Sister/Charge Nurse - Band 6 - Ward G4

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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We are looking for a motivated, passionate and experienced nurse with a passion for medical nursing. The successful candidate will be part of a leadership team and will need to be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, team working skills and be dedicated to improving patient outcomes.

You will be joining a well-supported team with opportunities for leadership development. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate continuing professional development and a strong commitment to develop others. We will offer support for your ongoing professional development and training to widen your experience.

G4 is a 32-bed ward specialises in supporting elderly patients following an acute episode of ill health, recognising the complexity of their needs and the importance of reducing the length of stay (LOS) to prevent them losing their independence. G4 is a fast-paced medical ward that gives the nursing team the opportunity to work with all members of the multidisciplinary team, resulting in high standards of patient care, which is something that we are all passionate about. G4 pride themselves in being a welcoming, supportive and friendly team. We are keen on staff development, caring for patients with varied and complex medical conditions, which will in turn provide our staff with plenty of learning opportunities and the prospect to develop new skills.

Please contact Rosie Cawston, Ward Manager on 01284 713179 for an informal discussion or to arrange a visit.

Main duties of the job

As a senior member of the team, you will be responsible for:

Acting as a role model, demonstrating high levels of clinical expertise. Providing leadership on clinical shifts, managing the staff, coordinating the shift and ensuring patient safety at all times.

Active involvement in quality data recording and audit collection in order to ensure the patients are receiving the best possible standards of care and monitor for areas of improvements.

Facilitating a learning environment for staff and students to the ward. Staff development is a key element to the role of a charge nurse/sister, supporting the nursing team to develop and learn and ensuring the competency of colleagues. Alongside this the successful applicant will be required to complete appraisals for the team members, identifying learning opportunities and areas for development.

Sickness management of the ward staff and ensuring efficient rostering system for the ward.

Working together with the ward manager, deputising in their absence, to provide support in ensuring the safe, highest standards and quality to the ward, patients and their families.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities


To support the Ward Manager in leading the ward team and in doing so:
  • Act as a role model, demonstrating high levels of clinical expertise, leading, managing and delivering individual patient care.
  • Proactively promote staff development ensuring its relevance to the practice area and individual needs.
  • Facilitate a learning environment for staff and students allocated to the area.
  • Deputise in the absence of the Ward Manager, managing staff and physical resources effectively.

Person Specification



  • Previous experience at Band 5 level
  • Teaching experience
  • Management experience
  • Research awareness


  • Awareness of the Trusts financial and governance goals and specifics to Ward G4
  • Previous experience in an Acute care setting

Personal Qualities


  • Leadership qualities
  • Team player
  • Communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Calm under pressure
  • Commitment to delivering high quality service
  • Ability to show empathy and compassion to patients and relatives
  • Flexible approach to working hours to meet needs of the service
  • Time Management skills



  • NMC Registration
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • ILS
  • Diploma in Nursing


  • ALS
  • Working towards degree
  • Preparation for Mentorship

Skills and Abilities


  • Mentorship skills
  • IV Drug Administration
  • IT skills
  • Able to act up for Unit Manager


  • Venepuncture
  • Cannulation
  • Arterial Blood Gas collection
  • Proficient with E-Care

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

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospitals Nhs Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St. Edmunds


IP33 2QZ

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