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Ward Manager - Inpatients

Solent NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Senior Manager
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Ward Manager for our Inpatients Service!

The post holder will be an active member of the integrated multi-disciplinary team, providing an inpatient service to the population of Portsmouth. The post holder will provide and support the provision of clinical assessments which help plan and deliver effective, evidence-based inpatient treatment in collaboration with service users, carers and professionals from other, established services. Strong emphasis is placed on assisting service users along their pathway to recovery, ensuring that inpatient admission is only for the period of time that it is providing a positive benefit for each client.

The post holder will assist the Modern Matron in developing the Acute and Psychiatric Intensive Care Service in Portsmouth, including managing the Portsmouth place of safety (136 suite). This will be done through effective clinical leadership. The post will sit on Hawthorn Ward, a 20 bedded Acute Adult Mental Health Ward Health.

The post holder will be expected to possess strong leadership skills, and will be expected to deputise for the Modern Matron in their absence.

You will be an experienced clinician within Adult Mental Health to be able to meet the basic requirement of the Job Description, specifically working with people who have severe and enduring mental health needs. You will need to have experience of working with clients in an acute phase of illness and inpatient settings.

Main duties of the job

  • Work to the organisational Values of Honesty, Everyone Counts, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork (HEART), show in your behaviour that you value people and the care you give to them.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a residential setting using role modelling and clinical leadership to ensure the delivery of holistic, recovery care to all service users, through the supervision of staff at lower grades and in the implementation of the Care Programme Approach.
  • Adopt a flexible approach to hours of duty in order to meet the needs of the service over the twenty-four-hour period.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are looking for candidates who hold a professional registration as a Registered Mental Health Nurse Level 1 registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Service Summary

The Orchards Unit forms part of the Acute Care Pathway, with two adult mental health wards - Hawthorn Ward (Acute Admission) and Maples Ward (Psychiatric Intensive Care). The Orchards team primarily cares for working age adults (18-65 years, however do operate an ageless service depending on their needs), who require an admission to hospital for a period of assessment of and/or treatment for a mental illness, and are unable to be safely managed in the community.

The catchment area that it serves is all of Portsmouth City, which is co-terminus with the geographical area supported by Portsmouth City Council Social Services. The Adult mental health service in Portsmouth is part of Solent NHS Trust and as such it provides care for those patients registered within the GP practices within the trust who require specialist secondary care. It is located on the St James' Hospital site in the Milton area of Portsmouth.

Clinical and Professional
  • Fulfil the role of Named Nurse, thus co-ordinating and participating in holistic Care and Treatment Plans for a defined group of service users, working within the Care Programme Approach Framework.
  • Assess patient needs and provide care plans.
  • Ensure continuing monitoring and review of care and treatment plans with relevant member of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Identify and work closely with the Community Care Co-ordinator/Community Mental Health Team on admission through to discharge for service users requiring community follow-up.
  • Provide advice, guidance, support and information to relatives and carers to ensure they are fully involved in the care planning process as appropriate.
  • Ensure that service users have their rights to privacy and dignity maintained at all times and ensure that equality and diversity needs are met.
  • Assist in increasing client's knowledge and understanding of their mental health issues, involving them in their care decisions.
  • Ensure continual monitoring and review of risk assessments with relevant members of the multi-disciplinary team and updating service user records and care plans accordingly.
  • To be responsible for the administration of medication and monitoring its effectiveness during the span of duty as per NMC guidelines and Trust policy, in addition monitoring those service users who are self-medicating on the unit using the ward self-medication guidelines.
  • To be responsible for upholding people's rights under the Mental Health Act 1983. Ensuring Mental Health Act paperwork is scrutinised and regularly checked. Provide service users with relevant information and documentation relating to leave entitlements and their rights under the Mental Health Act. Ensure service users are helped to get legal representation where appropriate and/or support from advocacy agencies.
  • Respond to and co-ordinate the management of incidents of challenging behaviour as per Trust policy, utilising de-escalation and prevention and management of violence techniques.
  • Provide quality reports on service users' mental state, behaviour, care plans and visits for relevant professional meetings.
  • Deliver hands on physical care to patients. This will include all aspects of personal care, and the use of manual handling equipment, according to the care plans and needs of the patient
  • Ensure accurate records of all aspects of care and treatment are maintained at all times.
  • Monitor and validate all documentation of unqualified staff.
  • All documentation is at the required standards as set out by the NMC and Trust Policy.

Knowledge, Education and Training
  • To undertake all mandatory courses as identified by the Trust and participate in the supervision and appraisal processes.
  • Actively seek to update professional development by relevant reading and by attending training as identified via appraisal and in accordance with training strategy.
  • To be responsible for the dissemination of knowledge and skills acquired to enable the development of others.

Management and Leadership
  • Take charge of the Unit in the absence of a Senior Member of staff and manage the effective delivery of care during the span of duty.
  • Management of HCAs and Junior Staff and students
  • Fulfil the role of Shift Leader, ensuring the effective and safe management of resources, deployment of staff and delegation of duties.
  • Ensure all Trust policies and local procedures are implemented and maintained taking action as appropriate when requirements/standards are not achieved.
  • Ensure that quality standards are promoted and maintained. Participate in any quality assurance initiatives, including audits, as required.
  • Adhere to supervision and appraisal processes as per Trust policy.
  • To be responsible for the communication and handover of all relevant information relating to service user care and/or the service. This will include using all appropriate reporting processes e.g. online risk reporting, referrals to maintenance.

Quality and Service Improvement
  • Identifies situations of clinical risk and takes appropriate action to ensure a safe environment for patients/clients/families and staff.
  • Contributes to evidence-based nursing practice in speciality areas.
  • Demonstrates commitment to quality improvements, risk management and resource utilisation participating in monitoring and evaluation activities including audit and research activities
  • Provides input into clinical standards/protocols and p

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