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Junior Ward Sister / Charge Nurse

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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We have an exciting opportunity for Junior Ward Sister position at Musgrove Park, Taunton. Are you a skilled leader who is passionate in your job, and able to deliver excellent person centred care then consider applying for this role.

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic and forward thinking professional for the position of Junior Ward Manager to join Portman medical ward . You will need to be a dynamic and gregarious person who will provide outstanding leadership to the whole team.

You will provide nursing care to patients ensuring that patients and their families are treated with compassion, dignity and respect alongside a multi-disciplinary team . You will be able to promote a safe environment for patients and staff members and oversee the principles of safer staffing on the ward. You will have an understanding of the patient group in the unit and be able to support the patients, their families and multidisciplinary team to ensure that person centred care is given at every opportunity. You will also be responsible for presenting quality information at meetings in the absence of the ward sister.

As a Junior Ward Manager you be expected to be a role model for Staff Nurses and Health Care Assistants and ensure staff of all grades are supported in their work. You will be acting as an advocate to our patients and also for our staff . You will be supporting the Ward Manger to achieve the standards expected from our unit and help lead and promote current and future ward projects.

Main duties of the job

The role of the band 6 Junior Ward Manager is to support the band 7 manager with the senior leadership on the ward, working both clinically, and supporting the line management of the teams in the absence of the ward manager. The post holder will be supporting and delivering frontline care that will provide good patient care and experience for our patients. The post holder will also support the Ward Manger in the development and upskilling of junior staff. Provide leadership and role modelling in the development and mentorship of new and other staff.

They will be supporting with PALS, complaints and ensuring that we provide high standards of care to our patients and service users.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Supports the Senior Ward Sister and in her absence is responsible for all aspects of staff management, including the recruitment process of staff, sickness and performance monitoring, adhering to Trust Human resource policies, to ensure a fair and consistent approach when dealing with staff issues, under the guidance of the Matron or Associate Director of Patient Care

Plan the orientation and induction of new staff using the Trust induction policy

Plans, implements, carries out and evaluates care given by self and other nursing staff to patients and their relatives

Read and adhere to all Trust policies and ensure that all ward staff do this and keep records on their individual staff mandatory training record

Person Specification



  • RGN
  • Diploma and working towards or willing to work towards degree level.
  • Teaching/Mentorship Qualification
  • Must be able to communicate in English language, both written and verbally appropriate to the post.


  • Specialty course or competencies in clinical skills relevant to the specialty of the ward
  • First Level/Supervisory Management Qualification or Course



  • Proven experience of clinical leadership of a team andleading team through change
  • Experience of mentoring



  • Analytical skills to deal with interpreting complex clinical information.
  • Able to undertake the higher-level clinical skills required for the specialist area.
  • Ability to prioritize own time and time of others.
  • Ability to assess clinical situations and act appropriately
  • Excellent teaching skills
  • Evidence of change management or knowledge of change management strategies

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Somerset Foundation Trust

Musgrove Park Hospital



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