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Senior Sister/Charge Nurse

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Royal Derby Hospital
£38,890 - £44,503 pa
Salary period
23/06/2021 23:59
Interview date

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

Do you have the passion and leadership experience to lead this Oncology Team?

Do you have the willingness to learn all about this speciality to support the team to deliver the best possible level of care to our patients? 

If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, motivated and dynamic Nurse to apply for the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse post on Ward 302, Acute Oncology to lead the Nursing Team.

The successful individual will provide effective and visible leadership on our busy 24 bedded Acute Oncology ward. The ward provides care to predominantly patients with a diagnosis of cancer who range from being acutely unwell to requiring symptom management to end of life care.The care we provide will include patients from part of our cancer BU, Haematology and patients undergoing Radiotherapy.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will take overall nursing responsibility for the day to day ward environment. They will ensure that high standards of nursing care is provided and drive forward both service development and quality improvement . They will also be ensuring we promote patient safety and a positive patient experience.  This role is importantly also about being an exemplar role model for the Nursing Team and steering their development and support.

The post is a full time, 37.5 hours per week role.

Applicants must hold a current NMC registration, and have demonstrable post registration experience with Band 6 experience in Acute Nursing. The applicant must be able to demonstrate their leadership experience. Haematology / Oncology experience is also desirable.

An informal visit is strongly advisable to see what we do!

Working for our organisation

The Cancer BU consists of 5 Inpatient wards, Combined triage assessment unit, chemo unit and outpatients at RDH and QHB

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications: 23rd June 2021

Interview date: 7th July 2021

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Prioritise people

  1. A culture of inclusion, equality and diversity, reflecting the best interests of patients, public and staff is embedded


  1. Complex and changing health and social care activities are coordinated in an unpredictable clinical environment, across 24 hour periods, and effective assessment, implementation of fundamental care is delivered, which is evaluated. Care is patient focused and individualised
  2. The ward / department philosophy of care reflects the Trust vision, values and objectives and is understood by all the care team members


  1. Is visible and accessible as a leader in the clinical setting. Is a role model and someone for whom patients, staff and public can turn to for assistance, advice and support.


  1. Trust policies and procedures are implemented, monitored and adhered to


  1. The ward / department is managed on a day-to-day basis reflecting HR policies and procedures, including staff performance / sickness and absence. Staff will be coached, supported and appropriately signposted to other agencies


  1. Systems and processes are in place for patients to receive high quality care across the 24 hour period and clinical staff feel empowered to make their own decisions in the senior sister/charge nurse absence, reflecting the ward / department philosophy of care

Practise effectively

  1. Delivery of clinical practice is based on policies, guidelines and evidence base to improve the outcomes and experiences of patients
  2. Expert professional clinical advice and judgements will be provided to the multi-professional care team in relation to patient care and achieving positive patient outcomes and experiences
  3. Safe, effective high quality care will be delivered with compassion, dignity and respect


  1. Documentation will be accurate, legible and timely relating to current patient recording systems, both written and electronic. Information Governance will be adhered to and action will be taken to address deficits and or escalated appropriately


  1. All available methods of communication will be maximised and networks established within and external to Trust


  1. Written reports will be submitted in a timely manner and uses appropriate evidence data and dashboard metrics to support narrative


  1. Fair and flexible duty roster / E-roster, will be produced, reflecting standard operating procedures. Adjustments will be made to skill mix to meet clinical need to ensure safe staffing; and concerns will be escalated


  1. Selection and recruitment of staff to clinical areas will reflect values based recruitment processes and the Trust HR policy. Interview panels will be chaired as required


  1. Resources will be managed in an efficient and effective way, and budgets and budgetary control will be influenced through the use of expert knowledge, judgement and creativity. Pay and non-pay budgets will be monitored within the clinical area, and actions will be put in place to manage resource shortfalls



  1. Strategies will be utilised to support staff retention through promoting the nursing profession, stretching flexibility, being creative and adaptable in ways of working, while providing safe staffing


  1. Change will be influenced, led and facilitated


  1. Ward / departmental dashboard metrics, audit data, ward assurance and research finding will be critically analysed and utilised appropriately to improve patient outcomes and experiences


  1. The care team’s health and well-being will be managed, and staff will be signposted to appropriate support strategies. Personal resilience will be role modelled


  1. New initiatives and campaigns to enhance patient outcomes and experiences will be led, implemented and evaluated


  1. Staffing template (safe care) is consistently updated, and solutions are put in place to address deficits; while concerns are escalated


  1. The Trust quality strategy and governance will be clearly embedded in the clinical area reflecting safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led standards. All staff will engage with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as appropriate

Preserve Safety

  1. Cleanliness of the ward / department will reflect the national standards; including PLACE assessment and challenges to poor practices with remedial actions agreed. Concerns will be escalated


  1. Health and safety of patients, the public and staff will be adhered to and actions identified to address deficits or potential harm will take place. Clinical risks will be reported and investigated according to Trust policy


  1. Security and safety in the clinical environment will be adhered to, reflecting legislation, Trust policy and procedures. Timely actions to address deficits will take place


  1. Safe and consistent patient admission, flow and discharge will be maximised in collaboration with stakeholders, and concerns will be appropriately escalated. Will be responsive to business continuity plan and make adjustments as required


  1. Will participate in inquiries, accidents, incidents, complaints and never events concerning patients, public and staff; and will be investigated, ensuring written reports and documentation is completed. Learning from these will be maximised


Promote Professionalism and Trust


  1. Exemplary standards of behaviour will be role modelled and the standards and values of the nursing profession, NMC Code and Trust will be upheld


  1. Duty roster unit cover will be provided, which will include offering clinical and staffing advice, making safe staffing decisions in collaboration with matron / lead / senior nurse. Attendance at and contributing in bed meetings is required


  1. Will deputise for matron, (working within own scope of capability and competence of the business unit), providing clinical and operational management advice, including skill mix and safe staffing decisions, and escalates areas of concerns


  1. All students, staff and volunteers will be nurtured, educated, developed and provided with guidance and support. There will be a culture to enable all learners to reach their full potential and progress. Local induction, preceptorship, mandatory / essential to role training will occur timely, and is documented


  1. Own continuing professional development and competence to practice, including ensuring own NMC revalidation is completed. All registered nurses and nursing associates will be monitored to ensure they meet the NMC revalidation requirements. Will act as a NMC revalidation confirmer as required


  1. Develop individual staff and the nursing team through the use of appraisal and personal development plans. Appropriate delegation of activity will take place. The future nursing pipeline will be supported through talent spotting and succession planning and developing


  1. An ethos of practice development is embedded in the clinical environment and participation in ward modelling, role redesign, transformation, transaction standardisation of practice and reduction in variation, including bench marking own

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NMC qualification
  • Demonstrable post registration experience in an acute setting
  • Relevant Leadership experience
Desirable criteria
  • Teaching qualification
  • Leadership course


Essential criteria
  • Prioritising workload
  • Transformational skills
  • Good Communication skills
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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jenny Sinclair
Job title
Matron cancer services
Email address
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If you have problems applying, contact

Recruitment Team, Workforce Management
Training Centre
Rehab Block, Level 3
Royal Derby Hospital
DE22 3NE
01332 786187 / 07385 367224