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Sister/Charge Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Cardiovascular & Thoracic
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 pro rata
Salary period
22/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Exciting opportunities have arisen at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) for enthusiastic and motivated nurses to join the sister team on cardiac high dependency unit (CHDU).  

CHDU is a 20-bedded unit that caters for mixed specialty adult patients including cardiac surgery, congenital heart disease, thoracic and cardiology patients requiring specialist high dependency care. You will join our friendly and dedicated CHDU team, within a care group which has a local, national and international reputation for delivering expert cardiothoracic care to our patients. Clinical expertise is at the forefront of making sure that patients have the best clinical outcome and receive care that is current and evidence based. CHDU at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust leads the way for adult cardiac patients in:

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

  • Complex electrophysiological treatments

  • Heart failure

  • Congenital

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your skills as a senior role model will be pivotal in supporting the personal and professional development of the department’s allied health professional and nursing team. With the support of the matron team, will ensure that quality agendas are being met, making certain that your team are delivering safe, effective, timely care in a caring and supportive way.

What we're looking for

We are looking for a person with a positive proactive leadership style, a team player who is passionate about developing staff so they in turn deliver a high standard of patient care. You must have significant experience in a relevant speciality, with the aptitude and skill necessary to lead and motivate a team of nurses and allied health professionals, working closely with the MDT. If you believe you have the dedication and inspiration along with the necessary skills that we are seeking we would love to discuss this opportunity with you further.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 29 April 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 1 st level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • A Speciality Qualification
  • Higher Education Institute approved course in supporting learners in practice. Provide evidence of; - Supporting a range of learners in practice - Supporting colleagues to promote effective learning in practice
Desirable criteria
  • Intermediate Life Support training
  • Graduate or working towards a degree


Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience at Band 5/equivalent in the speciality
  • Ward management experience
  • Mentorship experience
  • Experience in an acute hospital setting
  • Extensive proven Teaching and Assessing skills
Desirable criteria
  • Some insight in to budget management
  • Appraisal skills
  • Experience in handling adverse events and complaints
  • Possession of a relevant mentorship qualification
  • Experience as an NMC sign off mentor or clinical practice assessor

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Basic IT skills
  • Good interpersonal, communication skills
  • Motivation
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to delegate
  • Able to demonstrate leadership skills
  • Ability to motivate and be a team player

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Ability to provide evidence of knowledge in the specialty
  • Flexibility in working to adapt to the needs of the service, to cover the full range of shifts
  • Ability to demonstrate clinical decision making and judgement
  • Commitment to the post and Care Group responsibilities
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Awareness of current Trust/NHS issues

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Ali Paterson
Job title
Ward Manager - CHDU
Email address
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Additional information

Claire Goodley 

Ward Manager – CHDU


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