Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Deputy Sister / Deputy Charge Nurse

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
Full-time 37.5 per week
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£26,565 to £35,577 per annum
03/07/2017 23:59

The 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 of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton 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 values-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 significance 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  http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values/default.aspx


The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the most respected Trusts in the country. This is your opportunity to join one of our foremost clinical services.

The Oxford Neurosciences Department is acknowledged globally for its excellence in clinical research, treatment and patient care, and this is a particularly exciting time for neuroscience nursing. We are increasing our staffing levels, and as such we are looking to add to our neurosurgery nursing teams.

Across our 3 Neurosurgery Wards we provide care for patients suffering from a number of conditions and who undergo a wide range of invasive and interventional procedures; craniotomy for brain tumours, haemorrhage or trauma, implantation of deep brain stimulators and spinal surgery. We also have a day investigation unit which accommodates patients having radiological investigations or minor procedures such as lumbar punctures and muscle biopsies.

This is a fantastic opportunity to progress your career in this fascinating specialty. Previous experience of caring for patients in surgical or neurosurgical setting is desirable, but a keen interest in this field together with the drive and commitment to help deliver the highest standard of patient centered care are essential.

As a deputy sister/charge nurse, you will be expected to lead and be a role model for junior staff, provide specialist knowledge and support to colleagues, coordinating and managing resources to ensure optimum patient care and safety on the ward. You will be required to communicate with the neurosurgical ward areas and represent the ward manger in their absence.

You will be responsible for supervising, developing and appraising a team of nurses and nursing assistants. As a ward we are committed to advancing our staff and practice and you will be expected to use your experience and knowledge to take an active role in developing service provision clinically with the implementation of evidence based practice.

The role of a deputy sister/charge nurse within neurosurgery is demanding but immensely rewarding, but you will be supported in meeting the challenge with a structured orientation programme and a supernumerary period supported by the ward manager.

If you are looking for development in a challenging but extremely rewarding environment with excellent training and professional development opportunities this could be the post for you. We know that changing your job can be daunting so please come and meet us and learn how we can help progress your career.
Closing Date: 3rd July 2017

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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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