Ward Manager

Job Category: management
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Waterloo Manor Hospital
Pay Range: £39300

Responsible to: Director of Clinical Services

Accountable to: Hospital Director

Role: To be responsible for providing and managing a supportive environment for people with Mental Health needs and / or learning disabilities who present with challenging behaviour. To provide clinical advice and managerial support to the unit. To ensure that standards are met, maintained and improved where necessary. To act up for the Unit Manager as required.



The post holder will;

  • Have responsibility for ensuring that all nursing care, assessment and treatment is delivered within the clinical ethos of the unit.
  • Have responsibility for the management and provision of supervision for all members of the nursing and care team within the unit.
  • Have responsibility for ensuring the highest standard of clinical nursing practice is achieved and that the care delivered to patients is of a consistently high quality.
  • To be a member of the unit’s Senior Management Team and to take corporate responsibility for the effective delivery of services to patients as part of that team.
  • Ensure that all policies and procedures that have an impact upon the patient care process are implemented and strictly adhered to by all staff.
  • To act as the internal quality assurance co-ordinator and work in conjunction with the Advocate.
  • Undertake an active part in the rolling clinical audit programme for the unit, which will include conducting audits and producing reports, as well as reviewing the clinical audit programme within the unit to identify new areas for audit.
  • Liaise regularly with the Unit Manager and Personnel Officer in identifying staff training needs and assist in ensuring that statutory and mandatory training is provided for all staff.
  • Ensure that all qualified nursing staff undertakes appropriate professional development and that appropriate records are kept in conjunction with the Personnel Officer.
  • Ensure that staffing levels adhere at all times to those set within the unit’s budgets based on the needs of the service.
  • Participate in the Senior Manager on-call rota, providing out of hours guidance and cover.
  • Work closely with other professional and senior management colleagues thereby ensuring a consistent pattern of care for each individual patient.
  • Establish good standards of professional practice, thereby ensuring the highest levels of care are maintained.
  • Maintain appropriate staffing levels, covering annual leave, sickness and absences where necessary.
  • Ensure that there is a high standard of record keeping and general administration in respect of individual patient needs and progress.
  • Ensure that the admission, leave and discharge of patients is appropriately and sensitively organised and achieved with the minimal amount of disruption to the patient.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that patients care plans, assessments and unit reviews are available, implemented and evaluated.
  • Be a central figure in the operation of the CPA process.
  • Establish and maintain close effective links with the activity staff including regular supervision.
  • Report incidents, accidents and complaints to the Unit Manager as required.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the nursing team delivers all behavioural support and other treatment programmes, ensuring that these programmes are effectively implemented and accurately recorded.


The post holder will;

  • Ensure that all staff complies with the financial and administrative procedures in respect of patient monies and allocated petty cash for the unit.

Administrative / Training

The post holder will;

  • Ensure that all unit policies and procedures are adhered to at all times.
  • Ensure that weekly checks are undertaken for the safe keeping, storage, administration and checking of drugs.
  • Be responsible for attending in-service training sessions and external courses.


The post holder will;

  • Be competent in the performance of the clinical and professional procedures and practices, bringing to the immediate attention of the Unit Manager any variations in these practices.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that the staff team have an up to date working knowledge of developments in nursing practice.
  • Liaise effectively with all members of the clinical team.
  • Ensure that nursing practice is developed in the areas of clinical risk assessment and management.
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of the NMC professional code of conduct, standards of administration of medicine, as well as Health and Safety issues within the work place, ensuring that all practices conform to these standards.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Care Standards Act 2002 and to practice within the legal requirements as set out in these Acts.


  • The post holder will have access to a wide range of confidential information about patients, staff and INMIND Limited which must not be divulged to any unauthorised person in any circumstances.
  • The Job description may be subject to changes, but such changes will only be made following consultation between the post holder and the Unit Manager.

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