Amanda - Ward Manager

Who’s this?

Amanda manages a mixed gender adult acute in-patient ward that specialises in caring for adults of working age, and offer assessment and treatment for a wide range of mental health needs. Inpatients include those who have been detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) and other voluntary 'informal' patients at the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

What’s the story of their career to date?

Amanda started her career as a healthcare assistant before progressing to a student nurse, once qualified as a mental health nurse, Amanda successfully gained deputy ward manager role before securing her current role five years ago of Ward Manager

What do they do?

Amanda manages the overall running of the 31 bedded unit, ensuring there is always enough staff in place to meet the needs of the ward and patients. Amanda ensures that appraisals are carried out within her team in order to monitor and support the personal development of staff and is responsible for any health and safety incidents that may take place within the ward, writing detailed reports when required. Amanda attends lots of meetings with doctors, consultants, matrons, occupational therapists and discharge officers to discuss patient care plans and progress whilst in hospital. Amanda has regular contact with the patients that are currently in hospital and she always finds time to speak with patients should they want to do so

What’s the best thing about their role?

Amanda feels that the best part of her role is working with patients, even though as a manager Amanda does not have as much patient contact as she would like, she still feels that her role is very rewarding and worthwhile

How does a role like this pay?

Although they are a Ward Manager now Amanda started their career as a Healthcare Assistant, this role typically starts at Band 3 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Healthcare Assistant where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Healthcare Assistant section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.