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Senior Sister/Charge Nurse - Ophthalmology

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting development opportunity has arisen within the York Ophthalmology Department as we are seeking an experienced leader to take on the permanent role of Senior Sister/Charge Nurse.

The post-holder will join a positive and focussed nursing leadership team, striving to provide the best standard of care for patients by supporting the nursing team into the future. The role will involve managing improvement projects acting on patient feedback roster and sickness management developing nurse-led services and expanding nurse development within ophthalmology.

The successful candidate must have at least 18 months post registration experience at Band 6 level or equivalent, with some level of insight into the needs of an ophthalmology service.

You must be reliable and able to work flexibly. You must consistently uphold the Trust's values kindness, openness and excellence. If you are a professional, forward thinking and motivated individual we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Ophthalmology is one of the busiest and most clinically diverse specialities in the NHS, and as such provides one of the most interesting and engaging areas to learn, teach and develop. The senior sister / charge nurse will work with the Nursing & AHP Lead, consultants, ops managers, finance, HR and other key players to drive improvement and maintain safety within the department. As the Band 7 Senior Sister /Charge Nurse you will:
  • Have 24 hour continuing responsibility for the effective and efficient management of the department/team, providing management and professional leadership for the nursing team.
  • Have the responsibility for ensuring the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care are maintained to a high standard.
  • Hold the management responsibility for the administrative and financial aspects of the department.
  • Ensure safe and consistent high quality service provision.
  • Work with the wider medical and allied health professional team, involving all stakeholders in decision making
  • Work with external departments such as day case units and theatre teams.
  • Manage sickness and leave and ensure both are monitored appropriately
  • Manage recruitment and retention of staff.
  • Manage the e roster and staff allocations.
  • Developing nurse led services and protocols
  • Support the deputy sister/charge nurse teams and work to build a sustainable and effective junior leadership team

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:

Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants

27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)

A generous relocation package of up to 30% of salary (capped at �18k) to support with relocation expenses for hard to fill positions where relocation would be an expectation to undertake the role fully. If you would like to discuss a potential relocation package, please speak to the recruiting department/manager.

A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave

Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme

NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme

An extensive range of learning and development opportunities

Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Please note that if a high number of applications are received this advert may close early. You are advised to submit you application at the earliest opportunity.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind we are open and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Level 1)
  • Recognised teaching/assessing qualification


  • Degree in Nursing or related subject



  • At least 18 months post registration experience at Band 6 or equivalent
  • Experience of managing and leading a team
  • Audit & Standard setting


  • Service development and/or change management
  • Experience within ophthalmology clinics



  • Influencing and negotiation Communication skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own and others workload
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own and others workload

Employer details

Employer name

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


York Hospital

Wigginton Road


YO31 8HE

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