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Band 6 Junior Sister

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

To support and deputise for the Ward Sister to ensure the provision of excellent nursing care and the effective management of staff and other resources. Also to carry out the day-to-day management and co-ordination of the ward/department. To ensure that there are education and training opportunities for all staff, including pre and post registration students and /or providing specialist knowledge

Main duties of the job

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the country's leading teaching hospitals with an international reputation for patient care, education and research. Belgrave Ward is a very busy general cardiology ward and is part of the newly formed Cardiology Clinical Academic Group to further developments in Cardiology.

We now have a permanent position for a Junior Sister (band 6) to provide day to day leadership of this busy 24 bedded cardiology ward. Belgrave Ward is a dynamic ward that is changing with the increasing demands on the St George's Cardiology service, a regional tertiary centre delivering high quality care. You will be expected to work as an excellent role model both for clinical skills and leadership. You will be part of multi-disciplinary team working together to provide quality service provision, excellent clinical management and safe and effective discharge processes.So if you are ambitious and have excellent leadership skills and can make a real difference for caring for cardiology patients this is the job for you.

About us

We expect all our staff to share the values that are important to the Trust, being Excellent, Kind, Responsible & Respectful, and behave in a way that reflect these St George's Healthcare NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expects that all staff will share in this commitment. The Trust is clear that all staff have a responsibility to be aware of children and adult safeguarding policies and procedures and that each member of staff, clinical and non-clinical, will attend child or adult safeguarding training that is provided at an appropriate level to suit their role. The Trust has the additional expectation that all staff will be able to identify concerns and know what action to take.

Job description

Job responsibilities

    • To ensure that nursing care is assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated

    using research evidence as appropriate.
    • To provide leadership, motivating the ward /department team to ensure

    excellent nursing care, providing support and the supervision of more junior staff.

    To ensure that all nursing procedures are carried out in accordance with St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust policies taking appropriate action in emergency situations.

    In conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, be responsible for setting, monitoring and maintaining excellent standards of care particularly for patients with multiple needs who require complex packages of care.

    Maintaining personal contact with patients, relatives and carers, being sensitive to their needs for courtesy, dignity and privacy and ensuring a friendly environment at all times.

    Managing the unit/department in the absence of the Ward Sister. Co-ordinating the clinical team and delegating duties as appropriate, maintaining safe staffing levels and informing the Senior Nurse of any problems or incidents that might arise.

    Ensuring that accurate and timely nursing records are maintained, monitoring standards and taking appropriate corrective action as necessary.

    Storing, checking and administering drugs in accordance with Trust policy,

    To work in an unsupervised capacity throughout all areas of the speciality

    including wards and outpatients.

    To prioritise own work and that of others to ensure the ward/department

    is managed effectively.

    To contribute to the local resolution, investigation and follow up action of any informal or formal complaints, taking the lead in the absence of the Ward Sister.

    To provide specialist knowledge and expertise in a specified clinical area or speciality.

    Co-ordinating the admission/reception of new patients in conjunction with the Bed Management Team.

    Arranging in consultation with the multidisciplinary team and the Bed

    Manager the discharge/transfer of patients and initiating appropriate community care services.

    Communicating and co-operating with other wards and departments giving

    accurate information as required, particularly with regard to notification of incidents and accidents to staff, patients and visitors.

    Maintaining and monitoring a safe and clean environment within the

    clinical area in accordance with the Trust Health and Safety, Clinical Risk and Infection Control Policies.

    Representing the ward/department at meetings participating in audit, research,

    Projects and co-ordinating the appointment of link nurses for areas of clinical expertise.

    Maintaining and monitoring levels of stock and ensuring that there are adequate supplies and that resources are used effectively.

    Handling, checking and storing patients cash and valuables in accordance with Trust policies.

    Undertake the completion of the ward/department staffing rota as a delegated

    Duty, ensuring that there are appropriate staffing levels and skill mix to meet patient care needs.

    To take appropriate action to address unexpected changes and situations,

    informing the on call Senior Nurse or Manager as necessary.

    To be familiar with and use the PAS system and any other computerised

    system integral to the running of the service.

    To actively contribute to Clinical Governance and achieving the goals of the Service Delivery Unit and the Nursing Strategy.

    To demonstrate a willingness to lead and motivate a team, providing clear direction and consistent leadership at all times.

    In conjunction with the Ward Sister assist in the recruitment

    selection and retention of nursing staff.

    In consultation with the Ward Sister take a lead role in the education and assessment of all pre and post registration students in accordance with the University and Trust requirements.

    Undertake the regular performance review of staff, setting clear and achievable objectives appropriate to the grade and role.

    Ensure that all nursing staff attend mandatory training and that attendance is accurately recorded at ward/department level.

    To be responsible for personal and professional development and practice,

    recognising own limitations and the need for continuing education

    To take a lead in initiating, implementing and evaluating new ideas and

    changes in clinical practice.

    In conjunction with the Ward Sister plan and participate in the orientation of new staff and the development of junior staff.

    Promote health education and provide appropriate information and advice

    to patients and their carers.

    Participate in and lead quality initiatives to promote and ensure that nursing care is evidence and research based.

    To act in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses,

    Midwives and Health Visitors and to be accountable for own clinical practice and professional actions at all times.

    Ensure continued and effective registration with the NMC.

    To have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of self and others and to comply at all times with the requirements of the Health and Safety Policy.

    To ensure confidentiality at all times, only releasing confidential information obtained during the course of employment to those acting in an official capacity.

    To promote equal opportunities for staff and patients in accordance with St

    Georges Healthcare and University policies to ensure that no person receives less favourable treatment than another on grounds of sex, race, marital status, religion, colour, creed, nationality, ethnic or national origin or sexual orientation.

    Be aware of and work within the policies of St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust carrying out such duties as may be required and are consistent with the responsibility of the grade.


    Junior Sister band 6

    Person Specification



    Method of Assessment

    Professional/Clinical Qualifications and Experience

    RN (general)

    Minimum of three years post registration experience, of which 12 months must be in cardiology as a band 6.

    Must be competent in 12 lead ECG and rhythm strip interpretation.

    Awareness of professional responsibilities.

    Knowledge of current nursing issues.

    Studying towards a MSC

    Application Form/CV


    Professional portfolio

    Organisational Management

    Ability to prioritise work and to co-ordinate the ward or department

    Ability to assess, plan and evaluate patient care according to individual needs.

    Demonstrates an understanding of the application of leadership skills

    Has good verbal and written communication abilities

    Reliable with a good attendance record

    Computer literate


    Professional portfolio

    Education and Research

    Demonstrates knowledge of the application of evidence based practice

    Relevant Specialist Course/s e.g. ECG, Arrhythmia.

    Evidence of Professional Development

    Must undertake relevant work related course/s e.g. management within 12 months of being appointed

    Demonstrates an understanding of the assessment process for student nurses

    Has knowledge of Individual performance review

    Teaching experience

    Recognised Mentorship/Teaching qualification e.g. ENB 998, Mentorship Module.

    Attended appraisal training.


    Professional portfolio



    Motivates and demonstrates enthusiasm for the clinical speciality.

    Demonstrates a caring and sensitive approach to patient care.

    Adaptable and responsive to changing needs.

    Able to use own initiative.

    Ability to identify stress in self and others and to take effective action to manage the situation.

    Clinical Leadership Programme


    Professional portfolio


    Person Specification

    Professional/Clinical Qualifications and Experience


    • RN (general)
    • Minimum of three years post registration experience, of which 12 months must be in cardiology as a band 6
    • Must be competent in 12 lead ECG and rhythm strip interpretation
    • Awareness of professional responsibilities
    • Knowledge of current nursing issues.


    • Studying towards a MSC

    Organisational Management


    • Ability to prioritise work and to co-ordinate the ward or department
    • Ability to assess, plan and evaluate patient care according to individual needs.
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the application of leadership skills
    • Has good verbal and written communication abilities


    • Computer literate

    Education and Research


    • Demonstrates knowledge of the application of evidence based practice
    • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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