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Senior Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse – Stroke Unit – PRUH

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

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Job summary

The post holder must be an RN (1) and is therefore bound by the NMC Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors.

We are looking for experienced self-motivated and dynamic nurses with good leadership and interpersonal skills who are experienced in caring for stroke patients, are passionate about stroke care and wish to develop their knowledge and skills in assessment, leadership and teaching in a supportive multidisciplinary environment.

The Stroke Unit at the Princess Royal University Hospital provides emergency stroke services including TIA Clinic, hyper acute and acute stroke rehabilitation. This is a strong clinical specialty, combined with a nursing and clinical team committed to high clinical standards and a supportive environment which makes us a compelling career option for ambitious nurses.

You will be a highly committed individual who can demonstrate passion to drive the service forward with the support of senior nursing staff to enable the nursing team to feel part of a skilled and competent nursing workforce. We will ensure you have the support to be able to achieve your own objectives within the vision of the unit.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide expert, holistic care of a high standard to both the patients and their relatives within the King's College Hospital.
  • To take direct managerial responsibility for the clinical area in the absence of or as delegated by the Ward Sister/ Charge Nurse/ Head of Department.
  • To assist in the leadership and development of an identified group of nurses within the ward complement.
  • To act as a clinical resource within the ward and across the Care Group as necessary.
  • To act as a positive role model to junior staff members. Particular emphasis is put at King's on the need to ensure that all staff recognise their responsibility to deliver services in a high quality, courteous, patient focused manner and to maintain patient confidentiality at all times.

You will be assisting in managing a busy hyper acute and stroke unit in the absence of the ward manager as well as provide day to day support for the nursing team and strong leadership reviewing the nursing standards of the Unit. A forward-thinking practitioner who wants to make a difference for patients and will be able to lead and motivate nursing staff in the provision of high-quality patient focused stroke care.

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



To 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 in the ward/ department.

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the needs of patients on the Ward on an ongoing basis, co-ordinating the care given by all members of the clinical team.

To accurately assimilate and interpret clinical information about the patients condition, promptly report changes and instigate remedial action as appropriate.

To act as a resource person to others, providing accurate information, advice and support to the multidisciplinary team, patients and their relatives.

To ensure that accurate records are maintained reflecting both changes in the patients condition and the treatment delivered.

To ensure that patients and their relatives are updated regularly with accurate information, and ensure that this is presented in a way that they understand.

To ensure that Clinical Guidelines are implemented and to be actively involved in auditing practice in conjunction with Line Manager and practice development staff.

To ensure that practice is evidence based and with support assist in the development of policies and protocols within the clinical area.

To uphold high standards of nursing care, according to existing policies and standards.

To support the Ward Managers and Modern Matron in processes of continuous quality improvement, formally evaluating standards of care and assisting in the implementation of changes in the light of such findings.

To contribute to the health education of patients and their families, ensuring that all patients receive appropriate advice and support to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

To actively support the implementation of the Trust nursing strategy and uphold the ethos of the local philosophy.


To act as a mentor to junior staff members, responsible for the orientation, supervision and ongoing development of junior and student nurses, in conjunction with Line Manager and Practice Development staff.

To act as practice supervisor, responsible for completing competency documents for junior staff within agreed timeframes.

To act as a mentor to students undertaking further education as requested, ensuring a positive learning experience and facilitating the development of their clinical skills.

To contribute to the wider educational activities within the Care Group ensuring attendance at and contributing to the delivery of educational activities within the Care Group.

To promote and encourage the application of research and of evidence based practices.

To participate in any research projects conducted in the clinical area as appropriate.


To manage the clinical workload effectively, ensuring care is prioritised appropriately.

To contribute positively towards the delivery of a cost effective service, adjusting staffing levels to meet demand and assisting the ward manager to keep within agreed resources.

To assist with the ongoing organisation of the ward, co-ordinating the activities of the clinical area.

To liaise with Medical Personnel and Bed Manager to ensure optimal bed usage at all times, facilitating timely admission and discharge of patients.

To act as a team leader to an identified group of staff, monitoring and documenting the development of their clinical skills.

To develop own skills in recruitment and retention, sickness management and performance management as determined by line manager.

To actively support the process of risk management ensure incidents are reported appropriately and helping identify ways of preventing errors and accidents to both patients and staff.

To make a positive contribution to service development affecting the clinical area and positively influence others to adapt to change.

To actively promote customer care, assisting in resolving local ( informal ) complaints and supporting the ward manager to investigate formal problems.

To assist with the monitoring of stock levels of clinical stores and technical equipment, resolving any shortfall as appropriate.

To maintain standards of hygiene and cleanliness within the clinical area, actioning remedy as appropriate and reporting deficits to Modern Matron, as appropriate.

To communicate varied and complicated information (verbally and in writing) in a way that is understood and gets the important facts across.

To carry the Unit bleep as required, resolving local problems/ conflicts, keeping managers/others informed and maintaining positive team dynamics across the Care Group at all times.

To take a leadership role in crisis situations, resolving problems across the Care Group as necessary.

To maintain confidentiality with regard to personal information pertaining to staff.

To attend and contribute to departmental meetings as required.


To work within and accept responsibility for maintaining agreed levels of clinical competence.

To keep up to date with NMC, Trust and Care Group policies and guidelines and to adhere to these at all times.

To be a fully active and committed member of the multidisciplinary team operating in the Care Group

To demonstrate an insight into own professional development, contributing to the process of identifying own educational and clinical training needs in conjunction with the ward manager.

Participate in own Individual Performance Review and after suitable training, to be responsible for undertaking this for own team of junior staff.

To ensure own educational commitment is at least sufficient to maintain PREP requirements and to ensure own mandatory training certificates are current, in liaison with Line Manager.

  • To maintain strict confidentiality of staff and patient records, in line with Trust Policy: any unauthorised breach of confidentiality will result in disciplinary action.
  • To ensure that acceptable standards of data protection are maintained, in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
  • To observe the rules, policies and procedures in place at Kings College Hospital.
  • To carry out duties as an employee and service-provider with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • To participate in team meetings as required by your team leader.
  • Under the Health & Safety at Work Act, the post holder has a general duty of care for the health, safety and well being of oneself, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with this post.
  • To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade, which may be required from time to time.

Person Specification

Education / Experience


  • 1st level Registered general Nurse
  • Mentorship programme or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Demonstrable clinical expertise, relevant to the area.


  • Previous experience of leading change in a clinical environment

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