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Senior Sister / Charge Nurse / SODP

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly skilled and ambitious Band 7 to come and join our Cardiothoracic Theatre Team as the Paediatric / Congenital Team Leader in the outstanding Freeman Hospital.

We are interested in hearing from Theatre Practitioners who have extensive theatre scrub experience that are looking to further develop their strong leadership and managerial skills.

Paediatric / Congenital Cardiothoracic scrub experience is desirable however not essential as training in the specialty will be given.

It is a demanding but rewarding post supporting our cardiothoracic surgical activity. Our unit has 5 operating theatres that work to full capacity, one of which is an emergency theatre. You will receive excellent support and supervision from our Matron, Senior Nursing Staff, Clinical Educator and the rest of our clinical team.

You will need to be a Registered Nurse or Registered ODP with experience at Band 6 level in theatre scrub and have a post registration qualification.

You will have a flexible attitude, excellent communication skills and thrive working in a busy theatre department
  • Interview Date 20/06/202
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy

Main duties of the job

o To provide a visible, accessible and authoritative clinical presence to staff, children, young people and their families, taking responsibility to ensure the safety and quality of theatre practice within theatres is met.o To assess, plan, implement and evaluate care provision in partnership with the child, family and all members of the multi-disciplinary team.o Ensure all equipment and resources are available to perform procedures according to the individual needs of the child.o When required, provide day today support to the clinical areas ensuring appropriate concerns are escalated to Matron and Clinical Directoro Demonstrate expert knowledge and skills in use of surgical equipment covering individual specialities and surgeon preferences, updating and implementing new Practiceso To lead, delegate and liaise with all members of the multi-disciplinary team ensuring appropriate skill levels and experience are available to ensure a safe patient journey through the department.o Ensure policies / protocols are updated, monitored and maintained to continually improve patient care.o To lead the preparation and checking of theatre, making ready for use all equipment and instruments for the daily theatre list.o Ensure all cleaning and maintenance is undertaken on a daily and as required basis.o Ensure all faults are reported and rectified effectively and efficiently.o Identify and act upon risks using the risk management process

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

Rated 'Outstanding' by theCQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The Senior Sister / Charge Nurse / SODP has 24 hour accountability, including line managing for their ward / department. They must deliver quality nursing care by ensuring appropriate systems and processes are in place to ensure the continuity of safe and effective care at all times.
  • Deputises for Matron as required / appropriate.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered, pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of achievement in current post and on-going professional development
  • Knowledge and understanding of current relevant NHS policy context


  • Specialist course in area of practice



  • Have developed skills in professional accountability in a leadership role
  • Good IT skills
  • Intravenous drug administration
  • Venepuncture and intravenous cannulation
  • Scrub skills relevant to speciality / anaesthetic skills appropriate to speciality



  • Experience of leading a nursing team at SR/CN level or equivalent
  • Extensive clinical practice or specialist qualification in relevant specialty
  • Experience of adult / child safeguarding
  • Audit / research experience
  • Experience of managing and leading nursing / clinical teams
  • Relevant specialist qualification / experience


  • Experience of developing a nursing team at SR/CN level



  • Registered Nurse (appropriate to branch)/ Registered Operating Department Practitioner
  • Current NMC / HCPC registration
  • Degree level knowledge or working towards completion (i.e. on pathway)
  • Meets Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) / Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements for mentorship if relevant to role


  • Master's degree
  • Leadership / management qualification

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Freeman Hospital

317 01 Freeman Hospital


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