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Deputy Ward Manager - Band 6

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Littlemore, Oxford
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
10 Feb 2023

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Senior Manager
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a highly motivated, enthusiastic and thoughtful nurse? Can you support your Ward Manager and Medical team to provide excellent inpatient care for our patients? and supporting your nursing colleagues along the way?

If so, we are looking for you!

Ashurst ward is a 11-bedded male psychiatric intensive care unit. We are looking for a Deputy Ward Manager with a caring, non-judgmental, and inclusive attitude, who is committed to the delivery of safe, high quality care. Experience in an acute setting would be an advantage, but is not essential as we will provide you with all the training required.

Psychiatric Intensive Care Services are committed to working with people who are in an acute phase of mental illness; at point of crisis. The service aims to provide the most effective care and treatment, which will promote the service users recovery and ability to return to their community.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and thoughtful individual. You will have excellent communication skills with a flexible and positive attitude. You should have a caring, non-judgmental, and inclusive attitude and be committed to the delivery of safe, high quality care. Experience in an acute setting would be an advantage, but is not essential as we will provide you with all the training required.

You will be expected to be dynamic and committed by actively contributing to and supporting the recovery process as well as maintaining the high standards of patient care whilst working within a safe, secure and supportive environment.

You will assist our dedicated members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team in implementing and evaluating individual care plans by working alongside the patient to support their recovery journey. Your duties will also include actively supporting individual clients in engaging with their local community and reducing social isolation.

Whilst practicing as a Deputy Ward Manager, you will be responsible for providing clinical and managerial supervision to a small team of colleagues and will be actively encouraged to promote further training and study in others to develop professionally, as well as monitoring performance within your team including sickness absence. You may also be required to cover the ward manager on occasions which will also help develop your leadership skills.

About us

Our team works hard to ensure high quality, patient centred care is at the heart of everything we do. You will be part of a motivated, supportive and cohesive multi-disciplinary Mental Health Team where your contribution is highly important. The team actively promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to the care coordination of our clients.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work schem

Job description Job responsibilities

You will support the ward manager in delivering the units objectives in terms of patient care, staff development and service development. You will be responsible for clinical leadership of the ward environment, working in a way that promotes the principles of recovery, to ensure individualised, safe and effective care provision for all patients.

In the absence of the ward manager you will also take the necessary managerial action to ensure compliance with organisational and stakeholder requirements.

You will undertake personal development and participate in staff appraisal and clinical supervision. As a team leader you will need to articulate a clear vision of the standards expected within your team and actively contribute to a positive learning environment providing supervision and mentorship to qualified and unqualified staff including students and will be responsible for ensuring that nursing is practiced within the Clinical Governance Framework, creating an environment in which excellence in care flourishes through effective leadership and staff management / development.You will be auditing standards of care and dealing with and be confident in your human resource management approach

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional registration
  • post reg training
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience
  • Post specific experience
Knowledge Essential
  • post qualification training

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