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Senior Sister/Charge Nurse - Neuro ICU

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Are you interested in working in an exciting and innovative environment?
  • Do you have a strong drive to ensure a positive patient and relative experience, while advancing critical care nursing?
  • Do you have excellent team working skills?

We are seeking an experienced leader to join our management team. You need to be a dynamic and assertive person with a keen sense of insight and ability to innovate and initiate change. You must have a proven track record working at a Band 6 level in a critical care environment.

You will join a team of Band 7 nurses and a Band 8a and will take responsibility for your own team of junior staff and therefore you must have excellent clinical and leadership skills. You will have some involvement in audit, as well as supporting the unit's Clinical Nurse Manager. You will be expected to review audits and recommend actions to improve our service.

The Neuroscience ICU is a busy Multi-Trauma Critical Care Unit located in a purpose built facility at the Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust, based at the John Radcliffe site. It comprises of a 15 bedded mixed level unit providing specialist services for neurosurgery, neurology, trauma and specialist surgery. The case mix is varied caring for patients requiring level 2 and level 3 support, with a mix of emergency and elective cases.

Main duties of the job

  • To promote and demonstrate contemporary and proactive approaches to intensive care nursing practice and in collaboration with education links facilitate the advancement of this practice.
  • To take responsibility for the strategic leadership of a Nursing Team, including personnel, financial and information resources
  • To be actively involved with the development of robust audit and data collection as dictated by the unit, Trust, Network and National requirements e.g. ICNARC, CCMDS, Infection Control and those agreed by the Clinical Nurse Manager and Unit Clinical Lead.
  • Establish an effective feedback system to inform the multi-professional team of work in progress, results and actions required.
  • Assist in preparing reports for Unit, Directorate and Trust level.
  • Work with the Matron to manage strategic planning for Neuro ITU, taking operational responsibility for the effective utilisation of relevant intensive care resources.
  • Collaborate with the multi-professional team and provide direction and example for professional nursing practice.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Takes responsibility for operational management of the Neuro ICU.
  • In collaboration with other senior nurses, develops the Neuro ICU operational and organisational structure to optimise the service to meet activity demands
  • Actively participates in the collaborative approach to strategic planning that ensures the Neuro ICU service plan accounts for patient and service needs.
  • Directs supports and facilitates nursing team and Neuro ICU project work, research and contributes to practice development.
  • Promotes ongoing developments and achievements of the nursing team to optimise team working and individual potential.
  • Facilitates feedback to individuals through performance review and clinical supervision to fulfil individual and unit needs.
  • Facilitates and develops communication channels within the multi-professional team
  • Takes responsibility for the recruitment and selection of staff, and identifies and implements support measures that promote staff retention.
  • Participates in the development and support of Neuro ICU / OUH Trust / Thames Valley Network / National projects that audit clinical needs.
  • To foster a collaborative approach in the provision of an outreach/follow up service to patients outside the Neuro ICU.
  • Supports collaborative working with other OUH critical care areas
  • Promotes the Neuro ICU Nursing Philosophy in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge and skills in the management of the complex and changing health care needs of the critically ill patient, integrating theory and practice.
  • Ensures that the patients interests are fully considered within the contexts of care and actively participates in ethical decision making
  • Actively investigates advanced theoretical knowledge and demonstrates research-based practice.
  • Acts as a credible clinical role model and mentor
  • Practices as a professional senior nurse with confidence, authority and expertise
  • Takes responsibility for clinical practice developments

Person Specification



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  • Registered Nurse (First Level)
  • Degree in Nursing
  • Evidence to support and ongoing programme of personal development
  • Evidence of leadership skills in current role
  • Evidence of ICU operational management
  • Advanced critical care and neurosciences clinical practice
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Awareness of the physical effort related to critical care practice environment
  • Ambassador for the unit
  • Budgeting awareness and insights into clinical governance and risk management


  • Advanced life support course
  • Advanced patient assessment skills
  • MSc in nursing or equivalent

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Neuro ICU, West Wing, JR Hospital

Headley Way



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