Senior Sister/Charge Nurse, Band 7
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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A fantastic opportunity for nurses to build and develop a team, supporting the patients of Gloucestershire throughout the winter period. If you are looking to extend your leadership experience we need to hear from you. The Senior Sister/Charge Nurse will be responsible to the Matron and the Trust, jointly contributing and assisting with service delivery for Winter Ward within the Medical Division. The role incorporates a 24 hour responsibility managing and effectively leading the clinical nursing team alongside other agencies. The post holder will be a role model, providing regular direct clinical care. In addition they will ensure effective use of non-clinical time to support the implementation of both clinical and non-clinical governance and facilitating the modernization of patient services. The post holder is required to hold a valid 1st level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and maintain standards in accordance with UK law, the NMC, and Trust guidelines.
Main duties of the job
Highly visible, accessible, authoritative and influential figure on whom staff, patients, families and carers can rely, to ensure the fundamentals of care are delivered effectively and efficiently.
Provide professional leadership to nurses, midwives and students, acting as a role model within the department, medical division and the Trust ensuring that competence in managerial and clinical practice is both developed and maintained. The post holder will be expected to take a lead on bed management, coordinating admissions and transfers of patients from and to the Unit to maintain good patient flow.
Provide assurance to the Chief Nurse and Divisional Director for Quality and Nursing that there is continuous improvement in the delivery of clinical services on Ward 4a and are tailored to the needs of the patients.
Provide clear clinical leadership for nursing, working flexibly as a member of the Ward 4a team to ensure standards are being maintained, evaluated and where necessary improved.
Support the development of nursing skills in all aspects of the role providing expert clinical knowledge and specialized advice.
Provide nursing leadership, set and maintain professional nursing standards, provide professional nursing advice and direction to the staff.
The post holder will be professionally and managerially responsible for the named staff in the unit at any one time.
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, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.
Assist the Matron by leading on and participating in projects, promoting evidence based clinical practice, utilising audit to highlight continuous performance improvement.
Utilise DATIX, nursing metrics and observational monitoring to enhance and monitor care and ensuring appropriate investigation of clinical incidents a robust response to concerns raised and dissemination of lessons learnt.
Utilise advanced/expert communication skills in all aspects of practice
Liaise with the Learning and Development Team to ensure appropriate provision of training and education programmes to meet the needs of staff and students.
Participate in the Trust appraisal process as an appraiser and appraisee, promoting a systematic approach to annual appraisal; ensuring all ward staff objectives meet professional requirements.
Set and maintain professional standards, ensuring staff maintain their professional standards in accordance with the Nursing & Midwifery Code: Standards, Performance and Ethics (2008).
Provide clear vision and motivation, by utilising enhanced leadership and communication skills, ensuring that nursing teams and individuals have clear objectives for developing nursing care provision in line with national and local objectives.
Support the departmental nursing teams through any service development to promote enhanced care and service delivery.
Promote effective links between nursing and other professions both internally and externally to support effective multi-professional working.
Provide nursing staff with the opportunity to build on good work, strengthen areas of weakness and take up new challenges, identifying role and career development opportunities.
Promote and represent nursing at a local and corporate level if required.
Comply with practice related regulatory measures eg. Hygiene Code, NHSLA Standards, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act and NICE Guidance.
Manage a budget (pay and non-pay) for the winter ward with the support of the Matron, ensuring delivery of cost effective and quality service. This will include the purchasing of equipment or services as well as achieving financial savings as agreed with the Matron.
Review with the Matron that workforce, staffing establishments and skill mix are appropriate to current clinical demands, ensuring compliance with the principles of Improving Working Lives. In conjunction with the matron, develop and implement national and local strategies within ward using appropriate and innovative approaches to maximise retention and recruitment.
Champion a culture for the work area which encompasses the Trust values for staff in which they can expect to work in an environment where they are valued, open and accountable for their actions and supported to maximise their potential at all times.
Develop a cohesive and motivated nursing and midwifery team within Winter Ward, ensuring effective management of all clinical and non-clinical functions. Manage the day-to-day operational issues relating to the ward in conjunction with the matron and general manager.
Perform weekly and monthly audits on quality standards and action plans there in.
Ensure that the conduct, attendance and performance of all staff within the direct area of responsibility is maximised and that staff are managed in line with Trust HR policies.
Participate in the duty staffing rota as per the medical division roster.
Manage operational issues relating to length of hospital stay, reducing bed days and facilitating timely discharge and pathways of care.
Certificate of Sponsorship
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