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Junior Sister / Charge Nurse

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The post holder supports the ward manager in the general management of the clinical environment, ensuring that a quality service is provided.

They will be responsible for the delivery of the training programme to a team of nurses, ensuring that staff within the team are supported and developed within their role.

Supporting Ward Manager to attain positive Ward Accreditation conducting one-to-one meetings with ward team to gain greater understanding and education of the fifteen standards of care, incorporating the 6Cs Compassion in Practice values. Ensuring Infection prevention standards are up held at all times.

They will be responsible for overseeing the team of nurses and healthcare assistants, monitoring their professional development through carrying out KSF appraisals.

The post holder will be a role model both clinically and professionally

Main duties of the job

Roles and Responsibility


Provide clinical nursing expertise and supervision for all grades of staff within the ward, to ensure a high standard of care.

Supervise the assessing, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care, thus providing high standards of patient care at all times.

Ensure that the care given reflects the hospital and departmental philosophies, standards and protocols.

Act as an effective role model and resource/advisor to colleagues, in the delivery of nursing care.

Assist the Ward Manager in facilitating the teaching, mentoring and assessment of staff and other disciplines.

Ensure that nursing practice reflects current clinical developments and is based on sound evidence.

Promote a healthy, positive and safe environment for patients and staff.

Advise patients, relatives and friends as appropriate on the promotion of health and prevention of illness.

Meet clinical objectives as agreed separately with the Ward Manager/Directorate Head Nurse.


Assist the Ward Manager in monitoring and appraising the performance of staff within their sphere of responsibility.

Be aware of the budgetary requirements within their clinical areas of nursing.

Please see job description for further details

About us

Northampton University Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Be responsible for their own development, maintaining a professional portfolio and keeping themselves updated on current nursing issues.

Will be responsible for their own actions and be bound by the NMCs Code of Professional conduct and all approved Trust policies.

Will maintain own skills and knowledge and demonstrate clinical excellence and high standards of practice to other staff.


Help to facilitate a learning environment that is conducive to the acquisition of further skills and knowledge for all grades of staff.

Identify training needs for team members and help in the completion of training needs analysis for the unit to ensure all staff will have the opportunity for personal and professional development.

Act as role model to colleagues in the demonstration of high standards of practice by working with staff in the clinical setting.

Be actively involved in the teaching of all staff at ward and Directorate level and contribute to the development and implementation of the units training and development strategy

Will participate in the assessment of learner nurse and healthcare support nurses.

Personal responsibilities:

Is observed to have a smart appearance, hence adhering to the Trusts uniform policy

Demonstrates a caring and supportive attitude towards their work colleagues.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge and experience of teaching techniques
  • Sound Knowledge of Infection prevention
  • Experience of supervising a range of staff
  • Prioritising care and managing patients
  • Evidence of continual professional development
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance
  • Awareness and understanding of current health and professional issues
  • An understanding of audit and research-based nursing practice
  • Knowledge and competence in Max Fax/ENT


  • Management experience
  • Experience of managing change

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • RGN for 1 years
  • Wide range of knowledge and experience in the adult setting especially ENT/ MAX FAX patients.
  • Mentorship course for students


  • Experience of providing pre and post-operative care



  • Articulate with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good teaching skills and a commitment to continuing the development of all staff
  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills
  • Understanding of health education needs of patients
  • Ability to effectively deliver complex information


  • Appraisal experience
  • Datix experience

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Works as a part of a multidisciplinary team acting as a role model
  • Committed to promoting and maintaining excellence in clinical practice
  • Exercises initiative and self-motivated
  • Reliable and adaptable


  • Reflection on experience of managing conflict situations

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital






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