Sister / Charge Nurse

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust - More jobs by this advertiser

As part of our ever expanding and evolving service we are looking for a highly motivated band 6 to join the team within our 18-bedded trauma ward.  Ward F4 is split into male and female bays and deals with simple trauma through to complex poly-trauma. We also have close links with our Ortho geriatric team and meet regularly to discuss our more critically ill and dependant elderly patients.


F4 is a specialist 18-bedded elective orthopaedic ward.F4 accommodates both male and female elective patients. The ward caters to hip, knee, shoulder and other types of upper and lower limb replacements including complex revision surgeries. The ward also uses an enhanced recovery pathway for elective patients, which is supported by an elective nurse practitioner. As F4 is an elective ward, there is a fast turnover and rehabilitation of patients. Our length of patient stay has an average of 3-4 days. You’ll also be given a chance to care for people who have PCA’s, epidural and local infusions post-operatively. Training is readily available for you to access, for example, trauma & orthopaedic course, trauma awareness days, among others, specific to orthopaedics.

What our staff say about our ward:

‘Joined F4 last September and found the team very welcoming and supportive. There are lots of opportunities here with us and I can really see my career developing within orthopaedics.’

‘As a former student of this ward, and now part of this team as a staff nurse, I find it as a perfect environment to apply and develop my newly learnt knowledge and skills at university and during my placement in F4.’

‘Coming from Spain, I was very welcomed and felt like I was part of a family in an instant. Have been working on F4 for 3 years now'


As a Senior sister/Charge nurse you will be expected to promote the delivery of a high standard of patient-centred care. With the support of the matron you will analyse, monitor and implement actions that ensure the service delivery is safe and effective in line with the Trust values. You will be responsible for the daily operational management and service delivery process within the department, along with the line management and development of the nursing team. You will ensure the smooth running of the unit, working as a key decision maker alongside the multi professional team, leading on aspects of clinical care and focusing on patient safety, experience and quality assurance frameworks.


The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They will be educated to a degree level with evidence of on-going education. They must be able to demonstrate a compassionate approach to the care of patients and the public, whilst also possessing the ability to ensure robust clinical operational demands are met. The varied and complex case mix plus a commitment to role development in a visionary manner makes this an excellent opportunity.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pens...

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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6 July 2020
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £31,365 - £37,890 per annum GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
PLEASE! No enquiries from Recruitment Agencies or Headhunters.

Only direct applications will be considered.

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