Deputy Ward Sister/Charge Nurse - GI Unit

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen within the GI Unit for a Deputy Ward Sister position. The successful candidate will work alongside the Ward Sister to support the Nursing team to provide the highest quality care for our patients.

The GI Unit is a 56 bedded ward providing care for acute emergency patients as well us Upper GI and Colorectal specialist surgeries and Gastro in-patients. Caring for our specialist patients will give the successful candidate the opportunity to develop a wide variety of clinical knowledge & skills. We will support this development by sending you on study days such as Pain & Epidural Training & ILS.

If you are a highly motivated nurse, and interested in this post and would like to work within a supportive and innovative environment we would like to hear from you!

Main duties of the job

As a Deputy ward sister, you will be working closely with the Sister and senior team. You will be expected to undertake managerial duties and support all members of the team. You will also be able to manage the ward in the absence of the ward sister, including all daily ward routines and any matters escalated to them.

The role will encompass specific responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care and expertise within the clinical area. To help lead and coordinate the clinical, managerial and educational requirements of the clinical area ensuring the highest standards of nursing practice and care are delivered as reflected by the unit philosophy. Ensuring the safety and well being of services users, and always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person centered care principles.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighboring NHS organizations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organization and ensure that our services are of the highest quality, safe and focused on our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

- Provide strong clinical leadership skills and inspire the nursing team towards a common goal.

- To be involved in rostering and allocation/approval of bank & agency staff.

- Co-ordinating the day to day running of the ward to deliver safe and effective care.

- To deputise for the Sister/Charge Nurse in their absence.

- Deal with complaints in a calm and efficient manner.

- To be a role model in delivering safe and effective patient care.

- To assess, plan and implement care, provide specialist advice and maintain associated and accurate records.

- To provide leadership, support and guidance to staff in monitoring theplanning delivery and evaluation of individualised care.

Person Specification

Values and Behaviour


  • Values and behaviour



  • Proven experience of managing a ward including management of rotas managing competencies, resources and staff
  • Experience of teaching/assessing/ supervising others in a clinical setting.


  • Experience of clinical supervision
  • Experience of supporting recruitment campaigns and undertaking interviews.



  • Ability to organise and plan own time and that of junior staff and learners.
  • You will be able decide how best to achieve expected results, whilst acting within clearly defined policies/ procedures and codes of conduct.
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate specialist care delivered to patients/clients and give relevant advice/information to patients and relatives.
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues.
  • GGood communication skills and ability to deal with sensitive information. To include dealing with distressed relatives, care of terminally ill & other challenging situations

Qualifications/ Education /Professional/ Statutory Registration


  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Post registration qualification in or can demonstrate relevant experience and competence (appropriate area of speciality)
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development in relevant area of speciality
  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality.


  • Recruitment and selection course

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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