunity in abundance.
Being curious, creative, self-aware and assertive are important skills that you will build on, as you are often required to think 'outside the box'.
We play a crucial part in supporting and advocating service users towards recovery, while maintaining the legal requirements within the MHA and of public protection.
We provide mental health and learning disability care for all ages across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.
We'd love you to join our organisation, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, with 82% recognising patient care as our top priority in our staff survey.
Other key survey results include:
- 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team.
- 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles.
Job description Job responsibilities
You will, at all times support the Trusts reputation and that of all senior colleagues, maintaining a positive attitude with strong commitment to results.
You will be working with service users who may have committed criminal offences, but have often also been victims themselves. Service users regularly experience stigma for both mental health and offending history, so our role is to develop trusting and safe relationships which balance being collaborative and supportive with sound risk management skills.
We are committed to investing in staff and offer regular quality supervision, reflective practice, in-depth training and development opportunities.
The Forensic Healthcare Service supports nurses to undertake both academic and professional development opportunities including nurse prescribing, advanced clinical practice and multi-professional responsible clinicians. We are keen to offer staff the support to progress through a clinical career pathway and have nurses undertaking MSc programs and degree modules.
See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD) appropriate to the job role
- Post Basic Courses / relevant Study Days
- Experience of managing staff
- Ability to provide and receive complex and emotive information with staff, service users, carers and other stakeholders
- Able to hold professionals and peers to account
- An understanding of effective systems for integrated governance and the management of clinical and non-clinical risks
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