This job has expired

Junior Sister/Charge Nurse

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

View more

Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are seeking a Band 6 Junior Sister/Charge Nurse to join our team over 4 areas: Dove / DTC / CWU and MDU.

We provide highly specialised care for adults who have both a cancer and non-cancer diagnoses and cover a wide range of both medical, haematological and oncology diseases. Staff in this friendly and supportive team develop a range of advanced clinical skills and knowledge by rotating between the 4 departments within the service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will assist the Ward Managers/Senior Sisters in leading and managing a team of nurses across all 4 areas.

Working closely with the multi-disciplinary team, the post holder will demonstrate a high standard of individualised patient care.

The post holder will participate in the provision of care to patients, their families and carers working closely with the multi-disciplinary The post holder will demonstrate continuing professional development, reflecting individual needs, the needs of the team and the needs of the organisation.

The post holder will also have the specialist skills to administer cytotoxic chemotherapy and other specialist treatments e.g. Stem Cell Transplants. Training at first-degree level can be provided if needed.

The four units provide blood and supportive therapies so the post holder must be proficient in administering blood products.

About us

We will expect your values and behaviours to reflect the STAR Values of the organisation:

Service - We will put our patients first

Teamwork - We will work together

Ambition - We will aspire to provide the best service

Respect - We will act with integrity

Flexibility to meet the needs of Dove/DTC/CWU and MDU.

The successful applicant will be an NHS employee and may therefore have contact with vulnerable service users. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to take significant steps to protect the health and safety of our staff, service users and those attending our sites. In order to comply with our duty of care, we require our staff to have the COVID vaccine and we will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process. Vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an exemption applies.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assist the ward manager in the running of the ward, accepting responsibility for the management of the ward where indicated or in the absence of the ward manager. This may include effective management of issues arising from sickness and absence, return to work interviews and one to one interviews or appraisals
  • To assess patient needs, implement and evaluate patient care, throughout admission and in planning effective discharge, ensuring a high standard of patient care through own actions and as a role model to the nursing team.
  • To be responsible for the management of patients on the ward, ensuring nursing care is evidence based and conforms to trust guidelines, policies and procedures whilst promoting patient participation in care and assisting others to identify and meet the learning needs of patients and their relatives whilst in hospital.
  • To work with the Ward Managers/Senior Sisters to monitor and critically analyse patient care, identifying areas for development improvement, through audit and patient feedback.
  • To support the ward manager to make efficient and effective use of resources.
  • To maintain a professional and courteous manner, ensuring patient respect and dignity at all times.
  • To maintain effective communication and professional relationships with all areas within the unit, other clinical areas within the Trust and Tertiary Centre and external providers.
  • To promote and maintain a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for the patients, relatives, visitors and staff
  • To provide clinical advice and support to all staff, senior and junior, within the team. Participate in clinical supervision and the mentorship/facilitation of students.
  • To participate in the co-ordination of staff development, through identification of needs at appraisal and utilisation of all training, education and IT facilities.
  • To participate in the development of a programme of continuing education for all staff within the team, encouraging and supporting them to develop their practice and knowledge, learning from incidents and complaints.
  • To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of, and ensure that all staff adhere to, National, Trust and Directorate policies, protocols and procedures.
  • To assist in the appropriate staffing of the clinical area in accordance with the agreed staffing model and to participate in the recruitment and retention of staff.
  • To act immediately to resolve, where appropriate, and to work with the ward manager to investigate incidents, accidents, complaints.
  • To participate in the development, implementation and review of standard policies, procedures and clinical guidelines.
  • To fulfil link nurse roles in close co-operation with colleagues within and outside the area.
  • To attend meetings and act as a representative of the ward, department, directorate and Trust as directed by the ward manager.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Part 1
  • eaching/Mentorship qualification, ENB or City & Guilds 730 or equivalent
  • Demonstrates evidence of on-going continuous professional development


  • Diploma/Degree in relevant area
  • Relevant postgraduate clinical qualification,
  • ALERT training
  • NVQ assessor
  • Mentor to pre-registration students



  • Relevant clinical and management experience at Band 5
  • In-depth experience working with patients within a acute setting.
  • Thorough and up to date knowledge of nursing theory and best practice, particularly within Cancer Care and the application of this in practice
  • Demonstrates evidence of ability to educate others
  • Experience of working as preceptor/facilitator
  • Regular experience of taking charge and delegating duties


  • Evidence of involvement in service users advocacy and complaints resolution
  • Working knowledge in use of computers
  • Understanding of the basic principles of effective staff and budget management.
  • Experience of leading change management and service development.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Demonstrates evidence of well-developed extended clinical practice roles
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Able to act as an advocate to service users
  • Able to build effective working relationships with clinicians and Managers at all levels
  • Highly effective communication skills - able to communicate verbally and in writing to staff, patients and relatives including situations of conflict and distress
  • Able to work using own initiative within boundaries of role


  • Clinical skills in cannulation and venepuncture, male and female catheterisation
  • Experience of MDT working and discharge planning
  • Appraisal training

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Great Western Hospital

Marlborough Road



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert