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Sister/Charge Nurse (XR06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have what it takes to progress to the role of Sister / Charge Nurse on L16?

Do you have an interest in cardiac surgery and developing care for surgical patients?

Do you have ideas to progress staff development and HOBS skills?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Registered Nurse to join the team on the 28 bedded Adult Cardiac Surgery/Cardiology Ward. The ward provides pre and post-operative care for both acute and elective patients undergoing cardiac surgery and patients admitted to hospital with a broad range of cardiology conditions.

We are looking to recruit a a dynamic staff member who will work well as part of the multi-disciplinary team, maintaining high standards of clinical practice while supporting staff on a shift by shift basis. The successful applicant will be able to rise to the challenge of a busy ward environment and possess the energy and drive required to support the Senior Sister in ensuring the highest quality care is delivered.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will play an essential role assisting the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse with the 24 hour continuing responsibility for the effective and efficient management of the ward / department. They will contribute to the provision of professional, clinical, managerial leadership and supervision for the nursing team. The jobholder is responsible for helping to develop and maintain a ward or departments philosophy that has the patient at the centre of compassionate safe and quality care delivery. Through assisting with managing the administrative and financial aspects of the ward, the jobholder will support the cost effective use of resources.

About us

Come and join our team in Leeds and become part of The Leeds Way sharing our vision and values. Our Trust is recognised for our staff engagement, great care and rated GOOD by the Care Quality Commission.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest acute health providers in the UK and based in one of the fastest growing and vibrant cities in the north.

At Cardio-Respiratory CSU, we aim to be a fair and supportive CSU with positive, caring teams who are champions of the Leeds Way values. Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principal Duties and Areas of Responsibility


Support Senior Sister / Charge nurse in providing leadership to the clinical team

Support and inspire staff to provide efficient, effective, safe, quality care to patients

Deliver a positive patient experience

Promote the building of effective teams and collaboration between teams

Anticipate problems and take preventative or mitigating actions, or have contingency plans available

Assist in the line management of the nursing team, including individual and team performance, attendance, management and workforce planning

Help to ensure the effective deployment of staff is mapped against the flow of patients to provide safe and effective care

Support and participate in local and trust-wide recruitment events

Help to manage the use of bank and agency

Support the senior sister / charge nurse to Investigate and respond to accidents, complaints, untoward incidents and other significant events

Support in the delivery of an effective, safe, quality service within budgetary envelope

Raise and respond to concerns with regards to risk, danger, malpractice or wrongdoing by following the LTHT whistle blowing policy and supporting processes

Deputise for Senior Sister / Charge Nurse in their absence


Act in accordance to the Nursing and Midwifery Councils Code: Professional Standards Practice and Behaviour (March, 2015)

Fulfils the requirements as directed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to maintain and revalidate registration

Supervise ward staff with regards clinical practice and patient experience to promote the delivery of excellent clinical standards

Provide a visible clinical lead and role model to the nursing and wider team by delivering high quality compassionate care as an expert practitioner

Ensure that documentation standards are maintained in accordance with NMC and LTHT guidelines, whether written or computerised.

Promote and maintain positive working relationships between all staff, internal and external to the Trust, involved in the care of patients

Help to set, monitor and seek to continuously improve standards and the quality of patient care, including those standards defined in local and national guidance

Maintain a safe working environment

Ensure the safe use and efficient management of equipment and supplies

Promote compassionate evidence based practice, wherever possible

Work with Senior Sister / Charge Nurse to ensure that clinical governance processes at ward/dept level encompass measures to ensure the quality of the fundamental and essential aspects of care

Balance clinical risk and clinical decision making against context

Work with the Infection Prevention and Control Team and Facilities to monitor the environment to maintain and raise standards

Undertake duties on other wards or departments as and when required by the service

Act in such a way that safeguards the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults at all times. Is familiar with and adheres to the LTHT safeguarding policies.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (RN Adult for adult clinical areas or RN Child for childrens areas (Level 1 or 2)
  • A post registration qualification related to cardiac surgery / cardiology eg ecg course, deteriorating patients knowledge, diabetes management, infection prevention knowledge.
  • HOBs nursing skills and competency in all aspects of HOBs care.


  • Recognised teaching/assessing qualification
  • Mental health / wellbeing experience / training
  • Leadership skills courses
  • Cardiothoracic / cardiology course

Skills & behaviours


  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Current issues in health and social care


  • Skills and knowledge required to lead and develop team members



  • Significant post registration experience at staff nurse level or equivalent
  • An ability to be an advocate for patients and colleagues and to escalate concerns when necessary.
  • Competency and experience in co-ordinating the ward


  • Clinical Experience within the specialty

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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