Unit Manager – Mental Health (Health Industry) – Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape 98 views

Job Overview


  • Diploma or bachelor’s degree in nursing science
  • Registered with SANC
  • Previous experience in psychiatric or mental health nursing, with at least 3 years demonstrated
  • leadership experience
  • Strong clinical assessment and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving abilities
  • Knowledge of mental health laws, regulations, and evidence-based practices
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an inter-disciplinary team environment
  • Commitment to continuous learning, professional development, and quality improvement initiatives


The main purpose of this position:


The Unit Managers are responsible for overseeing the operations of the nursing unit, ensuring the delivery of high-quality patient care, and promoting a therapeutic environment for patients and staff

The role requires strong leadership skills, clinical expertise, and a commitment to excellence in mental health care


Duties & Responsibilities:


Key competencies – essential for Unit Managers to effectively lead their teams, deliver high-quality care, and create a therapeutic environment conducive to patient recovery and well-being:


Clinical Leadership: Ability to provide clinical leadership and oversight, ensuring that evidence-based practices are implemented and maintained within the unit.

Team Management: Skills in team management, including staffing, scheduling, and supervision of nursing staff

Patient Care Coordination: Proficiency in coordinating patient care within the unit, including assessment, treatment planning, and evaluation of patient outcomes

Risk Assessment and Management: Ability to conduct risk assessments and implement risk management strategies to ensure the safety of patients and staff within the mental health facility

Quality Improvement: Knowledge and skills in quality improvement methodologies, with a focus on enhancing the quality of care and patient outcomes

Staff Development and Education: Commitment to staff development and education, including ongoing training and professional development opportunities for nursing staff

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Ability to collaborate effectively with other healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and occupational therapists, to ensure comprehensive and holistic care for patients with mental health disorders

Regulatory Compliance: Understanding of regulatory requirements and standards governing mental health facilities, including accreditation standards, licensing requirements, and policies related to patient rights and confidentiality

Crisis Intervention: Proficiency in crisis intervention techniques and de-escalation strategies to manage challenging behaviours and emergencies within the mental health unit

Communication and Advocacy: Strong communication and advocacy skills, including the ability to advocate for the needs of patients with mental health disorders and their families


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12 Wild Wood Close
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