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Sister/Charge Nurse - Critical Care

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, ICU nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A substantive full time band 7 Sister/Charge Nurse vacancy is available, we are offering a fantastic opportunity to join the senior team in our exciting and innovative Critical Care environment at Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust.

This role will involve a mix of management and clinical time across seven days a week.

This post is a full time substantive post and the successful candidate will be working in one of our intensive care units.

Advert closing: 30th June 2024 at Midnight

Interview date: To be confirmed

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic Critical Care nurse toprovide professional leadership within the clinical area and direction and inspirational leadership to all members of the multi disciplinary team.

The successful applicant will be energetic, self-motivated and innovative passionate about Critical Care nursing and willing to push the professional boundaries to develop an exceptional service for our patients.

Critical Care is fully committed to audit and research and provides a dynamic environment conducive to gaining additional knowledge and skills. We have close links with local, nationally renowned educational providers which enables us to provide a wide range of educational programmes.This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the large, diverse and innovative Critical Care team at Guys & St Thomas Foundation Trust, to lead your own team and influence the service we provide to all our patients.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post will be based at St Thomas' Hospital Critical Care Unit

Clinical Leadership and Managerial- Lead the ward/Department team and build successful links between keyprofessionals to support and promote effective multi-disciplinary teamworking.- Manage the department nursing staff, ensuring the patients receive highquality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for theircustoms, religious beliefs and doctrines.- Be wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC code ofprofessional conduct and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustainand improve his / her knowledge and professional competence.- Communicate effectively and efficiently and liaise with other members ofthe multi-disciplinary team to ensure that patients receive seamless carewithin the trust.- Act as a professional nurse leader and role model to the staff. To applyclinical skills of the highest standard and to take a proactive approach tothe development of clinical competence in self and others.- Maximise use of clinical resources, implementing best practice in patientflow, admission and discharge arrangements.- Monitor monthly budget statements, identifying trends, understandingspending patterns in order to stay in budget and to take action as required.- Comply with the Trusts standing financial instructions.- Ensure that the departments have adequate resources / equipment toprovide an effective service.- Develop and maintain effective channels of communication between allmembers of the multi disciplinary team.- To ensure the Matron is informed when changes to circumstances mayaffect safe competent practice.- Participate in nursing and multi professional research and audit and toimplement actions identified from quality initiatives.- Identify and intervene where circumstances contribute to an unsafeenvironment for patients and staff. To bring instances to the attention ofthe Matron / Head of Nursing for the area.- Lead and support the ward team through the process of change,demonstrating tenacity, drive, professional integrity, balance andperspective.- Deputise for the Matron as appropriate- Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medicationincluding transfusion of blood- Responsible for the correct administration of blood products.- Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in thespeciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to leadothers to do the same.- Act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure a patientorientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards withinthe NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.- Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health andwellbeing of the individuals.

Staff Management, Education and Training- Motivate, develop, support and identify training needs for department staff.- Implement and work within the Trusts HR policies on all staffing matters,including sickness, capability and disciplinary issues. Take correctivemeasures if indicated in liaison with Human Resources and the Matron.- Work with the Matron and Human Resources Department in therecruitment, selection, appointment and retention of staff.- Monitor recruitment and retention and use all available strategies to retainand motivate staff e.g. flexible working policy.- Participate in appraisals and the setting of objectives for junior staff in thedepartment to enable them to achieve optimal effectiveness and tounderstand their contribution to the directorate.- Ensure that appropriate written induction programmes are available andutilised for all new staff within the department- Working closely with the Practice Development Team, ensure that relevantclinical based teaching programmes are in place and maintain accuratetraining records.- Actively participate in teaching of junior staff and students.- Ensure that nursing staff receive appropriate training and professionaleducation in accordance with the NMCs PREP Recommendations.- Ensure that staff attend and assist in training where appropriate onmandatory training sessions and maintain accurate records of these.- Liaise with affiliated Institutes of Higher Education to ensure that thelearning environment is appropriate for both pre and post registrationlearners and undertaking any action identified through audit.- Participate in the education and assessment of staff undertaking aspecialist course or further education programmes.- Keep abreast of developments and research in Nursing Practice.- Adhere to trust and departmental policies and procedures, ensuring that allstaff do the same.- Ensure optimised skill mix within the department/ward and reviewing theskill mix as required and monitoring the use of bank and agency staff.- Organise team meetings at an appropriate frequency, recording andcirculating minutes of these. To ensure a good method of communicationwithin the department at all times and to encourage the exchange andimplementation of new ideas and evidence based practice.

Clinical Governance, Audit And Research- Ensure that the delivery of care to all patients meet the standards set byyourself and the Trust.- Take responsibility for ensuring the highest standards of Infectionprevention and control are practiced at all times.- Demonstrate a high level of commitment to and enthusiasm for research,evidence based practice, audit and education in the clinical area.- Actively contribute to reconfiguration projects, service redesigndevelopments and Directorate business planning as required.- Be proactive in the risk assessment, management, clinical incidentreporting and management of complaints.- Ensure all staff move and handle patients and goods in ways that promotethe health of the patient and care team and are consistent with legislation.- Contribute to the development of Directorate and Trust policies,procedures and clinical guidelines and ensure adherence by self and wardteam.- Undertake clinical and associated audits as appropriate for the given area.- Record and report all incidents, accidents and complaints involving staff,patients and visitors in accordance with the trust policies and initiateinvestigations as required.- Participate in, and comply with, the trusts framework for clinicalgovernance within the department area.- Assist in the investigation and timely resolution of complaints, incidentsand comments within the Pre operative Assessment Unit and SurgicalAdmissions Lounge.

Service Development- Lead on the implementation of the clinical and organisational model for thearea.- Lead on ensuring that the area continues to be based upon soundbusiness projections, good financial planning and delivered according toappropriate standards within financial resources.- Contribute to and to be aware of the business plan and its implication forservice delivery and nursing',- Lead on monitoring the overall activity for the area.- Identify opportunities to develop new ways of working and challenge,change and expand roles, working in conjunction with the Education andPractice Development Team/s, Matrons and Head of Nursing.- Proactively seek feedback on patient and public experience in order toaddress concerns in a timely manner and build on success.- Assist with the development, implementation and evaluation ofdepartmental protocols ensuring coherence and consistency across bothsites.- To undertake audit and monitoring of the department/ward and participate in the implementation of changes to improve service delivery

Please see attached job description for full details

Person Specification

Skills/ Knowledge/


  • Advanced clinical, managerial and leadership skills in sprcislty
  • Proven listening / counselling skills with the ability to manage complex situation and appropriately deliver sensitive and difficult outcomes
  • Evidence of teaching skills in particular teaching patients in how to manage their conditions and raise their awareness of their condition
  • Ability to clinically lead & influence staff

Value and behaviour


  • Trust Values and behaviour

Qualifications/ Education Professional


  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality
  • To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality
  • Mentorship course or equivalent or knowledge and experience of teaching techniques and learners needs
  • Post registration qualification in appropriate area of speciality or equivalent post qualification experience
  • Evidence of continuous personal, professional and academic development

Previous experience


  • Significant post registration experience within the speciality
  • Experience of designing, delivering and evaluating training sessions / programmes
  • Experience of mentoring/ supervising/ assessing students in practice
  • Experience of managing a team or caseload
  • Experience of involvement in educational initiatives

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Guys & St Thomas Sites

Westminster Bridge Road



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