Junior Sister / Charge Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We currently have vacancies for Junior Sister(s) / Charge Nurse(s) to join our vibrant and diverse team on Ansty Ward.

We are looking for an experienced nurse to join the team to assist the Ward Manager in managing a 26 bed Urology and Digestive Diseases Ward. We are a fast paced ward which also cares for some Day Surgery patients.

We have a full time and a part time position available.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be motivated with effective leadership skills. You will be able to work autonomously whilst also being an important part of the multidisciplinary team.

As a Junior Sister / Charge Nurse on Ansty Ward, you will be required to deputise for the Ward Manager on occasions. You main duties will also include staff supervision, Appraisals, as well as direct patient care.

Ideally you will have significant surgical nursing experience.

Ansty Ward is supported by a Clinical Educator and Clinical Specialist Nurses are a part of our wider team. We offer a supportive and friendly working environment and opportunities to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills.

About us

The Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Haywards Heath is part of the University Hospital Sussex NHS Trust which has 4 acute teaching hospitals.

We provide District General hospital services to our local population in and around Brighton and Hove, Mid Sussex and the western part of East Sussex and more specialised and tertiary services for patients across Sussex and the South East of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To support the ward manager in providing effective clinical leadership that ensures patient safety at all times together with high quality patient care.
  • To assist the ward Manager in the effective management of prevention and control of infection within the ward area.
  • You will be able to communicate effectively both within the department and to external partners.
  • To manage a small team of nurses and be responsible for mentoring and assessing their skills and be responsible for their annual appraisals.
  • To manage to work within allocated resources and assist in the management of the budget.
  • To act as role model and expert practitioner.
  • To undertake delegated responsibility in the absence of the ward manage
  • To manage the day to day activity with the ward to allow flow through the ward in a timely manner to reduce the LOS and ensure that quality of care is maintained throughout the 24 hour period
  • Participates in ensuring effective multidisaplinary communication links within the digestive diseases ward and department and in areas within the trust.
  • To communicate and discuss with senior members of staff @ awaydays and meetings.
  • To adhere to NMC guidelines on documentation accountability and responsibility for record keeping.
  • Responsible for effective shift handovers ensuring relevant detail is communicated and identifies and challenges any unprofessional or subjective comments made about patients.
  • Participates in ward rounds showing knowledge of the up to date situation and condition of the patients, with the ability to be able to present this concisely in an appropriate manner encouraging one stop ward rounds.
  • Responsible for the discharge of patients from the ward and to manage complex patient case conferences which may involve end of life care.
  • Support families and carers to understand complicated medical conditions.
  • Recognize poor standards of care amongst the MDT and be able to highlight these to the appropriate personnel at an appropriate time.
  • To maintain correct standards of uniform and personal appearance, as indicated in the Dress Code & Uniform Policy.
  • Report / action any accidents, incidents or undue occurrences reported or witnessed.
  • Take an active role in the management of risks, in line with Trust and Directorate policy
  • Ensure your role has a positive influence on key performance indicators.
  • Seek consistently to improve nursing practice in line with evidence, recent best practice innovations and new developments.
  • Proactively manage ward level complaints and report to senior staff so that they can be dealt with according to Trust Policy.
  • Maintain flexibility with staff rosters in order to provide cover with the optimum skill mix, making best use of available resources.
  • Deal with patient/relative complaints proactively.

Person Specification



  • Registered nurse



  • Mentorship qualification / further education



  • Management / leadership experience



  • Urology experience

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 Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


The Princess Royal Hospital

Haywards Heath

RH16 4EX

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