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Deputy Ward Sister

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Eden Ward is a 20 bedded ward with 6 day case beds caring for gynaecology patients and other specialty patients. We care for patients on the day of their admission, pre operatively and manage the post- operative care of in patients along with gynaecological emergencies. We treat our patients with a multi-professional approach, ensuring that their dignity is at the forefront of the care we provide. So if you enjoy working with a welcoming and supportive team and want to make a difference to each patient's experience of the NHS, you will fit right in with us. We are looking for a senior nurse who can lead and motivate the team to deliver high quality care in what can sometimes be a very busy environment

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical leadership to a designated nursing team and ensure the provision of high quality nursing care to patients and carers.

To act as a role model and expert clinical practitioner

To assist in the safe, effective and efficient management of the department within allocated resources

To promote a progressive attitude to the continual improvement of patient care through research and evidence based practice

The deputy Ward Sister will have delegated responsibility for the running of the unit in the absence of the manager in the following areas such staff recruitment and retention, delivery of care plans and risk assessments, medication management and the development of the service. Included in this role will be management and administration functions to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the unit.

About us

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We serve a population of around 500,000 people - a figure that can increase significantly with visitors during the busiest times of the year. We employ approximately 6,700 staff and have a budget of approximately �580 million.

We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Plymouth School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Peninsula Dental School.

The Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site is the base for medical and nursing as well as ongoing education for health professions in clinical and non-clinical roles.

Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we are continually developing our clinical services as well as our facilities and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation.

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will need to exhibit management skills including:

Infection Prevention and Control Key performance indicators.

Nursing Matrices Confidence in Caring, Safety, Documentation, Nutrition and Tissue Viability.

Responding to incidents and complaints

Maximising attendance

Maximising staff compliance with mandatory training

Manage a team of staff including appraisal, performance management, team meetings.

Risk Management.

Management of budget.

Management and admin functions to ensure the smooth day to day running of the ward.

Ongoing professional development.

Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways. Please talk to us at interview about any flexible working arrangements you would prefer or require. While we may not be able to fully accommodate all requests, such requests will not be referenced during the interview scoring process, and we will fully consider and try to accommodate them for successful applicants.

For full details, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Significant post registration experience


  • Gynaecology/surgical experience



  • Mentorship training


  • Pca/epidural training



  • Excellent communication skills


  • Leadership course

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust



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