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Junior Sister

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen on Fielding Ward for a 6 month secondment development opportunity. The successful candidate will support the Ward Sister and provide excellent clinical leadership to the whole team whilst enabling you to develop your own management and leadership skills.

The ward is a fast turnover environment. You will require the skills to be able to work under pressure, use your initiative and have the ability to work as part of a large MDT team, you will also have the opportunity to develop skills and gain competencies by working within the department and gaining an understanding of caring for cardiac patients.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who can provide strong clinical and managerial leadership, with excellent communication skills.

This role requires a close working relationship with our multi-professional team to ensure that evidence-based quality care is delivered with compassion to every patient and their families.

You will need to have high clinical standards with a passion for providing outstanding care for patients and staff alike. It is essential that you are good at promoting cooperation, building teams, and developing people for the future, as well as focusing on your own professional growth.

We are looking for someone who is qualified as Practice Assessor and is keen to support and develop new skills for our junior staff, and who will listen and lead to make a difference to our patients and their families.

Main duties of the job

To provide effective clinical and managerial leadership of a ward, in the absence of the senior Ward Sister, which empowers staff to deliver patient- centred, evidence-based nursing care within a defined budget.

Establish systems for a multi-disciplinary approach to patient-centred care delivery, which builds on the philosophy of greater involvement of patients and their relatives/carers by using the Trusts patient and public involvement strategy.

Supports the Senior Ward Sister and in her absence is responsible for all aspects of staff management, including the recruitment process of staff, sickness and performance monitoring, adhering to Trust Human resource policies, to ensure a fair and consistent approach when dealing with staff issues, under the guidance of the Matron or Associate Director of Patient Care.

Contributes to creating an environment that is conducive to learning, by providing reading material and teaching sessions for a group of staff, or on a one-to-one basis and give support to staff undertaking new or advanced roles.

Take responsibility for ensuring on a shift-by-shift basis, that the Trust policy for clinical incident reporting is followed. Support the Senior Ward Sister to use the learning from incidents in a positive way to develop or change practice.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification



  • RGN Registration
  • Teaching/Mentorship Qualification


  • First Level/Supervisory Management Qualification or Course



  • Up to date knowledge of current evidence-based practice in nursing
  • Basic knowledge of the Patient and Public Involvement agenda


  • Evidence of or knowledge of how to manage conflict



  • Proven experience of clinical leadership of a team and leading a team through change

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Road



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