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Ward Manager (OT or RNMH) Adult Acute

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Ward 35 is a 20-bedded, female adult, acute inpatient ward, providing a high standard of patient-centred, evidence-based care for service users presenting with a variety of mental health illnesses.

Ward 35 consists of a Dynamic MDT focusing on patients' needs.

We have a Consultant Psychiatrist, Specialist Medic, ACP, Occupational Therapist, Registered Nurses and Nursing Assistants. Psychology support is also accessible as well as a family therapist to widen the MDT.

The Radbourne Unit has 2 male and 2 female acute wards, along with a 10-bedded, Enhanced Care Ward.

A new build hospital is also underway and this will be split across the Kingsway and Radbourne Unit site, providing single-sex wards and individual en-suite bedrooms.

Ward 35 will remain on the Radbourne Unit site but will be completely refurbished.

This is a really exciting time in the Trust and a great time to lead one of our teams.

There is also access to a recreational team and hub service within the unit, as well as an ECT suite.

The unit has undergone many changes over the last couple of years, seeing the appointment of a Clinical Matron, Clinical Leads and Operational Support Lead to enhance leadership support and developmental opportunities across the service division, as such this is an exciting opportunity to join our team.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead with care and compassion whilst promoting collective leadership within the team and wider unit.
  • To provide operational management for a designated ward team.
  • Provide strong clinical leadership, ensuring evidence-based practice is delivered to improve the quality of and shape cost effective and responsive services.
  • Be responsible for monitoring and ensuring maintenance of standards of care that support safe high-quality practice throughout the twenty-four hour period.
  • Present a professional image that promotes a positive image of the Trust to service users, carers and the community as a whole.
  • Provide advice, resources and support to the Multi Disciplinary Team.
  • Supervise and promote staff development.
  • To have responsibility for aspects of clinical governance within a designated ward or team. To ensure compliance and assurance relating to safe and effective use of all resources and ensuring the safety of staff and patients, utilising the support of the Head of Nursing where necessary.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of making a positive difference in people's lives.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account
  • To provide a clear sense of purpose and leadership by being visible and accessible to staff, patients, carers and the public.
  • To work collaboratively with the Area Service Manager, Head of Nursing and the Senior Multidisciplinary team to develop a vision for staff that ensures a positive, high performing, productive and supportive culture.
  • To ensure all levels of staff have a good understanding of the objectives and priorities of the ward area/team and the wider Campus Services and how these fit into the overarching Campus and Trust plans.
  • Develop systems and processes to ensure staff network with other service areas to support and encourage integrated service delivery.
  • Ensure the establishment and maintenance of good relationships and communication throughout the Campus Services, and with other directorates in DHCFT, promoting a culture where clinical and other staff are actively involved in decisions on how services are provided and targets delivered. Liaise with external stakeholders including Commissioners and other external agencies and contractors as required.
  • Demonstrate operational management skills, implementing change management, project management, service development and transformation, etc.
  • To be responsible for implementing and developing Trust policy relevant to the ward area/team.
  • Participating in investigations, undertaking the role of Investigation Officer, making recommendations following investigation to influence policy development and change.
  • To participate in steering groups for clinical and operational policy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional registration as an Mental Health Nurse or Occupational Therapist
  • Post registration qualification
  • Willing to undertake degree or higher training
  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Evidence of up to date personal development
  • Degree level education
  • Leadership qualification
Experience / Skills Essential
  • Demonstrate experience in a leadership role, ie B6
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and awareness of professional accountability and codes of conduct
  • Demonstrate the ability to co-ordinate and lead multi-professional teams
  • Demonstrate up to date evidence based knowledge for clinical practice generally and the chosen speciality.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead the clinical team in a service user/career focused way
  • Demonstrate exposure to and a comprehensive knowledge of Clinical Governance in action (audit, research clinical effectiveness etc)
  • Demonstrate operational management skills, including change management, project management etc.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver clinical and managerial/performance supervision within an effective model
  • Demonstrate experience working within adult acute inpatient mental health
  • Knowledge and skills related to individuals with a learning disability & ASD

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