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Ward leader/Senior Sister

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum (PA) Pro Rata.
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
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

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Southampton Children's Hospital, for a Ward Leader 12 month secondment. This is to cover maternity leave.G3 is a busy 16 bedded ward with 5 dedicated high dependency beds. The ward has patients of all specialities and also specialises in complex spinal and orthopaedic surgery and trauma.We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic person with good communication skills who likes to problem solve.

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

a) Develop and maintain a ward/department philosophy that has the patient at the centre of care delivery.

b) Be the primary focus within the ward/unit environment.

c) Provide professional nursing leadership at ward/unit level and work with the Matron to enhance nursing practice and strategy.

d) To work in partnership with the Lead Clinician and ensure accountability for the delivery of the quality performance agenda.

e) Manage the ward/unit and be responsible for ensuring 24-hour cover for the services provided and skill mix required.

f) Be a role model for all and contribute effectively to inter-professional team working.

g) Incorporate the Matrons ten Key responsibilities in the role as laid out in Modern Matron Improving the patient experience (DoH 2003).

h) Facilitate evidence-based care and act as a clinical expert at ward/unit level.

i) Evaluate the relevance of changes in clinical practice and then support and facilitate implementation in the clinical area.

j) Develop a quality learning environment linking education and training with the delivery of high standards of patient care and retention and recruitment of staff.

k) Undertake nursing bleep holding responsibilities within designated area.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge, and experience


  • 1st Level Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC Register
  • Recognised mentorship qualification and experience as a Sign Off mentor
  • Degree or working towards
  • Completion of appropriate specialty Course
  • Higher Education Institute approved course in supporting learners in practice. ?Supporting a range of learners in practice ?Supporting colleagues to promote effective learning in practice
  • Extensive experience in specialty to include considerable experience at Band 6 level
  • Evidence of clinical leadership ability
  • Proven management experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of utilising evidence in practice
  • Logical and consistent career pattern
  • Expert clinical skills
  • Ability to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives
  • Ability to work flexible hours and fulfil service requirements


  • Management Course (or equivalent)
  • Experience as an NMC sign off mentor or clinical practice assessor
  • Evidence of staff development and succession planning
  • Broad range of post registration experience
  • Experience of report writing

Skills and competencies


  • Communication
  • Prioritisation
  • Change management
  • General IT skills
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Delegation
  • Leadership
  • Organisational skills
  • Problem solving

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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