Senior Staff Nurse

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year per annum incl. HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and empathetic Band 6 Senior Staff Nurses to join our team who have a passion for the specialty.

We are particularly interested in talking to Nurses who currently work in a Sexual Health setting or who have relevant experience within this field. 56 Dean Street including Dean Street Express provides full sexual health care to over 600 patients per day and therefore we are looking for applicants who are driven, efficient and able to work at a fast pace whilst maintain amazing customer service and professionalism. Dean Street is well respected and trusted by our patients and we are keen to work with Nurses who share our commitment to the care we provide. This Senior post includes seeing symptomatic patients autonomously and taking the role of Nurse in Charge in the clinical setting. We would expect the Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse to also take on link nurse roles within the Clinics and to support junior members of staff where necessary acting as a role model to all members of the Multi-disciplinary Team.

Please note, as a Band 6 is a Senior role, candidates will need to have previous GUM experience.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide a high quality, expert, individualised management for patients seeking sexual health care (including contraception and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment).

They will be a senior member of the Nursing Team required to rotate to the Nurse in Charge role. They will be responsible for the support and training of junior staff and required to deputise for the Band 7 team when required.

The post holder is required to have up to date knowledge of all contraceptive methods and sexually transmitted infections provided by the Trust and will contribute to the development of policy or service changes. Whilst the post holder will be working with and supported by a large senior and experienced team, the Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse should be a competent and proficient independent sexual health practitioner.

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff says they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing significant Capital year on year in our estate. We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assess individual patient needs and requirements without supervision, in accordance with Trust and Directorate guidelines.
  • To plan, implement and evaluate relevant programmes of care for individual patients within Directorate guidelines.
  • To be competent in the following, with appropriate training:- Venepuncture- The taking of male and female genital swabs- Microscopy and the making of provisional STI diagnoses- All current forms of HPV treatment- Point of care testing- Nurse Management of Patients who are HIV positive- Asymptomatic & symptomatic screening- Cervical cytology
  • To facilitate effective communication with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure appropriate nursing input into patient care discussions.
  • To undertake clinical audit and research within the Directorate.
  • To be competent to supply and administer medications under a Patient Group Direction Support and management of people taking post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV.
  • To maintain clear and accurate documentation in line with Directorate and Trust standards. To be aware and work within all Directorate and Trust Policies and Guidelines.
  • To have an understanding of counselling skills, including pre and post HIV antibody test discussion.
  • To be conversant with colposcopy policy and procedures.
  • To order investigations and provide test results to patients as per Directorate protocol.
  • Triage and minor illness support and management of GUM & HIV positive patients.
  • To provide an asymptomatic / symptomatic screening service within the clinic.
  • Support and management of HIV patients with co-morbidities and co-infections In conjunction with the lead nurse to develop and coordinate targeted sexual health services.
  • To be involved in developing protocols and policies for services within the Directorate.
  • To participate in the development and updating of Patient Group Directions within the Directorate 1.19 assess and support patients experiencing problems with adherence with HIV medication and provide treatment support as in Option E & START Clinics.
  • Management and support of clinically stable HIV positive patients on or off therapy.
  • Advise on the promotion of health and the prevention of illness, with particular reference to smoking cessation, diet, immunisation and sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

Please see attached job description and person specification to this advert for further details.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse
  • Evidence of recent professional development


  • Sexual Health Course
  • Counselling Course
  • Teaching/assessing Course
  • Family Planning Qualification (or working towards)
  • BSc in relevant subject (or working towards)

Previous Experience


  • Current GU experience including screening male and female patients
  • Experience of health promotion and education
  • Evidence of teaching and assessing
  • Preceptorship
  • Gynaecology


  • HIV Counselling
  • Research
  • Outreach
  • Other experience related to the specialty

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of GU/HIV
  • Competent in examining male and female patients, venepuncture, microscopy, cervical cytology
  • Competent working with Young People (ability to assess Fraser Competence, understand and utilise Child Protection Policies and Sexual Offences Act)
  • Teaching and assessing
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrates knowledge of stress management
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Awareness of current nursing issues
  • Competent in IT


  • Knowledge of HIV and related issues

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