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Sister/Charge Nurse - Orthopaedics

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Trauma nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit two Permanent Band 6 Sisters/Charge Nurses to join our friendly team on Ward D8 at Cambridge University Hospitals.

We are looking for someone who is motivated and experienced. Previous orthopaedic experience is ideal, together with sound and proven leadership skills.

Main duties of the job

To deputise for the Ward Manager in her absence across the full range of management responsibilities, including bed management and staff management.

To assist the Senior Ward Manager with the recruitment, selection and interviewing of staff.

To be responsible for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care without supervision.

To assist in the setting and implementation of objectives and appraisal of trained staff, learners and professional care workers and to provide a caring working environment in which staff can maximise their potential and develop skills in clinical practice, teaching and ward management.

To act as a role model and promote effective teamwork across the service to meet the needs of the patients.

To co-ordinate the delivery of safe and effective nursing care within the unit at night, on an internal rotation system. Carrying out the responsibilities and duties of the unit bleep and 794 (fire bleep).

To facilitate training and professional development for all grades of nursing staff.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

A welcome subsidy of �1000 is available to all Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses, Midwives, ODPs and Radiographers taking up substantive employment with the Trust.

Closing date is midnight on 3 March 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 15 March 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Current registration with NMC on part one of the register
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and its application


  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Other post-basic, health related courses



  • Proven clinical practice
  • Experience of utilising reflective practice
  • Current/recent experience in the field of Adult trauma


  • Experience of mentoring junior staff
  • Experience of teaching junior staff
  • Experience of Ward management in absence of senior colleagues



  • NMC Code of Conduct and guidelines of professional practice
  • Good theoretical and practical knowledge of nursing within the Clinical areas
  • Health & Safety awareness
  • Quality issues and Clinical Governance
  • Awareness of Trust and Ward/Department policies
  • Awareness of need to demonstrate a professional appearance and behaviour


  • Awareness of risk management procedure
  • An understanding of the professional nursing agenda
  • Awareness of broader issues within the Trust and NHS



  • Proven verbal and written communication skills with all members of the healthcare team, colleagues, patients and relatives
  • Practical application of Trust documentation standards


  • Ability to achieve competency in Trust computer systems
  • Ability to induct and orientate new staff to clinical area and to identify the key learning needs of less experienced staff
  • Practical skills teaching
  • Able to demonstrate practical application of health and safety in relation to acuity and patient/nurse ratio
  • Effective management of equipment and resources

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • Self-Motivated
  • Able to work a mixture of shifts
  • Ability to take initiative when required and liaise with the appropriate manager/bleep holder
  • Maintenance of confidentiality
  • Identify problems and recommend solutions
  • Time management
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise workload
  • Motivated to work collaboratively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Awareness and respect for colleagues, patients, relatives 'cultural and emotional needs
  • Able to remain calm and work effectively in pressured situations
  • Willingness to adapt to change as the organisation develops

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division A

Hills Road



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