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Deputy Ward Manager




Priory Hospital Chelmsford, Stump Lane, Springfield, Essex, CM1 7SJ

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£40,000-£43,000 D.O.E



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Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.

Job Advert Location Description

The Priory Hospital Chelmsford is a 60 bed private acute psychiatric hospital that specialises in the treatment and management of mental health problems for both adults and adolescents. The hospital incorporates a Grade II listed building that has been extensively restored and situated in 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds.  In addition,  a new Acute Service ward has recently opened adjacent to the main hospital. 

Job Advert Role Description

The role of the Deputy Ward Manager is to provide senior nursing leadership to the ward nursing team in support of the Ward Manager. They will have clinical experience and leadership that provides expertise and confidence to the nursing team and ward overall. They will have defined delegated responsibilities from the Ward Manager; having 1 day a week protected time for their management duties and have supervisory responsibilities for an agreed group of staff.


  • Works as Senior Nurse in a Ward or equivalent area ensuring a safe and therapeutic environment for patients, their families and visitors. 
  • Apply relevant policies and statutory requirements within the ward and hospital framework of governance and communicates requirements to the wider team. 
  • Ensures that risk is assessed and managed across the immediate and wider working environment and that statutory requirements are met. 
  • Respects and applies the requirements of diversity and inclusion, promoting and role modelling these across the team. 
  • Identifies deficits in skill mix and safe staffing levels and acts to address these. 
  • Supervises a defined group of team members and contributes to their overall CPD, mandatory training and appraisal process recognising the skills required across the team. This will also include addressing any performance issues that are below the expected standard. 
  • Acts as a role model to promote a culture of learning development, inquiry and a team vision. 
  • Implements, monitors and evaluates therapeutic interventions within an overall care programme, enabling people with mental health and or learning disability needs to develop coping strategies.
  • Actively supports and contributes to effective Multi-Disciplinary Working. 
  • Engages in collaborative problem solving, supporting and encouraging clients to take ownership of issues, identify problems and to develop solutions to them based on their own needs and preferences. 
  • Contributes to the process of collaboratively assessing and acting on risks of harm, danger and abuse. 
  • Is named nurse for a small group of patients, acting as Associate nurse for colleagues when on duty, and is a regular shift leader. 
  • Provides Clinical Supervision to a group of defined nursing staff. 
  • Undertakes Lead roles for the ward, as agreed with the Ward manager. 
  • Deputises for the Ward manager as and when required. 
  • Adheres to all National, Company and local standards, policies and procedures.

At least 3 years, or equivalent experience post-registration

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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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