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Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Medical Same Day Emergency Care (MSDEC) is looking for a highly motivated and dedicated individual to join us at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced nurse who wants to develop and enhance their skills into a Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse position. As a Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse you will be a solid support for the junior staff and will manage 1:1 feedback sessions and appraisals and sickness reviews. You will work closely with the ward sister, deputy sisters and practice development Nurse to ensure that the unit maintains the highest standard of care provision. This exciting position forms part of the nursing team that cares for medical patients with the aim to getting home on the same day. The unit accepts referrals from the Emergency Department, EMAS, GPs and other wards within the hospital. Planned Care also forms part of the MSDEC family, and you may be required to support this area at times. The main responsibilities will involve co ordinating the shift, liaising with medical disciplines and members of the MDT, supporting junior staff and deputising for the ward manager. You will be caring for patients with a wide variety of medical conditions, and should be confident in identifying and prioritising patients who may need urgent assessment.

Main duties of the job

An expert clinical practitioner who is able to articulate best practice within their specialty

An effective role model who emulates expert practice and professional standards

A motivated, dynamic leader who supports the Ward Sister in striving for improvements in care and practice

Effectively maintains a clear view of the competence and skills of the team, ensuring that staff can deliver safe, effective care and a positive patient experience

Able to articulate the education and training requirements of the team to support competence and professional development commissions

Deputises for the Ward Sister in their absence

Effectively uses all sources of data to inform practice development needs and seeks to lead and deliver sustainable change

Role models effective application of the nursing process, assessment, care prescription, evaluation, and documentation for patient centered care

Emulate best practice in relation to Safeguarding, ensuring that they maintain and share their knowledge of Mental Capacity Act Assessment, Deprivation of Liberty and Best Interests

Demonstrates an understanding of relevant admission & discharge pathways and the relationship with high quality, safe care

About us

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. Our mission is to provide safe, compassionate, and clinically excellent patient care, by being an outstanding employer for our people. We have entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Northampton General Hospital and have become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire. Our Excellence Values: Compassion Respect Integrity Courageous Accountable

Job description

Job responsibilities

As well as clinical, you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge with the managerial side of the unit, investigating datix's, complaints and carrying out audits. As a Deputy Sister/charge nurse you will be a solid support for the junior staff and will manage 1:1 feedback sessions and appraisals. As part of the management team, you will play a vital role in feeding any ideas to the senior management as well as cascading news to the rest of the team. A lead by example approach is essential for this role. You will be joining a well-established area with a dedicated and caring team. For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the Shortlisting Criteria section of the document.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Nursing Diploma/Degree
  • Teaching/Assessing Qualification
  • Evidence of continued professional development



  • Previous Medical Ward Experience (2 Years)
  • Identification, assessment and development of patient needs and development of programmes of care
  • Able to deal with communication problems
  • Dealing with distressed people


  • Experience with patient flow and capacity



  • Able to make judgements based on evidence based practice and translate this for use in the ward environment
  • Leadership/teaching skills
  • Able to communicate sensitive information to patients
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Sound knowledge of current nursing issues
  • Extended Clinical skills
  • Organisational skills e.g. prioritising/delegating
  • Hand/eye co-ordination e.g. for preparation of drugs for injections


  • Ability to undertake audits and develop areas of development from any areas identified
  • Understanding of current developments in the NHS

Employer details

Employer name

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kettering General Hospital

Rothwell Road


NN16 8UZ

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