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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA or PA Pro Rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to work with us.

Please see below for detailed job description of the role.

Main duties of the job

We are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for the role of a Junior Sister/Charge Nurse in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic and passionate individual who would like to develop and progress further in their Nursing career. In Cardiac ICU we offer a structured development program that will aid you excel in your role. Development of our staff is central to the delivery of high quality, safe and effective care. We can offer opportunities to develop within a supportive environment, and our staff survey results reflect our commitment to facilitate your career progression. As a Cardiac ICU Junior Sister/Charge Nurse you will be responsible for working closely with the Senior Sister / Charge Nurse managing the department over a 24-hour period, ensuring adequate standards of care are maintained using available resources. You will also have a key role in creating a conducive learning environment and you will be providing clinical nursing advice to nurses at Band 5 and below.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Responsibilities- Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of standards of care, using Essence of Care as a framework, ensuring that Corporate and nursing objectives are achieved.- Act as team leader in the supervision of the professional work of nursing staff at Band 5 and below, exercising good leadership and control.- Take charge of the unit.- Adopt a pro-active role in meeting the Clinical Governance agenda.- Promote evidence-based practice and take an active part in any relevant research / audits being undertaken.- Ensure compliance with Infection Control standards, in line with Trust policy.- Train nurses at Band 5 and below in clinical and management skills.- Participate in the induction / in-service training of staff who are new to the ward area.- Train and supervise junior staff in collaboration with the Education and Training Team.- Participate in the Continuous Assessment of Practice for pre / post registration course members and the assessment of competencies.- Act as facilitator for trained members of staff undertaking professional development programmes as necessary.- Develop skills in undertaking staff appraisals for a specific group of staff.- Be aware of allocated budgets and out-going costs and promote cost effectiveness within the ward area/Unit attending relevant finance meetings in the absence of the Senior Sister / Charge Nurse.- Participate in the recruitment and selection process of new staff and relevant induction programmes.- Have a Care Group overview, as bleep holder, of resources required to deliver safe patient care and to re-deploy staff to ensure equity across the Care Group.

What experience/skills are neededWe are looking for an experienced Critical Care Nurse who is ready for the next step in their Nursing career, is passionate and will strive to inspire, develop and support every patient, every colleague, every day.

Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Qualified Nurse (Degree/Diploma)
  • Registered nurse on appropriate part of the register
  • Significant post registration experience / qualification / training, including experience and knowledge within relevant speciality
  • Ward management experience
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute Health Service
  • Experience in an acute hospital setting
  • Provide evidence of supporting / managing a range of learners in practice
  • Provide evidence of supporting colleagues to promote effective learning in practice
  • Ability to demonstrate clinical decision making and judgement
  • Commitment to the post and Care Group responsibilities
  • Commitment to continuing professional development


  • Experience in handling adverse events and complaints
  • Appraisal skills
  • Act in the role of Practice Assessor or supporting the progression of learners / supporting challenges as needed
  • Some insight into budget management

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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