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Ward Sister / Charge Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Mental Health Services
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Walton Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
27/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

Candidates will be required to demonstrate a commitment to providing exceptional care to patient's with organic illness.

This is a key leadership role within the unit.

The post holder will be responsible for supporting and promotion of effective and efficient management of the clinical care environment and 
the delivery of care, also for ensuring effective communication is maintained at all times, whilst providing support for 
junior staff .

The post holder will deputise for the ward / team manager in their absence and will provide clinical leadership and supervision of nursing staff supporting a multi disciplinary and collaborative approach to nursing care

Main duties of the job

The Walton Unit is a 30-bedded assessment unit for older adults with organic illness; dealing with which can be both challenging and rewarding. 

The team is passionate about the care they give and this is reflected in the ethos of the unit.

Your job will be to provide sound clinical and professional leadership  and to be able to deputise for the Ward Manager in their absence.

You will need both energy and enthusiasm, along with a sound knowledge base surrounding the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act, the National Dementia Strategy and a genuine desire to make a difference.

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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DCHS provides a robust training and support package, and you will be supported to access both.

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This is an exciting time for the unit and this will be a fabulous opportunity for the right candidate 

  • To support the Ward / Team manager in the day to day operational functioning of the unit.
  • Be responsible for the assessment, planning, treatment and evaluation and monitoring of person centred programmes of care for designated patients across the clinical area, Is responsible for the prioritisation of the care requirements for identified patient
  • Is responsible for ensuring continuity of care in accordance with the care programme, seeking support from other specialist practitioners/operational managers as and when required.
  • Supports the management of clinical / patient risk assessments and develop appropriate actions to support the delivery and maintenance of safe and effective care.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RMN / RNLD with 2 years experience at band 5 in MH / LD setting
Desirable criteria
  • Post reg qualification relevant to OPMH


Essential criteria
  • Mentorship qualification
Desirable criteria

Evidence of understanding

Essential criteria
  • Understanding of MHA within application
  • Understanding of MCA within application
  • Awareness of dementia policy within application


Essential criteria
  • Well written application
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

Krissie Sadler-Brough
Job title
Operational Service Line Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01246 515559
Additional information

Dawn Bradley, Ward Manager, 01246 515547