Junior Sister – Adult Inpatient Unit

Salary: £15.98/hour
37.5 hours per week (part-time hours will be considered)

Would you like to develop your leadership and management skills in a speciality that you are you passionate about?

At Butterwick Hospice care, we believe ‘every moment counts,’ that’s why since 1984 we have endeavoured to provide the Stockton and surrounding areas with the highest quality of care and comfort for palliative and end-of-life care.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Junior Sister to join our dedicated Adult Inpatient Unit team at our Stockton site. We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic Junior Sister who has a passion for providing and delivering high quality, holistic palliative and end-of-life care, whether that is from medical and social or spiritual and emotional support.

The Junior Sister will have a major role in ensuring the provision of high standards of patient care, and must be able to carry out their work with minimum supervision. You will assist with the organisation and management of the unit, to deliver care for patients who have life limiting illnesses.  This may be in the form of an admission for symptom control, respite or end-of-life care. You will undertake nursing assessments, plan, implement and evaluate patient care in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team and provide symptom control. In order to provide true holistic care, you will also be involved in providing appropriate support for families and carers.

The position will offer you the opportunity to develop your leadership and management skills, as you will be expected to lead a motivated and talented team of nurses and healthcare-assistants. The Junior Sister post requires you to act as role model, teacher and supervisor for nursing staff and students. As a member of the leadership team, you will also be responsible for recognising and implementing service improvements to ensure clinical practice, education and professional nursing are delivered at the highest quality standard.

This is an exciting time to join our clinical team as the Butterwick Hospice is undergoing a developmental change as we work towards achieving an outstanding rating with CQC.

What we’re looking for:

  • Applicants must hold a current NMC Registration at the time of application and have a minimum 2 years post-registration experience
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills to liaise with professional colleagues, patients, carers and relatives
  • Leadership and management experience
  • Ability to supervise the work of others
  • Flexibility to work shifts over a 24 hour period
  • An acute/community background in palliative and end-of-life care
  • A passion to learn and improve service provisions
  • Work within their competencies and recognise their limitations
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team


  • 35 days holidays (inclusive of statutory bank holidays)
  • Private pension scheme (option to transfer NHS pension)
  • Free onsite parking
  • Continuous Professional Development opportunities
  • Free uniform
  • Flexible working

To discuss the post further please email Beryl Murray, Clinical Sister/ Education Lead on [email protected] or Suzanne King on [email protected]

Closing date: 25/07/21

Shortlisting: 27/07/2021

Interview Date: 29/7/2021

This post is deemed to require an Enhanced Disclosure Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service due to the fact that there is access to children or vulnerable adults.

Applicants are asked to note that if you have not heard within 14 days of the closing date you are asked to assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.  Thank you for the interest you have shown in working for Butterwick Hospice. For further vacancies please see our website.

Job Title : Junior Sister
Reporting to : Clinical Sister
Division/department : Butterwick Hospice Care Inpatient Unit (Stockton)

Job Role

To play a major role in ensuring the provision of high standards of patient care, and need to be able to carry out their work with a minimum of supervision. They will work within the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) providing specialist physical, psychosocial and spiritual care to patients admitted to IPU. They are responsible for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing care of patients. They will act as a role model, teacher and supervisor for nursing staff and students. To gain and develop leadership and management skills alongside the Clinical Sister and Clinical Lead for adult services.

80% Clinical

20% Managerial

Supervisory time is included within this time.

All posts, whether providing or supporting the provision of our services, allow our mission and values to be upheld.

Organisational arrangements

Reports to: Clinical Sister

Responsible for: Nursing staff (and associated roles) within designated area

Professional Accountability to: Director of Care via Clinical Lead for Adult Services

Key Clinical Responsibilities IPU

  • Support the Clinical Sister and Clinical Lead for Adult Services with professional accountability and standards, ensuring professional practices are in line with the requirements of the NMC and the Butterwick Hospice
  • Ensure the provision of safe and effective patient care
  • Ensure a safe tidy environment in the unit and adherence to Health and Safety and Infection Control Policies
  • Act as a deputy and effectively manage the nursing rota when necessary
  • Support the development of patient care and nursing practice, contributing to any Service Improvements
  • To undertake and/or participate in the audits necessary to the safe running of IPU
  • To act as a clinical resource for the nursing team, ensuring accurate assessment of the needs of the patient and family
  • Ensure the safe keeping and administration of drugs in accordance with national standards and legislation
  • To represent the IPU nursing team at the Operational Brief
  • To facilitate the admissions and communicate with referrers daily
  • Support and facilitate the implementation of OACC
  • To contribute in the Butterwick Hospice MDT and facilitate in the Clinical Sister’s absence.

Management Responsibilities IPU

  • Provide day-to-day support, managing the rota as required, ensuring IPU is staffed appropriately
  • Perform appraisals to a defined nursing team
  • Ensures 100% compliance with the sickness policy and the management of poor performance of allocated nursing staff on their department
  • To support in the recruitment of new nursing staff as required, inducting/mentoring RN’s, HCA’s and Bank Staff
  • Support and allocate Student Nurses
  • Ensure nursing compliance in relation to Mandatory Training
  • Ensure all staff follow all infection control policies
  • Identify the training and the education needs of the nursing team and others on placements with the Clinical Sister and Education and Governance Lead
  • To monitor and supervise stock levels and supplies, and ensure a tidy environment
  • Undertake pharmacy ordering
  • To complete the logging and investigating of incidents involving patients, escalating the incident to the Clinical Sister and/or Clinical Lead for Adult Services for further investigation
  • To assist and lead in the implementation of change
  • Participate in the development and application of OACC
  • To deputise for the Clinical Sister and Clinical Lead as necessary
  • Ensure safety of patients’ cash and valuables in line with Butterwick policy

Education and Training

  • With the Clinical Sister/ Education Lead and Clinical Lead contribute in identifying the educational needs of the nursing team
  • To participate in education programmes as required
  • To ensure that feedback from educational programmes/study days attended by staff is made available to all colleagues

Communication and Relationships

  • To recognise indications of staff stress and to facilitate staff support
  • To complete staff appraisals for the nursing team and encourage personal and professional development of nursing staff
  • To supervise and participate in the induction of all staff
  • To facilitate and participate in professional placements and lay persons visits to IPU
  • Communicates with other departments as well as external agencies

Personal Development

  • To establish with the Clinical Sister a personal development plan in line with the objectives and personal needs
  • To maintain and increase personal, clinical and managerial skills

Organisational responsibilities

  • To work at all times within the policies and procedures of the Hospice, and act within the NMC and Care Standards guidelines at all times
  • To ensure effective use of resources
  • To play an active part in the development and maintenance of good relationships with all who have business with the Hospice
  • To respect at all times the confidentiality of information covering patients, staff and volunteers
  • To promote the Hospice philosophy of care towards patients’ relatives and visitors

Freedom to Act

  • Work within scope and code of professional practice where work is managed rather than supervised with advice available from various sources:

o Within clearly defined policies, procedures and guidelines, which govern nursing practice at national and local level including the NMC’s Code of Conduct.

Clinical Governance

  • Ensure that care is evidence based and that potential sources of risk are identified and dealt with in proactive manner. Assist Clinical Lead for Adult Services to apply root cause analysis of accidents and incidents. Instigating and managing change following the analysis when necessary.