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Senior Sister

Job Reference: 249-UC-U0777

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Emergency Department Nursing
£37,570 to £43,772 pa

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon is proud to have a team of highly skilled, kind and compassionate staff that deliver high quality care for our patients. The Trust provides acute services from the Great Western Hospital and community healthcare services across Swindon. We are an ambitious and progressive Foundation Trust, committed to continuing our quality journey so that we can exceed our patient’s expectations.

We have recently been successful in our bid for £30 million of national funding to develop an Integrated Front Door, expand our Emergency Department, purchase land for potential expansion and to help us develop new models of care, such as an intensive rehabilitation offer. And we have many more ambitious plans. This is a great and exciting milestone which will help us to maintain quality and safety for people in Swindon and the surrounding areas over the coming years.

Are you looking for a new challenge and new opportunity to broaden your career?

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GWH) is an ambitious organisation, motivated to provide consistently high quality services to our patients. Our staff report that our organisation is a friendly and supportive one to work within and we currently hold some of the highest levels of staff engagement within the region.

Our Emergency department provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients with emergency conditions, serious injuries or illnesses as well as minor injuries. It is a very busy department, with 78,000 patients being treated in the past 12 months. We are looking for experienced Sisters/Charge Nurses to join our dynamic and supportive team as Senior Sisters or Charge Nurses to help us to further develop our services and provide the highest standards of patient care.

As a Senior Sister/Charge Nurse you will be responsible for effectively supporting and leading staff to ensure high quality care is delivered to all our patients who attend the Emergency Department. You will be expected to leading the department clinically by undertaking the Nurse in Charge role, co-ordinating, delegating and supervising the management and planning of nursing care whilst maintaining patient safety. The successful candidate will act as a role model of expert clinical practice and will be confident to challenge practice so that the best and most appropriate treatment is given to every patient. The Senior Sister/Charge Nurse will also support the senior management team, undertaking key projects and proactively identifying areas for improving nursing practice and service delivery.

The successful applicant will be required to work and manage all areas within the department and demonstrate a professional manner and clinical expertise with good communication skills in all aspects of their work. You must be comfortable working in a busy environment juggling the different demands typical of a nursing role like this and must possess the courage to do what is right for our patients.

As committed as you will be to doing the best for your patients, we are just as committed to helping you to get the most out of your role. We will offer you the support, guidance, training and opportunities to develop at whatever stage in your career you are so you can make the best contribution you can.

Our hospital is a highly modern and state of the art building with leading edge technology in Swindon which is well placed for road and rail links to London, the south coast, the west and north of England.

For more information please contact Lowri Bigwood on 01793 607124.

All correspondence in relation to your application is via NHS jobs; any emails may default to your Junk inbox. Check your Junk file for any updates on your application.


Working in healthcare is rewarding and we will work with you to maximize your potential. All we ask in return is that you live by our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect.

  • We invest in your training and development to pursue a successful and fulfilling career in healthcare.
  • As an NHS employer we offer one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered in the UK.
  • Permanent staff receive at least 27 days' holiday each year, a generous pension, plus other benefits including flexible working options and exclusive discounts.
  • Bank workers receive one extra hours pay for every 12 hours worked in place of annual leave entitlement, plus other benefits including pension.
  • We offer an onsite Nursery

Application information:

The vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications are received.

All new starters with the Trust will be subject to a six month probationary period, with the exception of medical and dental candidates.

Current employees should be aware that this position is advertised as a GWH position and appointment ends any TUPE protection.

All candidates are required to pay for their own DBS check where applicable. Standard DBS check costs £26 and will be recovered from your first pay; Enhanced DBS check costs £44 and will be split and recovered over the first 2 pay.

Bank posts requiring a DBS check; payment must be made prior to commencing.

Apprentices are exempt from payment.

GWH NHS Foundation Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to safer recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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