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Deputy Sister/Deputy Charge Nurse

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a passionate nurse with demonstrable experience to join our caring and friendly team for a 6 month secondment opportunity (with current line manager's agreement) with the possibility of becoming permanent.

Bickleigh is a busy 27 bedded interventional cardiology ward specialising in cardiac monitoring and telemetry beds, caring for patients with arrhythmias, acute coronary syndromes and valve disease.

We are looking for a Junior Sister who always strives for excellence and wants to be part of a team that values continuous improvement and growth. We aim to provide a friendly and professional working environment, whilst delivering high standards of care to all our patients.

The post holder will be expected to demonstrate the ability to lead a team, lead under pressure and provide high standards of care, whilst meeting the trust values. You will be expected to support the Ward Manager and Junior Sisters with management duties. Cardiac experience is desirable but not essential.

This position is for full and/or part time hours, with an internal rotation of working days, nights and weekends.

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.

Available as a fixed term contract or secondment opportunity. (With current line manager's agreement).

Main duties of the job

To support the Ward Manager to provide Clinical Nurse Management, leadership and expertise in all aspects of service delivery within sphere of responsibility.The post holder, with support from the Ward Manager, will ensure that high standards are developed, implemented, and maintained, by ensuring clinical development of all staff within the department.To lead by example, acting as a role model to all members of the nursing team, leading care teams and creating a positive learning environment.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Continuing responsibility for the assessment of care needs and setting standards by:
  • Organising the department team to provide individualised patient care by utilising skill mix appropriately within the available resources in the absence of the Ward Manager.
  • Ensuring staff work within national and locally agreed policies and procedures.
  • Assisting in the compilation, implementation and evaluation of philosophies of care, ensuring support for the patient and his/her family and all staff members.
  • Assisting in the implementation of policies such as Essence of Care , as per Trust/National guidelines
  • Developing programmes of education for all staff and ensuring best utilisation of educational resources.
  • Effecting change in order to meet changing patient need.
  • Ensuring all staff are appraised annually with appropriate reviews.

Please see the attached JD for further details.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Demonstrable experience in an acute Trust
  • Ability to work with credibility
  • Ability to manage bed flow


  • Previous demonstrable experience within a similar role
  • Demonstrable managerial experience
  • Demonstrable cardiology experience
  • Proven knowledge with ECG interpretation



  • NMC Registered
  • Leadership course or the willingness to undertake


  • Second registerable qualification relevant to the clinical area
  • Qualification/experience with teaching students



  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Effective influencing skills in general and with senior health care professionals


  • Proven knowledge of managerial techniques

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Bickleigh Ward, Terence Lewis Building, Level 8.

Derriford Hospital



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