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NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Critical Care Unit
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Stoke University Hospital
£38,890 - £44,503 PA
Salary period
24/06/2021 23:59

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview

Band 7 - Senior Sister/Charge Nurse - Critical Care Unit

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced  Band 6 critical care nurse to move into a Senior Sister/Charge nurse position.

We are looking for individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, have the ability to work under pressure, problem solve and decision make.  Someone who is a  positive role model, able to help motivate and develop a team, drive forward the Quality Improvement agenda on Critical Care as well as provide support and backup to other members of the Senior Team.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and be able to work closely with the other Band 7 Senior Sisters and Matrons.

Main duties of the job

The Critical Care Senior Sister/Charge Nurse has  responsibility for the management   of   the   clinical   area   including   assessment   of   care   needs   the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and the setting of standards over a 24 hour period, 7-days per week. 

The post-holder will facilitate innovative and evidence based nursing/midwifery practice through professional leadership and supporting the clinical team.

The post-holder will act as a credible and professional role model and encourage and empower other staff to develop both personally and professionally and achieve their maximum potential.

The post-holder will liaise with all members of the multidisciplinary team and facilitate a collaborative approach to patient care.   

The post-holder will report directly to the Matron team and have managerial responsibility for a pod of nursing and support staff.

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.


We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Critical Care Unit at the University Hospital of North Midlands is a dedicated state of the art facility which provides care for seriously ill patients from across a range of medical and surgical specialities including neurosurgery and major trauma. The University Hospital of North Midlands is one of the designated Major Trauma Centres within the West Midlands.  We provide the highest standards of care for patients who have sustained traumatic brain and spinal injuries.

Critical Care prides itself by actively supporting all staff in their continued educational and professional development supported by our own practice development team.

Essentially you will have a minimum of 3 years post registration experience in critical care to include 2 years in a leadership role as well as evidence of acting as a mentor and possessing a relevant mentorship qualification.  You will also have evidence of a recognised Critical Care course and display excellent leadership skills.

If you are a dynamic, enthusiastic nurse with the ability to work well within a highly motivated large multidisciplinary team, and can deliver high quality nursing care we would like to hear from you.

For an informal visit or enquiries please contact one of our Critical Care Matrons on 01782 675527/675517.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NMC Registration
  • Relevant Degree
  • Recognised Critical Care Qualification
  • Mentorship or equivalent qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Educated to Masters Level


Essential criteria
  • Minimum of 3 years' critical experience
  • Evidence of 2 years' leadership experience
  • Experience of supporting learning/mentoring in practice
  • Evidence of management experience
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of working at a Senior Sister/Charge Nurse Level
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sandra Barrington
Job title
Matron, Critical Care Unit
Email address
Telephone number
01782 675527