Sister/charge nurse - intestinal failure unit nursing leadership team

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We’re looking for a nurse leader to join our surgery care group, as part of our intestinal failure team on F11. A regional centre, our 17-bedded ward cares for level 2 and 3 intestinal failure patients and provides care for those with complex nutritional and surgical needs from across Wessex.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) places great emphasis on supporting the professional and personal growth of our staff. In this role, you’ll develop your clinical experience, as well as having the opportunity to continue your academic studies with access to MSc modules at the University of Southampton and in-house UHS leadership courses.


F11 specialises in intestinal failure, care of central venous access devices for the administration of TPN (intravenous nutrition), and complex fistula management. Our team prides itself in delivering the highest standards of infection prevention and central line care.

We receive patients from all over Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, West and East Sussex, Surrey and the Channel Islands. We’re very proud of our ward and the high standards of specialist care we provide, and this is reflected in the heart-warming cards, letters, and Friends and Family (FFT) feedback we receive from our patients and their relatives.

As a large multi-disciplinary team, we work together for the best interests of our patients. Even when we face challenging shifts, we pull together as a team and get through them with a smile. We listen to and support each other’s ideas, and foster an environment where anyone can feel comfortable to challenge something they feel is not right.


In this post, you support the ward manager to ensure that quality agendas are set to support the delivery of patient pathways. Amongst your responsibilities, you’ll be expected to:

  • act as a role model to nursing staff, encouraging effective working relationships and the development of a cohesive nursing team, working with a common philosophy
  • plan, implement and evaluate care, ensuring any changes are communicated to relevant parties
  • initiate developments within your clinical area in line with directorate developments
  • supervise the professional work of nursing staff
  • exercise good leadership skills

You’ll also be involved in regular ward and peer meetings, allowing for personal and professional development, and in turn offer growth and development to the wider nursing team.


Along with the relevant NMC registration and appropriate experience, we’re looking for you to bring dedication, inspiration along and a proactive leadership style to the role. For more information on what we’re looking for, please see the attached person specification.


As well as the discounts and benefits that you can access as an employee of UHS, you’ll have the opportunity to access bespoke training on topics relating to intestinal failure and nutrition. You'll also have the opportunity to complete our Principles of Surgucal Nursing (POSN) course. 

To give you a better idea of why you should join us, we asked our team what they liked most about working on F11:

“We have the best team, full of joy, professionalism – and the main thing is that we all love what we do! I couldn’t have started in a better place.”

“Managers who encourage time to develop skills and knowledge by attending study sessions for the benefit of the ward! Feel proud working on the IF unit”

“We all have a lot of opportunities to develop and become the best nurses we can be. I also feel proud to be a part of a regional specialist centre for Intestinal Failure”

If you have a flexible working request, please let us know. We can’t guarantee that we’ll ...

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to the Hampshire area, please find below a link to our website which offers guidance on finding accommodation:

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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789

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10 January 2019
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £28,050 - £36,644 pa GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
PLEASE! No enquiries from Recruitment Agencies or Headhunters.

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