Junior Sister / Charge Nurse

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 junior Sister on Allebone Stroke rehabilitation Ward

If you are someone who has a passion for learning new skills ,working in a well established MDT team and working alongside patients to assist with their rehabilitation journey this may be the perfect opportunity for you .

Responsible for the delivery of high-quality care to the stroke patients and supporting the ward manager to provide a safe and effective environment for the patients and the staff. Responsible for overseeing the ward in conjunction with the ward sister to deliver the best possible care to the patients. To work as an effective member of the team and support the junior staff in developing and progressing in their role.

Main duties of the job

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post and it does not form part of the contract of employment. If the duties of the post change and develop the job description will be reviewed and will be subject to amendment, in consultation with the postholder.

It is the Trust's aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible the Trust reserves the right to effect changes to the postholder's job description after consultation with them.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Supporting Clinical Excellence

Take responsibility for the management and organisation of the clinical area when on duty.

Participates as an active member of the nursing team, accountable for your practice and role modelling the highest standards of care to all members of the team.

Assists in leading the team in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care of patients admitted to the department in accordance with Trust and directorate pathways.

Acts as a senior support for staff with recognition and implementation of care for changes in the patient condition.

Has in-depth knowledge of infection control policies, with practical experience and principles in relation to the clinical environment, patient care, the prevention of cross infection, outbreak management, good hand hygiene and environmental cleaning.

Undertake the Trust Corporate and Directorate specific development and competency programmes.

Undertake any expanded roles deemed necessary following the Trusts policy

Expansion of Professional Practice for Registered Healthcare Practitioners.

Responsible for the safe supply, storage, administration, checking and disposal of medications including controlled drugs.

Communicates proactively with all staff on the clinical condition and treatment plan of patients and ensures accurate nursing records are maintained by all staff.

Actively involves patients, relatives and carers in their treatment and encourages staff to facilitate and enable individuals to assist in their own recovery.

Contributes to and oversees the safe and effective discharge planning of patients informing the discharge team of issues and patient /relative requirements/requests.

Support and participate in Pathway to Excellence revalidation, demonstrating the philosophy of the accreditation programme


Lead by example with drive and enthusiasm, responding appropriately to the needs of patients, families and carers.

Responsible for assisting with the management and leadership of a designated department, maintaining an appropriate management style that maintains good morale, a team approach to work and a culture which fosters innovation and change.

Sets high standards of nursing care for the department, including department cleanliness, nutrition etc., are maintained so that the patients experience is excellent.

Represents the team and organisation at professional meetings as requested and feeds back information appropriately.

With due regard to Risk Management policies and procedures, assists with using local data to ensure the environment is safe for patients, relatives, carers and staff.

To be a visible, accessible and assertive figure to whom staff, patients and relatives can turn for assistance and guidance.

In the absence of the Sister, be a pivotal figure drawing together the multidisciplinary team towards their shared goal of excellence in patient care.

Influence people and events through successful communication, negotiation and persuasion skills.

Assist with developing and using local and national networks to identify and introduce to the directorate best practice in the management and care of patients.

Constructively challenge practices as necessary, which impact on patients care and or staff wellbeing.

To be predominantly clinically based, dividing time equally between all areas within the job description.

Work in partnership with the senior nursing team and other Sisters to ensure the nursing strategy objectives are achieved.

Supporting Patient Excellence

In the absence of the Sister be a visible presence and act as the first contact point for patients, relatives and staff to address concerns and complaints.

To be courteous and helpful to patients, families/carers, colleagues and all users to the trust. To act as a positive role model to the team.

Responsible for the assessment of the care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of patient care

Work collaboratively and co-operatively with others to meet the needs of patients and their families/carers.

In the absence of the Sister to reinforce the culture that patients, relatives and carers participate and understand treatment plans.

To monitor activity and patient dependency, escalating any concerns to the Sister.

Adopt an open learning culture from clinical incidents and patient/staff feedback and implement improvements as necessary.

Co-ordinate the patients discharge arrangements in accordance with the

Trusts Local Discharge Policy.

Ensure the education of patients and their families/carers as required where a need has been identified

Actively undertake education, development and supervision of other staff members, assisting them in meeting work demands to provide a quality patient experience.

People/Management Excellence

Assist the Sister in the monitoring of workload and skill mix, planning off duty

and ensuring the ward operates effectively and safely.

Assist the Sister in the completion of a training needs analysis and ensure

compliance of the team with Trust expectations in relation to mandatory training and appraisals.

Assist the Sister in managing the team in accordance with Trust policies and procedure.

Participate in recruitment and selection of staff for the department including

orientation of new staff.

Promote and maintain a suitable learning environment for staff and act as a

assessor/facilitator/mentor/preceptor/coach in the supervision and teaching of

less experienced staff, supporting and facilitating the development of

competencies across all staff levels.

Contribute to annual appraisals and be responsible for own personal

performance/development plan. Promote staff wellbeing and resilience,

considering flexible rostering and working patterns.

To assist the Sister in the investigation of complaints and/or adverse

incidents, ensuring lessons are learnt and action plans implemented.

To assist the Sister with monthly one to ones with staff.

Maintains competent computer skills and be able to access patient details

and reports via the Trusts IT systems.

Supporting Financial Excellence

Develop and maintain an understanding of budgeting, supported by the


Responsible for the effective and efficient use of clinical and physical resources.

Maintain e-roster in line with Trust policy.

Professional Responsibilities

To be responsible for your own professional development, maintain a

professional portfolio and keep up to date on current nursing and health

service issues.

To take full responsibility for your own actions and to abide by The Code.

Maintain own knowledge and clinical skills demonstrating competence in

delivering a high standard of care.

To act as the Confirmer for staff Revalidation when applicable, acting as a

resource to empower staff to successfully complete the process.

To be conversant with all Nursing Policies and procedures.

Takes part in education and training programmes appropriately and feedback

knowledge gained to their team.

Maintain a current knowledge of professional issues, ensuring continued

professional development is maintained.

Identify learning needs in self, negotiating a Personal Development Plan

recognising own limitations.

To successfully complete and maintain Band 6 competencies and

demonstrate compliance through annual appraisal.

Demonstrate and maintain knowledge and skill to manage infection

prevention measures including the use of professional protective equipment.

Ensure all staff within the department adhere to infection prevention principles

Quality Assurance and Monitoring

Person Specification

application form


  • NMC registered
  • willing to undergo further training
  • basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • ward based eperience


  • supervisory qualification
  • knowledge of stroke
  • knowledge of MDT working
  • management of sickness

scenario question


  • Knowledge and understanding of IT and organisational skills.

application form


  • NMC registered

application form


  • secondary education

application form


  • knowledge of psychological support fro stroke patient

application form /interview


  • ability to work in a team

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


northampton general hospital

cliftonville road



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