Weekend Duty Charge Nurse / Sister

Weymouth Street Hospital
Posted 1 month ago

The Weymouth Hospital is part of the Phoenix Hospital Group. The hospital is an elective care hospital, registered for 17 beds and 4 operating theatres, accepting planned and emergency/urgent surgical admissions. The hospital has a particular emphasis on Plastic /Cosmetic Surgery with some of the country’s leading NHS and Private Consultants using our facilities.

Role Purpose:

  • To assist the ward manager in the management of a ward and to provide effective leadership and management ensuring our patients continue to receive the highest quality care and attention at the weekends
  • To ensure there is senior clinical cover in the hospital at weekends, ensuring patient safety, emergency transfer out if necessary and that efficient channels of communication are maintained.

Core Responsibilities:

  • To provide support to the ward team and management team in terms of clinical, general, management and quality standards
  • To ensure that standards of patient care are consistently maintained at all times in accordance with agreed operational policies and procedures as a skilled member of the nursing team
  • To promote and safeguard the well-being and interests of all patients, employees and visitors
  • Participate in the Duty Clinical Manager On-Call rota and act as Duty Senior Nurse for the hospital at weekends.

Key Accountabilities:

  • To hold responsibility for the ward team at the weekends and for the provision of a high quality clinical care environment to agreed standards and objectives
  • To act as Duty Clinical Manager in charge of the hospital during weekends and liaise with the Director of Clinical Services and Theatre Manager where necessary.
  • When necessary to ensure the hospital is closed securely at the weekends and the correct channels of communication are in place for incoming calls to the hospital.
  • To assist with implementation, monitoring and evaluating standards of care
  • To provide support and guidance for members of staff
  • To ensure that hospital operational policies are maintained and complied with and to advise staff of any amendments considered desirable
  • To ensure that all Health & Safety policies and procedures are read, understood and complied with as far as reasonably practicable
  • To assist in the setting and maintenance of clinical standards and implementation of clinical audits
  • To assist in other departments as required
  • To exercise economy in the use of drugs, dressings and equipment, providing a safe and cost effective service
  • To delegate tasks appropriately in relation to an individual’s skills, competence and patient needs always ensuring adequate resources are available
  • To maintain professional conduct within the standard and framework provided by the Nursing & Midwifery Code
  • To assist with recruitment and development of staff and to appraise the ward team thus providing an effective and progressive staff management environment
  • To ensure appropriate skill mix within the wards according to resources and clinical needs including rota formation.
  • To actively participate or chair the ward meetings in the absence of the Ward Manager
  • To work with staff to ensure the ward environment is conducive to continuing education and training programmes
  • To participate in the programme of continuing education and training for all ward staff as required
  • To monitor the practice of the extended role of qualified staff
  • To participate in the induction programme for all newly appointed ward staff as required
  • To facilitate the management of change within the ward areas whether clinical or management in nature
  • To keep up to date with clinical and professional developments in nursing and to attend relevant study sessions in accordance with NMC guidelines
  • To ensure that appropriate systems for the recording and distribution of information relating to patient charges are maintained
  • To assist the staff in monitoring stock levels of ward medications and consumables
  • To report patient and staff accidents, incidents and complaints as required
  • To act as advocate to patients, ensuring a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care
  • To develop a good understanding of budgeting procedures and revenue capture

Infection Prevention & Control in the hospital is everyone’s business. All staff have a duty to ensure that: –

  • Own infection prevention and control knowledge and skills are up to date.
  • Undertake annual infection prevention & control training update.
  • Act to address poor infection prevention & control practice and standards when they are observed.
  • Bring to the attention of their line manager any unresolved poor infection prevention & control practices and standards.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Positive feedback from Ward Manager
  • Completion of annual personal development objectives
  • Completion of team’s mandatory training and appraisals

Knowledge / Skills / Qualifications:


  • Registered Nurse – Adult
  • Substantial post-registration acute surgical nursing experience – minimum 4 years at Band 6 or equivalent level.
  • Teaching & Assessing / Mentorship qualification
  • Excellent problem solving ability and confident decision maker


  • Post-registration specialty course / qualification
  • Team leadership / management experience
  • Previous experience within Private Healthcare

Job Features

Job CategoryPhoenix Hospital Group

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