Sister/Charge Nurse

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum/pro rata
Closing date
13 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
Due to an exciting investment in children's services within County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced childrens nurse to work as a sister/charge nurse on Treetops paediatric ward at University Hospital North Durham.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic childrens nurse to support the nursing team and the ward manager in taking the childrens service forward. The successful candidate will be supporting new ways of working, delivering high standards of care whilst having the opportunity to expand their knowledge and gain experience around management of staffing, budgets etc.

Main duties of the job

Your role will be to support staff and work within the multi-disciplinary team within childrens services. You will support and develop the team through change and will have a proactive role in the development of clinical standards and teaching within Childrens services. You will develop links with other departments/agencies within the Trust to ensure the delivery of an effective service for children and their families and will provide nursing care to children with varying medical and surgical conditions.

You will have responsibility for the management of the department ensuring high quality patient care whilst maintaining and improving performance. The post holder has clinical teaching and managerial responsibilities and will be in charge of a small team of nurses, HCAs and play specialists for which they are responsible for their development and management. You will provide strong leadership and have extensive knowledge and expertise in this area of nursing. You will be responsible to the Ward Manager and will be expected to deputise in their absence.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

To be eligible for Health and Care Worker visa sponsorship you will usually need to be paid at least �25,600 per year

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will have continuing responsibility for the management of the department ensuring that patients are provided with safe, high quality and compassionate care. You will advocate and promote the department and the trusts philosophy, values and standards.

Person Specification



  • RSCN / RN (Child)
  • PILS/EPALS certificate
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children training/awareness
  • NMC Registration


  • ENB 998/997. Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice. FLIP or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Management Experience
  • Leadership course



  • Significant paediatric nursing experience at Band 5
  • Participation in quality development and quality assurance activities
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work flexibly within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Clinical and enhanced skills in paediatric nursing

Statutory Registration


  • Registered with the NMC on Part 1 of the Register for Children

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • An understanding and knowledge of the management of common paediatric medical and surgical conditions
  • Safeguarding children training/awareness
  • Effective communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Team working
  • Priortiising workload and demonstrate organisational ability


  • Understanding of infection control principles
  • Understanding of perfromance targets
  • Managing a team

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

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospital Of North Durham

North Road



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