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Deputy Sister / Deputy Charge Nurse

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
20 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Leicester Royal Infirmary Children's Short Stay Unit

We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Deputy Sister/Charge nurse to join our team working in the Children's Short Stay Unit (CSSU).

CSSU is a 12 bedded unit which accepts admissions from Children's ED 24/7 for up to 18 hours of stay. The unit cares for children and young persons up to their 18th birthday presenting with a variety of illness and also injury.

CSSU is collocated within Children's ED which is one of the busiest in the country.

We have a dedicated Paediatric ED educator who will work alongside you in the department and support you in your development. We offer many training opportunities delivered in house and also university and national courses to support you in your on-going development. The educational team also deliver weekly MDT simulations within the department. The training we provide offers opportunities for further roles within the department.

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of evidence-based nursing care to a group of patients.
  • Leadership and supervision of others carrying out all aspects of the caring process.
  • Deputise and take charge of the given area regularly in the absence of the Ward/Unit Manager who has 24 hour accountability and responsibility.
  • Actively contribute to setting and maintaining high standards of quality nursing care.
  • Participate in the effective clinical leadership and management of the ward team.
  • Actively contribute to the improvement of services and the quality of care provision to meet the needs of patients, service users and their families.
  • Act as a role model, mentoring, teaching, assessing and supporting students and learners on placement and participate in the education, development and mentorship of other staff

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:

high-quality care for all,

being a great place to work,

partnerships for impact, and

research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:

we are compassionate,

we are proud,

we are inclusive, and

we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities


Ward/Unit Manager and staff Matrons middle and non-clinical managers wider multi-disciplinary team medical staff Estates and Facilities Nursing Directorate Infection Prevention team Patient Information and Liaison Service Nurse Specialists Directorate Education and Practice Development Team Clinical Support Nurses and Clinical Placement Facilitators People Services and the Finance team.

KEY RESULT AREAS1. Delivery of effective health care within the organisation

1.1 Responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of evidence-based care to a group of patients according to changing healthcare needs and varying levels of complexity.

1.2 Responsible for the allocation of patients to nursing staff and the delegation of duties and care priorities to the multi-disciplinary team in the absence of the person with continuing responsibility.

1.3 Provide advice, education, support and information to patients and their relatives/ carers as required and involve patients and relatives/carers in the planning and delivery of care.

1.4 Establish and maintain effective communication with patients and relatives/carers.

1.5 Recognise, prioritise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations.

1.6 Receive reports from team members on the progress of own patients during and at the end of each shift and for all patients when in charge.

1.7 Facilitate effective communication and liaison with other disciplines as necessary to meet the needs of patients especially relating to ongoing care needs and discharge arrangements.

1.8 Ensure that fully accurate, complete and contemporaneous nursing records are written and maintained for each patient in accordance with agreed policy

1.9 Actively participate in the development and implementation of new ways of working, implementing research-based practice in order to promote ongoing care improvement.
Job responsibilities
  • Act as a professional and clinical role model to all staff, patients, carers and the public at all times.
  • Responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of evidence based care to a group of patients according to changing healthcare needs and varying levels of complexity.
  • Act as a clinical resource, mentor / assessor / supervisor / preceptor of learners and staff as required
  • Contribute to setting, maintaining and monitoring of standards of care to the optimum level and lead the improvement of care, through benchmarking, audit and research.

Please see attached job description and person specification for full details of role requirements.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • RSCN/RN-Child
  • Recognised NMC Teaching and Assessing Qualification or equivalent


  • Diploma or Degree in Nursing or Health Related Subject
  • Clinical Leadership Programme



  • Demonstration of high level of clinical expertise and post registration experience


  • Audit experience
  • Experience of managing conflict

Leadership & Education


  • Ability to prioritise & act as a clinical role model


  • Experience in project and change management

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary ~ Children's Emergency Department

Infirmary Square



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