Unit Manager - Senior Nurse

Kavanagh Place, Liverpool

Position: Senior Nurse - Unit Manager
Care Home: Kavanagh Place
Location: Kirkdale, Liverpool (LR 1UB)
Contract type: Permanent - full time hours available
Shifts Available: Flexible days (including weekends and evenings), on call required
Rate/Salary: £19.04 per hour + £1,500 welcome bonus
CQC Rating: Good (24-Jun-21)

About Exemplar Health Care:

We have over 20 years of experience providing exceptional specialist nursing care for adults living with complex and high acuity needs. We started our journey as a training company, and have grown into one of the country’s leading providers of adult specialist care, with over 40 complex needs care homes in England.  

Our vision is that adults living with complex needs can access outstanding specialist care and support, in a community-based home that’s close to their family and friends, and that focuses on their personal goals and outcomes. Our person-centred care is the bedrock for maximising independence, building everyday living skills and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.  

Our mission is to make every day better for the people we support and our colleagues. We’re proud of the culture that we’ve created at Exemplar Health Care, which is underpinned by our vision, mission and values. 

About Kavanagh Place:

Kavanagh Place supports 42 adults living with complex mental health needs, dementia and physical disabilities.   

The home has four ten-bed units, which gives it a homely and welcoming feel. One of the units is exclusively for those who identify as male and who have complex mental health needs. 

Kavanagh Place also has a two-bed OneCare service which provides nursing care in a domestic environment, for those whose needs require they live alone.

Kavanagh Place is rated ‘Good’ with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 on carehome.co.uk

Kavanagh Place's latest CQC report can be found here: https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-112247212

To take a virtual tour of Kavanagh Place click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8jfJcu1yzU

About the Role:

As a Unit Manager, you’ll work under the leadership of the Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) and will be at the forefront of clinical care delivery on your designated unit.

You’ll be responsible for providing strong leadership to develop and improve the standard of daily living for the service users in your home.

You’ll be a natural role model, able to manage a team of Registered Nurses, Trainee Nursing Associates and Health Care Assistants on your unit. 

We’re looking for someone who’s well organised, can work under their own initiative as well as part of a multidisciplinary team, and is up-to-date with current evidence-based clinical practice.

This is a great opportunity for a Registered Nurse who wants to progress into a management role.

If you’re interested in the role, read the job description and person specification to find out more. Then, click ‘Apply for this job’ to complete your application. 

About You:

You will be a Registered Nurse with a valid NMC PIN and a minimum of 2 years experience.  

You are a well organised individual with outstanding time management skills and are able to make decisions and work using your own initiative whilst working collaboratively within the nursing/care team.  

Most importantly you are motivated by helping every individual, whether colleague or service user, to realise their full potential and be treated with dignity and respect.  

About Your Career:

At Exemplar Health Care, we’re committed to investing in our colleagues. We recognise talent and promote from within.

As a Unit Manager, there are lots of opportunities to do continuing professional development and progress in your career if you wish. 

Our learning opportunities for Unit Managers include:  
 - A bespoke induction including a corporate welcome induction and role-specific induction in your home
 - Mandatory and statutory training (MAST) to refresh your skills
 - Free access to the RCNi Learning Platform to support your CPD
 - Specialist skills development from our central Clinical Team  
 - In-house, CPD certificated leadership and management development programmes
 - Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor training
 - Coaching 
 - NHS Leadership Academy programmes.

As a Unit Manager, you can progress into a range of roles including: 

 - Clinical Nurse Manager
 - Central Services role e.g. clinical, behavioural support or quality roles. 

About Your Benefits*:

We know that happy Nurses make the best Nurses! Exemplar Health Care has a unique rewards and benefits package. So whilst you’re busy caring for our service users, you can be assured that we’re caring for you. 

Here are just a few of the ways we like to say thank you:

 - A generous welcome bonus for all Registered Nurses positions
 - Paid access to RCNi Learning Platform to support you to meet CPD requirements for revalidation
 - Paid NMC registration after 12 months - worth £120
 - Car salary sacrifice scheme 
 - Lifestyle and retail discounts at over 250 high street retailers 
 - fastPAYE – access your wage for additional hours worked before payday
 - Award winning 24/7 employee counselling and support service
 - Paid DBS check 
 - Blue Light Card access
 - Company Shop membership 
*Electric care salary sacrifice scheme – Registered Nurses can save money on a brand new electric care though a salary sacrifice scheme.  *Terms and conditions apply please speak to the recruitment team or your line manager for further details.

About Our Values:

Our values underpin everything that we do and ensure that we continue to make every day better for our service users and colleagues. We look for these values in everyone who works with Exemplar Health Care:

 - Fun
 - Integrity
 - Responsive
 - Success
 - Teamwork

Read more about our values here - https://www.exemplarhc.com/careers/our-values

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging:

At Exemplar Health Care you will work in an inclusive environment in which we champion diversity. We understand the importance of our workforce representing the communities and populations we serve.  We provide a work place where you are encouraged to be yourself whilst offering our colleagues and our service users support, care and a place of belonging.

How to Apply:

If this role sounds like a good match for you, please contact our Nurse Talent Specialists on 07951 794 598 for an informal chat or alternatively email: lferreira@exemplarhc.com


Colleague stories

“There are many career opportunities at Exemplar Health Care and the support that I’ve received has been amazing. Everyone at Exemplar Health Care is committed to not only our residents, but each other. I am proud to be part of the Exemplar family.”

Nurse – Exemplar Health Care

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Rewarding your dedication

Whether it’s RCNi membership or NMC PIN payment for Nurses, or lifestyle and retail discounts for everyone, we’re always thinking about new ways of saying ‘thank you’ for being part of our team.


Lifestyle and retail discounts - all colleagues can access great savings and monthly discounts on high street shops, restaurants, pubs and holidays, as well as 2-for-1 cinema tickets.


Employee Assistance Programme - all colleagues can access 24/7 counselling and support through our wellbeing partner, Care First.


Pension plan - after 3 months, you’ll be auto-enrolled into our pension scheme with NOW pensions, where you’ll have up to 5% of your earnings (depending on your salary) put into the pension and we’ll contribute an additional 3%.

DBS check

Paid DBS check - we’ll pay for all new starters to have a DBS check, so you don’t need to cover the cost.


Referral bonus - if you recommend a friend for a care role with us, you’ll both receive £150, and you can refer as many people as you like.


Career development opportunities - there are lots of opportunities to develop your skills and progress in your career at Exemplar Health Care, if you wish. Find out more.