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Bed Management
Band 6
Permanent: N/A
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5)
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Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Fairfield General Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 £31,365 - £37,890
Salary period
06/07/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Bed Manager - Band 6

Band 6

Job overview

1. Work with colleagues to ensure that all key performance targets are met.
2. Demonstrate effective time management and prioritization skills.
3. Arrange admissions or transfers of patients in line with Trust policy and guidelines.
4. Maintain direct channels of communication with the clinical teams and departments.
5. Function as an effective member of the Bed Management Team.
6. Maintain databases and websites specific to Bed management and collect and
Interpret data for the Senior Site Manager and other Senior trust personnel as
7. Develop and maintain communication with people about difficult matters and or in
difficult situations
8. Develop own skills and knowledge and provide information to others to help their
9. Promote, monitor and maintain best practice in health safety and security
10. Develop and improve services
11. Contribute to improving quality
12. Promote equality and value diversity
13. Plan, monitor and control the flow of people and/or items
14. Gather analyse and report on a range of data and information
15. Organise specific aspects of services and/or projects 

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join our established team of Bed Managers based on the Fairfield site.

This is a permanent position  of  Bed Manager will support the safe flow and transfer  of patients through our Hospital 

The shifts are initially 7:30 am -21:00 pm with a 60 minute break.

The post holder will be responsible for daily coordinating the efficient use of beds. Therefore,  enabling transfers of an effective, safe and satisfactory experience for patients moving throughout the site.

Suitable applicants will need to hold current NMC registration and have considerable experience in an acute clinical setting.

If you think you have the drive and relevant experience to undertake this challenging role please contact the Site Managers of Lead Nurse.

In line with the Trust’s Single Equality Scheme we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, marital status, social back ground or trade union membership. However, as members of ethnicity minority  groups and individuals with disabilities are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups.  Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Working for our organisation

Bury Care Organisation

Bury Care Organisation is part of the Northern Care Alliance, one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. Rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, our Fairfield site delivers innovative patient-centred care, and boasts an award winning Stroke centre and Heart Care unit. Supported by our community services in Bury, a mix of professionals from health, social and voluntary sectors, Bury exemplifies the benefits of a joined up approach to health and social care.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Our Care Organisations are designed to operate within our group arrangement of
hospitals, community and healthcare services which bring together over 17,000 staff
and the services of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Salford Royal NHS
Foundation Trust. Our size and geographical reach means we are creating an
environment each individual will be inspired and empowered by to be the best they
can be. This is a really exciting time to join our new team.
Fairfield General Hospital were rated as outstanding by the CQC and create a care
organisation with a true focus on patient care.
Services provided include:
 Dedicated Orthopaedic service providing knee and hip replacements
 Elective and emergency ENT provision
 CQC ‘Outstanding’ for the Fairfield Site
 Award winning, nationally recognised Stroke services
 Successful quality improvement initiatives focussing on reduction in falls,
hospital acquired infection and pressure ulcers
 Regular staff engagement initiatives to include all staff in high level decision
By creating innovative ways of delivering patient centred care through an integrated
approach that see’s the hospital brought to the patient. This care organisation is one
that provides a unique service for the surrounding population. 

1. To contribute to the development of a learning environment
2. Communicate effectively with a wide range of people including patients, relatives and
carers, nursing colleagues, allied health profession colleagues, medical colleagues,
Job Title: Bed Manager
Band: 6
Reports to: Site Managers
Responsible to: Lead Nurse
Base/Department: Fairfield General Hospital
Main purpose of the job:
The post holder will be responsible to the Lead Nurse for the management and placement of all
non-elective admissions to a site across the Alliance ensuring the patients are placed in
appropriate beds within the appropriate timescales set by the organisation.
managers and academic colleagues in a manner consistent with their level of
understanding, culture and background and preferred ways of understanding
3. To communicate effectively with a wide range of people to explore complex issues
and to make complex decisions in relation to bed management.
4. To effectively communicate complex and sensitive information to all members of the
multi disciplinary team, and where appropriate patients and relatives which require
empathy reassurance, recognising any potential communication differences.
5. To competently receive sensitive information concerning patients medical condition
6. To use a range of skills to adapt the delivery of information through changing the
environment, methods of communication or delivery of content using persuasive,
reassuring skills as required. e.g. Dealing with anxious relatives waiting to be placed for
elective surgery / negotiating the opening of beds.
7. To agree the arrangements for communication with members of the team, and to
document these in accordance with Trust policy and the patients right to confidentiality
8. To influence and prioritise the development of knowledge, ideas and work practice in
self and others
9. To encourage others to seek advice and solutions to problems
10. Act as a role model and work as a catalyst for exploring new ways of working to
deliver cost effective, quality care.
11. Support the ward/unit manager / service manager to enhance communication
between staff, patients, relatives and the multi-disciplinary team.
12. Actively contribute to the promotion of effective inter ward/unit communication and
the maintenance of positive working relationships
1. To identify clear benefits, goals and processes for developing knowledge, ideas and
work practice in self and others across the team
2. To inspire others with one’s own values and vision, promote development of a positive
culture and encourage staff to seek advice and solutions to problems
3. To anticipate, plan and advocate for development/change and benefits whilst
challenging others to take an active part in developing knowledge, ideas and work
4. To challenge tradition and take risks accepting responsibility for any arising problems
and tensions and using these to inform future practice
5. To support and encourage others to understand their contribution
6. To recognise, communicate and reward the achievements of the team and the
individuals within the team
Analytical and Judgmental Skills
1. Maintain database for effective bed management
2. Undertake data collection effectively using the agreed systems
3. Input data and information accurately and consistently
4. Monitor the quality and quantity of the data and information
5. Collate and analyse the data / information using the agreed and appropriate methods
6. Report the data and information at the agreed time. 
Responsibility for Patient Care
1. Identify and assess for operational planning the movement of patients, who need to
be admitted, taking into account, their priority in relation to targets/risks.
2. Ensure patients are admitted in a timely manner ensuring the flow of patients across
departments and the Trust.
3. Provide advice and support to people on day to day priorities, risks and issues in
relation to patient access, admission and flow.
4. Gather and monitor information in relation to the effectiveness and the efficiency of
the flow of patients identifying any issues.
5. Investigate issues and implement the most appropriate way of addressing these
taking into account the extent to which this is a common occurrence in relation to patient
flow and admissions,
6. Obtain feedback on how to improve the flow of people and use it to improve future
7. Provide information to the Executive team in relation to any major bed management
issues where it appears policy issues that are ineffective or inefficient in meeting
requirements of patient’s access and flow.
Planning and Organisational Skills
1. Contribute to planning, organisation, delivery and evaluation of Trust wide Bed
Management services.
2. Monitor the delivery of the bed management service whilst promptly identifying and
investigating any issues
3. Organise own workload
4. Prioritise workload of themselves and provide clear constructive feedback to team
5. Monitor progress of work recognising changing priorities and implement corrective
actions within own limits and informing the relevant people.
6. Gain feedback on how to improve service delivery to inform future practice
7. Present complex information to people at corporate level in relation to service
requirements where there are identified issues with efficiency and effectiveness
Responsibilities for Financial and Physical Resources
1. Understand, manage and be accountable for use of resources in a cost effective way
2. Maintain records of materials and equipment in stock and order supplies ensuring
value for money within budgetary constraints 

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website: 

If you are an International Nurse without a current NMC PIN, please do not apply for this role. To find out more about the current international nursing opportunities available to you here at the NCA, please contact

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse with current NMC registration (Part 1 Adult / General Level 1 or 2)
  • RGN/RN
  • Considerable post registration experience within an acute trust
  • Degree Level studies or an equivalent portfolio of evidence
  • Computer literacy, word processing skills

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Delivers care in line with Trust Clinical Governance objectives
  • Effective communicator with good leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of effective MultiDisciplinary working
  • Can demonstrate assertiveness, tact and diplomacy appropriately when managing conflicting views
  • Is able to make operational judgments involving complex facts/situations
  • Evidence of leadership, management and resolving issues under pressure
  • Evidence of involvement in the development of protocols and clinical audit
  • Able to provide and receive complex or sensitive information
  • To demonstrate an awareness and understanding of supporting equality and valuing diversity within their role
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of bed management processes, policies and guidance and their implementation
  • Demonstrates expertise of Patient Flow systems & processes underpinned by theory
  • Evidence of involvement in change/project management incorporating patient/client involvement
  • Evidence of knowledge/involvement in policy and practice changes

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Disability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingWorkplace Wellbeing Charter LogoDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - Silver

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Pamela Town
Job title
Lead Nurse
Email address
Telephone number
0161 778 3718
Additional information

Pamela Town 

Lead nurse 

0161 778 3718