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Deputy Ward Manager - PICU




Woodbourne Priory Hospital, 21 Woodbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B17 8BY

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£41,475 - £44,648



Job Advert Location Description

Set in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston, close to Birmingham City centre, Priory Hospital Woodbourne is conveniently located for access to the West Midlands motorway network and with very good local public transport links.


The hospital provides a diverse range of inpatient services, including acute and psychiatric intensive care, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, specialist Eating Disorder and private acute and addictions treatment programmes.  Our multi-disciplinary teams deliver personalised treatment programmes to our patients and have established an excellent reputation for providing the highest standards of care.


Aspen Ward is a 10 bedded Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit for 18-25 year olds. We have 5 beds allocated to our Partnership with Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) and 5 beds which take referrals from all over the UK. Most of our referrals come directly from the community, either from Place of Safety, A&E or police custody. We also take referrals from other wards when service users may present as challenging.


The primary function of the PICU is to work with young people whose risks may be greater than those on an acute ward, and therefore our team focus mainly on risk assessment and management.


We work closely alongside young people, their families/carers and community teams to support recovery and we pride ourselves on always focussing on the “least restrictive principle”. We are a team that focusses on reflecting and learning from our experiences and we actively encourage service user involvement and choice.


Aspen Ward aims to offer a positive experience for patients, despite the restrictions of the PICU environment. Our values are around positive engagement and activity, person centred care and positively supporting young people through crisis.  

Job Advert Role Description

We are looking for an experienced RMN/RNLD to take on the role as a highly motivated and committed Deputy Ward Manager on Aspen Ward. The successful candidate will take an active role in managing the unit under supervision of the Ward Manager and along side the existing Deputy Ward Manager.


They will have proven leadership skills, along with a strong drive to develop themselves and the dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Team. The successful candidate will directly participate in patient care, managing the ward and offer a high standard of care to the service users that we work with.


Applicants must have at least 2 years’ experience at Staff Nurse level. Experience in PICU is ideal but not essential.


The role will require you to assist the Ward Manager with:

• Driving quality reporting within the systems that are used within this hospital

• Auditing the quality of documentation of care plans, risk assessments and clinical entries

• Promoting high quality incident reporting and actioning incident reports

• Induction and training of new and junior staff

• Management and clinical supervision of junior colleagues

• Liaison with other professionals to ensure a high quality of service is provided for our patients

• Staff rota management

• Providing strong clinical leadership and acting as a positive role model

• Facilitating team meetings and communicating the teams performance

• Creating a culture of learning and development

• Responsibilities of an on-call manager

• Deputising in the Ward Manager's absence

• Any other duties as directed by the Ward Manager


You will need to possess:

• A good understanding of care pathways and ideally of the wider mental health provision within Birmingham

• A good understanding of principles relevant to PICU

• A keen interest and motivation to support development within our PICU team

• An ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and patient population

• The ability to make and justify clinical decisions based on policy, experience and risk assessment

• Passion about change, innovation and service improvement

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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


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. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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