This job has expired

Senior Sister

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

View more

Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Southampton Neonatal Unit is looking for a band 7 Ward Leader to be join the team who are responsible for the day to day running of the department. We are looking for an inclusive leader with experience of leading teams and supporting change. If you are committed to providing the highest standard of patient care and ready to develop a culture of excellence and belonging, then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Southampton Neonatal Unit cares for a population across the South Coast region, providing intensive, high and special care as well as having a community outreach team. We host the regional transfer service, SONeT, ensuring that families receive care in the most appropriate hospital, closest to their home. We can offer a range of specialities to our patients here in Southampton, including neonatal surgery and cardiac services.

We are in a new stage of development for the department with an approved expansion plan to add capacity and improve the care environment. Moving forward, we are committed to developing a culture that is inclusive and supportive to all and this starts with our leadership team. We are looking for 24/7 leadership cover to ensure that we are maintaining both care standards and a positive working environment.
  • provide professional nursing leadership to the team
  • develop supportive working environment
  • enhance nursing practice and strategy
  • provide assurance that high quality care is delivered to patients
  • ensure that Trust requirements for monitoring and compliance are met
The applicant should be motivated, enthusiastic and able to work with maturity in pressurised situations. You will be expected to show:
  • ability to manage complex teams
  • Inclusive leadership with an ability to lead and challenge with kindness.
  • ability to prioritise and deliver against agreed objectives
  • excellent communication and leadership skills within a multidisciplinary team
  • high level problem solving, organisational skills and a positive approach to challenges
Interviews will be held on Friday, 23rd June 2023

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • 1st Level Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC Register
  • Recognised mentorship qualification and experience as a Sign Off mentor
  • Degree or working towards
  • Specialist Neonatal Qualification
  • Relevant clinical courses
  • Higher Education Institute approved course in supporting learners in practice. Provide evidence of supporting a range of learners in practice
  • Higher Education Institute approved course in supporting learners in practice. Provide evidence of supporting colleagues to promote effective learning in practice


  • Management Course (or equivalent)

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Extensive experience to include considerable experience at Band 6 level
  • Evidence of clinical leadership ability
  • Proven management experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of utilising evidence in practice
  • Logical and consistent career pattern


  • Broad range of post registration experience
  • Evidence of staff development and succession planning
  • Experience as an NMC sign off mentor or clinical practice assessor

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Expert clinical skills
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives
  • Ability to manage change
  • IT skills and ability to develop these skills further
  • Presentation skills


  • Experience of budgetary control
  • Experience of report writing

Special requirements of the post


  • Ability to work flexible hours and fulfil service requirements

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

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

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert