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Sister/Charge Nurse (XR06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
26 Nov 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 L19?

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 L19. L19 is a caridiology admission ward, and the ward admits patients from a variety of clinical and non-clinical areas with both acute and chronic heart problems.

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 Staff in ensuring the highest quality care is delivered. The candidate would need to be flexible and have the ability to embrace change. The post requires the successful candidate to make difficult decisions and manage challenging conversation.

Main duties of the job

The cardiology service at the Leeds General Infirmary is a fast paced, high volume, complex specialty caring for patients with a broad range of cardiology conditions such as coronary heart disease, arrhythmia management, heart failure, TAVI patients pre and post-operative and complex congenital patients all fall under our remit. 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 & 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.

Quality Improvement

Has a responsibility to improve the quality and safety of our services. It is expected that in fulfilling a clinical leadership role you will be proactive in promoting and using the Leeds Improvement Method. Contribute to quality improvement programmes as required

Keep up to date with and communicate service developments, advances and research.

Through the use of audit, local research, metrics and feedback continually seek to identify practice that needs improvement. Implement and evaluate any resultant improvement plan.

Actively promote patient involvement and feedback within service improvements to promote a positive patient experience

Maintain and sustain the momentum of improvements until they are firmly embedded into the values and culture of the clinical area

Education and Training

Participate in personal appraisal and mandatory training at the required time periods

Help to ensure all new starters, inclusive of temporary staff, have a local induction to the clinical area

Help to ensure all staff have an individual performance development plan and a yearly appraisal

Help to ensure all nursing staff maintain mandatory and priority training requirement.

Support and facilitate re-validation for registered nursing staff, and self.

Promote a learning and development culture to the improve staff skills, knowledge and competence

Help to ensure the induction and development of staff

Promote a positive learning environment within the clinical area to support the development of knowledge and skills in learners.

Support and facilitate work-based inter-professional learning

This is not an exhaustive list of roles and responsibilities, and these may be subject to change with professional and service developments.

Person Specification



  • 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



  • 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


  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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