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Sister / Charge Nurse

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Sister / Charge Nurse to join the highly skilled nursing team on C6 Leukaemia & Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Unit at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). There are two posts available on a fixed term basis (9-12 months & 18 months).

This is an excellent opportunity to help lead the team in providing the highest standards of patient centred care and delivering specialist treatments. We have some of the best patient outcomes in Europe and strive to always improve in every aspect of the care that we give.

We are a 21 bedded ward caring for patients with haematological malignancies and undergoing bone marrow transplants and cellular therapy. We operate a 24 hour service and there will be a requirement to work a variety of shifts including nights. We work with one nurse to three patients depending on patient acuity and workload.

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


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.

At UHS we are committed to providing a flexible working environment. We believe that it benefits everyone if we achieve a positive work-life balance. Whether you are balancing family, study or your wellbeing with your career, we want to support you so you can help our patients.

We're proud to have been voted in the Top Five acute Trusts for our commitment to supporting our staff to achieve work-life balance.

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 and life insurance.

Job description

Job responsibilities


In this role, youll plan, implement, and evaluate care and, in conjunction with the ward manager, youll be involved with auditing standards of care carried out by our nursing team. You will also:
  • keep up to date with clinical developments in Cellular Therapies
  • be involved with auditing standards of care carried out by the nursing team
  • maintain your own competence and knowledge within your particular area of specialism

Youll supervise the professional work of nursing staff and be expected to exercise good leadership skills. Youll act as a role model to our staff, encouraging effective working relationships and the development of a cohesive nursing team

We are looking for highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic nurses with a genuine interest in haematology and stem cell transplantation nursing along with a commitment to continuous learning, teamwork and mutual support. Ability to manage conflicting demands on time working clinically and managing office responsibilities is essential.

In return we will offer you the opportunity to attend courses focusing on the speciality and leadership. These courses include the Acuity course, Fundamentals to Cancer Care, Leadership Masterclasses, Advanced Communication Course and many more. You will be supported in a supernumerary period where you will have the opportunity to shadow band 6 sisters and staff/bed bleep holder. An individually tailored training programme will be developed to support your learning needs. In addition, you will have regular 1:1s with the senior sister.

C6 is accredited by Joint Accreditation Committee for Stem Cell Transplant (JACIE).
You will need to have considerable post registration experience with appropriate post qualification study within the field of cancer nursing. You will need to be able to demonstrate competency in intravenous therapy and chemotherapy administration.

You will need to demonstrate proven acute care skills and a thorough understanding of current acute health service issues. Proven professional development to degree level is desirable.

You will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to effectively manage change and be forward thinking. You should be keen to manage and develop the team, as well as eager to develop your own leadership skills. Evidence of your ability to create an effective learning environment is essential. You will need to be able to demonstrate excellent clinical skills and be able to mentor junior colleagues and students in their development.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 13th June 2023

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person Specification

Skills and competencies


  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Communication
  • Self-motivated
  • Problem solving skills
  • Delegation
  • Leadership
  • Motivational
  • Teamwork
  • General IT skills

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Qualified Nurse (Degree/Diploma)
  • Registered nurse on appropriate part of the register
  • Significant post registration experience, including experience and knowledge within relevant speciality
  • Ward management experience
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute Health Service
  • Experience in an acute hospital setting
  • Provide evidence of supporting /managing a range of learners in practice
  • Provide evidence of supporting colleagues to promote effective learning in practice
  • Ability to demonstrate clinical decision making and judgement
  • Commitment to the post and Care Group responsibilities
  • Commitment to continuing professional development


  • A Speciality Qualification
  • Appraisal skills
  • Act in the role of Practice Assessor or supporting the progression of learners / supporting challenges as needed
  • Some insight into budget management
  • Experience in handling adverse events and complaints

Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

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