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NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (required to be able to work day and night rotation)
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Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Torbay Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum pro rata
Salary period
06/12/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Ward Sister/Charge Nurse - EAU4/Forrest Ward

NHS AfC: Band 6

Job overview

EAU4 (to be called Forrest) ward is at present, the Trusts acute Covid ward but in time with the reduction of Covid numbers the ward will become an Acute General Medical ward with the ability to safely isolate an area for Covid patients if required.

Nursing and Nurse leadership has been at the heart of the global response to Covid and the nurses on EAU4 have developed, innovated and implemented best practice guidelines in managing and caring for the COVID patient.

We are looking for  highly motivated, innovative and experienced Senior Nurses to join this brand-new Team.  It is an exciting time to be joining us where you will have the opportunity to develop the team with the ward manager and ensure that the team provide high quality patient centered care.

We promote a positive working environment where the health and wellbeing of staff as well as our patients is our priority.

Main duties of the job

  • To act with professionalism and integrity, being a role model to those around us and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity
  • Act as an advocate for staff, patients and relatives at all times
  • To assist the Ward Manager in the management of unit resources- budget, staffing annual leave etc
  • Initiate and implement duty rotas ensuring adequate skill mix to meet the needs of the clinical area.
  • To deputise for the ward manager in their absence
  • Using the information obtained from the assessment of the patient and from subsequent observations, identifies the patient's individual nursing care needs, and plan and implement care
  • To report, document and evaluate accidents and ward incidents via DATIX, reporting informing manager and updating health and safety register as appropriate.
  • To assist the ward manager with interviews and selection of nursing staff as required and build and maintain a skilled, cohesive supportive and effective team.
  • To participate in educating staff and to be an NMC Assessor for student nurses
  • Develop the ability to contribute to the on-going development of nursing practice
  • To work as part of a team demonstrating effective communication, and working collaboratively with colleagues inside and out of the department
  • Be aware of all hospital policies and procedures and collaborate with other health care professionals to ensure that these are observed
  • Recognise patients changing condition and seek the appropriate support and advice from senior staff


Working for our organisation

Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust became one of the first vertically integrated organisations in the country delivering acute and community health and social care services to a geographically and socially diverse population of approximately 375,00 people.

Our integrated health and wellbeing teams, specialist acute services and strong partnership working with Primary Care, Mental Health services, Devon County Council and the CCG means we are in an excellent position to achieve the Trust’s commitment of delivering seamless joined-up care. Come and be part of our journey.

For more details please contact: Julie Southam, Respiratory Nurse Lead/ Acting Matron 01803 654121 

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification.




Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse Adult
  • Current registration with NMC
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • BSc Hons Healthcare/ nursing
  • Teaching or mentorship qualification
  • Leadership Course attendance/qualification


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge and skills to manage patients with complex needs
  • Evidence of teaching and developing self and others
  • Ability to work under time constraints
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding the role of the MDT
  • Able to evidence experience in influencing and change
  • Previous experience of working in a COVID environment

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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

Julie Southam
Job title
Respiratory Nurse Lead/Acting Matron
Email address
Telephone number
01803 654121