Sister/Charge Nurse – Learning Disabilities

Salary: £33,142 – £44,068 pa (Band 6)
Permanent, full-time (37.5 hours a week) 

The RHN is a leading national centre of excellence, providing adult person-centred services that span the entire care pathway from post-acute rehabilitation services to end of life care, for people with complex neuro-disability and their families, underpinned by a strong research and education programme.


The Sister/Charge Nurse will work as part of the multi-disciplinary team to deliver a high standard of care to the patient and residents with Huntington Disease, challenging behaviour and complex need.


Main Objectives of the Role


  1. Demonstrate an awareness of RHN’s objectives and contribute to achieving them appropriately.
  2. Strive to improve and offer excellent standards of safe, clinical care.
  3. To actively contribute to creating a culture where quality is at the centre of everything we do and is delivered on all occasions to the highest level, in accordance with the appropriate CQC regulations and professional standards including the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code.
  4. To deliver a high standard of care to the patient and residents of the hospital.
  5. To assess patients care needs and to develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care.
  6. Participate in managing nurses and nursing services.
  7. To provide support to the Ward Manager and Matron for the service.


Key Responsibilities


Clinical Management & Professional Practice


  • You will work within agreed nursing standards and according to Nursing and Midwifery Council Code for nurses and be accountable for nursing outcomes.
  • Enhance the quality of care you deliver by assisting with the management of change in nursing practice based on evidence/research.
  • Participate in managing nurses and nursing services by organising the duty rota and patient allocation, anticipating requirements when clinical activity increases/decreases, assisting in forward planning of absences and the effective use of temporary staff ensuring correct grade and skill mix are in place to deliver care and in accordance to agreed establishment figures as directed by the Ward Manager.
  • An awareness of the ward budgeted establishment and safer staffing modules so that the ward is run safely at all times and any additional resource is redeployed. Work alongside the Ward Manger in ensuring the skill mix is planned and rosters are set 3 months in advance.
    • Plan and organise your own workload and define individual roles and responsibilities within the team in order to meet all patients need on a shift whilst ensuring supervision of junior members of staff.
    • Ensure the correct storage and administration of medications in accordance with the hospital policies and NMC Standards for Medicine Management and ensure the safe handling of drug keys at all times.
    • Practice multidisciplinary team care and contribute actively towards its successful management ensuring that agreed treatment programmes are implemented.
    • Contribute accurate and relevant information for multidisciplinary reports.
    • Respect the privacy and dignity of all patients at all times and act at all times as the patient advocate.
    • Embody the Humanised Care approach and integrate this throughout all clinical and non-clinical care for patients/residents as well as care shown to relatives and colleagues.
    • Acknowledging and valuing the contributions of all patients/residents and having an understanding of the needs of individuals with a disability.
    • Facilitate appropriate social and recreational activities for patients ensuring patient daily diaries are managed to prevent appointment conflicts.
    • Work in other areas within the hospital as required.
    • To deputise for Ward Manager in his/her absence.
    • To participate in the hospital bleep holder rota.
    • To undertake both local and hospital wide audits as required and to participate in Clinical Working Parties and Groups as applicable to clinical knowledge.

Read the full Job Description here.

Please send your CV and cover letter to and use the job title as the email subject.

For any queries about this position, or to arrange an informal visit, please email Kenny Padmore-Smith.

Closing date – Tuesday 24th December 2019