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Ward Manager - Neuro-behavioural Unit

Job Reference: J183-A-17-28702

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Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
Putney, London
£38,138 - £48,615 pa

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The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability was awarded a “Good” rating by the CQC in September 2017; the report noted many areas of excellence in care, responsiveness, management and leadership.

Ward Manager

Salary: £38,138 - £48,615 per annum (Band 7)

Permanent Position

37.5 hours per week + plus bleepholder responsibilities

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is a non-profit, medical charity, a hospital and home, based in Putney, South West London. We provide both short and long-term specialist services (assessment, rehabilitation and disability management) for adults with profound or complex disabilities resulting from damage to the brain or nervous system. Through these services, we seek to enable people with profound neuro-disability to enjoy an optimal quality of life in our fantastic location in SW London.

We currently have a vacancy for a strong and dynamic leader on Wellesley Ward which is a thirteen bedded neuro-behavioural service for adults with an acquired brain injury. These patients’ rehabilitation and placement options have been limited, often due to the nature of their behaviour and it is a busy, sometimes loud and challenging environment. As with any service that works with challenging behaviour our goal is not simply to manage and reduce risk but also to take a curious approach to the underlying purpose of such behaviour and try to develop better ways for our patients to get their needs met.

The ward culture is based on a positive behavioural support approach through which we aim to move service users forward towards functional and quality of life goals which often include goals to move on to less restrictive settings. All staff undergo training in the positive behavioural support approach and we have dedicated members of staff who collect and analyse behavioural data in order to monitor intervention progress. There is broad variation in the cognitive and physical abilities of our patients but typically there is a high level of co-morbidity and a high level of neuro-disability and medical needs.

As a Ward Manager, you will be working in an environment where there is a high staff to patient ratio for nursing and HCA staff. In addition to this there is a high level of AHP input into the unit with dedicated Neuropsychology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language therapy. Due to the challenges encountered working in such an environment it is very important that the nursing and HCA team form a central part of the wider multidisciplinary team. Ensuring cohesive integration of nursing into the MDT is a key role for the Ward Manager who will frequently liaise with other senior clinicians in order to find effective ways to ensure standards of care whilst also supporting the rehabilitation process through the positive behavioural support approach.

This role will present an exciting challenge to applicants who possess the ability to work across the boundaries of general, learning disability and mental health nursing or who have experience of challenging behaviour within another healthcare discipline.

It would suit someone who is keen to work collaboratively in order to produce positive outcomes for our patients. In addition to the challenges that this role brings there is also the great benefit of being part of a supportive, experienced and effective wider team.

As part of the Leadership Team within the Hospital, key responsibilities of the Ward Manger include the human resource and financial management of the ward. You will ensure the 24 hour nursing service is covered by appropriate rostering and skill mix, facilitate multi-disciplinary team working and monitor/participate in patient care provision. You will have proven leadership, managerial, communication, excellent interpersonal skills, evidence of recent professional development, good team working and the ability to prioritize workloads.

The successful applicant will have:

  1. RGN/RMN/AHP Registration

  2. Evidence of continuing professional development – particularly with management skills

  3. Proven experience in successfullymanaging a ward roster and ward budgets.

  4. Clinical knowledge and experience of working within brain injury rehabilitation.

  5. Ability to negotiate and work effectively in an interdisciplinary team

  6. Demonstrable clinical skills and good practice skills

  7. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal presentation skills & report writing.

  8. Good understanding of relevant compliance standards, codes of practice, and statutory and professional regulations

Benefits Available:

  • Golden Hello (Financial Support for Relocation costs)

  • Free on-site parking

  • Opportunity to undertake the Putney Nurse Programme which entails training of “Management of Patients who have Highly Complex Neurological Disorders Programme”
  • Contributing staff pension scheme

  • Season ticket loan

  • Occupational health service which includes a range of wellbeing services

  • Access to on site staff accommodation

  • Option to join a health insurance scheme administered by HSF at preferential rates.

  • DSE/eyesight tests and cover

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Subsidised canteen


For any queries or questions relating to this position please contact:

Andrea Reed (Matron) on 02087804500 /


Closing Date on 25th January 2018 11.59pm

Shortlisting to be done on 26th January 2018

If shortlisted, invitations will be sent on 26th January 2018

Assessment / Interviews to take place on either 30th OR 31st January 2018 (tbc)

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

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

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