Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Deputy Sister

Band 6

Main area
Acute Medicine - Ward 7D
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
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John Radcliffe Hospital
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£26,565 - £35,577 per annum
28/06/2017 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


Acute General Medicine -
Ward 7B

•To assist the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse in providing clinical and managerial leadership to all staff and deputise in her absence

• Lead in a specific area of ward practice, as agreed, making recommendations, coordinating projects and developing practice guidelines and policies based upon robust evidence, gained from risk assessment, audit and literature review.

• To be professionally and clinically responsible to patients within the ward, providing and maintaining a high standard of care and maintaining a communication link between patient and organisation

• To maintain and continually develop specialist knowledge and skills relevant to clinical area and to act as a specialist resource to the Trust

• Regularly act as shift coordinator, participating in the allocation of
workload, ensuring efficient bed management, effective patient care and safety on the ward

• Contribute to the development of clinical practice, with regards to Departmental, Trust and national recommendations, communicating this to junior colleagues in a positive manner in order to maintain a consistent, motivated Ward focus.


Clinical Practice:

Be professionally accountable for assessment of the patient’s needs, and the development, implementation and evaluation of planned care, demonstrating a collaborative approach through effective communication and decision-making between the multi-professional team, patients and significant others

Demonstrate expert knowledge and skills in the management of the changing health care needs of the patient, responding to changes promptly and appropriately and developing specialised plans of care/ follow relevant protocols in collaboration with other senior nurses/ medical staff.

Maintain personal contact with patients, relatives and carers, being sensitive to their needs for courtesy, dignity and privacy and ensuring a friendly environment at all times.

Consistently maintain accurate and comprehensive documentation, and demonstrate competency in the use of information technology resources
Exercise accountability by practicing within own limitations and level of competence, identifying developmental needs and proactively addressing these requirements with the support of a mentor

Understand and comply with the storing, checking and administering of drugs in accordance with unit drug programme, Trust policy and NMC standards and trains and supports others with this procedure.
Prioritise own work and that of others to ensure both the patient and unit is managed safely and effectively.

Be competent in using specialist equipment on the ward and be able to train and support others within the ward and the Trust

Closing Date: 28 - Jun - 2017

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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Saunders -
01865 220282 or Sarah.Saunders@ouh.nhs.uk

Reema D'Souza -

Rebecca Billing -
01865 857876 or Rebecca.billing@ouh.nhs.uk