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Community Nursing Sister - Charge Nurse
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
37.5 hours per week (Minimum 22.5)
Job ref
371- TAP-CHS247
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
London House
£35,392 - £44,629 per annum
Salary period
31/12/2024 23:59

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Community Nursing Sister - Charge Nurse


Job overview

District Community Nursing Sister/Charge Nurse 

If you are seeking a  a new challenge, more flexible working hours that fit in with your work life balance than look no further!  

We have vacancies across our Trust in Reading, Newbury, Wokingham, Bracknell, Slough, Ascot, Windsor & Maidenhead.

In this role you will provide support and leadership to a great team and join a team that provides a catalogue of care and pride themselves on their commitment to the well-being of the community.  Ideally the candidate will bring with them clinical experience of working with adults in a community setting.  In return we will offer an excellent package including the opportunity to further train and develop, and will support you with studying for and obtaining an  Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ).  

Your working hours will be Monday to Friday (with some weekend and late shifts work  on a rotation basis). We welcome applicants who would like to work part-time or on a job share. 

You will need to either have access to a vehicle which can be used for work purposes or are you able to travel as required to meet the needs of the service.

*Please note not all office locations or client care bases may be reached by public transport*.

We really are a great place to work, rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission we look forward to welcoming your application.  Contact details are shown below should you wish to discuss the role, we would love to hear from you!

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced nurse, with a warm personality and great people skills. You will be willing to undertake relevant training, have leadership experience and be able to demonstrate innovative practice. Show effective management skills, you will take responsibility for caseload management of housebound patients with multiple nursing need in the community.  

You will be responsible for ensuring high quality evidence-based care for patients, their families, and carers in the community.

  • Responsible for a complex and diverse caseload, actively working to prevent admission to the acute sector and supporting patients in their preferred place of care.  
  • Responsible for maintaining detailed, accurate and confidential patient records, adhering to Trust policies.  
  • Leading an effective supportive team, working together to provide clinical advice and support to other staff and patients.  
  • Responsible for the management of a defined caseload of patients, with continuing responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation, and evaluation of care programmers.  
  • Accountable for the standards of care and for determining the activity of your team. This will include acting as a role model for staff, sharing learning and developing practice.  

Working for our organisation

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC, we’re committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer. We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you’ll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:

  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days’ annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • ‘Cycle to Work’ and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  

The “must haves” for this role: 

  • A desire to develop leadership and management skills  
  • A passion for community nursing, that matches our passion to provide excellent healthcare for our patients within their own home  
  • Adult nursing qualification along with NMC registration  
  • You will need to either have access to a vehicle which can be used for work purposes or are you able to travel as required to meet the needs of the service.

    *Please note not all office locations or client care bases may be reached by public transport*.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse – Adult
  • Active on the Mentor Register
  • Evidence of Leadership & Management development
  • Recognised coaching qualification or willing to undertake
Desirable criteria
  • Specialist Practitioner qualification (DN Degree, diploma or Certificate in District Nursing)
  • Non-Medical Prescriber/Nurse Prescriber Qualification

Continuous Professional Development

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Evidence of a current CPD portfolio

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience in mentoring and assessing both pre and post reg. nurses in a community setting.
  • Evidence of clinical leadership within a community nursing environment including
  • Mentoring/assessing in practice
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Risk and Incident Reporting (Root Cause Analysis) and supporting teams in learning from findings.
  • Clinical Leadership course or willingness to undertake
  • Able to manage own workload and support others
  • Able to conduct courageous conversations and support staff with performance related issues
  • At least 2 years Community Nursing experience at Band 6.
  • Experience of leadership within a team.
Desirable criteria
  • Coaching
  • Clinical Leadership course or willingness to undertake

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Understanding of the role of Community Nursing
  • Able to work autonomously
  • High levels of effective communication, influencing and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Able to motivate self and teams to positively manage change
  • Reinforce within the service the need to view users holistically and promote self-care and independence.
  • Work collaboratively with their counterparts from teams in other provider organisations to develop a seamless service.
  • Effective role model and motivates staff within the service by being highly visible, approachable and communicative at all levels; utilising effective written, oral and presentation skills.
  • Develops strong interpersonal relationships, ensuring that staffs are given the support to develop and grow into roles.
  • Ability to support staff to undertake clinical duties, implementing evidence-based practice.
  • Ability to influence and problem solve.
  • Creative and innovative approach to service development
  • Applies policies and procedures effectively to manage risk
  • Demonstrates cultural awareness
  • Demonstrates flexibility to deal with the needs of unscheduled services and able to prioritise workloads and work under pressure.
  • Understands the business needs of the organisation and shares all available information with the service ensuring people understand latest developments and their relevance
  • Knowledge of current DH documents/government legislation and recommendations.
  • Willingness to undertake further qualifications and develop expertise in identified areas.
  • Participation in audit.
  • Able to utilise IT and various media in order to support data collection

Additional Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate recent innovative practice.
  • Able to work flexibly across service areas to enhance quality of service provision.
  • Valid full UK licence with confidence to drive during and in unusual environments with use of car for work purposes.
  • A degree of agility and the ability to manoeuvre light to moderate loads.
  • Able to work bank holidays, weekends and unsocial hours to meet service needs.
  • Able to work in challenging environments.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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

Kuljinder Johal
Job title
Talent Acquisition Partner
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
Additional information

Want to discuss the role further? No problem, we would love to hear from you!

Application Process:

You can email us the Talent Team on [email protected] and we can call you at a convenient time to you to discuss the role further and the application process.



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