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Senior Sister/Charge Nurse (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
9 Mar 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Senior Sister/Charge Nurse Cardiac Therapies and CNS teams.

30 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 to lead our cardiac therapy services and CNS teams. The services provide sub- specialised care for patients with various heart conditions

We are looking for a highly motivated, dynamic individual with the ability to enable and empower their team. Strong leadership and performance management is an integral aspect of this band 7 role with patient experience and patient safety underpinning all aspects of leading the teams efficiently and effectively. You will be responsible for the nursing establishment, managing attendance, appraisals, mandatory training and competency assessments as well as the operational running of the teams and all they encompass. As the lead for the area you will need to provide assurance that high standards of care are met and sustained for every patient, every time.

For further information please contact Matron Hannah Graham 0113 3925680 or email

Main duties of the job

The Jobholder will carry 24 hour continuing responsibility for the effective and efficient management of the ward/department. Providing professional, clinical and managerial leadership, and supervision for the nursing team. The jobholder is responsible for developing and maintaining a ward or department philosophy that has the patient at the centre of compassionate safe and quality care delivery.

Current services comprise of managing the cardiac rehabilitation and pre-assessment service for the cardiac services, as well as leading the team of CNS staff. The role requires direct management of approximately 22 whole time equivalent staff.

About us

Come and join our team in Leeds and become part of The Leeds Way sharing our vision and values. Our Trust is recognised for our staff engagement, great care and rated GOOD by the Care Quality Commission.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest acute health providers in the UK and based in one of the fastest growing and vibrant cities in the north.

At Cardio-Respiratory CSU, we aim to be a fair and supportive CSU with positive, caring teams who are champions of the Leeds Way values. Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principle Duties & Areas of Responsibility


Provide leadership to the clinical team

Support and inspire staff to provide efficient, effective, safe, quality care to patients

Deliver a positive patient experience

Promote the building of effective teams and collaboration between teams

Anticipate problems and take preventative or mitigating actions, or have contingency plans available

Work with Matron to lead the development of ward/department nursing practice, reflecting the Clinical Service Unit and Trust business plans

Work with the Matron and or Head of Nursing to suggest and develop new roles/ways of working

Delegate and empower staff whilst maintaining overall, continuing responsibility and accountability

Line manage the nursing team, including individual and team performance, attendance, management and workforce planning

Ensure the effective deployment of staff is mapped against the flow of patients to provide safe and effective care

Support and participate in local and trustwide recruitment events

Manage the use of bank and agency

Investigate and respond to accidents, complaints, untoward incidents and other significant events

Deliver an effective, safe, quality service within budgetary envelope

Raise and respond to concerns with regards to risk, danger, malpractice or wrongdoing by following the LTHT whistle blowing policy and supporting processes

Deputise for Matron in their absence


Act in accordance to the Nursing and Midwifery Councils Code: Professional Standards Practice and Behaviour

Fulfils the requirements as directed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to maintain and revalidate registration

Supervise ward staff with regards clinical practice and patient experience to promote the delivery of excellent clinical standards

Provide a visible clinical lead and role model to the nursing and wider team by delivering high quality compassionate care as an expert practitioner

Ensure that documentation standards are maintained in accordance with NMC and LTHT guidelines, whether written or computerised.

Promote and maintain positive working relationships between all staff, internal and external to the Trust, involved in the care of patients

Set, monitor and seek to continuously improve standards and the quality of patient care, including those standards defined in local and national guidance

Maintain a safe working environment

Ensure the safe use and efficient management of equipment and supplies

Promote compassionate evidence based practice, wherever possible

Work with Matron to ensure that clinical governance processes at ward/dept level encompass measures to ensure the quality of the fundamental and essential aspects of care

Balance clinical risk and clinical decision making against context

Work with the Infection Prevention and Control Team and Facilities to monitor the environment to maintain and raise standards

Undertake duties on other wards or departments as and when required by the service

Act in such a way that safeguards the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults at all times. Is familiar with and adheres to the LTHT safeguarding policies.

Quality Improvement

Has a responsibility to improve the quality and safety of our services. It is expected that in fulfilling a clinical leadership role you will be proactive in promoting and using the Leeds Improvement MethodContribute to quality improvement programmes as required

Provides a contextual information and or viewpoint to support quality improvement by contributing to professional conversations representing the ward and or speciality view

Keep up to date with and communicate service developments, advances and research.

Through the use of audit, local research, metrics and feedback continually seek to identify practice that needs improvement. Implement and evaluate any resultant improvement plan.

Actively promote patient involvement and feedback within service improvements to promote a positive patient experience

Maintain and sustain the momentum of improvements until they are firmly embedded into the values and culture of the clinical area

Education and Training

Participate in personal appraisal and mandatory training at the required time periods

Ensure all new starters, inclusive of temporary staff, have a local induction to the clinical area

Ensure all staff have an individual performance development plan and a yearly appraisal

Ensure all nursing staff maintain mandatory and priority training requirement.

Support and facilitate re-validation for registered nursing staff, and self.

Promote a learning and development culture to the improve staff skills, knowledge and competence

Ensure the induction and development of staff

Promote a positive learning environment within the clinical area to support the development of knowledge and skills in learners.

Support and facilitate work-based inter-professional learning

This does not provide an exhaustive list of roles and responsibilities, and these may be subject to change with professional and service developments.

Person Specification

Skills & behaviours


  • Motivator of self and others
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own and others workload
  • Skills and knowledge required to lead and develop team members



  • Registered Nurse (RN Adult for adult clinical areas or RN Child for childrens areas) (Level 1 or 2)
  • Recognised teaching/assessing qualification
  • Degree in Nursing or related subject or equivalent professional experience
  • Evidence of effective professional and leadership development



  • Extensive post registration experience
  • Significant experience within a leadership role or equivalent
  • Experience of managing and leading a team
  • Service development and/or change management
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Current issues in health and social care
  • Clinical experience within the speciality

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


Leeds General Infirmary

Great George Street



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