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Sister/Charge Nurse Band 6 Cedar Ward

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent role as a charge nurse on Cedar Ward at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. Cedar Ward is a an acute 34 bedded post operative Cardiac Surgical Ward.The post holder will be responsible for the provision, delivery and evaluation of highly skilled individualised care to all patients, whilst also supporting and guiding junior staff. He/she will actively support senior colleagues, and take charge of the ward in the absence of the Ward Manager. The post holder will develop, assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of evidence based nursing care. They will practice within a clinical governance framework to create an environment where excellence in clinical care will flourish. The post holder will actively participate in and coordinate the supervision, learning and development of other staff members, act as a clinical mentor and be a role model to all staff. They will have the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others to meet the needs of patients and their families. They will act as an ambassador to promote patient and family centred care and promote the core values of Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

Main duties of the job

Please see attached the full job description and person specification for the main duties involved in the role. The principle duties of the role are listed below.
  • Act as ward coordinator on a shift by shift basis
  • Provide support to the Ward Manager in the management and development of staff and their clinical skills
  • Provide leadership to team members and act as a role model
  • To supervise and instruct junior colleagues and be a resource for them in the ward area
  • Alongside other staff provide efficient communication which will ensure dissemination of information to all staff
  • Act as an effective role model and resource/advisor to colleagues in the delivery of nursing care
  • Demonstrate robust and effective management and organisational skills

About us

As the largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in the UK, we, at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, have a clear vision 'to be the best cardiothoracic integrated healthcare organisation'.

We provide specialist services in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine both in the hospital and out in the community.

We serve a catchment area of 2.8 million people, spanning Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man, and increasingly we receive referrals from outside these areas for highly specialised services such as aortics.

Our reputation for strong performance is important in delivering the best care for our patients and high quality clinical services. This is underpinned by a culture of research and innovation, delivered in modern estate and our encouragement of flexible working in a variety of forms.

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Job description

Job responsibilities


Perform comprehensive assessment of patient nursing needs, plan, implement and evaluate care delivery according to changing health care needs and varying levels of complexity.

Collect, collate, evaluate and report information maintaining accurate patient records.

Involve patients and carers/relatives in the planning and delivery of care.

Work collaboratively with other professionals and agencies to ensure patient needs are met, especially in relation to ongoing care needs and discharge arrangements.

Establish and maintain effective communication with patients and carers/relatives.

Recognise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations

Collect, collate and report information, maintaining accurate records in line with NMC and Trust policy.

Respect confidential information obtained in the course of professional practice and upholds the principles of Caldicott and the Data Protection Act


Deputise for the Ward Manager in the management and organisation of the ward.

Accept delegated line management responsibilities of other team members including performance development reviews and personal development planning

Support the Ward Manager to maximise best use of clinical resources, implementing best practice in patient flow, admission and discharge arrangements.

Participate in the recruitment and retention of staff.

Support the Ward Manager with the monitoring of performance of staff ensuring that learning needs are identified through personal development planning/supervised practice.

Promotes the development of services within the ward area and assists the ward manager to implement change.

Ensure the effective and efficient use of physical and financial resources,

Monitor health, safety and security of self and others and promote/ implements best practice in the ward area.


Provides and makes effective use of learning and development opportunities for ward team,

Develop own expert clinical knowledge and participate in the development of others.

Ensure own compliance and compliance of others with regard to mandatory training and PREP requirements.

Coordinates and deliver training programmes and promotes an effective clinical learning environment.

Act as a mentor for all nurses in training and newly qualified nurses.


Assist the ward manager in ward audit and the development and implementation of the ward action plan.

Ensure compliance with policies, procedures and clinical guidelines for self and others, participate in the development of same.

Continually monitor standards of care and lead the improvement of care, through the clinical quality monitoring group, audit and research.

Assist patient and public involvement activities in the ward area, leading to service improvement.

Promote peoples equality, diversity and rights and take action when your own or other peoples actions undermine these rights

Registered Nurses at the Cardiothoracic Centre have a responsibility to:

Maintain active status on NMC register

Always act in accordance with NMC and LHCH Code of Conduct and guiding documents

Adhere to Trust policy and procedure

Undertake Clinical Supervision

Maintain up to date skills and knowledge and maintain awareness of professional issues

Maintain a professional portfolio

Person Specification

Qualifications & Education


  • Registered Nurse
  • Holds (or working towards) post registration qualification
  • Evidence of continued further study


  • Post qualification cardiology course

Knowledge and Experience


  • Post registration experience some of which must be cardiology nursing
  • Experience of managing patients with highly dependent needs
  • Experience of involvement is successful change management
  • Experience of data collection for audit/quality monitoring
  • Knowledge of professional and NHS issues


  • Understanding of HR Policies and Procedures
  • Basic knowledge of financial management within the clinical setting
  • Knowledge of COSHH procedures and risk management

Skills & Abilities


  • Evidence of strong leadership and management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate unpleasant and sensitive information
  • Ability to present written information in a logical manner
  • Good facilitation, presentation, teaching and assessing skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to place the patient at the centre of care delivery and plan effectively for patients with complex care needs
  • Good problem solving ability
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Demonstrates as desire to explore new ways of delivering service
  • Previous experience of team leading /staff management

Values and Behaviours


  • Inclusive
  • Making a Difference
  • Person centred
  • Accountable
  • Continuous improvement
  • Teamwork

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive


L14 3PE

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