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Priory Hospital Southampton, Marchwood Park, Marchwood, Southampton, SO40 4DA

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£45668.00 - £51393.00 dependent on experience



Job Advert - Division Information


Knowing that you’re making a difference to people’s lives is rewarding in itself. But our many roles offer much more than that. As well as helping you grow and develop your talent, we want you to feel proud of where you work and what you do.

Job Advert Location Description

Are you looking to take the next step in your career or looking for a new organisation that will enable you to make a difference?  If yes then now is the time to join the team at Southampton Priory.


Skylark Ward is an eleven bedded Adult Eating Disorder Ward working closely with NHSE and the Local Provider Collaborative to ensure people receive specialist eating disorder care and treatment close to home and without delay.


We require a dynamic Ward Manager with strong leadership skills to manage this specialist ward.  The successful applicant will be patient centred, have excellent communication skills, strong integrity and have the clinical ability to provide a high quality evidence based service, and the management skills to support compliance with local and national requirements.


As a Ward Manager, you will have previous experience from the NHS or private healthcare and will be a self-motivated individual with a flexible, proactive approach.  You will be responsible for developing the quality of care provided by the team and to ensure it aligns with the Priory's values.




* Manages the Ward and resources effectively, taking steps to ensure that appropriate staffing levels and skill mix of nursing experience and skills are in place including effective rota management, annual leave and training arrangements.


* Ensures that all members of the nursing team receive clinical supervision, appraisal, CPD requirements and complete mandatory training.


* Addresses shortfalls in development and ensures that training and performance issues are addressed with a supportive and solution focused attitude.


* Recognises and rewards positive performance by the nursing staff.


* Acts as a highly visible role model, mentor and leader, creating a culture that promotes learning, development, inquiry and professionalism.


* Disseminates, implements and monitors compliance with relevant policies and statutory requirements of the hospital, dividion and group.


* Ensures the Ward has clear procedures and processes to support the safe and effective running of the ward at all times, including the nutrition of patients, cleanliness of the environment; using tools such as Quality walk rounds to assist.


* Actively leads on the recruitment and retention of staff on the ward and hospital.


* Promotes and applies the requirements of diversity and equality.


* Undertakes and completes clinical investigations, complaints and HR investigations ensuring these are completed thoroughly, prompty and to a high standard.


* Leads Team reviews of incidents; makes sure that staff receive  incident debriefs in a timely way and learning from incidents is shared.


* The post-holder is responsible for the efficient and effective use of nursing resources; and all resources int e ward area contribute to patient care.  This includes Medicines management in the ward, equipment, activities material for patients use, all furnishings and fittings and the overall cleanliness and safety of the ward, bring any issues and concerns to the attention of the Director of Clinical Services promptly, and taking corrective action.


* Deputises for the Director of Clinical Services as required.


* The post-holder is based in the ward, and will be required to work a mix of 60% supernumery time and 40% of their time will be engaged in clinical activity to meet the requirements of the ward.


To be successful for the role, you will need:


* To be a registered professional with relevant professional qualifications.

* At least 2 years experience in a managerial role

* Willingness to complete further clincial, managerial and leadership training and development relevant of your area of practice

* Computer literate

* Experience of working in an environment that requires the ability to manage multiple priorities

* Has been a supervisor of nursing or care staff


The Priory Hospital Southampton is situated within 1.5 acres of beautiful grounds on the edge of the New Forest.  There is plenty of on-site parking and staff meals are offered at a small cost.  The Priory Hospital Southampton received an OUTSTANDING rating in Caring and was rated GOOD overall in their last CQC inspection in June 2019.




Our benefits are flexible and tailored to each individual staff member.  Some of the benefits we offer you include;

* A competitive salary

* Up to 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

* Birthday leave

* Continuous Professional Development opportunities

* Pension scheme with a Priory contribution

* Your Priory, Your Benefits+ - Our shopping discount site where you'll find great offers for online and in-store shopping, negotiated specially for everyone who works at the Priory Group.

* Enhanced Maternity Pay in line with NHS




"After a short break away from the company I returned to the kingfisher ward as their Occupational Therapist in June 2017. In the following year my boss, Therapy Business Manager (TBM) went on maternity leave and I was lucky enough to be appointed to her maternity leave cover. This was the Therapy business manager post which managed the therapists at the Priory Hospital Southampton as well as the Wellbeing centre in Southampton. This post gave me the opportunity to work with team across three wards of the hospital working as part of the SMT and alongside the ward managers. I have always had a love for CAMHS so when the ward manager position became available I went for it. The Prior had recently completed a piece of work to amend their job descriptions for ward managers and DoCS to be not only from a nursing background but alternatively from an allied health professionals (AHP) back ground. Having worked on the ward I had an understanding of the day to day running, a good relationship with the established nursing team and I had learnt so much from working alongside the previous ward manager when I was in the TBM role that I felt I had enough knowledge to go for the role. I think it has been a learning curve not only for me but for the site to have an non nurse in a ward manager position. It has bought challenges in that I have had to learn about meds management very quickly however the majority of the tasks AHP have transferable skills for. The only other things that have been required are a passion for the service line, a willingness to learn and a supportive team around me. If you have an interest in a ward manager post and are an allied health profession I would urge you to go for it as while it is one of the most challenging jobs I have ever had it is also the most rewarding and most fun".     

Job Advert Role Description

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a disclosure at the enhanced level from the Disclosure and Barring Services.  Further information can be obtained from  Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check for all successful applicants.  We are an equal opportunities employer.  For more information please email Julie Diggens, HR Advisor on

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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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