Deputy Sister/ Charge Nurse – In Patient Unit

Closing Date:  Friday, 5th November 2021 (midnight)

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Post Type:  Paid


To provide effective clinical leadership, management, co-ordination and development of the In Patient Unit, with emphasis on quality and clinical standards.

This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic experienced Band 6 Registered Nurse to work with the Senior Sister and Matron to influence and facilitate more effective patient flow and bed occupancy on the In Patient Unit as part of our service development goal to care for a greater number of patients who are at end of life.

Whilst this role is emotionally challenging it provides you with an opportunity to work for an outstanding care provider and align your personal values to the Hospice values (Excellence, Integrity & Respect).

As part of our commitment to Registered Nurses, we will fully reimburse your annual NMC subscriptions once you have successfully completed your probationary period. If you are already in the NHS Pension Scheme you can remain eligible to stay in that scheme or, if you prefer, you can choose to join our own scheme.



  1. To maintain a multi-disciplinary team approach to the individualised care of the patient and maintain high standards of nursing care, putting quality evidenced based care at the heart of practice.
  2. To assess the holistic needs of the patient and his/her family taking into account his/her physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
  3. To effectively prioritise and plan own workload and to be responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating the effectiveness of care given to patients, applying specialist judgement.
  4. To maintain accurate written records of care, communicating all necessary information to other team members.
  5. To participate fully in the setting, implementation and monitoring of formal standards of practice and to be involved, when required, in clinical governance and audit.
  6. To comply with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council with regard to Professional Registration and to Post-Registration professional education and revalidation.
  7. Proactively keep abreast of research and changes in palliative care to be able to demonstrate ongoing clinical expertise and to be able to act as a resource for others.
  8. Communicate appropriately with all patients, visitors and staff, liaise with other departments and agencies and attend departmental meetings as requested.
  9. To participate in the development of Hospice standards, policies and research as required.
  10. To participate in full rotation across all shifts including nights.



  1. Demonstrate leadership through clinical expertise, delivering high standards of person-centred care. To ensure that staff have a clear understanding of their duties and responsibilities and of the standards of performance expected.
  2. Coordinate day to day service provision in the absence of, or in place of, the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse as required.
  3. Take charge of a nursing shift as required to support the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse, organising staff and activities as necessary to meet patient needs.
  4. To maintain accurate records with regard to the administration and custody of drugs on the unit. To implement all statutory and unit policies relating to medications management.
  5. To lead, support and supervise the team through the process of change, demonstrating tenacity, drive professional integrity, balance and perspective.
  6. Assist with the rostering of staff to ensure a good skill mix, including the use of bank staff and flexing of shift patterns as required to maintain safe patient care.
  7. Be aware of allocated resources and contribute to effective budgetary control authorising supplies, invoices, timesheets and absence forms as required.



  1. To achieve and maintain clinical competencies specific to the role and organisation, facilitating the development and achievement of competence in others.
  2. To assist in the teaching of new staff and volunteers so that they are able to function fully within the team.
  3. To attend relevant courses or study days as required, building up skills to competently carry out the needs of the role.
  4. Use evidence-based practice to develop and maintain a high quality of patient care and to ensure the continuous improvement of the in-patient service.
  5. To participate in the allocation, teaching and guidance of visiting professionals eg Student Nurses on placements, Medical Students, Students Allied to Health and Post Graduate Students.
  6. To communicate skills learnt on secondment or study leave to other members of staff.
  7. Be involved with education of patients and their families regarding the various aspects of their health and wellbeing.




Candidate Brief – Deputy Sister-Charge Nurse – October 2021

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