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Ward Leader - Respiratory High Dependency Unit (RHDU)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Medicine care group in Division B are looking for a Ward Leader to join our Respiratory High Dependency Unit (RHDU). RHDU is a dedicated level 2 area for patients with acute or acute on chronic respiratory failure, within this we also manage domiciliary NIV, tracheostomies, PE thrombolysis and provision of ITU stepdown care for respiratory related conditions.

Are you looking for a new challenge? Are you a current band 7 or an experienced band 6 looking for a new challenge? The medicine care group is a friendly team with a highly supportive working environment and provides staff with excellent opportunities for professional development.

We are looking for forward thinking, dynamic individual who is passionate about the specialities within Medicine and who are able to work collaboratively to ensure quality and safety is maintained as well as having a positive impact on the operational process for the patients located in this footprint.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll do

Provide nursing leadership and work with the Matron to enhance nursing practice and strategy Manage the department and be responsible for ensuring 24 hr cover for the service Facilitate evidence based care and act as a clinical expert at ward level Support and implement changes to clinical practice in the area

What were looking for

You will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to promote a collaborative approach to caring for acutely unwell patients and will embrace the challenge of working in a busy and challenging environment, this is a full time position. If you have a strong focus on patient care, proven leadership skills and are able to work inter-professionally across boundaries then we are keen for you to join our team. This is a great opportunity to develop your management and leadership skills. Evidence of your ability to create an effective learning environment is essential. You will need to be able to demonstrate excellent clinical skills and be able to support junior colleagues in their development.

Person Specification

Trust values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge, and experience


  • 1st Level Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC RegisterManagement Course (or equivalent)
  • Recognised mentorship qualification and experience as a Sign Off mentor
  • Degree or working towards
  • Completion of appropriate specialty Course
  • Higher Education Institute approved course in supporting learners in practice. Supporting a range of learners in practice Supporting colleagues to promote effective learning in practice
  • Extensive experience in specialty to include considerable experience at Band 6 level
  • Evidence of clinical leadership ability
  • Proven management experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of utilising evidence in practice
  • Logical and consistent career pattern
  • Expert clinical skills
  • Ability to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives
  • Ability to work flexible hours and fulfil service requirements


  • Management Course (or equivalent)
  • Experience as an NMC sign off mentor or clinical practice assessor
  • Evidence of staff development and succession planning
  • Broad range of post registration experience
  • Experience of report writing

Skills and competencies


  • Communication
  • Prioritisation
  • Change management
  • General IT skills
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Budget management
  • Delegation
  • Leadership
  • Organisational skills
  • Problem solving

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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