Job Description

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is proud to provide community, mental health and learning disability services and acute hospital services from Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Our mission is to deliver outstanding care through a culture of listening, learning and continuous improvement. Over 9,000 colleagues work for our trust in a very wide range of services and we aim to provide a supportive, inclusive environment in which our colleagues can thrive. We are working towards merging our trust with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in order to provide consistent and accessible services across Somerset and better supporting people in our county to maintain their health and wellbeing. We are proud to be the Health Service Journal Mental Health Trust of the Year.

Job overview


Are you a skilled leader who is passionate about safely discharging our patients, getting them home as soon as they are able? Do you think you could make innovative steps to improve our pathways for medically safe discharge, thus making a real difference to our service?

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic and forward thinking professional for the position of Junior Ward Sister to join a new team within our hospital, due to Exmoor ward moving back home to our Medical directorate.

The pathway for ‘Medically safe for discharge’ patients needs to be individual and personal to each patient, so you will need to be a dynamic and gregarious  person who will provide  outstanding leadership to the whole  team.

You will provide nursing care to patients ensuring that patients and their families are treated with compassion, dignity and respect alongside a multi-disciplinary team . You will be able to promote a safe environment for patients and staff members and oversee the principles of safer staffing on the ward.  You will also be responsible for presenting quality information at  meetings in the absence of the ward sister.

As a Junior  Sister you be expected to be a role model for Staff Nurses and Health Care Assistants and ensure staff of all grades are supported in their work.


Main duties of the job


Exmoor Ward is a 26 bedded ward with 4 bays and 2 side rooms dedicated to caring for medical patients who are medically safe for discharge. There is a multi disciplinary team including Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to work collaboratively in the best interests for our patients.

Leading the current team will require being an active listener, being diplomatic, setting clear, measurable goals for ward achievement and being there to integrate with the team. A Dynamic outlook to aid the flow of patients being discharged from hospital will be of great benefit to your patients and your team.


Working for our organisation


As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Supports the Senior Ward Sister and in her absence is responsible for all aspects of staff management, including the recruitment process of staff, sickness and performance monitoring, adhering to Trust Human resource policies, to ensure a fair and consistent approach when dealing with staff issues, under the guidance of the Matron or Associate Director of Patient Care

Plan the orientation and induction of new staff using the Trust induction policy

Plans, implements, carries out and evaluates care given by self and other nursing staff to patients and their relatives

Read and adhere to all Trust policies and ensure that all ward staff do this and keep records on their individual staff mandatory training record

Person specification

Qualifictions & Training

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  • Meets criteria
Desirable criteria
  • minimum of 2 years experience at band 5


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Skills & Abilities

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  • Meets criteria

Communication Skills

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Physical Skills

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