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Senior Sister/ Charge Nurse

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity nursing leadership role has arisen for a permanent Band 7 Senior Sister/Charge Nurse to head up the dynamic team on our Coronary Care Unit at the Freeman Hospital's world renowned cardiothoracic centre due to promotion of one of our current band 7 sisters

We seek a natural, self-motivated leader whose energetic force will continue to drive forward the pioneering spirit of this nationally-leading service - a 'go-getter', who relishes a challenge, thrives in a fast paced environment where nothing stands still, and is armed with a natural aptitude for juggling ever changing priorities to meet clinical and operational need.

You will need exceptional, authentic communication skills and be able to demonstrate experience of operational delivery, team management as well as working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

In return we offer unparalleled development opportunities in an exciting, progressive environment working alongside friendly, talented colleagues who enjoy long and successful careers here at the Newcastle Hospitals.

If you think you meet the essential requirements for this role, we would love to hear from you.
  • Interview date: 19th December 2023
  • 37 hours 30 minutes /week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Sister / Charge Nurse key responsibilities are to:
  • Have 24 hour accountability, including line management of their ward/department and the delivery of high quality care with all appropriate systems and processes in place to ensure the continuity of safe and effective care for patients, and a safe working environment for staff at all times.
  • Ensure environmental standards and cleanliness are maintained in line with national and Trust Standards in the Ward / Department by utilising audits tools CAT and Safety thermometer.
  • Support and contribute to the development of patient care and practice within the Directorate, contributing to Trust projects where required and ensuring provisions are made for staff to develop their knowledge and skills.
  • Ensure junior staff and students have appropriate supervision, support and are appropriately assessed.
  • Facilitate and organize the daily running of the ward liaising with the wider team of medical staff, bed manager and allied health professionals.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

About our Coronary Care Unit

As a high performing transplant centre, Newcastle is much lauded for its innovative, research orientated approach to treating patients with life-threatening heart conditions such as STEMI and we are proud to report the fastest admission to discharge rate for PPCI in the country, with door to balloon times amongst the best in the UK.

Our nurses are vital to that reputation and are proud to deliver the highest standards of care for a hugely diverse group of patients, on fast-paced wards where no two days are the same.

Being a tertiary centre means that our patients require highly specialised nursing skills caring for patients with heart failure and who have undergone an interventional procedure such as angiogram and angioplasty, PPCI, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and / or extraction, electrophysiology studies for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, TAVI (transcutaneous aortic valve implantation).

As such we are committed to ensuring our nurses can liberate their full potential and there is huge scope for learning new skills and competencies. You will have the opportunity to influence and shape the bright future of your teams personal and professional development.

Job Purpose:
  • The Senior Sister / Charge Nurse / Senior ODP has 24 hour accountability, including line managing, for their Theatre / Department. They must deliver quality care by ensuring appropriate systems and processes are in place to ensure the continuity of safe and effective care at all times.
  • Deputises for Matron as required / appropriate

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of achievement in current post and on-going professional development
  • Knowledge and understanding of current relevant NHS policy context


  • Specialist course in area of practice



  • Have developed skills in professional accountability in a leadership role
  • Good IT skills
  • Intravenous drug administration
  • Venepuncture and intravenous cannulation
  • Scrub skills relevant to speciality / anaesthetic skills appropriate to speciality



  • Experience of leading a nursing team at SR/CN level or equivalent
  • Relevant specialist qualification / experience
  • Extensive clinical practice or specialist qualification in relevant specialty
  • Experience of adult / child safeguarding
  • Experience of managing and leading nursing / clinical teams
  • Audit / research experience


  • Experience of developing a nursing team at SR/CN level



  • Registered Nurse (appropriate to branch) / Registered Operating Department Practitioner
  • Current NMC / HCPC registration
  • Degree level knowledge or working towards completion (i.e. on pathway)
  • Meets Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) / Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements for mentorship if relevant to role


  • Master's degree
  • Leadership / management qualification

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Freeman Hospital

317 01 Freeman Hospital


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