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Senior Staff Nurse

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus HCA
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a senior staff nurse (Band 6) to join our Frailty admission team for Older adult at Lewisham hospital site -Aspen ward

We are looking for an individual who is passionate, self-motivated, forward-thinking, and enthusiastic about the care of elderly patients, who shares our ambition and vision to deliver the best of care by the best people, and who has the drive to take us forward.

The successful candidates will have responsibility for providing leadership to the team ensuring that care standards are monitored and maintained at the highest level as well as working collaboratively with members of the multi-disciplinary team to provide a quality service for elderly patients with the support of the Ward Manager and Matron.

As a deputy ward manager, you will have proven organizational and management skills and will be able to motivate and effectively lead the ward team in delivering high-quality care to our patients. You will be a clinical role model and have a willingness to develop the team as well as your own professional growth

You will be supported to:

Develop and enhance your leadership and management experience and skills.

Ongoing support and development will be provided to enable you to achieve your full potential through ward manager, matron and PDN support, Academic courses, Study Day and Appraisal.

Must have at least 18 months Band 5 experience in acute medicine or care of the elderly setting

Main duties of the job

To demonstrate excellent leadership and management skills, be self-motivated and flexible.

To show an adaptable and positive approach to implementing change in conjunction with evidence-based practice and national guidelines.

To be an effective role model to the junior team to ensure professional development.

Demonstrate effective communication skills.

Ability to use effective role modelling to lead the team to make improvements together.

To be an active participant in the drive for excellence in the delivery of care of the elder and frailty.

To lead on clinical audit reporting, action planning and leading the team to ensure service improvement on a daily basis.

To be able to coordinate shifts, manage and support a team, deputise for the ward manager in their absence and provide senior management for workforce-related issues.

Excellent Multi-disciplinary approach towards achieving high standard of patient care to ensure the patient experience is at the forefront of service delivery.

About us

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Assess, plan, implement and evaluate a high standard of nursing care incorporating research / evidence-based practice as appropriate.

    Practice in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and other appropriate guidelines.

    Ensure the safe administration and custody of drugs in accordance with National and hospital policies and guidelines.

    Develop and maintain effective and adequate channels of communication between patients, relatives, medical and ward staff.

    Promote and assist in maintaining a safe and pleasant environment for patients, visitors and staff

    Demonstrate awareness and understanding of individual customs, values and spiritual needs.

    Acknowledge limitations in knowledge and skills and seek advice from senior colleagues when necessary.

    Assist in the maintenance and continuing development of protocols and standards of care to maximise patient care and safety.

    Participate in the evaluation, research and audit of methods of care and implement findings as appropriate.

    Be aware of current advances in clinical care and facilitate team members in the implementation of knowledge gained.

    Manage and co-ordinate the ward or department in the absence of senior staff within allocated resources.

    Demonstrate an awareness of patient dependency and ensure the ward is adequately covered when sickness/absence arises.

    Ensure adherence to all relevant hospital policies including health and safety at work, manual handling, fire, confidentiality, data protection and incident and accident reporting.

    Delegate tasks appropriately having regard for individual abilities and competence.

    Support and assist the Ward Manager in the establishment of a good working atmosphere conducive to patient care.

    Participate in regular team / ward meetings to establish and maintain effective communication and improve quality of care.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training


    • 1st level registration with NMC
    • Diploma in Nursing First level Degree in nursing or working towards.
    • Experience or working in an acute medical setting.
    • Evidence of post- registration education/qualification relevant to speciality


    • Evidence of continuing professional development to degree level
    • Care of the Elderly Nursing Module or equivalent
    • Leadership and Management experience or course.



    • Significant 24 months post registration experience of working in an acute hospital setting.
    • Evidence of experience of conducting quality audits and report writing.
    • Experience of co-mentoring and assessing student nurses on placement.
    • To demonstrate up to date knowledge of relevant current nursing issues.


    • Experience in managing team and ward management.



    • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
    • Understanding and report writing of Clinical Audit and Clinical Governance.
    • Knowledge of current clinical and professional issues.
    • Knowledge of current advances and pathways of care relevant to specialty
    • Knowledge of clinical governance issues e.g. handling complaints, clinical risk management.
    • Able to manage stressful situations and challenge decisions to ensure that patient needs are met


    • Evidence of ability to manage change and motivate staff. Extended role i.e. cannulation and phlebotomy skills / ECG recording and analysis

    Personal Qualities


    • Be a positive role model with the ability to demonstrate a credible and professional approach
    • Ability to work as a team and form professional relationships with colleagues
    • Adaptable to change
    • Flexibility in shift and working patterns to meet the needs of the service to include long days, nights and weekends.


    • Ability to manage others under stressful circumstances

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    University Hospital Lewisham


    SE13 6LH

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