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Ward manager

What is the role of a Ward Manager

  • To provide Clinical Nurse Management, Clinical Leadership and expertise in all aspects of service delivery within sphere of responsibility
  • To continue to provide leadership and guidance in working towards an amalgamated service both in the short and long term.
  • With support from the Matron, will ensure that high standards are developed, implemented, evaluated and maintained, with required change planned in accordance with the framework of Clinical Governance.
  • To lead by example, acting as a role model to all members of the nursing team, leading care teams and creating a positive learning environment. To deploy and supervise all nursing staff effectively.
  • Acts as an expert resource on Nursing care of patients within the specialities and holds a key role in the multidisciplinary team
  • It is to maintain an environment in which members of the ward/department team can contribute to the maximum of their ability in providing a high standard of care, staff welfare and staff training.
  • Designated to take charge of the ward.
  • Responsible for the assessment of care needs, and for the development and implementation of programmes of care without supervision.
  • Manage an allocated budget and resources in an efficient and cost effective manner.


What qualifications and experience do I need?

  • Demonstrable experience at Band 6 or above.
  • Recent clinical skills & proven knowledge.
  • Proven Registered Nurse.
  • Leadership course or the willingness to undertake.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Be willing to undertake additional training if required.


Pay and benefits

Please refer to the latest Agenda for Change pay scales for salary details


This is a registered post


My Story: Theresia Makatile

My name is Theresia Makatile, I am a Band 7 Ward Manager.  I joined the trust in September 2014

How I got into this role

I originally come from Lesotho which is an independent country in South Africa.  I qualified there as a registered nurse and midwife.  I moved to Plymouth in 2006 and worked for an agency at a Nursing Home in Plympton.  After 8 years, I decided to join UHP and started on Hexworthy ward as a staff nurse. 

My role at UHP

Whilst working I studied to get my degree and in 2017 I was appointed as the Junior Sister for MAU/Tavy ward, then in 2018 I became a Ward Manager.

The best bits and the challenges

The opportunities available within the NHS are amazing – in fact I am due to start my Masters Leadership module.

The challenges are the same as in all acute hospitals – we are constantly being kept on our toes because we are so busy.

Life outside of work

I am a mum to 2 lovely girls.  I love to be outdoors, exploring the countryside and connecting with the world.  As a family we like to visit National Trust properties.

My top tips to being successful

Motivation.  That encompasses my own motivation and drive but I also inspire to motivate and help develop others.

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