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Ward Sister/Charge Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Staff Nurse
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
220-S&C- 2946331
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
£31,365 - £37,890
Salary period
07/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

We currently have vacancy for Ward Sister/Charge Nurse band 6 on Mercers

Mercers ward is a 16 bedded mixed sex, general surgical ward catering for a variety of patients with acute complex needs. Our specialities include Colorectal, Bariatric & Spinal surgery.

We are seeking someone with excellent communication and organisational skills who is passionate about delivering high standards of patient centred care. The successful candidate will be able to thrive in a busy, challenging environment and be committed to making a difference.

For this pivotal role within a well-established team you will be required to have acute surgical nursing experience at Band 5 level. A relevant teaching qualification or evidence of post-basic study will be an advantage.

Main duties of the job

To assess individual care needs, develop, implement and evaluate care given to patients in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, ensuring that the patient is at the centre

To work closely with all members of the MDT to ensure that patient care is holistic, patient centred and evidence based and policies and protocols are adhered to within the ward and that appropriate action is taken in emergency situations.

To support the Ward Manager to ensure that the ward is safe ,well managed, and patients receive excellent care in a timely manner.

To regularly take charge of the ward co-ordinating the clinical team, delegating duties as appropriate, supporting staff and escalating issues or incidents that may arise. 

To effectively communicate with patients and their relatives, providing information, health education and support as required.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will work closely with the Ward Manager, who holds continuing responsibility for the ward. They will support and assist them in the provision of excellent nursing care and the effective management of staff and other resources.

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment of care needs, the development of programmes of care and their implementation and evaluation.

The post holder is also expected to carry out all relevant forms of care without direct supervision, and will be required to support both qualified and unqualified team members. The post holder will be expected to deputise for the Ward Manager when required.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • • 1st level registered nurse
  • • Relevant teaching qualification

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • • Adequate experience to be clinically autonomous with the client group of the ward
  • • Experience of working within a similar clinical environment
  • • Teaching in clinical practice

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • • Able to demonstrate a clear understanding of basic principles of management and leadership
  • • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Suzette Bertram
Job title
Ward manager
Email address
Telephone number
0207 288 3233

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3767