Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse

Band 6

Main area
Intensive Care
Band 6
Fixed Term Secondment - 6-12Months TBC
37.5 per week
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£28,050 - £36,644 per annum
17/10/2018 23:59

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


Are you interested in working in an exciting and innovative environment?

Do  you have a strong desire to develop staff?

Do you have excellent communication skills?


We are currently looking to recruit a Band 6 Deputy Sister into a seconded post to our Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. We are a dynamic team of over 90 nurses, who are proud to have received the Award of ‘Team of the Year’ in 2015 for the OUH Foundation Trust. We also won a Nursing Times award in 2015 for a Sub-Arachnoid focus group, set up and run by the SAH Specialist Nurse and a Clinical Band 6 from the Unit. In 2017 we were awarded the paperless project of the year. In 2018 we won the Trust’s preceptor environment and a highly commended for student placement of the year

The Neuroscience ITU is a busy Multi-Trauma Critical Care Centre located in the purpose built facility at the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust, based at the John Radcliffe site. It comprises of 13 beds providing specialist services for neurosciences, neurology, trauma and specialist surgery patients. The case mix is varied caring for patients requiring level 2 and level 3 support, with a mix of emergency and complex elective cases.

We are a friendly and forward thinking team with a strong commitment to professional development who actively demonstrate the Trust Values. We know the importance of providing exceptional patient care in a fast-paced, vibrant environment. We are looking to recruit experienced nurses with a desire to develop a career in critical care. We will commit to provide ongoing education and developmental support through our friendly team structure and experienced educators.

We are looking for nurses with a proven ability to work in this demanding environment. You need to be a dynamic and assertive Critical Care nurse capable of making decisions in relation to both Level 2 and Level 3 patients. You need to possess a relevant post registration course and hold a mentorship certificate. Ideally, you will have a degree, or be committed to obtaining one. You will need to be highly motivated, have good communication skills, poses evidence of teaching and mentoring of staff and experience of leadership within the clinical workplace is essential. In order to work with us, you need to be energetic, self-motivated and have a genuine passion for delivering compassionate nursing and high quality care to the most vulnerable and their families.

 The role is full time 37.5 hours a week.

In return the successful candidates can look forward to working in a professional environment with teams that are passionate about delivering outstanding care to patients and their families.

The successful applicant will be expected to have


·         Demonstrable leadership qualities and potential to develop further

·         A recognised Specialist Intensive Care or Neurosciences academic qualification at Level6/7 and evidence of application to practice.

·         An ability to mentor a range of staff and students within the critical care environment

·         A proactive personal professional development evidence

·         An ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences both locally and nationally.

·         A demonstrable literacy in evidence based practice and an ability to perform the audit cycle.

·         An ability to lead a group of individuals to a productive outcome.


Closing - 17-10-18

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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