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Deputy Sister/ Deputy Ward Leader

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year (Pro Rata)
Closing date
23 Apr 2024
You will be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of evidence based care to a group of patients according to changing healthcare needs and varying levels of complexity.

Ensure allocation of patients to nursing staff and the delegation of duties and care priorities to the multi disciplinary team in the absence of the person with continuing responsibility.

Provide advice, education, support and information to patients and their relatives / carers as required and involve patients, relatives / carers in the planning and delivery of care.

Establish and maintain effective communication with patients and relatives / carers.

Recognise, prioritise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations.

Receive reports from team members on the progress of own patients during and at the end of each shift and for all patients when in charge.

Facilitate effective communication and liaison with other disciplines as necessary to meet the needs of patients especially relating to ongoing care needs and discharge arrangements.

Ensure that fully accurate, complete and contemporaneous nursing records are written and maintained for each patient in accordance with agreed policy.

Actively participate in the development and implementation of new ways of working, implementing research based practice in order to promote ongoing care improvement.

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of evidence based nursing care to a group of patients.
  • Leadership and supervision of others carrying out all aspects of the caring process.
  • Deputise and take charge of the given area regularly in the absence of the Sister / Charge Nurse who has 24hour accountability and responsibility.
  • Actively contribute to setting and maintaining high standards of quality nursing care.
  • Participate in the effective clinical leadership and management of the ward team.
  • Actively contribute to the improvement of services and the quality of care provision to meet the needs of patients, service users and their families.
  • Act as a role model, mentoring, teaching, assessing and supporting students and learners on placement and participate in the education, development and mentorship of other staff.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of physical and financial resources and fulfil the responsibility of an authorised signatory.
  • Assist the responsible budget holder for the ward/department to undertake cost containment strategies as appropriate.
  • Co-ordinate, prioritise, facilitate and monitor the delivery of care to own patients and to other patients when in charge, ensuring continuity of care.
  • Act as a professional and clinical role model to all staff, patients, carers and the public at all times.
  • Supervise the performance standards of own team members and, in the absence of the Ward/Unit Manager, other nursing staff within the ward.
  • Undertake the Trust Corporate and Directorate specific induction and competency programmes appropriate to
  • Ensure own compliance and compliance of others with regard to mandatory training and NMC professional re- registration requirements.
  • Maintain efficient and effective communication with the Ward/Unit Manager, the multi-disciplinary team and the Matron on issues related to patient care, ward management and organisation.

The detailed job description and main responsibilities are included as an attachment to this advert.

Person Specification



  • 18 months of Band 5 experience minimum


  • LCAT Assessor



  • Competence in supporting new starters


  • Great team working and examples of this



  • Competent in Nurse in charge role on ward


  • Examples of great leadership and quality improvements

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Ward 22, Level 6, Balmoral Building

Infirmary Square



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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