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Junior Sister

Salary: £35,392 - £42,618 per annum + Generous holidays, Pension
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Winsley, Wiltshire
Posted date: Monday 05 February 2024
Closing date: Monday 12 February 2024
Start date: ASAP
Applications for this vacancy have now closed

Please note that this is an internal position that is only available to current Dorothy House staff.

JUNIOR SISTER - INTERNAL | Band 6 £35,392 - £42,618 per annum

We are looking for current Dorothy House staff member and Registered Nurse to become a Junior Sister in our team, during the role you will report to the Clinical Lead within our In Patient Unit (IPU). The duties and responsibilities will include:

  • To work as part of the IPU Team to provide specialist palliative care to those with a life limiting illness and their families and carers within a Multi-Disciplinary Team, in partnership with health and social care colleagues
  • To provide professional leadership and line management to the junior staff in line with DHHC's organisational strategy
  • To work with the Clinical Lead and Junior Sister Team to ensure that IPU is integrated into all multi-disciplinary teams and enables multi-disciplinary working
  • To deliver and enable staff to deliver, safe, quality care
  • To promote an environment of reflective practice and learning
  • To support an environment of open and honest accident and incident reporting and promote lessons learnt
  • Use clinical skills and knowledge to provide specialist advice and support to peers, patients and families this includes answering the 24-hour Advice Line
  • To develop and participate in revision of policies, procedures, protocols, care pathways and documentation
  • To work with the Clinical Lead and Junior Sister Team to arrange induction and mentorship programmes for new members of staff and volunteers.
  • To adhere to DHHC's management and HR policies and procedures
  • To work with the Clinical Lead and Junior Sister Team to highlight opportunities and areas of development for the IPU team
  • To make most effective use of clinical time to continually review ways of working and workforce development
  • To lead on quality improvement methodology to improve patient, family, carer and staff experience
  • To act as a mentor for new nursing staff
  • To participate in clinical supervision, reflective practice and coaching
  • To participate in the Education programme for Dorothy House Hospice Care

See our full detailed Job Description in the download link below.


This is a full time position. You will be contracted to work 37.5 hours a week over a variety of shift patterns that could include late shifts, nights or early shifts.


Please note that this is an internal position that is only available to current Dorothy House staff.

Essential requirements:

  • First Level Nurse with relevant degree or post graduate qualification(s)
  • Clinical experience at Band 6 or equivalent
  • Can demonstrate knowledge of palliative care
  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage own workload alongside supporting other members of the team
  • Demonstrates an awareness of Health and Safety requirements and risk assessments
  • Has completed a Care of the Dying course or has willingness to undertake it

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience in teaching/education
  • Research Skills

If this sounds like your ideal job, then we'd love to see your application.

Please note that our vacancies can close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. We therefore encourage early submission of your application.

Required skills for this position

At Dorothy House, the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity are central to our work as an outstanding care provider and employer. They are inherent in our values where we care, we connect and we create. We recognise the diversity of the people who deliver our services and the people who receive them. We believe that by building a diverse workforce, underpinned by a culture of respect, we will create an environment where everyone will have access to receive outstanding care and support from Dorothy House, regardless of characteristic.

Our 2021 Services Review identified how we need to work differently to achieve our strategic mission to ensure that “everyone has access to outstanding palliative and end of life care” and has presented us with an opportunity to improve on the “community development” work of the past and engage differently with our communities for the benefit of our patients, carers and families. Put another way, this is our moment ‘to do things differently’ and we are embracing this through Asset Based Community Development. We expect all staff to embrace this strategy and we will provide training accordingly.

What happens next

Step 1

Your application will be processed. One of the team from Dorothy House may contact you to discuss your application further

Step 2

If selected, you will be invited to attend an interview

Step 3

We will keep you informed of the progress of your application throughout the selection process

Elaine Kynaston - healthcare professional talking with patient
Every day is different and challenging, and I feel privileged to be let into the lives and homes of our patients

Elaine Kynaston, Dorothy House carer

Dorothy House is at the end of a phone whenever you need advice or reassurance. There’s just something about all the staff – they’re so approachable.

Angela Selman, DH patient, 2022

I was a Hospice at Home carer for thirty years. I think we all feel privileged to do it. It’s an honour to be with people at the very end of life.

Maggie Matthews, Dorothy House carer

I cannot put into words what a difference your carers made at such a dark time, and I will always be truly grateful.

Family of a patient, 2021

Anyone who works for Dorothy House is passionate about what we do. We’re like a family –we agree on our values and our mission and that comes through more than anything

Sue Spanswick, Dorothy House carer

It sounds a cliché, but every day really is totally different and I get to work with some amazing people

Debbie Russell, Mobile Deputy Shop Manager

I really wanted to work for Dorothy house after seeing first-hand the quality of care they provided. I applied for hospice at home carer role, and was thrilled to be offered a position.

Julia Harper, Dorothy House carer

My role at Dorothy House feels more meaningful than any of my previous corporate experience. Things here really matter, and it is so rewarding playing my part in helping us be there for patients and families

Rhiannon Eveleigh, Corporate Communications, 2022

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