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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a secondment for one year for a suitably experienced Staff Nurse to step up into a band 6 Junior Sister/Charge Nurse post on our Care of the Elderly Ward E51 at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

We are a progressive 27 bedded care of the elderly ward and by joining us you will have the opportunity to help us achieve our goals and in return we will commit to your ongoing development to support your ongoing career progression and you will be fully supported by the Ward Manager, Directorate Matron and Directorate Senior Management Team.

The right candidate will have strong communication skills and proven leadership qualities and be motivated and have the ability to motivate others. You will be expected to manage the ward in the absence of the Ward Manager and will work together to ensure safe staffing levels at all time. You will act as mentor and preceptor for junior members of the team and will maintain professional standards by acting as a role model.

Main duties of the job

You must have worked as a staff nurse in an elderly care environment and excellent communication skills are essential in addition to proven teaching and assessing skills.

You will be someone who is excited by the prospect of providing the best possible care for our elderly patients and passion about helping the Ward Manager to develop and nurture the nursing team. Someone who is dynamic in their thinking as well as someone who can support the ongoing quality improvement initiatives on the ward.

You will have good leadership skills, interpersonal skills and a flexible approach to work. It is also essential that you are able to provide professional direction, advocating excellence in clinical practice at all times. You will be able to work autonomously and effectively within the multidisciplinary team and maintain a patient focused positive experience and environment.

You will also be able to work clinically on the ward floor to deliver or oversee care delivery as well as effectively managing the staff rota, attending meetings, deal with complaints and ensure all audits are completed on time in the absence of the ward Manager.

We fully support a multi-disciplinary team approach and we work together to ensure our patients receive the highest standards of care and that they also have a safe and effective discharge and your role will be pivotal in helping to lead the team in order to drive this forward.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description for full details.

To be responsible and accountable for the safe, effective and compassionatenursing care for all patients in ward/department area.

To exercise accountability as set out in the NMC Code

To supervise, support and educate junior members of the team, acting as a rolemodel

Support ward/department manager to ensure organisational goals/objectives aremet within ward/department

When taking charge of the ward/department or in the absence of theward/department manager, is directly responsible for ensuring that clinical,professional and cleanliness standards are maintained in the entireward/department

To ensure effective communication internally and externally regarding patientcare and resources

To comply with the trusts vision, values and behavioural compact.

Person Specification



  • Current Part 1 NMC registration.
  • Evidence of CPD.
  • Degree in nursing studies or evidence that currently working towards this.


  • Management and leadership qualification, or course attendance or working towards Mentorship or teaching qualification.

Physical Skills


  • Ability to assist patients to move as per Trust Moving and Handling Policy.



  • Experience as a Band 5.
  • Thorough understanding of contemporary nursing issues.
  • Evidence of leading change management in ward/dept area.
  • Evidence of practice development.
  • Experience of coordinating a team in caring for patients from admission to discharge.


  • Expertise within the speciality.
  • Experience of line management of staff.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Awareness of national health and social care policy.
  • Knowledge of best practice in area of specialism.
  • Thorough understanding of expanded roles/professional practice issues.
  • Clinical teaching experience.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassurance skills are required.
  • Able to work without supervision.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft office packages.
  • Proven interpersonal skills.
  • Mentorship skills.
  • Appraisal skills.
  • Evidence of competency in relation to nursing practices appropriate to the post.


  • Understanding of budget and financial control systems.

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