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Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse- Sobell House

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Part-Time Post - 0.8 WTE - 30 hours per week

Sobell House is an 18 bed NHS hospice within Oxford University Hospitals Trust specially designed to provide Palliative and End of Life Care and support for patients and their families with advanced incurable disease. We provide specialist care aiming to focus on quality of life and respecting the uniqueness of each person.

We have an exciting opportunity for innovative individuals to join our team at Sobell House as a Deputy Sister/ Charge Nurse. As part of the senior nursing team you will assist the Ward Manager in providing excellent clinical and managerial leadership and will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the Ward Manager role. You will be supported to develop the necessary skills and expertise to carry out appraisals, staff development and as a line manager you will take responsibility of a team comprising of staff at a variety of band levels.

Main duties of the job

Clinical expertise and experience in Palliative and End of Life Care are desirable for this post as working clinically you will not only provide excellent care for our patients and their families but will be expected to support more junior team members. When leading the team you should be able to work well under pressure and adopt a flexible approach to work. With new ideas and visions being explored and developed, we are seeking enthusiastic individuals to share and participate in our journey.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assist the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse in providing clinical and managerial leadership to all staff
  • To line manage/appraise and develop a small team of nurses within the ward establishment
  • To lead in a specific area of ward practice/project work on the ward as agreed, making recommendations, coordinating projects and developing practice guidelines and policies based upon robust evidence, gained from risk assessment, audit and literature review.
  • To be professionally and clinically responsible to patients within the ward, providing and maintaining a high standard of care and maintaining a communication link between patient and organisation
  • To maintain and continually develop specialist knowledge and skills relevant to the clinical area and to provide an out of hours Triage Service and act as a specialist resource to the Trust
  • Regularly act as shift coordinator, participating in the allocation of workload, ensuring efficient bed management, effective patient care and safety on the ward
  • Contribute to the development of clinical practice, with regards to Departmental, Trust and National recommendations, communicating this to junior colleagues in a positive manner in order to maintain a consistent, motivated ward focus.

Person Specification



  • Registered nurse (part 1, 8, 12 or 15 of register depending on area of practice)
  • In possession of or working towards degree level education or demonstrate experience of working at this level.


  • Teaching/management qualification
  • Masters Degree

Special Skills/Aptitude


  • Demonstrable experience in ward co-ordination
  • Excellent clinical skills, able to deliver a high standard of care.
  • Ability to motivate self and others


  • Evidence of change management

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to cope effectively under pressure and manage complex and challenging situations
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels.

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Churchill Hospital - Sobell House

Old Road, Headington,



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