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Bed Management
NHS AFC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum
Salary period
06/10/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Bed Manager

NHS AFC: Band 6



Job overview

The main objective of the role is to facilitate flow and discharges with medicine , A&E admissions and elective admissions , organisation of all internal transfers and external transfers and repatriations to and from other Trusts. The post holder must have excellent communication skills as coordination with a number of different departments is an essential part of the role. The post holder must demonstrate clinical excellence in contributing to the management of patients and develop strong working relationships with various teams including the Emergency Department.

The successful candidate must have an understanding of the A&E government targets and current issues that can affect the timely flow of patients through the hospital.

Main duties of the job

Would you like to be part of one of the best performing Trusts in Greater Manchester? An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent Band 6 Bed Manager at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

This post will be internal rotation providing a 24/7 service. We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, dynamic and well organised person to work as a bed manager in an extremely fast paced moving environment. You must be dedicated to delivering a high standard of care and optimising patient safety, by placing the right patients, in the right place, at the right time whilst maintaining privacy and dignity. You will be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills and develop your skills and knowledge.

The post holder will be able to co-ordinate and collate real time information on current and predicted bed availability and facilitate the effective use of acute hospital and community wide bed capacity.

The post holder will work independently, using their own initiative/ judgement. This role is central to the flow of patients within the Trust and meeting the national waiting times for the emergency department and elective patients.

The successful candidate will have a sound clinical background with effective decision making skills and the ability to work as part of a team.




Working for our organisation

Here at Bolton our patients are at the heart of everything we do. We ensure our patients receive the highest quality of Care and are guided by our trust Values. We are proud that our Trust is a centre of excellence formaternity, neonataland care for children, and that it has been rated as Good by the Quality Care Commission (CQC). This is in recognition of the patient experience and quality of care that our staff provide to patients. It is also supported by our Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Framework for Professional Practice.

The Family Care Division aims to deliver the highest standards of care in maternity, sexual health, gynaecology and a range of acute and community children's services. We deliver over 6,000 babies and carry around 1,500 gynaecological procedures each year. The Trust also has a tertiary level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, enabling 1 in 4 women across Greater Manchester to receive in-utero transfer and birth at extreme premature gestation at Bolton.

The aims of this Trust are to improve the health of and provide the best possible care to the population in which we serve and ensure that our staff have joy and pride in their work. We are striving to recruit a workforce that reflects the communities in which we serve. We value our staff and can offer excellent opportunities for further training and development. We are keen to reflect our local population and therefore applications from all sectors of the community are welcomed

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To maintain the balance of demands for emergency / urgent admission to hospital 
bed with the planned programme of elective work.
 To facilitate admissions of both emergency and elective activity.
 To maintain an accurate knowledge of bed availability, liaising with relevant staff, 
receiving doctors and other hospitals as circumstances dictate.
 To monitor and take action accordingly to prevent breach of the 4 hour target
 To liaise with outside agencies eg NWAS regarding capacity.
 To work within bed management policies, liaising with senior management when 
appropriate. It is accepted that in extreme circumstances, bed management 
policies, liaising with senior management will exercise judgement on each 
occasion as to the most appropriate course of action.
 Identify, collect and evaluate information to support clinical decisions making, 
ensure accurate recording of cancelled operations.
 To assist with data collection, analysis and reporting.
 To work flexibly across site as the situation demands.
 To take responsibility for individual projects within the department.
 The post holder must be conversant with all policies relating to the bed 
management department. In particular, the Greater Manchester Emergency 
Admissions Policy and the Emergency Clinical Quality standards, ensuring 
monitoring systems are in place and action taken as necessary.
 The post holder will have sound managerial and interpersonal skills, 
demonstrating effective and efficient utilization of Trust bed stock
 Must develop strong interpersonal skills with all levels of staff within the Trust 
exercising and demonstrating advanced level of reasoning knowledge and skill in 
the placing of patients.
 The post holder will be able to act effectively in situations of severe bed 
pressures/crisis. Such situations could include fire and Major Incidents.
 Contribute to all role related targets for achievement identified within the Trust 
Business Plan
 Be responsible for the identification of own continuing educational needs and 
professional development. NMC, The Code, standards of conduct, performance 
and ethics for nurses and midwives, May 2008.
 Ensure that trust policies are adhered to in relation to bed management.
 Ensure risk management criteria are satisfied and adhered to in terms of 
accountability and competency.
 Ensure that all documentations relating to the placement of patients is clear 
concise, legible, in accordance with the NMC, Record Keeping July 2007.
 Comply with requests for data collection, data input and take part in subsequent 
audits as directed by the HoN.
 Maintain your own safe standard of practice, at all times reporting concerns to the 
Head of Nursing.
 Ensure awareness of the Major Incident Policy and understand the bed 
manager’s role within it.
 Demonstrate the mandatory competencies of the Trust attending all required 
mandatory updates.
 Liaise with all wards and departments to promote optimum bed usage
 Ensure the protocol for receiving GP calls is adhered to and agreed standards 
are met.
 Ensure the 4 hour target protocol is adhered to, monitored and actioned as 
 Participate in clinical audits as necessary
 Effectively collect and collate information to support clinical decision making

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered General Nurse
  • Diploma
Desirable criteria
  • IT systems, EPR, extramed, ORMIS, LE2.2, Labcentre, patient track
  • Evidence of post registration education


Essential criteria
  • Good teamwork
  • Excellant communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to motivate others
  • Able to use technology to find and appraise evidence
  • Managing conflict
  • Resiliance
  • Leasdership


Essential criteria
  • Post registration experience
  • Evidence of professional development
  • Team management/coordination
  • Change management
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Working across multidiscaplinaries
  • Demonstrates importance of flow on patient safety
Desirable criteria
  • Teaching


Essential criteria
  • Understands and applies principles of learning in practice
  • Computer literacy
  • Understanding of patient flow
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of quality & performance standards relating to flow for example 18 week RTT, cancer targets and 4 hour ED standard.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Nicola Daniel
Job title
Interim Head of Patient Flow
Email address
Telephone number
01204 390261
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