Skip to main content

This job has expired

Paediatric Surgical Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen within our 16-bedded surgical paediatric ward. We are currently managing surgical emergency patients from a wide number of surgical specialities including: orthopaedics, ENT, general surgery and burns and plastics We are part of a surgical floor that works closely together with children's surgical day case managing day cases, and D34 managing elective surgical patient requiring longer stays.

We are committed to supporting you and offer various professional development opportunities to enhance your surgical nursing skills and knowledge.

We have previously achieved ANCC Pathway To Excellence accreditation and are currently the only Children's Hospital in Europe to have achieved this. This has opened up new opportunities which we are currently building on in Nottingham Children's Hospital.

Main duties of the job

In addition to the below summary you need to familiarise yourself with the full Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert.

Ensure high quality, evidence-based care is offered to patients and, in collaboration with the Ward Manager, identify the common issues which affect the quality of care, devising clear action plans to address any shortcomings.

In collaboration with the Ward Manager, ensure that the patient has a positive experience by evaluating patient process and the pathway of care.

You will be required to support the Ward Manager in ensuring clinical audits takes place in line with the Trust's requirements to improve practice.

You will also be a main point of contact for patients, visitors, relatives and staff acting as a resource for problems, needs and able to clearly present the patient's view to others.

On completion of successful training, you will be required to take charge of the nurse bleep for the Children's Hospital on occasions.

About us

This post is essential to safe and effective running of the ward area as the role entails delivery of direct patient care as well as ensuring that consistently safe and effective care is delivered to patients and their families this incorporates the provision of emotional support.

In addition, this role provides leadership and management support to the Ward Sister and team to ensure safe, effective running of the ward on a daily basis.

We require you to bring your whole self to work for us at NUH. We love diversity and we value your difference, your unique skills, knowledge and experience. Becoming one of our people may realise your potential, helping us to raise our performance in delivering world class healthcare to the diverse patient populations we serve

Job description

Job responsibilities

Encourage ward/department staff to be involved in the management of resources, by effective use of clinical and non-clinical supplies and understanding of financial issues.

Contribute to the work of time limited committees and project groups.

Ensure that, where applicable, information is maintained and kept in an appropriate place and that accurate records are maintained and stored in accordance with Trust and national policy.

Be a major instrument of change within the clinical area in response to clinical incidents and/or demands.

Participate in acting-up rota as required, holding the directorate/floor bleep as necessary.

Support the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse in ensuring the development and ongoing management of work rosters that provide appropriate safe staff cover.

Ensure high quality, evidence-based care is offered to patients and, incollaboration with the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse, identify the common issues which affect the quality of care, devising clear action plans to address any shortcomings ensuring agreed action is undertaken.

Improve and maintain standards of essential (basic) nursing care by working with the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse and using tools such as clinical benchmarking. Support the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse in ensuring clinical audit takes place in line with the Trusts requirements to improve practice.

Work with the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse to identify hazards relating to clinical and non-clinical risks and undertake identified risk assessments.

Ensure that junior staff also sees this as important by maintaining a culture which will support the delivery of both clinical and non-clinical governance within the ward or department.

Along with the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse, support the ward or department team in completing appropriate risk assessments and develop action plans accordingly in order to provide a safe environment for the delivery of high quality patient care.

Ensure that all nursing documentation is regularly and appropriately reviewed and updated with changes implemented. Continuing professional development appropriate to the field of practice and continue to develop competency in line with agreed personal development plans, including leadership skills and enable the empowerment of other members of ward teams.

Encouraging a culture of learning where students receive quality clinical placements supported by mentorship, teaching and support from registered nurses.

Support of the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse in ensuring that best practice undertaken is shared with colleagues in the directorate, division and the Trust.

Helping staff to use clinical information within the ward or department to help improve the quality of patient care. Encouraging staff to be involved in service changes and developments using processes defined within the directorate/division.

Being able to demonstrate clear lines of communication within a defined clinical area which result in clear responsibilities being identified within the multi professional team.

Creating a culture where staff have appropriate authority over issues that contribute to the provision of essential care and enable them to secure and achieve the highest quality standards

Assisting in the establishment, motivation and development of the clinical team with a clear focus and direction. Ensuring that the clinical team is kept informed of the policies, direction and strategy of the directorate and division. Take an active role in self-development and identifying ones own needs, takingappropriate steps to meeting those needs.

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours

Person Specification



  • NMC - Child
  • 2 Years post reg experince
  • Proven management experience


  • Continuing professional development/ reflective profile
  • Formal leadership and management training
  • Research training/experience

Communication and relationship skills


  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate basic IT skills
  • Produce timely, accurate written/electronic records and documents
  • Can minimise interpersonal conflict and barriers to communication


  • Demonstrate evidence of providing formal teaching sessions



  • Experience at band 5 for a minimum of 3 years
  • Evidence of ability to mentor
  • Ability to manage the clinical area or ward efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to convey sensitive information in an empathetic manner to patients, relative/carers and staff


  • Recent or current experience within the specialty
  • Demonstrate an involvement in link nurse, or project work
  • Audit or research within the clinical area
  • Providing staff with feedback on their individual performance and use of the knowledge and skills framework

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


Queen's Medical Centre

Derby Road



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert