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Junior Sister / Charge Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 Junior sister/Charge Nurse to become an integral part of a team who are developing the service to deliver outstanding care and treatment to people with gastroenterological conditions who are acutely unwell at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

As part of the development of Level 9a East we are looking for a skilled, dynamic Junior Sister/ Charge Nurse who will provide excellent care to our patients, strong leadership and work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

Level 9A East is a 35 bedded Gastroenterology unit which specialises in the care and treatment of patients with gastroenterological conditions, these including Alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease, peptic ulcer disease, irritable bowel disease, gastrointestinal bleeds and Acute on chronic pancreatitis. The successful candidate will work closely with the MDT, including Doctors, Dieticians, Pharmacist, physio/OT, specialist nurses etc.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic, flexible, energetic Sister/ Charge Nurse with a 'can do' approach with high expectations for delivering and organizing, safe, high quality person centred care and assist the Manager in delivering the trust Vision for gastroenterology. You will have a proactive and positive approach with excellent clinical and inter- personal skills to work with our fantastic multidisciplinary team.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Participates in ensuring effective multidisaplinary communication links within the ward and department and in areas within the trust.
  • To communicate and discuss with senior members of staff at awaydays and meetings.
  • To adhere to NMC guidelines on documentation accountability and responsibilty for record keeping.
  • Responsible for effective shift handovers ensuring relevant detail is communicated and identifies and challenges any unprofessional or subjective comments made about patients.
  • To communicate effectively and accurately to members of the Clinical site management team in a timely way, to ensure a safe pathway and be aware of the trust operational policy.
  • Participates in ward rounds showing thoughough knowledge of the up to date situation and condition, with the ability to be able to present this concisely in an appropriate manner encouraging one stop ward rounds.
  • Responsible for the discharge of patients from the ward and to mange complex patient case confrences which may involve end of life care.
  • To be able to communicate effectively and resolve concerns from outside agencies such as District nurses ICT and GPs.
  • Support families and carers to understand complicated medical conditions.
  • Recognize poor standards of care amongst the MDT and be able to highlight these to the appropriate personel at an appropriate time.

Service Delivery and Improvement
  • In the absence of the Ward manager, to be a visible and accessible presence on the ward to whom the staff, patients and their relatives/careers can turn to for assistance.
  • To act as an expert for the care of patients, providing effective leadership and acting as a positive role model.
  • Assist the Ward Sister to ensure that there is regular review of documentation practice and that focused action plans are developed when areas of concern are identified.
  • To ensure that admissions, transfers and discharges are planned in accordance with Trust policy, liaising effectively with partner agencies to ensure best outcome for the patient.
  • To be responsible for ensuring that there is adherence to the safeguarding of vulnerable adults protocols within clinical practice.
  • To work in partnership with the Infection Control Team to ensure best practice and to assist the Ward manager in ensuring that there are effective systems and processes in place for the prevention and control of infection. To ensure the adherence of all staff in infection control policies whilst leading the shift. To assist the Ward manager in ensuring there is full participation by the clinical areas in the Trust Perfect Ward audits.
  • You should be confident and competent to complete and present RCAs as required.
  • To participate in monitoring the cleanliness in the ward, liaising with housekeeping services to maintain high standards.
  • To ensure that the nutritional needs of patients are assessed according to Trust policy. To assist the Ward manager in monitoring the catering service to the Ward, liaising with housekeeping and dietetic services to ensure that the nutritional needs of patients are met. To participate in the implementation of Protected Meal Times.
  • To assist the Ward manager in monitoring Privacy and Dignity and the End of Life Strategy. Also to assist in ensuring there is evidence of improvement in the quality of services through lessons learned.
  • To assist the ward manager in the management of annual leave and sickness in her absence.
  • To assist the ward manager in the effective management of the rosters to ensure patient safety at all times
  • To assist the Ward manager in ensuring that mandatory audits are completed and results fed back to the Matron in timely fashion to participate in the development and implementation of any necessary action plans ensuring they re evaluated for effectiveness in a timely manner.
  • To assist the Ward manager in the completion of the benchmarking and quality audits & metrics. To participate in feedback of the results to staff and in the development and implementation of any necessary actions required to improve standards.

People Management and Development
  • To assist and support band 5, 4, 3 and 2 nurses in their competencies
  • Responsible for your own band 6 competencies sign off.
  • To have a minimum of 2years post graduate experience.
  • To be responsible for own personal clinical and professional development in line with PREP/NMC supported with portfolio evidence.
  • To work within the NMC Code of Professional conduct and scope of practice and at no time should the post holder work outside their defined level of competence.
  • To assist with the orientation of new members of staff and student nurses.
  • Participate in teaching in the clinical area providing accurate records of the same.
  • To participate in competency based assessments to support the clinical educator and ward manager in their role
  • To promote evidence based practice within the ward area.
  • To participate in the annual appraisals by producing PDP for oneself and assist members of your own designated team.
  • To support the Ward manager in the provision of a good quality clinical learning environment that supports students and the professional development for all staff.
  • To assist the Ward manager in ensuring that student nurse feedback is reviewed regularly and acted upon to improve the quality of the learning environment.
  • To assist the Ward manager & practice development nurse in identifying current and future training/education needs to develop the ward staff.
  • To assist the Ward manager in ensuring statutory and mandatory training programs are implemented and that all training is monitored, recorded and evaluated as being effective in meeting the needs of the service

Person Specification

Professional Registration


  • Registered General Nurse / Registered General Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • ENB 997/998 /mentorship qualification
  • Sign Off mentor

Experience / Qualifications


  • Substantial post-registration experience
  • Evidence of professional development
  • Post graduate experience in an acute clinical setting


  • ECDL (IT computer course)
  • Gastro medicine experience



  • Excellent management, leadership and organisational skills
  • Ability to delegate and prioritise
  • Basic IT experience
  • Manage the acutely ill patient and the confidence to manage these situation in the ward areas
  • Ability to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate
  • Ability to develop a problem solving approach
  • IV drug administration skills
  • Commitment to high quality patient care
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with all the multidisciplinary team, patients and relatives
  • Able to impart bad news sensitively
  • Ability to deal with challenging behaviour
  • Ability to act as a resource
  • Maintains accurate written records
  • Ability to assess plan, deliver and evaluate individualised and evidence based nursing care demonstrating care and compassion
  • Ability to demonstrate a problem solving approach
  • Demonstrates contribution to audit, benchmarking or research through link nurse role
  • Able to comprehend and act upon complex information for the ongoing benefit of the patient
  • Critical analysis skills and able to make quick judgements in response to changing clinical situations (i.e. cardiac arrest)
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Ability to Hold AAR effectively and identify clear learning points to disseminate to your colleagues
  • Able to prioritise tasks and clinical care
  • Ability to support the maintenance of an environment conducive to the delivery of excellent care
  • Computer literate
  • Training in manual handling of loads
  • Training in use of mechanical hoists and other moving and handling equipment


  • Phlebotomy & Cannulations skills
  • Advanced nursing skills, defibrillation, intravenous drug administration

People Management and Development


  • Able to delegate where appropriate
  • Ability to co-ordinate the work of the multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to act as a mentor
  • Interviewing skills
  • Appraisal skills

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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