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Main area
Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Shift work 12.5 hour)
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Sussex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust
Employer type
The Hellingly Centre
£33,706 - £40,588 PA / pro rata for part time
Salary period
07/12/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Deputy Ward Manager/Charge Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

Welcome from our Chief Executive

Our organisation is expanding and we're looking for people with the right values, skills and/or potential to join us. We need people with energy, expertise, enthusiasm to help us provide the very best possible specialist NHS mental health and learning disability care. This involves helping us achieve our strategy to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve through People, Prevention and Partnerships.

So what can we offer you in return?

We're an organisation which puts people first. We'll do everything possible to help you feel respected, valued and included. We'll help you learn, acquire new skills and gain further experience to support your career development. And we'll provide the opportunity for you to bring your fresh ideas to work about how we can do things differently and continue improving.

You will also be joining a health and care system committed to working together to do the best we can for the communities we serve. Above all, at Sussex Partnership you'll have the chance to make a difference to the lives of the patients, carers and families across our communities.

If you like the sound of that, then come and join our team.

Job overview

As a Deputy Ward Manager on Ash Ward, you will be a role model, leader and clinical lead. A Deputy Ward Manager is an exciting role where you will take leadership responsibilities and develop your clinical leadership, while maintaining your hands-on nursing skills. The emphasis of this role is about promoting clinical expertise and teaching, whilst being a key member of the ward leadership team.

Ash Ward is a dynamic 15 bedded Male Medium Secure and Forensic ward. We have to consider a complex picture for our service users of victims of significant trauma and abuse, but also perpetrators of violence. We explore through a multi-disciplinary approach including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists how to support our service users. We use different professionals’ expertise to analyse the needs of our service users including exploring the trauma, minimisation of risk, coping strategies, positive behaviour plans etc.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Main duties of the job

Ash Ward is a dynamic work place and requires nurses to manage an ever-changing environment. As a Deputy Ward Manager, your responsibilities will be;

  • Up hold the values of the ward promoting openness, transparency and learning
  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Enthusiastic mentor to new staff, newly qualified nurses and junior staff
  • Oversee certain areas of clinical expertise such as medication management and physical health provision on the ward
  • Support the Ward Manager with HR tasks such as return to works and sickness monitoring
  • Accurate and timely clinical documentation
  • Manage shifts as a nurse in charge
  • Work a mixture of shifts including Long Days (07:00 – 19:30) and Nights (19:00 – 07:30)
  • Conducting thorough assessments of risks and risk management plans to support incidents on the ward

We are looking for an individual who is resilient, driven and passionate to provide high quality nursing care to our patients, whist supporting the leadership on Ash  ward.

Working for our organisation


  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there’s always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

Our organisation is rated ‘good’ overall and ‘outstanding’ for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:

  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will assess, plan and implement care, and provide specialist nursing advice and carry out specialist nursing procedures in the agreed care group. They will provide clinical and managerial leadership to junior staff, providing supervision to staff and students. They will assist the Ward Manager in ensuring the effective running of the ward.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

 Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Loraine Hamilton Ash Ward Manager

(We are happy to arrange informal visits – currently Covid dependant)

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional qualification
  • Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


Essential criteria
  • Significant post qualifying experience relevant to the care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with severe mental health problems particularly in their acute phase of illness
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeAge positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodStep into health

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

Lebo Mampho
Job title
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Email address
Telephone number
01323 444 193