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The Dene, Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9LE
Priory Group Division
Vacancy Type
Permanent - Full Time
37.5 hours per week Mon-Fri 9am -5pm
Job Advert - Division Information

Partnerships in Care is one of the UK’s leading providers of independent specialist secure and step-down care across the UK. With hospitals around the country, 30 years of experience in our sector and highly skilled and experienced teams, we help patients and commissioners find the right care pathways without the need for multiple reassessments.


Job Advert Location Description

The Dene Hospital is a specialist Hospital providing secure services for men and women with mental illness and/or personality disorder including both medium and low secure care environments. The hospital also has two High Dependency Units one male and one female We work with the most difficult patients and support them through their care pathway back into the community.  We have a strong care pathway via our medium secure, low secure and our new inpatient service for women with high dependency needs (HDU).

Set in 11 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, it has extensive educational, occupational and sporting facilities, including a sports hall, tennis court, swimming pool and gymnasium, along with various communal recreation areas. There’s also a library, a purpose built art room and workshop, and two practice kitchens.

We are renowned for our work with women using a DBT approach to address their care needs. 

Our clinical programmes focus on:

  • Rehabilitation on-site and in the community and include programmes specifically focused on treating offending and challenging behaviours, minimising the risk to self and others
  • Building skills to increase independence to promote people stepping down to care in the least restrictive setting appropriate to their health


We have also have an overall rating of Good from the CQC ( January 2017)

Job Advert Role Description

As a Ward Manager at The Dene you will be working within a team that includes a range of professionals making an effective contribution to providing high quality care to our patients.


Our Ward Manager role involves:

•Shift/resource management in capacity of Senior Nurse on call

•Effective strategic resource management.

•Leadership decisions within the context of Ward Manager

•Performance management of junior staff

•Ensure adherence to policies and procedures.

•Personal development needs

•Discipline and grievance issues

•Serious incident reviews and implementation of recommendations.

•Ward Budget Management

•Advisory role to nursing staff

•Support the implementation of local Clinical Governance Strategy

•Clear application of clinical experience

•Satisfactory completion of objectives as agreed at appraisal and monthly supervision.

•Satisfactory fulfilment of core competencies.

•Demonstrates clear application of continuing professional development portfolio.

•Clear application of hospital policies and procedures

•Demonstrates positive contribution to senior nurses group.

•Facilitates delivery of practice and support supervision.

•Actively contributes to the Nursing Service Agreement, departmental Risk Matrix and action plan, monitoring their implementation

•Satisfactory completion of designated annual mandatory training.

•To participate and take on active lead in organisational clinical and nursing audit programmes.

•Support of senior management team at local level.

•Contributes to departmental and unit business objectives.

•Effectively manage positive change in the nursing department.

•Satisfactory attendance record

•Provide strong and robust leadership in the clinical environment using the core skills of facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution, teaching and delegation.

•Develop a coaching culture within the clinical environment.

•Demonstrate and model professional behaviors at all times.

•Support the implementation of clinical and corporate governance for the management of patient information.

•Participate in service specific strategy and development.

•Accept 24 hour responsibility for the hospital wards on a rotational basis within the framework of the CNM on call structure.

•Manage the achievements and maintenance of the Care Standards Act.

•Provide managerial leadership through coordinating the production of philosophies of care and local procedures. These are subject to annual review.

•Monitor the performance and conduct of staff and to take corrective action when necessary. This will include, where appropriate, involvement in the disciplinary process.


To be successful as a Ward Manager, you will need:






• Personal learning and development.

• Evidence based practice.

• Values based practice.

• Patient centred care.

• Team player.

• Self-motivated.

• Flexible.

• Leadership skills

• Management of people skills.




This post applies to registered nurses who have:

• Experience within a Secure setting within a leadership/management capacity.

• Relevant sufficient post registration experience.

• Relevant experience in a similar environment.

• Proven track record of leadership and management skills.


Some of the benefits we offer Ward Managers are:-

-Golden Hello Welcome Bonus (£500 after 3 months, £650 after 9 months and £950 after 18 months)

-  Ability to be able to engage in Service Line Development work

-  NMC fees paid in full (£120)

- Free access to the Nursing Times on Line package, which includes a portfolio of NMC documentation for use for revalidation and professional development (£95)

- Individual support for Revalidation via Group Director of Nursing with Nursing Times and Priory Academy support

- £250 towards Continuous Professional Development (CPD) per year • Access to Individual Professional Development (IPD) funding to support individual development for example higher education courses

- Opportunity to train as a trainer in certain practice areas e.g. DBT; PMVA; Safeguarding

- Career progression across the Priory Group including permanent and secondment opportunities 

- Mentorship training

- Opportunity to be a Peer reviewer in Specialist services

- Contribute to Nurse Development Programmes

 - A World Class Employee Assistance programme: o Access to “EAP in your pocket” the worlds first completely digigal EAP resource o 1-2-1 counselling (face-to-face, online and via telephone) o Information and Debt management support o Debriefing following incidents • Long Service Awards

- Flexible benefits (including preferential rates and access to schemes such as gym membership, IT, private healthcare)

- Shopping discounts   

Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Closing Date

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

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