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Sister/Charge Nurse - Hyper Acute Stroke Unit

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
13 Jul 2024
We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated nurse with excellent communication skills to join our team as a Sister/Charge Nurse on R2/HASU (Hyper Acute Stroke Unit) at Cambridge University Hospitals.

R2 is a 14 monitor bedded Comprehensive Stroke Centre that delivers regional Mechanical Thrombectomy service for the East of England. It has a strong multi-disciplinary team, providing care to Hyper-acute and acute patient following a stroke.

Closely supported by the ward manager and Matron you will work together as part of the Band 6 team to ensure the smooth running of the unit. You will also be supported to develop in your role as a leader within the exciting field of Stroke.

The full time (37.5 hours per week) and part-time (26.5 hours/ per week) posts involve a full range of shifts including bank holidays, nights and weekends and will require participation in the Stroke Alert Team rota.

Main duties of the job

To manage and co-ordinate nursing care and to provide a safe and effective level of patient care.

To assist with the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care using agreed frameworks.

To participate in the supervision and teaching of qualified and unqualified staff including students.

To regularly take charge of the ward.

To deputise for the ward manager across the full range of ward management (Rostering, sickness management, Datix investigations, Audits, patient flow).

To participate in the Stroke Alert Team rota.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

A welcome subsidy of �1000 is available to all Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses, Midwives, ODPs and Radiographers taking up substantive employment with the Trust.

If you require sponsorship for a Visa to work in the UK, to avoid disappointment, please check you are not applying from a Red list country - Code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel in England - GOV.UK (

Closing date is midnight on 11 July 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 24 July 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?

Our values and reputation for outstanding care Opportunities to experience a range of specialities Career and development opportunities Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team Research experience and opportunities Lovely location and quality of life Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Current registration with the NMC as an adult nurse with experience in Neurosciences and/or acute settings
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Practice assessor and supervisor


  • Completion of a management leadership program
  • Evidence of teaching qualification
  • Level 6 or 7 course in Stroke Nursing or evidence of working towards this.



  • Sound Clinical Practice within an acute clinical area
  • Evidence of mentorship/preceptorship roles
  • Experience of formal/informal teaching


  • Knowledge of stroke protocols



  • Commitment to and evidence of professional and personal development
  • Awareness of reflective practice


  • Knowledge of stroke metrics, neuro observation



  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Capable of working as an integral member of a small team
  • Adaptable to changing situations due to both workload and colleagues needs
  • Ability to undertake teaching of staff and patients
  • Leadership skills


  • Committed to the development of junior staff
  • Assertiveness/perceptive counselling skills
  • Documentation, audit and presentation skills
  • Participation in the appraisal/PDP process

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • To act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct


  • Representation of ward/service centre in broader initiatives

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division D

Hills Road



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