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Ward Sister / Charge Nurse

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Working as a Ward Sister/ Charge Nurse entails great leadership, encompassing communication, collaborative working, innovating ways of working, and providing staff and patient safety at all times. You will be providing day to day leadership to the Nursing team within the ward, acting as a role model at all times whilst ensuring patients are receiving high quality evidence-based care.

You will adopt a highly visible and accessible approach for patients, their carers and relatives, and all staff within the MDT alike. You will lead by example and help to empower staff in their personal and professional development. There is an expectation to work closely with the medical team and other agencies, to ensure patient care is given safely, promptly and appropriately, encouraging proactive discharge planning, and promoting maximum independence for patients.

The post holder will be expected to be innovative with ways of working, and will strive to offer ideas which will develop the service and which best fit the demands made upon the ward environment, and will be encouraged and supported to challenge working practices in order to become as efficient as possible. You will utilise all learning opportunities and undertake supervision, mentorship and where appropriate teach registered and non-registered nursing staff.

The above will be carried out whilst complying with the Trust's values and expected behaviours.

Main duties of the job

  • To act with professionalism and integrity, being a role model to those around us and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity
  • Act as an advocate for staff, patients and relatives at all times
  • To provide a high-quality customer service which complies with relevant legislation and NHS Employment check standards
  • To assist the Ward Manager in the management of unit resources- budget, staffing, annual leave etc.
  • Initiate and implement duty rotas ensuring adequate skill mix to meet the needs of the clinical area
  • To be honest and learn from mistakes, and help to create a \no-blame culture were people feel able to share and learn from experiences together
  • identifies the patient's individual nursing care needs, and plan and implement care
  • To assist the ward manager with interviews and selection of nursing staff as required and build and maintain a skilled, cohesive supportive and effective team
  • To participate in educating staff and to be an NMC Assessor for student nurses
  • To work as part of a team demonstrating effective communication, and working collaboratively with colleagues inside and out of the department
  • Be aware of all hospital policies and procedures and collaborate with other health care professionals to ensure that these are observed
  • Recognise patients changing condition and seek the appropriate support and advice from senior staff
  • Work collaboratively with the team to improve the general health and wellbeing of staff and patients

About us

The nursing team on New Forrest have come together after a period of providing COVID-19 care throughout our pandemic. They have formed a bond that not many can say they share, which is very unique.

We are now in a position where we are now entering a new and exciting journey of becoming the trusts Diabetic and Endocrinology ward, where there will be opportunities for building and improving new ways of working, a bigger and better team, alongside learning about these specialities and we will do this by working in conjunction with both Nurse specialist teams and the Consultant team. With a great support network around you to be able to continue striving to be the best in what we do, this may lead on to specialist nursing in this area.

The medical and nursing team work together to ensure the safety of patients and staff within the ward to ensure the delivery of high-quality care to those who require our services. At the core of this team are the Ward Sisters, who on a day by day basis continue to be the link that hold both teams together, leading by example to role model how we

The requirement for the delivery of safe, high quality care is at the heart of all we do, and we take great pride in the professionalism of the team and our work, keeping the welfare and wellbeing of staff at the forefront of what we do. We want someone who has experience in this role to work within this peer group alongside the ward manager to develop the team and making this journey an even better one.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification .


Person Specification



  • Currently working at band 6 level
  • Mentorship/assessor training


  • leadership and management training
  • Evidence of CPD



  • Working in an acute area


  • Working/understanding an MDT



  • Venepuncture and cannulation
  • IV administration


  • Diabetes care (DKA/Sliding scales)

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