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Ward Sister / Charge Nurse - Band 6 Ward 6a

Band 6

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Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
21/08/2022 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

Neurology are delighted to offer the opportunity for x2 new band 6 Sister / Charge nurse's to join the team. 

In line with the Trust Vision to provide the “Best Care for Everyone…” the successful applicant will be expected to lead the team with the support of their Band 7 and other Band 6 colleagues to deliver safe, effective and person centred care. Applicants must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well a passion for improvement.  You will need to be calm and resilient with the ability to deal with challenging situations, providing support to more junior members of the team. To lead in the delivery and supervision of patient care for the clinical area ensuring assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of a high standard of core nursing care.

Main duties of the job

Applicants must demonstrate a compliance with professional values in line with the NMC Code and act as an appropriate role model at all times. As well as being able to take charge of a busy and dynamic department the successful applicant will also have excellent clinical skills and be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to development and education, always seeking to provide evidence based person centred care in line with both national and local guidelines. 

The successful applicant will have an awareness of workforce planning and be willing to act up in the absence of a more senior colleague. 

Leadership and management
Applicants will be expected to be an effective leader. The ability to demonstrate leadership qualities and previous experience of leading a team or group of staff would be advantageous. It would be necessary for the successful applicant to contribute to management tasks such as workforce planning and sickness management. 

Education and training
All applicants must hold a nursing qualification and be able to demonstrate ongoing personal development and a commitment to learning. Mentorship qualification would be desirable along with a commitment to sharing knowledge and further education.
Improving quality and developing practice

This post would require the completion of daily audits and checks to help maintain and improve quality standards in line with local and national guidance. 

Working for our organisation

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK.  We offer a generous annual leave allowance and access to the NHS Pension Scheme as well as discounts for local shops, restaurants and services.  All staff employed within the Trust are able to access to our health and well-being hub, there are two well established on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council with appropriate teaching/assessing qualification.  With a minimum of three years post registration experience.  Applicants should have a good knowledge base and practice clinical skills to a high standard having the knowledge base necessary to support more junior colleagues.

Minimum evidence of post registration qualification/equivalent in medicine

Enhanced IT skills.
Enhanced levels of dexterity and accuracy pertaining to clinical skills.
Act as a role model and resource for all staff disseminating clinical skills and knowledge.
To participate in own and team’s personal and professional development.  Ensuring progression through Individual Performance Development review and Revalidation process.
Demonstrate understanding of research and evidence based practice, and participate as required in audit.
Demonstrates an in-depth knowledge/experience of speciality
Demonstrates understanding of ethics, UK law and code of practice and guidelines regarding critically ill patients and their relatives pertaining to advocacy, consent and bereavement.
Demonstrates leadership skills


The ability to lead team in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care with the multidisciplinary team.
To communicate effectively especially where patient ability to do so is compromised.  
An ability to disseminate contentious and delicate information appropriately.
To lead and deliver safe care within a challenging and changing clinical environment, using equipment and resources safely and as appropriate.
To administer medication and treatment within Procedure for the Ordering, Prescribing and Administration of Medication Guidelines.
To deliver and receive information which may cause emotional distress to all parties.
Participate in mentorship and educational programmes for students and other members of the team.
To adhere to all Trust policies and procedures and professional code of conduct. To assist the Ward Manager in the implementation of policy and service.
To support senior nurse in recruitment, retention and performance related issues, including being regularly responsible for the supervision and mentorship for unqualified/qualified staff and students.
Support senior nurse for clinical area in the management of budgetary control and resource management including duty rotas and skill mix requirements,
To support the senior nurse with Clinical Governance and risk management.
To input and retrieve patient and staff information from computer based system and maintain accurate and contemporaneous patient records.
To support Senior Nurses with Patient Public Involvement ensuring it is integrated into service delivery.
To provide clinical leadership that inspires and motivates others
To work with the Senior Charge Nurse ensuring that appropriate staff working in the ward environment have the knowledge and skills to provide expert care to the acutely ill patient.
To liaise with other members of the team to ensure policies and protocols are in place to facilitate expert care of acutely unwell patients.
To be actively involved in the setting up and maintaining of educational programmes that ensure advanced knowledge and skills amongst the nursing team


Multidisciplinary team.
General Public.
Community Support Services.
Education Organisations.
Nurse specialists
Consultants and medical staff


Ability to lead a team and work under pressure whilst effectively managing own and others time.
Resolving problematic situations/dealing with difficult people.
To assist the ward manager to manage both material and human resources
To manage beds effectively to ensure patient flow is maintained.


Will be required to work within recognised Manual Handling Guidelines.
May be expected to frequently manoeuvre patients/objects over 15kg using appropriate aids for short periods of time.
Will have frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions and will be required to follow Policies and Procedures pertaining to infestations, bodily fluids, infection control and COSHH regulations.
May be required to work in confined spaces.
Ability to work where the work pattern may be unpredictable, but there is also a requirement for concentration e.g. drug rounds.
Will be required to work a varied shift pattern to include weekends, nights and bank holidays
Frequent exposure to distressing situations involving patients, relatives and staff.
To manage own time effectively

Person specification

Qualifications / Experience

Essential criteria
  • Active registration with the NMC as a Registered Nurse
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development through maintenance of a professional portfolio, registration revalidation and commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Recognised Nursing degree or equivalent including a recognised teaching qualification.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal , organisational and planning skills


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in an acute clinical setting
  • Previous experience in relevant speciality
  • Experience of leading and coordinating a team


Essential criteria
  • Self-motivated and able to work under own initiative and prioritise workload
  • Personally resilient and able to manage complexity and work in an ambiguous or changing environment
  • Excellent presentational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to resolve conflict / challenges in a constructive way.
  • Acts as a role model and are able to lead by example to ensure the Trust's values and behaviours are reinforced throughout their area of practice.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Alexandra Heys
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