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Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse - Critical Care

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, ICU nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Worthing Critical Care is a 12 bedded unit with 6 level 3 ICU beds and 6 level 2 HDU beds.

The band 6 role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, motivated and enthusiastic ICU nurse with the critical care course to take on a leadership role within our friendly , hardworking team.

We receive both medical and surgical patients.

Main duties of the job

To plan,provide and evaluate skilled evidence- based care for critically ill patients, both L2 and L3.

To support and develop colleagues by mentoring and assessing their skills.

To promote practice development within Critical Care.

To shift lead and support staff.

To fulfil local/trust requirements in specified audit/project work.

Under guidance of B7 team leader ,to undertake performance development reviews .

About us

Join us at UHSussex , every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do

Job description

Job responsibilities

Participate in ensuring effective multidisciplinary communication links both upwards and downwards within Critical Care (ICU/HDU) and the rest of the Trust. This involves all staff members, relatives and patients.

Attend Team Away-days/Unit meetings in order to communicate and discuss issues with senior members of staff.

Adhere to NMC guidelines on documentation accountability and responsibility for accurate, professional record keeping either on paper and/ or the electronic system.

Display competent use of Trust e-mail, CIS message centre (where applicable), visitors intercom system and telephone.

Responsible for effective shift handovers ensuring relevant detail is communicated and identifies and challenges any unprofessional or subjective comments made about patients.

Involvement in complex patient case conferences when discussing future treatments for patients which could involve withdrawal of treatment in situations of poor prognosis.

Support families on a 1:1 basis using knowledge, experience and skill to explain complicated medical conditions. Provide adequate and appropriate information and education, whilst ensuring this information is understood.

Provide and receive highly complex information on clinical conditions which could be sensitive and occasionally contentious. Information given to patients and relatives could involve breaking bad news and may result in conflict with relatives understanding of the critically ill patient. E.g., communicating withdrawal of treatment, deterioration in condition, or sudden death. This must be done with great tact and skill.

Ability to guide relatives through withdrawal of treatment, tissue / organ donation in conjunction with relevant personnel e.g., Trust Donation Nurse Specialist, Transplant Co-ordinator, Trust personnel available for distressed / bereaved relatives.

Recognition of poor standards of care among MDT. Ability to highlight these to appropriate personnel, at an appropriate time, and in an appropriate manner.

Acknowledges the nature and progression of the critically ill patient, and the subsequent cognitive impairment of these patients, can recognise barriers to understanding by communicating verbal and written information, clearly, sensitively and diplomatically, ensuring that information is understood whilst displaying underpinning knowledge.

To initiate and take part in complex patient 'case conferences' when discussing future treatments for patients which can involve 'withdrawal of treatment' in situation of 'poor prognosis'.

To participate in mortality and morbidity meetings

To be responsible for accurate, appropriate and efficient communication between your team and in support / conjunction with Team Leader.

Person Specification



  • RGN /1st Level RN UK NMC registration
  • Adult Critical Care Course or equivalent
  • Mentorship Course or Equivalent
  • ILS Course
  • 1st Degree or willingness to undertake


  • Experience in other Critical Care Units
  • Leadership Course
  • Masters level Study
  • ALS

Knowledge , Training and Experience


  • Supervised and assessed Management experience or practice
  • Evidence of competent clinical and professional practice knowledge
  • Record of continuing professional development
  • Involvement and knowledge of relevant reasearch in practice


  • Relevant competency records completed
  • Research Training



  • Advanced nursing skills -defibrillation, haemodynamic monitoring and haemofiltration


  • Venepuncture and Cannulation

Communication and relationship skills


  • Evidence of verbal and written skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with all members of the Multidisciplinary Team, patients and relatives.


  • Conflict resolution training
  • Counselling Course

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Road



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