Ward Sister

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Sherborne, Dorset
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata for part time
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you patient-centred, committed to delivering high quality care, have excellent clinical and communication skills, a 'can do' attitude that can inspire the team to have the desire to work alongside you and achieve the best for the patients in our care.

The Willows is a very busy inpatient ward within a thriving community hospital. The willows consists of two wards Beech which is 16 beds specialising in mainly older persons rehabilitation where are nursing staff and wider multi-disciplinary team provide complex care needs to a very high standard. Rowan ward is an 11 bedded ward specialising in stroke / neurological rehabilitation. Recently there has been significant investment in developing our stroke service which will mean an increase in the bed numbers for our stroke patients within Dorset.

We are looking for a band 6 ward sister who will work collaboratively with our current ward sisters, supporting the senior sister in ensuring that our team have the support and skills to provide exceptional care to our patients across both wards who is motivated to make a real difference with a caring and compassionate attitude excellent team-working skills, communication, and assessment skills.

We are very proud of the excellent care we give at the Yeatman. Recently awarded Gold Standard Framework Platinum status for End-of-Life Care.

Main duties of the job

We are a forward thinking supportive multidisciplinary team. It is a very exciting time at the Yeatman with the development of many services, at Dorset HealthCare we offer plenty of opportunities to develop your clinical and management skills.

To provide a high quality person centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity.

To undertake assessment of patients / service users care needs, and develop programmes of care as part of the wider multi-disciplinary care team.

Recognise, assess and manage risk across the immediate and wider working environment and make appropriate decision autonomously ensuring statutory requirements are met

To provide advice to patients/ service users and carers regarding their care.

To plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

Provide supervision, mentorship, and clinical support to students and junior staff in the team.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact dhc.wideningparticipation@nhs.net to access the support.

If you would like to find out more about the role, the team or the hospital then please contact us and we can arrange a visit to come and meet our amazing team

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Registered practitioner to degree / diploma level supplemented by diploma level specialist training and / or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role

Job Specific Experience


  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relevant to Practice
  • Ability to evaluate care leading to improvement in quality standards and service improvement
  • Ability to teach staff new to the clinical area, less experienced staff, students and members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to demonstrate highly developed physical skills where accuracy is important such as in the manipulation of fine tools and materials for patient interventions


  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Experience of managing change

Managerial/Supervisory Experience


  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively, and supervise others' work

Personal Qualities/Attributes


  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation in both verbal and written form for example with staff, patients / service users, visitors or external organisations in the exchange of complex,sensitive or contentious information, which will require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills
  • Able to overcome barriers to understanding where there are physical or mental disabilities
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities such as organising own time and that of junior staff and learners, planning off duty rota and undertaking discharge planning involving co-ordination with other agencies
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities and the ability to perform as a role model

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