Sister/Charge Nurse – Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Sister/Charge Nurse

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire


Job overview

As a pivotal part of our team you will be responsible for the daily management and coordination of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure critically ill patients, and their families, receive an optimum level of safe, effective care. You will also be responsible for supervising, leading and developing nurses and nursing practice within our Critical Care Units.  You will undertake a rotation programme, across Critical Care, developing your transferable Critical Care skills and providing a comprehensive portfolio of experience. In return for your dedication and hard work we offer excellent opportunities for all staff which include local education and leadership and development programmes.

The interview process will consist of both panel and group interview taking place remotely on the same day. The group part of the interview will happen in the middle of the date with individual time slots for before and after to conduct the panel interview.

The Critical Care senior team are running an interview prep session time on 14 March 2023 at 12:30pm. The link is below.

Main duties of the job

As a proficient Critical Care Nurse, the post holder will act to ensure the highest standard of patient care is delivered either individually at the bedside, as a pod coordinator supporting more junior members of the team or as the Nurse in Charge of the shift.

They will be an expert practitioner, role model and mentor and will participate in the education and development of Nursing and Healthcare staff. They will work closely with the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse, Matron and senior members of the Critical Care team.

Working for our organisation

 Come Nurse with us…

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It’s a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel; we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together – Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality; this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people’s age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

A welcome subsidy of £1000 is available to all Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses, Midwives, ODPs and Radiographers taking up substantive employment with the Trust.

Closing date: 26 March 2023

Interviews are due to be held on 19/20 April 2023

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?

Our values and reputation for outstanding care

Opportunities to experience a range of specialities

Career and development opportunities

Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team

Research experience and opportunities

Lovely location and quality of life

Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person specification


Essential criteria

• Registrant with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of UK. • Adult Critical Care Course Certification programme with 60 credits (or equivalent). • Degree or equivalent experience.

Desirable criteria

• ALS Certification. • Leadership and/or Management training. • Specialist relevant clinical Courses. • Working towards masters.


Essential criteria

• Extensive critical care nursing experience, evidenced by completion of step 1-3 (or equivalent experience). • Evidence of a positive contribution to the ICU team. For example; individual or group project work, link roles etc. • Awareness about the importance of evidence based practice and research in critical care.

Desirable criteria

• Experience post adult critical care course. • Experience in a specialised unit e.g. trauma, neurosciences, vascular and transplant.


Essential criteria

• Up to date knowledge of the clinical specialties relevant to patients (evidence based practice). • Knowledge of current NHS, professional and educational issues.

Desirable criteria

• Understands the principles of Clinical and Shared Governance and the implications for practice. • Demonstrates an understanding of current educational practices relating to basic and continuing education. • Experience and qualifications in research.


Essential criteria

• Evidence of proficient clinical skills in critical care nursing. • Is a proficient role model. • Demonstrated proficiency in communication, both verbally and in writing. • Able to use initiative, solve problems and prioritise work. • Able to work in a changing environment and to actively support / promote planned change. • Demonstrating active participation and/or initiation of a quality improvement, service improvement and or audit project. • Demonstrates effective team work skills

Desirable criteria

• Actively engaged in Clinical Supervision / Action Learning. • Basic Computer Skills.

Additional Requirements

Essential criteria

• The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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

Carla Daly
Job title
Matron – Adult Critical Care
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01223 256088
Additional information

Jennie Stint
Senior Sister
01223 216358
[email protected]


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