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Priory Hospital Dorking, South Terrace, Harrowlands Park, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 2RA





Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time

Job Advert Location Description

  • Manages the ward and resources effectively, taking steps to ensure that appropriate staffing levels and skill mix of nursing experience and skills is in place including effective rota management, annual leave/training arrangements and sickness and absence management
  • 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.
  • Recognises and rewards positive performance by the nursing staff, commensurate with their roles and responsibilities.
  • Acts as a highly visible role model, mentor and leader, creating a culture that promotes learning, development, inquiry and professionalism, celebrates achievements and shares learning to the benefit of the ward, hospital and wider division.
  • Disseminates implements and monitors compliance with relevant policies and statutory requirements of the hospital, division and group.
  • Takes appropriate action to ensure that the standard of care that patients receive is of the highest standard.
  • Ensures that all patients have clear current care plans that reflect their personalised needs, and are evidence based and ensures that family members and carers are suitable engaged based on the needs and wants of the patient.
  • Makes sure that the physical healthcare needs of patients are assessed and managed effectively, alongside their mental health and psychological needs equally.
  • Ensure 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 contribute to the recruitment and retention of staff to the ward and hospital.
  • Ensures that clinical communication, records, handovers, reports and other patient related information is conveyed and recorded promptly and accurately.
  • Develops and maintains strong and effective working relationships with all clinical and non-clinical colleagues.
  • Promotes and applies the requirements of diversity and equality.
  • Undertakes and completes clinical investigations and complaints and also HR investigations, ensuring these are completed thoroughly, promptly and to a high standard.
  • Ensures that the legislative frameworks regarding the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberties is applied in accordance with Priory Policy, and National Requirements.
  • Is responsible for Medicines Management in their clinical area/ward, and ensures that all Registered Nurses undergo competency based assessments as part of their induction and facilitates an open and transparent framework for managing medicine errors.
  • Liaises with ward pharmacist and acts promptly regarding items identified by pharmacist audits, or other requirements.
  • Ensures that Incident reporting is completed promptly and takes corrective action where required, engaging colleagues in the process, where appropriate.
  • Leads Team reviews of incidents; makes sure that staff receive incident debriefs in a timely way.
  • Engages with other members of the ward MDT, to facilitate positive and efficient MDT working
  • Deputises for the Director of Clinical Services as required.
  • Will take on additional responsibilities including clinical audits for their ward and the site, participates in providing induction training and recruitment events.
  • Will ensure effective communication with external stakeholders and professionals involved in our patient care.
  • You will be expected to provide cover and support to the wider team and site as and when needed.

You are expected to take part in the onsite on call rota.

Job Advert Role Description

Knowledge/ Education/ Skills 

  • Must be registered with either NMC or HCPC – needs of the service will dictate if there is a preference
  • Willingness to complete further clinical, managerial and leadership training and development relevant to your area of practice in management and leadership.
  • Competent computer skills
  • Staff rostering capability / knowledge


  • At least 2 years experience in a supervisory capacity within a relevant clinical setting
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of clinical audit and/ or service improvement based on evidence desirable
  • Experience of working in an environment that requires the ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Has experience in management and leadership of teams.


The post-holder is required to have a clear and positive communication style both verbally and non-verbally; they will be required to provide written and verbal information in a succinct manner in a way that is understood by those that they are communicating with; they will need to provide information by email, but use this as a tool when appropriate and not as an alternative to face to face or verbal communication unless circumstances dictate this

Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


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.

No agencies please

If you forward any CV’s to the Priory Group and you are not on the Priory Group PSL and have not been asked to work on the above role we will accept the CV as a gift.

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