Return to search

Band 6 Deputy Charge Nurse / Deputy Ward Sister

Job Reference: 313-A-21-98548-SG

Leicestershire Partnership Trust
Bradgate Mental Health Unit
£31,365 - £37,890

Can you demonstrate our values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Compassion? Do you share in our ambition to create high quality, compassionate care and wellbeing for all?

Then take a step towards LPT...

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1m people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We are looking to recruit a number of Deputy Ward Sisters / Charge Nurses for the Bradgate Mental Health Unit.

The role of the Deputy Sister / Charge Nurse is pivotal within the team, and we are looking for someone who has strong leadership skills, a proactive approach to problem solving, a can-do attitude, and the ability to respond quickly to challenges.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serve over 1m people living in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.

As part of the Step Up to Great programme NOW is an exciting time to be part of our Mental Health Service, where you will have the opportunity to enhance the quality of people’s lives in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.

We want to hear from motivated and caring professionals who feel as strongly as we do about our Trust values of Compassion, Respect, Trust, and Integrity. The Bradgate Mental Health Unit in Leicester is looking to recruit staff to provide high quality care for acutely unwell patients aged 18 to 65 years on mixed and single-sexed wards.

The successful candidates will demonstrate they possess the same core values as our organisation, Compassion, Respect, Trust, and Integrity in all aspects of their work. You will be expected to provide clinical, managerial, and educational leadership to a team of registered and unregistered nursing staff and take an active lead in, or facilitate, the development of ward initiatives to improve the provision of care.

The post holder will be expected to cover and support the co-ordination of the unit in the absence of a clinical duty manager, throughout a 24-hour rotation, where they will cover the whole unit, dealing with both psychiatric and medical emergencies, staffing issues, bed management, patients in the place of safety and any other issues that are raised out of hours.

The post holder, in the absence of the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse, will take responsibility for the management of the ward; ensuring the smooth day to day running of the ward and ensuring the wards systems and standards are maintained.

We provide a service to our patients 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, so we are looking for flexible people who can work rotational shifts.

In order to be considered for this post - you will have already gained experience in mental health nursing within an acute setting and have robust and sound clinical assessment and decision-making skills including the ability to prioritize your workload whilst maintaining a degree of flexibility to accommodate competing demands of the service when they arise. You will have an up-to-date knowledge of national and local policies. Furthermore, the ability to meet local Trust targets in relation to quick response times is essential.

The post requires excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and the ability to work in a dynamic and busy environment. As always, we expect decision-making to be made in collaboration with our service users and carers with a view to facilitating treatment in the least restrictive environment.

Supported by the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse & Matron you will develop your professional accountability, innovative thinking and contribute to the clear vision for the in-patient nursing areas. You will be responsible for supporting the continuous management of the Ward and contributing to high standards of care delivery.

To arrange an informal visit or to hear more about working at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit, please feel free to ring the recruiting manager, Zahra Makhany on 0116 2252578.

We are committed to providing the best care that we can to our patients. Some roles involve a Maths and English assessment. Where this is so, details will be shared with you in the recruitment process.

Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information about applying and working for us are contained in the documents linked to our advert.

It is a statutory requirement for roles that involve work in care homes that staff are up to date with their Covid vaccination status to be able to work in that environment, unless the person has a valid medical exemption. Where a role requires this, they will need to demonstrate that they meet this requirement during the recruitment process.

For areas where our teams work to staffing rosters, these are set in advance at a team level and you will join an established roster. Your rostered shifts will be confirmed to you when arranging your start date.

We will consider requests to work alternative hours or vary working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

To make the most of your application, we may consider appointable applicants for similar vacancies in different locations where this is appropriate and meets our mutual requirements.

For all substantive roles the appointment of new staff (excluding medical staff) is subject to a 6 month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

Applicants ‘at risk’ within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview over other candidates who apply for posts.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

SAFERJobs To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs (, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.

  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Employer Recognition Scheme Gold
  • Mindful Employer Logo
  • Smoke Free Logo
  • Age Positive Logo
  • Stonewall Logo
  • Apprenticeships Logo
  • Stonewall Top 100 Employer 2016