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Sister / Charge Nurse, Band 6- Care of the Elderly

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

Job Details

Permanent, Band 6 Post Guiting , 35 hours a week

In line with the recent ward establishment reviews Care of the elderly & FAS are pleased to welcome applications for a Band 6 sister/ charge nurse post. The successful candidate will be required to work closely with the Ward Manager, Modern Matron, Consultants, and Support Mentors and Ward nursing team.

The Band 6 sister/charge nurse is a key member of the leadership team and will role model the behaviours required for the Pathway to Excellence of Leadership (visible clinical capability), Compassionate Leadership, Quality of delivery, audit and records, Well-Being (Self Care and Psychological Safety) Professional Development (of self and others) in clinical supervision, mentoring and coaching, and Shared Decision Making engaging all staff in the educational strategy and delivery. The post holder will be supported by an established senior team offering great opportunity and development.

Main duties of the job

In line with the Trust Vision to provide the Best Care for Everyone... the successful applicant will be expected to lead the team with the support of their Band 7 and other Band 6 colleagues to deliver safe, effective and person centred care. Applicants must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well a passion for improvement. You will need to be calm and resilient with the ability to deal with challenging situations, providing support to more junior members of the team. To lead in the delivery and supervision of patient care for the clinical area ensuring assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of a high standard of core nursing care.

Applicants must demonstrate a compliance with professional values in line with the NMC Code and act as an appropriate role model at all times. As well as being able to take charge of a busy and dynamic department the successful applicant will also have excellent clinical skills and be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to development and education, always seeking to provide evidence based person centred care in line with both national and local guidelines.

The successful applicant will have an awareness of workforce planning and be willing to act up in the absence of a more senior colleague.

Leadership and management

Applicants will be expected to be an effective leader. The ability to demonstrate leadership qualities and previous experience of leader.

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Care of the elderly & FAS has a very dedicated nursing and medical team. Patients are admitted to the ward from the emergency department and other ward areas cross site. As a ward we are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated Registered Adult nurse to join our dynamic, close knit team. You should ideally have a wealth of experience in Care of the elderly & Frailty and experience as a mentor/educator with a mentoring/teaching qualification. Previous experience as at Band 5 in the specialty would be advantageous. The ability to lead the team in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care with the multidisciplinary team.

You will be expected to identify and bid for externally funded clinical and leadership courses through identification of skills gaps and the provision of continuous professional development for all team members. The Band 6 sister/charge nurse will help drive improvements for safety and quality and provide the training required to meet the unmet educational needs from incidents, datix, patient feedback, compliments and complaints.

The Band 6 sister charge nurse is accountable to the Ward Manager and Matron for educational assurance and will be required to use ESR and Health Roster to facilitate competency records.

To communicate effectively especially where patient ability to do so is compromised. An ability to disseminate contentious and delicate information appropriately. To lead and deliver safe care within a challenging and changing clinical environment, using equipment and resources safely and as appropriate. To administer medication and treatment within Procedure for the Ordering, Prescribing and Administration of Medication Guidelines. To deliver and receive information which may cause emotional distress to all parties. Participate in mentorship and educational programmes for students, those new to the ward and other members of the team. To adhere to all Trust policies and procedures and professional code of conduct.

To assist the Ward Manager and Matron in the implementation of policy and service development. To undertaken and support the Ward Manager and Matron in recruitment, retention and performance related issues, including being regularly responsible for the supervision and mentorship for unqualified/qualified staff and students. Support Ward Manager and Matron for clinical area in the management of budgetary control and resource management including duty rotas and skill mix requirements.

To input and retrieve patient and staff information from computer based system and maintain accurate and contemporaneous patient records. To respond to and junior staff members with Patient Public Involvement ensuring it is integrated into service delivery. To provide clinical leadership that inspires and motivates others To work with the Matron/ward management team ensuring that appropriate staff working in the ward environment have the knowledge and skills to provide expert care to the acutely ill patient. To liaise with other members of the team to ensure policies and protocols are in place to facilitate expert care of acutely unwell patients. To be actively involved in the setting up and maintaining of educational programmes that ensure advanced knowledge and skills amongst the nursing team

Person Specification



Experience clinician with evidence of motivating staff and team building, with proven analytical skills

Evidence of teaching and assessing and appropriate qualification

Demonstrate understanding and implementation of research based practice

Demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal , organisational and planning skills

Registered Nurse (Adult) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council



Ensure strong leadership for patient safety

Demonstrate evidence of change management

Mentoring/Coaching in the ward setting


Recognised management course or equivalent level of skill gained through experience

Knowledge / Skills


Demonstrate knowledge and experience of budgetary management

In depth knowledge of caring for patients with dementia, Alzheimers.



Enhanced IT skills

Management course eg. iManage/ILM Level 3 or 5

Person Specification



  • Active registration with the NMC as a Registered Nurse
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development through maintenance of a professional portfolio, registration revalidation & commitment to lifelong learning
  • Recognised Nursing Degree or equivalent including a Recognised Teaching Qualification


  • Post Graduate Teaching Certificate or working towards one



  • Experience of working in an acute clinical environment
  • Previous experience in a relevant speciality
  • Demonstrates knowledge and passion for Practice Development


  • Research aware

Knowledge/ Skills


  • Self-motivated and able to work under own initiative and prioritise workload
  • Personally resilient and able to manage complexity and work in an ambiguous or changing environment
  • Excellent presentational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates ability to use clinical reasoning skills and techniques to assess, diagnose, plan and offer a range of treatment options deliver, evaluate and amend the treatment plan
  • Acts as a role model and are able to lead by example to ensure the Trust's values and behaviours are reinforced throughout their area of practice

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Cheltenham General Hospital


GL53 7AN

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