Ward Manager

Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
Jan 22, 2018
Feb 01, 2018
Medicine, Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Job Title: Ward Manager Hours: 37.5 hours per week on rota basis Salary: Equivalent to Band 7 Purpose of Job / Job Summary To provide clinical leadership and management support to the In-Patient Unit team, ensuring that the highest standards of holistic nursing care are provided. In conjunction with the 'Lead Consultant' on the In-Patient Unit to co-ordinate, develop and manage the In-Patient Unit in line with the Hospices strategic and operational plans. To deputise for the Director of Nursing in their absence as deemed necessary. Ward Manager - Job Dimensions / Principal Accountabilities 1. Clinical 1.1 To provide clinical leadership and support to nursing staff and to other members of the multi-professional team, and to volunteers. 1.2 To act as a palliative care resource for clinical, administrative and volunteer staff. 1.3 To ensure statutory obligations are met and that all staff follow those that are relevant to the clinical area. 1.4 To review and update correct working practices and procedures in line with the Hospices Policy, Procedures and Audit guidelines. 1.5 To be responsible for the 24 hour provision of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care. 1.6 To provide clinical expertise and to disseminate such knowledge to the healthcare team. 1.7 To write, disseminate and review clinical policies as necessary and to ensure all relevant staff are aware of their content. 1.8 To fulfil the role of Infection Control Nurse for the Hospice ensuring that the highest standards of care are in place and that Woking & Sam Beare Hospices conform with the recommendations from the Care Quality Commission, national and local infection control bodies. 2. Professional 2.1 To provide guidance on nursing issues relating to palliative care and to facilitate the seeking of guidance with regard to best practice in other areas that may be unfamiliar. 2.2 To ensure compliance with storage of pharmacy, drugs, supplies and hazardous substances in accordance with the Misuse of Drugs Act. 2.3 To take responsibility for all health and safety and security matters within the In-Patient Unit. 2.4 To represent the Hospices on occasions in the general public arena, for example, giving educational talks; attending public meetings and to ensure that the reputation of the Hospices is maintained and enhanced. 2.5 To liaise with other department leads so as to ensure effective working relationships are fostered and maintained. 2.6 To liaise with Ward Managers from local hospices and attend meetings with them. 2.7 To ensure patient records are properly maintained in accordance with NMC guidelines and Hospices policies. 3. Managerial 3.1 To establish and maintain effective communications with internal / external bodies. 3.2 In conjunction with the other clinical leads, develop and co-ordinate the In-Patient Unit service so as to ensure effective team working that enhances patient flow between the different clinical services. 3.3 To liaise with the appropriate providers of all clinical supplies and equipment ensuring adequate provision is made for patient care requirements. 3.4 To effectively manage staff resources, including recruitment selection, day-to-day operations, work performance, staff development and appraisals. 3.5 To work in conjunction with the other nurse leads so as to ensure effective use of nursing skills and resources across all nursing services. 3.6 To input to the business planning process and budget management for the In-Patient Unit in conjunction with the Director of Nursing. 3.7 To attend and contribute with the Hospice meetings, and input to the Hospices management and planning processes. 3.8 To actively participate in the Clinical Governance Group taking particular responsibility for clinical risk, audit and effectiveness. 3.9 To provide management information regarding staffing levels patient, staff sickness and the use of external resources if applicable. 3.10 To work with the Voluntary Services Co-ordinator to ensure the appropriate role development and use of volunteers in the ward area to develop strategy. 3.11 To take 24 hour continuing responsibility for the management of the In-Patient Unit. 3.12 To be part of the senior nurse out of hours on call rota. 4. Training and Development 4.1 To implement and review the on-going training and development plans for ward nursing team and volunteers and to act as a coach and mentor 4.2 To manage the induction process for new nursing staff . 4.3 To work with the multi-disciplinary team identifying areas of practice development and facilitate training programmes to meet these needs. 4.4 To develop and maintain own knowledge and skills through continual professional development and through the Hospices appraisal system. 4.5 To maintain a dynamic interest in all professional matters associated with palliative care and management, with a particular interest in current research and development if they relate to nursing practices. 4.6 To identify personal training and development needs through clinical supervision. 5. Research 5.1 To participate in active research as appropriate, implement findings of evidence based practice. 5.2 To represent the Hospices on research projects for benchmarking purposes when required in conjunction with other units. 5.3 To carry out clinical audits and quality assurance programmes in conjunction with the Quality & Audit Lead to compliment initiatives in conjunction with other staff. Confidentiality The contractual relationship between the Hospice and its employees is founded on trust. Employees will treat as confidential all information regarding the business of the Hospice, information with regard to and agreements with suppliers, and information gained about other employees and consultants. Health & Safety Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) to ensure that the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees and visitors. General These duties are not exhaustive and will be reviewed with the post holder, allowing for amendments within the broad scope and band level of the role All duties must be carried out under supervision or within Hospice policy and procedure. You must never undertake any duties that are outside your area of skill or knowledge level. If you are unsure you must seek clarification from a more senior member of staff. Appointment to this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and the post holder is required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service Check (DBS). Once a job offer is made, all staff must have a work health assessment that adheres to equal opportunities legislation and good occupational health practice. Any offer of appointment is conditional pending the successful completion of pre-employment checks, including a health assessment. Ward Manager - Qualifications Essential - Registered Nurse - Degree in Palliative Care or equivalent Desirable -Mentoring / Assessing qualification - Advance Communications Course Experience Essential - 5 years Post Registration Experience - Medical and Oncology experience - Understanding of policies and procedures relevant to the post - Understanding and experience in the management of clinical risk - Able to carry out effective and appropriate clinical assessment and evaluation - Able to identify, initiate and implement change - Experience in Team Leader / Junior Sister or equivalent role Desirable - Evidence of Change Management Knowledge Essential - Knowledge of current Health Care, Nursing and Palliative Care policy and provision - Be in possession of basic IT skills - Word, e-mail and internet usage Skills / Abilities Essential - Proven team leadership and development skills - Have a clear understanding of and experience of multi-disciplinary team working - Ability to teach / give presentations - Able to demonstrate evidence of leadership qualities - Ability to make autonomous decisions - Able to demonstrate effective management of people skills Personal Qualities Essential - Ability to work as part of a team and on own - Ability to show interpersonal sensitivity to others - Good communication and interpersonal skills - Skills in conflict management