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Ward Sister Colorectal

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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The post holder will work without direct supervision and will take charge of the ward/ department in the absence of the ward/ department manager, who holds continuing responsibility.

Key responsibilities will include the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, effective leadership and staff management/development. The post holder will always work within the NMC's Code of Professional Conduct.

Main duties of the job

Key responsibilities will include the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, effective leadership and staff management/development. The post holder will always work within the NMC's Code of Professional Conduct.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

Co-ordination of the ward/department on a day to day basis including planning, allocation and evaluation of work carried out by teams or individuals and self.

Provide specialist knowledge to all Nursing staff on the ward/ department

Will promote a critical, analytical approach to the delivery of nursing careensuring that the ward/ department environment is responsive to current issues.

In support of the ward/ department manager will assist in the review and update of procedures and protocols relating to the care of patients.

Develop methods for identifying, maintaining and improving the quality of patient care through facilitation of best practice and clinical benchmarking.Nov 2020

Ensure due regard is given to the customs, values and spiritual beliefs ofpatients/clients.

Explore and undertake expanded practice to optimise patient care as required within specialist area, in accordance with Trust policies


Exercise effective leadership acting as an exemplary role model for theward/department team.

Support the ward/ department manager in maintaining adequate staff cover and skill mix on the ward through effective use of staffing rotas

Ensure effective communication with patients and their carers.

Liaise with nursing, medical and allied health professional colleagues to ensure that all facets of the patients` care are covered.

Ensure that the ward participates in maintaining standards relating to clinical governance.

Support the implementation of risk management policies within theward/department, including the development of action plans to address identified risks.

Ensure effective communication with relatives, community nursing staff, other hospitals and local agencies to facilitate the smooth transfer and after-care of patients/clients

In support of the ward/ department manager ensures outcomes and action plans from patient complaints are implemented and monitored.

Ensure staff compliance with mandatory training and help maintain currentrecords.

In conjunction with the ward/ department manager will ensure compliance with Trust policies and procedures.

Assist in monitoring and managing staff sickness/absence following the Trust guidelines, and liaise with the manager or Matron as necessary.

Participate in recruitment and selection of staff within the nursing team ensuring appropriate policies are adhered to.

Support the implementation of the Trusts Human Resources Strategy including the principles of Improving Working Lives.

Monitor performance of staff that are identified by the ward/ department manager, ensuring that learning needs are identified through personal development plans, appraisal systems and supervised practice

In conjunction with the ward/ department manager contribute to planning,monitoring and control of resources.

Contribute to nursing developments within the ward/department via appropriate forums as required

Deputises for the ward/ department manager in his/her absence


Support the ward/ department manager in identifying staff training anddevelopment needs via personal development plans

Contributes to the dissemination of information from individuals undertaking professional development to the ward department team, patients and carers inclusive of the link nurse network

Collaborate with the clinical practice facilitators to develop and promote an effective and responsive clinical learning environment

Ensure that nursing care is wherever possible is evidence based. Encourage and initiate nursing audit and research, assisting with the implementation of findings Nov 2020 where appropriate.

Contribute to the development of competency based training packages for use within the ward/department inclusive of preceptorship, pre and post registration nurses

Act as a mentor for all pre and post registration nurses and health careassistants.


Act at all times in a manner that upholds the reputation of the Trust andsafeguards the wellbeing and dignity of patients and their relatives.

Act always in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct and Guidancedocuments and maintain active status on NMC Register.

Take every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve knowledge.

Identify objectives within a PDP that support the delivery of high standards of clinical care

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse, current NMC registration
  • Teaching and assessing qualification or equivalent
  • Post registration qualification in speciality


  • 1st level degree



  • Evidence of management experience
  • Evidence of change management
  • Application of evidence based practice
  • Evidence of developing high standards of patient care
  • Lead role in education of staff and patients



  • Application of current nursing issues and healthcare governance



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in changing environments
  • Basic IT skills, including e-mail and word processing



  • Supportive of colleagues
  • High level of personal and professional credibility
  • Well motivated

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Mount Vernon Street


L7 8YE

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