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Deputy Sister / Deputy Charge Nurse

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Make a difference to each patient's experience of the NHS.

This is your chance of a lifetime to be part of something big!

Want to make a real difference? Interested in working in an exciting Level 2 higher care area?

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Deputy Sister / Charge Nurse to join our well established team. You will be working for Specialist Medicine on a busy 28 bedded ward which includes a 6 bedded Level 2 Respiratory Support Unit.

Wellington Ward cares for patients with both chronic and the most acute respiratory illnesses/diseases at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

An often busy ward, working as part of a team is critical. We have a dynamic and forward thinking multidisciplinary team that you will be an active member of. You will be expected to lead the team, provide clinical support, guidance and supervision on a daily basis.

As the Deputy Sister or Charge Nurse you will also be responsible for ensuring a SAFER approach in care delivery. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team you will ensure safe and appropriate care, assessment, and treatment of patients.

Personal contact with the Ward Leader or Clinical Matron is recommended.

This is a full-time role of 37.5 hours per week. (Long Days, Nights and Weekends)

Main duties of the job

Wellington Ward cares for a broad range of patients with differing respiratory needs and often complex chronic conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis, Type 2 Respiratory Failure, COPD and more acute conditions, such as Pneumothoraxes, Exacerbation of life threatening Asthma and acute chest trauma.

The types of nursing activities that you will be involved in are: non-invasive ventilation, chest drain management, chest trauma and pain management, including caring for patients with ESP and PCAs, porta-caths and midlines. You will work closely with our respiratory nurse specialist team who specialise in NIV, CF, Asthma and COPD.

We are very proud of our team working, with a consultant led medical team, nursing, therapies and visiting specialties such as Trauma and Anaesthetics we value each member and recognise the contributions they make to patient care. We are an innovative and forward thinking team and frequently participate in new trials and projects, enabling us to have real influence in developments across the trust.

We pride ourselves on being able to deliver excellent care not only to those sick patients who require level 2 high care, but also supporting patients with their daily activities, rehabilitation goals and discharge plans, through to their end of life care.

We have a learning programme that will allow you the opportunity to participate in governance, management and leadership skills that will further enhance your career development.

About us

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is the biggest provider of healthcare services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Our three main sites are Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro, St Michael's Hospital Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital Penzance, our staff and services are available across the region.

The Trust employs 5,000+ staff, has a budget of �380 million and 750 beds. We work with health and social care organisations -including NHS Kernow and NHS England- to ensure local healthcare needs are met. We provide acute medical, surgical and specialist services to around 500,000- which can increase significantly during busy holiday periods.

The Trust has teaching hospitals status as part of the University of Exeter Medical School. Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we continually develop clinical services and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care offered locally.

We can offer you a rewarding career in a supportive working environment. We have extensive educational links to help you realise your full potential and develop skills to provide outstanding healthcare to the local community.

Enjoy an outstanding quality of life in a place that offers surfing beaches and fishing harbours to beautiful countryside and historic towns. With clean air, plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and excellent schools, colleges and universities (including adult education) it is the ideal place for families and for you to develop your own career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as a skilled member of the nursing team, to provide a high standard of holistic patient centred care.

Ability to promote patient centred care and establish good relationships with patientsand carers.

To communicate effectively at all levels within the multi-disciplinary team.

To be able to take charge of the Ward in the absence of a Band 7 Nurse.

To act as a lead nurse in an emergency situation.

To be able to manage the patient flow within the Ward with consideration to target delivery, bed status and NIV patients.

To manage a team of both registered and unregistered Nursing staff.

Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways. Please talk to us at interview about any flexible working arrangements you would prefer or require. While we may not be able to fully accommodate all requests, such requests will not be referenced during the interview scoring process, and we will fully consider and try to accommodate them for successful applicants.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse.
  • Current registration.


  • Assessing & Mentoring qualification.
  • NVQ Assessors course.
  • Possession of degree or in the process of obtaining.

Skills / Abilities


  • To act as a lead nurse in resuscitation.
  • Basic knowledge of computer skills.



  • Demonstrable post-registration experience in the speciality.


  • Experience of supervising and assessing students.
  • Previous experience in the relevant specialty.
  • Substantial previous Ward Leadership experience.



  • Awareness of cultural needs.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust



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