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Deputy Charge Nurse/Sister

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be responsible for the co-ordination of flow, patient safety and staff on this busy Acute Medical Unit.

You will be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skills including being proficient in extended clinical roles expected in the care of the acute patient. As a Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse it is expected you can make justified decisions in the absence of the Sister, and assist in the development of nurse-led services. Must have previous experience with the NHS and Acute medicine.

You will need to be able to work well under pressure and build strong communication links with the Clinical Site Team, Emergency Department, Management and the Multi-Disciplinary Teams. You will oversee a designated team of staff for whom you will organise and be responsible for training, appraisal, support and development, as well as addressing and resolving complaints and adverse incidents.

Base Location: Poole

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

They will be responsible for the safe co-ordination of the Acute Medical Unit on a shift to shift basis ensuring patient flow is maintained in a timely fashion.

They will be responsible for maintain the safety of the unit on a shift by shift basis, escalating any issues to the Band 7 team within hours or to clinical site out of hours.

They will deliver planned care to a group of patients working within the standards of proficiency out lined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and in accordance with Trust policies and protocols.

They will demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a team and provide support/guidance to less experienced staff/learners within the clinical environment as needed.

They will be responsible for a team of junior staff, ensuring they have timely appraisals and training needs are up to date.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

There is a planned move for this service during 2025 when this role and base of work will relocate to Bournemouth site . Upon relocation of the role/service, excess mileage allowance / reimbursement will not apply, and any travel between the post holder's home and work base will be classified as a commute. Any other changes unrelated to this, will be handled in line with Trust/National terms and conditions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Essential Criteria

NMC Registered Nurse

Teaching Qualification, SLIP/Mentorship

Experience at Band 5 Level in relevant speciality within the NHS

Minimum of 2 years post qualification experience

Demonstrable experience within relevant specialities

IT literate using hospital systems

Be able to retrieve relevant investigations

Understand the importance of admissions and discharges

Has knowledge of Acute Medicine protocols

Understand the roles of the Emergency department co-ordinator & the Clinical Site Team

Organisation & Planning skills

Ability to prioritise effectively

Time management

Ability to work unsupervised and on own initiative.

Able to interact with all members of MDT

Influencing and negotiating skills

Be able to speak English as required to undertake the role

Able to prioritise and adapt to changing pressures of workload

Ability to adapt self to meet and support the needs of individual team members

To act as a professional role model

Be calm and able to cope under pressure

Be honest, open and aware of own limitations when maintaining patient safety and staff

Takes a fair and consistent approach to maintaining quality standards and outcomes

Able to recognise when needing to seek advice or support from peers or senior staff

Consistently demonstrate a supportive positive and motivational can do attitude

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered Nurse



  • Demonstrable experience within relevant specialities



  • Understand the roles of the Emergency department co-ordinator & the Clinical Site Team

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Poole Hospital

Longfleet Road



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