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Perinatal Mother & Baby Unit - Deputy Ward Manager

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Senior Manager
Perinatal Care
Band 6
Full Time
The role
  • Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UK's most respected mental health and learning disability trusts?
  • Would you like to be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference to peoples lives to enjoy a better future?

We are seeking a motivated, compassionate and psychologically minded RMN to apply for the position of Deputy Ward Manager at Jasmine Lodge, Mother & Baby Unit. This post is fixed term for 7 months to cover Maternity Leave.

Jasmine Lodge is an 8 bedded, purpose build Mother & Baby Unit. We are a national service and we are commissioned by NHS England. Our Multidisciplinary team thrives on managing challenge and complexity, supporting mentally unwell mothers to provide care and maintain a bond with their baby whilst being supported by the team that you will be leading.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to peoples lives from the moment you start.

Main duties of the job

To assist the Ward Manager in setting up standards, promoting change and developing nursing practice, supervision and audit. To deputise for the manager in his/her absence. To ensure the delivery of high standards of nursing care to all service users, in accordance with evidence based professional practice and trust policies

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationship Skills
  • To have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Work in partnership with all health, social care professionals and other stake holders, maintaining effective communication that benefits the patients/ service users wellbeing.
  • Liaise with carers, families and user groups and representatives.

Planning and Organisational Skills
  • To act as shift coordinator.
  • To deputise for the manager in his/her absence.
  • Lead and supervise others, undertake PDRs and manage absence.
  • Assist with the development and delivery and evaluation of evidence based treatments.
  • To participate in training and development of junior staff within the clinical environment.
  • Monitoring of clinical work.
  • To develop the team to maximise skills.
  • To ensure the appropriate delegation of tasks taking into consideration the skills and grade of staff members.
  • Produce staffing rotas, taking into consideration budgetary requirements, skill/gender grade mix to meet clinical need.

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment and Therapy
  • To ensure that care plans are implemented and reviewed as part of ongoing assessment.
  • To ensure that robust, up to date risk assessments are carried out by the relevant staff.
  • To ensure standards of care are maintained to the highest level.
  • To promote good practice in the management of acutely disturbed clients.
  • To adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct and other professional guidelines.

Responsibility for Policy and Service Development Implementation

  • To work with the Ward Manager to review, update and implement standards and policies for use in adult inpatient settings as appropriate.
  • To participate in ongoing training and education progress.
  • To be aware of current initiatives in inpatient care.
  • To promote service changes with a positive and professional attitude.
  • To explore innovative ways of delivering and improving patient care.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment and Other Resources

  • Establish an efficient working environment, making the most effective user of staff, supplies, equipment and services.
  • To demonstrate effective risk management.

Responsibility for Human Resources,

  • To provide supervision and appraisals for qualified staff.
  • To demonstrate effective leadership/ management skills.
  • To participate in the role of mentor to students.
  • To participate in audits.
  • To develop and empower junior staff within the team.

Responsibility for Information Resources and Administrative Duties

  • To ensure accurate documentation.
  • The post holder will ensure that clinical/care records both written and electronic are accurate and are consistent with professional and organisational requirements.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

  • Report any observed incident of unprofessional behaviour, accident/incident, untoward occurrence and faulty equipment immediately to ward manager.

Person Specification Planning & Organisational Skills Essential
  • Lead and supervise staff to provide a high quality, effective service
  • Good liaison skills and ability to manage difficult and complex situations
  • Effectively able to manage own time and that of the team
  • Ability to work flexibly
Experience Essential
  • Substantial post registration experience
  • Experience as a Band 5 in an acute inpatient setting
  • Experience working within an MDT
  • Clinical Supervision and Mentoring Experience
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Mentoring students in line with professional requirements
  • Communication and Working Relationship Skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Able to provide and receive complex sensitive information in relation to staff, service users, families and carers
Analytical & Judgemental Skills Essential
  • Able to problem solve and assist others in this process
  • Effectively manage admission/discharges
  • Ability to assess and manage risk effectively
  • Planning & Organisational Skills
  • Lead and supervise staff to provide a high quality, effective service
  • Good liaison skills and ability to manage difficult and complex situations
  • Effectively able to manage own time and that of the team
  • Ability to work flexibly
Qualifications Essential
  • A professional Mental Health Nursing qualification
  • Evidence of PREP
  • Teaching qualification e.g. Mentors 998
  • Experience in Perinatal Mental health
Other Essential
  • Able to undertake nursing procedures e.g. manual handling, physical restraint etc.
  • An Enhanced DBS Check will be required for this role

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Jasmine Lodge

Dryden Road



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