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Deputy Sister / Charge Nurse

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum/ pro-rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Oak Ward is a 16 bedded unit which has 4 high dependency medical beds . We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, motivated individual with HDU experience to join our friendly team at the Horton hospital. The successful candidate should have undertaken the mentors course . Current possession of ALS/ILS certification & completion of an ICU/HDU course is desirable.

The role of the Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse needs to be enacted by individuals who have a genuine passion for delivering high standards of clinical care and are driven to deliver leadership skills within a supportive and proactive environment.

To support successful candidates a Band 6 competency document is in place which is required to be completed.

The post includes internal rotation to nights and weekends

Main duties of the job

To deputise in the absence of the Ward Manager in assisting & providing leadership to the Ward Teams in delivering a high standard of care

Developing & maintaining clinical skills & knowledge necessary to provide person centred evidence based care.

Work in collaboration across all professional boundaries promoting effective relationships.

Ensure compliance within our clinical governance framework, motivating colleagues, championing service user safety and driving for continuous improvement

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Patient Care
  • Demonstrate and promote a patient and family centred style of clinical practice.
  • Be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care from admission to discharge.
  • Accurately document and report to other members of the nursing team, multi-disciplinary team and family/carers regarding the care given to patients, and communicating changes as they occur.
  • Respond to emergency situations with composure, maintaining patient safety and seeking immediate support, and supporting the patient, family/carers and other staff as required
  • Identify and discuss patient needs with the team/staff, patients, carers and the multi-disciplinary team. Be able to plan own workload.
  • Demonstrate a problem solving approach to effectively execute planning, implementation and evaluation of individualised plans of care based on a person centred model of care.
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events.
  • Maintain patient dignity and confidentiality at all times.

Professional Practice
  • Ensure clinical practice is evidence based or peer reviewed best practice.
  • Develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide person centred, evidence based nursing care.
  • With supervision and assistance, take on increased responsibility (for example being a named nurse), recognising own limitations and seeking help appropriately.
  • Set and maintain standards of practice, conduct and decision making commensurate with The Code (NMC 2015).
  • Be competent in the use of all relevant Trust information technology (IT) systems including the use of electronic patient records (EPR), email and associated professional media ensuring that data is entered in an accurate and timely fashion, in accordance with Trust policy and procedure.
  • Engage in and promote a paper light approach to information management.
  • Maintain use of email and other modes of communication in order to keep abreast of information disseminated across the Trust.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of accountability, responsibility and duty of care. Work towards the provision of support and education for less experienced and non-registered staff on the implications for practice.

Leadership and Management
  • Ensure compliance with the Health and Social Care Act regulations 2010 by adhering to the Care Quality Commission standards at all times raising concerns to the Sister/charge Nurse or an appropriate senior person, (CQC 2010 Guidance about compliance: Summary of regulations, outcomes and judgement framework).
  • Contribute towards quality and improvement initiatives being undertaken in the department, as directed by Ward Manager .
  • Ensure the appropriate management of clinical and general waste.
  • Ensure staffing resources are used appropriately when prescribing and implementing care and treatments.
  • Report near misses and untoward incidents, complaints, clinical emergencies, injury or medicine administration errors as detailed in departmental and Trust protocols and procedures, Investigate incidents as required. Be proactive in seeking a response to the issues raised in order to disseminate the actions identified and provide own account of events if asked to support an investigation.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and compliance with Health and Safety Regulations that apply to staff and patients. To escalate concerns to senior staff in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Be familiar with the Oxford Model of Exemplary Nursing and Midwifery Practice and ensure that all key performance indicators are me as agreed.
  • Maintain and contribute to the development of standards of practice, conduct or decision making in conjunction immediate line manager.
  • Discuss personal and professional development needs during an annual appraisal, developing, agreeing and documenting action points in the electronic recording and personal development plan.
  • Ensure that a smart, professional image that enhances the public perception of the Trust and the professionalism of its staff is portrayed.

Education and Training
  • Be actively involved in, and support departmental and Trust wide education programmes as agreed.
  • Complete or be working towards any local and Trust competency frameworks within a time frame agreed with the Sister/ Charge Nurse and with the support of a named mentor.
  • Take all opportunities to contribute to the education and practical training of learners and less experienced staff in order to provide uniformity and promotion of professional standards.
  • Develop the skills to supervise, mentor, support and educate less experienced and non-registered staff in the clinical practice setting
  • Undertake all relevant Statutory and Mandatory (SM) training using the Trust E-Learning packages and study opportunities.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to research based practice and clinical excellence and play an active part in the introduction of research-based change to improve patient centred care.

Improving Quality and Developing Practice
  • Comply with post-registration education and practice (Prep), requirements for NMC Revalidation, identifying own learning needs and ensuring own professional development is maintained by keeping up to date with practice developments.
  • Utilise skills to work collegiately to promote innovation and work within the nursing team in the provision of an excellent standard of patient care in line with Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) values and The Oxford Model of Exemplary Nursing and Midwifery Practice.
  • Develop and share own clinical knowledge with other members of the multi-disciplinary team and as relevant with practitioners locally.
  • Act as a role model for the nursing/midwifery team promoting consistent professional and clinical excellence.
  • Provide guidance to less experienced staff to improve quality and develop practice.
  • Engage in Clinical Supervision in order to gain an appreciation of its value in clinical practice.
  • Identify own development needs, aligning these to service requirements and personal aspirations. Proactively develop and improve own practice through appraisal, the Trusts clinical development ladder and other available resources.
  • Understand and contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies/protocols/guidelines relevant to the specialist area.
  • Participate in the OUH culture of audit and research in practice.
  • Keep up to date and reflect upon professional issues that influence nursing practice relating to the area of clinical practice, management, education and research.
  • Promote and practice, evidence based nursing care, embracing new ideas and changes for the benefit of patient care.

Openly question and challenge nursing practice in a constructive way so that standards of patient care are continually evaluated and improved

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Part 1. 8. 12 or 15 of register depending on area of practice) or National certification in area of Practice.
  • Minimum of several years acute care registered nurse experience.
  • Evidence of achievement on a Nursing and Midwifery, (NMC) approved Mentorship qualification.

Improving Quality


  • Able to lead the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies/protocols/guidelines relevant to area of practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Horton hospital

Oxford road


OX16 9AL

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