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Ward Sister/ Charge Nurse

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum or per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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The Wessex Regional Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Cancer Service is looking to appoint an enthusiastic ward sister/charge nurse to take a key role in the running and further development of the service. Based at the Southampton Cancer Centre, Southampton General Hospital (SGH). This post is available immediately to help run the C6 Teenage and Young Adult inpatient and outpatient areas.

A dedicated age appropriate facility for TYA patients (aged 16-24 years), funded by a charitable grant from the Teenage Cancer Trust, was opened at SGH in September 2013. It comprises 6 inpatient beds and 4 day care areas. The Unit serves young adult patients in the Central South Coast Region, Dorset and the Channel Islands. The post holder will be a pivotal member of the TYA multidisciplinary team which provides medical, social, psychological and emotional support to this patient population. The team comprises site specific oncology/haematology/palliative care consultants who have a specialist interest in the care of the TYA patient group, TYA nurse specialists and a lead nurse along with TYA specialist social workers and youth support workers funded by the YLvsC and the Teenage Cancer Trust. In addition, the team comprises specialist physiotherapists/occupational therapies/dietetics and psychologist. TYA nurse specialists are also based within the region providing geographical outreach.

Main duties of the job

Ward Sister/ Charge Nurse

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.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. 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.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Applicants should be able to deliver SACT administrationExtensive experience of Oncology or Haematology

Additional information

Applicants should be able to deliver SACT administration along with experience in the care of oncology or haematology patients. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a willingness to learn and work within a multidisciplinary team in changing environment, together with adaptability to clinical and service requirements.

The post has excellent educational opportunities. There are regular teaching components in clinics, ward rounds, multidisciplinary team meetings, journal clubs and research seminars. Practical experience in chemotherapy administration and other procedures is plentiful. They will also work across both inpatient and outpatient departments within the same unit.

The post will offer broad experience in the care of in-patients and out-patients in the management of the full range of malignancies observed in the TYA population including acute leukaemias, lymphomas, sarcomas, germ-cell tumours, brain tumour and others that occur less commonly. In addition the post holder will be involved in the supervised delivery of high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue and a range of clinical trials. They will carry out band 6 responsibilities, for example assisting the ward manager to help facilitate the running of the unit and shift leading to ensure patient receive high quality compassionate care.Commitment to Cancer Care rotas such as bleep shifts and working across the wider care group is essential.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Qualified Nurse (Degree/Diploma)
  • Registered nurse on appropriate part of the register
  • Neonatal life support qualification
  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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