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Ward Sister / Charge Nurse, Band 6- Ward 2B

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
We are looking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic nurse who would like to make a difference to both patient care and staff career progression.

This is an exciting opportunity for a registered nurse to enhance their leadership skills and assist the ward manager in the everyday management of patients and staff in a ward environment. Ward 2b Head and Neck surgery provides a vast range of training and learning opportunities to provide a positive patient experience and development for healthcare professionals. We are keen to have a nurse with surgical experience of working within a ward environment and can uphold the high standards of care we thrive to achieve.

Main duties of the job

The candidate would show excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to work effectively within a team and autonomously. The candidate will need to be approachable, act as a role model and uphold the best standards of care for patients. The candidate will need to show ability to work effectively under pressure and manage challenging situations with both patients and staff members. The candidate will need to be responsive to quality improvement and assist in the implementation of changes to practice in the team.

About us

We have 19 Registered Nurses, 2 Registered Nursing Associates, 2 Trainee Nursing Associates and 11 Healthcare Assistants within our team on Ward 2b. We care for a variety of surgical patients including head and neck and maxillofacial surgery. We have exciting opportunities for career development at trust study days and ward based training sessions delivered by specialty consultants. The ward are very proud to have been awarded a GEM award for excellent support of students in their learning during placement.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a ward sister you would be leading a team to ensure patient care needs are met and receiving safe care. You would be communicating and working within the multi-disciplinary team to meet patient needs for care and treatment. You will lead a team in ensuring patient safety, staff safety and compliance with infection control policies and practices. You will need to delegate tasks to team members to ensure work completed in a timely manner both considering staff abilities and experiences. You would be responsible for assisting and maintaining safe staffing skill mix on the ward.

You will be supervising new and junior members of staff on shift and assist to develop a competent and proficient workforce. You would be participating in the completion of staff appraisals and managing sickness levels on the ward. You will be involved in investigating ward incidents and communicate lessons learned from these incidents to the ward team. The ward sister would participate in the completion of information governance and audits for the ward and working with the ward manager for quality improvements.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Teaching and Assessing Qualification or equivalent
  • Management / leadership qualifications or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of on-going professional development


  • Completion of Bronze or Silver QI



  • Evidence of building effective working relationships with members of the multi-disciplinary team and other key stakeholders
  • Evidence of link nurse responsibilities / specific team involvement


  • Head and Neck nursing experience of appropriate years to include a track record of delivering on high quality patient care and team support and engagement
  • Experience of leading and managing change

Knowledge/ Skills


  • In depth knowledge of Head and Neck patients and operational processes within the speciality
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge and ability to use IT systems required (e.g TrakCare, electronic patient records (EPR), Microsoft Office)
  • Use of evidence based practice and policies to plan and deliver patient care
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and that of others as appropriate

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Gloucestershire Royal Hospital



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