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Junior Sister / Junior Charge Nurse - Acute Medical Unit

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year per annum, inc HCA
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

The Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), Bromley in South East London is part of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is situated in SE London and Kent, we provide comprehensive health care and emergency services for a diverse community. There is a magnificent opportunity to join an organisation which is investing in its frontline staff.

At King's, PRUH we take caring and compassion seriously. The Medical Ambulatory Unit is a fast paced busy environment that provides same day emergency care for patients who are medically unwell, requiring rapid assessment, planning and treatment for their immediate needs. We work closely with the Emergency Department to ensure a safe and effective patient journey.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Staff Nurse to join our leadership team within the Acute Medical Unit.

We are looking for highly motivated nurses, who possess both a strong clinical knowledge base and relevant skill set. The post holder will provide nursing support to the ambulatory unit and will also undertake some rotation to acute medical unit and ED. Experience at band 5 level within an acute area is essential. Excellent communication skills are crucial, and the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain new innovative ways of working which facilitate developments in nursing practice.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will act as a positive role model in the promotion of quality care delivery for acutely unwell medical patients, committed to improving service delivery and be flexible to the needs of the service. You will be supported by a practice development nurses and an experienced senior leadership team who can offer support and guidance through preceptorship and an acute care course.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

CLINICAL PRACTICETo adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and adhere to this at all times.To demonstrate clinical expertise in the care of any patients receiving treatment inthe ward/ department.To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the needs of patients on the Ward on anongoing basis, co-ordinating the care given by all members of the clinical team.To accurately assimilate and interpret clinical information about the patientscondition, promptly report changes and instigate remedial action as appropriate.To act as a resource person to others, providing accurate information, advice andsupport to the multidisciplinary team, patients and their relatives.To ensure that accurate records are maintained reflecting both changes in thepatients condition and the treatment delivered.To ensure that patients and their relatives are updated regularly with accurateinformation, and ensure that this is presented in a way that they understand.To ensure that Clinical Guidelines are implemented and to be actively involved inauditing practice in conjunction with Line Manager and practice development staff.To ensure that practice is evidence based and with support assist in thedevelopment of policies and protocols within the clinical area.To uphold high standards of nursing care, according to existing policies andstandards.To support the Ward Manager in processes of continuous quality improvement,formally evaluating standards of care and assisting in the implementation of changesin the light of such findings.To contribute to the health education of patients and their families, ensuring that allpatients receive appropriate advice and support to maintain a healthy lifestyle.To actively support the implementation of the Trust nursing strategy and uphold theethos of the local philosophy.Co-ordination of the ward/department on a day to day basis including planning,allocation and evaluation of work carried out by teams or individuals and self.To promote a critical, analytical approach to the delivery of nursing care, ensuringthat the ward/ department environment is responsive to current issues.To support the ward/ department manager by assisting in the review and update ofprocedures and protocols relating to the care of patientsTo develop methods for identifying, maintaining and improving the quality of patientcare through facilitation of best practice and clinical benchmarking.To ensure due regard is given to the customs, values and spiritual beliefs ofpatients/clients.2. EDUCATION AND RESEARCHTo act as a mentor to junior staff members, responsible for the orientation,supervision and ongoing development of junior and student nurses, in conjunctionwith Line Manager and Practice Development staff.To act as practice supervisor, responsible for completing competency documents forjunior staff within agreed timeframes.To act as a mentor to students undertaking further education as requested, ensuringa positive learning experience and facilitating the development of their clinical skills.To contribute to the wider educational activities within the Care Group ensuringattendance at and contributing to the delivery of educational activities within the CareGroup.To promote and encourage the application of research and of evidence basedpractices.To participate in any research projects conducted in the clinical area as appropriate.3. MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIPTo manage the clinical workload effectively, ensuring care is prioritised appropriately.To contribute positively towards the delivery of a cost effective service, adjustingstaffing levels to meet demand and assisting the ward manager to keep withinagreed resources.Assist with the ongoing organisation of the ward, co-ordinating the activities of theclinical area.To liaise with Medical Personnel and Site Practitioners to ensure optimal bed usageat all times, facilitating timely admission and discharge of patients.To act as a team leader to an identified group of staff, monitoring and documentingthe development of their clinical skills.To develop skills in recruitment and retention, sickness management andperformance management as determined by line manager.To actively support the process of risk management ensure incidents are reportedappropriately and helping identify ways of preventing errors and accidents to bothpatients and staff.To make a positive contribution to service development affecting the clinical areaand positively influence others to adapt to change.To actively promote customer care, assisting in resolving local (informal) complaintsand supporting the ward manager to investigate formal problems.To assist with the monitoring of stock levels of clinical stores and technicalequipment, resolving any shortfall as appropriate.To maintain standards of hygiene and cleanliness within the clinical area, actionremedy as appropriate and reporting deficits to Ward Manager as appropriate.To communicate varied and complicated information (verbally and in writing) in away that is understood and gets the important facts across.To carry the Wi-Fi telephone as required, resolving local problems/ conflicts, keepingmanagers/others informed and maintaining positive team dynamics across the CareGroup at all times.To maintain confidentiality with regard to personal information pertaining to staff.Exercise effective leadership acting as an exemplary role model for theward/department team.Support the ward/ department manager in maintaining adequate staff cover and skillmix on the ward through effective use of staffing rotas.Liaise with nursing, medical and allied health professional colleagues to ensure thatall aspects of the patients' care are completedEnsure that the ward participates in maintaining standards relating to clinicalgovernance.Support the implementation of risk management policies within the ward/department,including the development of action plans to address identified risks.Ensure effective communication with patients, relatives and other hospitals and localagencies to facilitate the smooth transfer and after-care of patients/clients.In support of the ward/ department manager ensure outcomes and action plans frompatient complaints are implemented and monitored.Ensure staff compliance with mandatory training and help maintain current records.In conjunction with the ward/ department manager ensure compliance with Trustpolicies and procedures.Monitor performance of staff that are identified by the ward/ department manager,ensuring that learning needs are identified through personal development plans,appraisal systems and supervised practiceIn conjunction with the ward/ department manager contribute to planning, monitoringand control of resources.Contribute to nursing developments within the ward/department via appropriateforums as requiredDeputises for the ward/ department manager in his/her absence

Person Specification

Experience and Qualifications


  • 1 st level Registered General Nurse
  • Mentorship programme or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Demonstrable clinical expertise and application of evidence based learning relevant to the area of Acute Medicine

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