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Ward Sister/Charge Nurse - 1A General Medical Ward

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
General Medical
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 6
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Early, Late, Nights)
Job ref
409-3565468
Site
Whiston Hospital
Town
Prescot
Salary
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
26/10/2021 23:59
Interview date
04/11/2021

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Sister / Charge Nurse to ward 1A.

This is an excellent development opportunity for a Staff Nurse who is looking for a challenge. If you are this individual and are also motivated, flexible, supportive and ready for an exciting new experience please apply.

We are seeking a motivated and ambitious senior nurse, who strives for excellence, has a passion within the delivery of patient care, monitoring and maintaining high standards within the clinical setting.  

The successful candidate will need to illustrate self-development, equally a desire to empower others with development as this is an expectation of this senior role.

As a senior nurse you will be expected to demonstrate the understanding of management requirements in sickness absence, recruitment, retention and various other HR related issues.

An Enhanced DBS Certificate with both the Children’s and Adults’ Barred Lists is required

Interviews will take place on 4th November, 2021.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to take the lead for the training and development of all staff on the ward with support from the ward manager.

Responsible for setting an agreed standard of patient care and ensuring its delivery, monitored by audit.

Sets a high standard of record keeping regarding patient care which is comprehensive, concise, valid and audited on a regular basis.

Responsible for implementing strategies which enable quality targets to be met utilising recognised audit tools.

Provide clinical and professional advice to members of the nursing team.

To attend Trust Statutory and Mandatory training as required and any other training courses relevant to the post.

Working for our organisation

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and one of the few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 360,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Our latest achievements include:

  • Acute Trust of the Year – HSJ Awards November 2019
  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC – Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in England for quality of care for the 3rd year running (NHS Staff Survey)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2020 the Trust scored the highest marks in the following areas;

  • Quality of care
  • Staff engagement
  • Support from managers

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

KEY DUTIES

Responsible for setting an agreed standard of patient care and ensuring its delivery, monitored by audit.

Sets a high standard of record keeping regarding patient care which is comprehensive, concise, valid and audited on a regular basis.

Responsible for implementing strategies which enable quality targets to be met utilising recognised audit tools.

Provide clinical and professional advice to members of the nursing team.

To attend Trust Statutory and Mandatory training as required and any other training courses relevant to the post.

CLINICAL & PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Maintain Professional Registration with the NMC

To ensure fulfilment of the requirements for professional updating and maintain a personal record for future registration purposes.

Adhere to relevant Code of Practice of Professional body

Ensure individualised care plans are in place for all patients in the designated clinical area.

Work within and monitor standards of care within the defined policies, procedures, standards and protocols of the ward and directorate to ensure adherence to and delivery of a high quality service.

To ensure privacy and dignity of patients is paramount and not compromised.

Ensure effective communication processes are in place to meet the needs of patients, relatives and other members of the multidisciplinary team.

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

To comply with Trust standards and policies for record.

TEACHING & TRAINING RESPONSBILITIES

Support the Trust Clinical Governance Agenda by understanding and facilitating priorities for change ensuring that new developments embrace governance objectives.

Participate in research and clinical audit programmes in order to foster innovative practice and contribute to the development of services and quality initiatives in conjunction with the Ward Manager.

Act as a Mentor and support staff through preceptorship and clinical supervision

Support strategies to reduce clinical risk, i.e. Hand hygiene, medical devices, protection of vulnerable adults.

To create a climate conducive to learning for all staff and students alike and maintain established links with the University of Health Care.

To participate in the annual appraisal of Band 5 staff and below in order to implement professional and organisational targets, review performance and identify training and development needs via personal development plans.

LINE MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

To deputise for the Ward Manger as requested

Responsible for the management of daily operational responsibilities in the absence of the ward manager including work allocation, deployment and supervision of staff to ensure the smooth running of the ward.

Effectively and efficiently contribute to the management and forward planning of nursing resources to ensure that appropriate skill mix is maintained at all times.

Lead, support, counsel and appraise grades of staff at Band 5 and below within the nursing team to ensure development needs are identified and a cohesive multi-disciplinary approach is maintained.

Sets the standard required for the safe keeping of patients property and valuables.

Ensure that equipment is maintained in safe working order and stock managed within the available financial resource.

Resolve complaints/issues timely and effectively at local level. Investigate and action plan formal complaints in conjunction with the Ward Manager.

To monitor Sickness and Absence at ward level and work closely with the Ward Manager to ensure employees comply with policies/procedures relating to this.

To identify options for cost improvements and support and monitor their implementation.

To participate with the Ward Manager / Matron in the recruitment, orientation, development and retention of all staff required.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

To support ward manager to marinating effective budgetary control

Raise financial awareness

Actively support CIP

RESEARCH & AUDIT

Regular audit of adherence to ward privacy and dignity guidelines.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Registered General Nurse with current NMC Registration
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship Programme/ENB 998 or equivalent
  • LAMDI/ENB 906 or equivalent

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of clinical skills required to undertake the role
  • Knowledge of current professional & clinical issues
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults procedures
  • Substantial post registration experience
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge/Experience in research and audit
  • Experience in service development

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent time management, record management and organisational skills
  • Leadership skills
Desirable criteria
  • Capacity and demand management

Other

Essential criteria
  • Flexible approach to working pattern
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Su Hobbs
Job title
Matron
Email address
susan.hobbs@sthk.nhs.uk
Telephone number
0151 6765526