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Junior Ward Sister/Charge Nurse

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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We are looking for an enthusiastic Individual with demonstrable hospital experience to join our team as a Junior Sister/Charge Nurse on Kingfisher ward.

This post would be an ideal opportunity for a band 5 looking for a more senior role or an existing band 6 who would relish a change in environment and a new challenge.

An enthusiasm for the speciality of rehabilitation and care of the elderly is essential, and a teaching/assessing qualification and proven evidence of post basic study are desirable.

Kingfisher is part of UHP but is based off site at Mount Gould Hospital and focuses on rehabilitation for patients leaving the Acute Trust. The team at MGH pride themselves in providing a high standard of care for this client group. The ward has been recognised as obtaining and maintaining a holistic approach to patient care with successful discharge outcomes and patient experiences.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for organising and leading teams of nursing staff within a clinical setting.

To be recognised as a clinical expert within the post holder's particular care environment, and providing clinical advice.

To be responsible for meeting the NMC requirements in line with the Code of Professional Conduct for their scope of responsibility.

To lead by example, demonstrating effective role modelling to all members of the nursing team.

To act as deputy to the nominated ward manager on all aspects of management

'Relocation package may be available'.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.


If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100.

We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Perform comprehensive assessment of patients nursing needs. Plan, implement and evaluate care delivery according to patients health care needs. To demonstrate high standards of clinical practice over and above that required of a band 5
  • To act as the clinical expert for patients within the ward area in particular using specialist knowledge and expertise to manage patients with complex medical and social needs
  • To assist in managing patient flow, working with patients, relatives and the multi-disciplinary team to pro-actively manage the admission and discharge process
  • Maintain a safe working environment, ensuring high standards and safe practice are maintained by:
    • Teaching staff to understand and accept their responsibilities e.g. environmental cleanliness, maintenance and use of all equipment within clinical setting.
    • Assist ward manager in the monitoring of incidents, accidents and complaints and participating in corrective action and the monitoring of outcomes.
    • Adhering to the guidelines of the Health & Safety at Work Act.
    • Utilisation of Trust Risk Assessment documentation, to ensure that Health & Safety and Clinical risk are reduced in the ward area
  • Management of the area in the absence of a ward manager, including the deployment and supervision of staff
  • To ensure that Trust, Divisional and Directorate Policies and Procedures are carried out correctly by:
    • Compiling off-duty rotas to make effective use of staff.
    • Being responsible for efficient and effective usage of the available resources in the absence of the ward manager.
    • Compiling and maintaining staff attendance records, managing and monitoring sickness and absenteeism in accordance with Trust Policy.
    • Carrying out agreed procedures for the appraisal and counselling of staff.
    • Being actively involved with recruitment, selection and retention
  • Establish and maintain effective communication channels within and outside the Department by
    • Promoting teamwork and inter-personnel relationships and encouraging others in the decision making process.
    • Attending regular Sisters Meetings, organising Ward Meetings and participating in Divisional and Directorate forums as required.
    • Playing an active role in the integration of Patient and Public Involvement.
    • Effecting change in order to meet changing patient need.
    • To participate in the Major Incident Policy
  • To be responsible for the continuing assessment of performance and the identification of development needs of team members by:
    • Conducting staff annual appraisals that include a personal development plan relevant to their particular needs.
    • Facilitating staff members to meet PREP requirements.
    • Actively participating in the educational programme of all staff, including students. Close liaison with the Practice Development Department, offering practical and clinical guidance and attending lectures and meetings as required
  • Constantly updating ones own knowledge, recognising the importance of a critical approach to research and developments in nursing
  • Actively involved in Research & Clinical Audit within the clinical area
  • Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and participate in the induction of locum staff to ward policies and routine.

  • For further details please see attached JD& PS.

    Person Specification

    Knowledge & Experience


    • Demonstrable experience in a similar clinical post


    • Demonstrable experience in a leadership capacity



    • NMC registration
    • Mentorship Course or willingness to undertake


    • Degree in Health-related subject or equivalent

    Aptitude & Abilities


    • Good organisational skills
    • Ability to analyse and evaluate information

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    Mount Gould Hospital


    PL4 7QD

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