Senior Sister/Charge Nurse

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year per annum including HCAS
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder is responsible for managing all aspects of the apheresis and stem cell collection facility. This service is firmly embedded within a quality management framework. The main aim is to co-ordinate and organize all donor (stem cell, lymphocyte) and therapeutic (plasma exchange, leucodepletion, red cell exchange) apheresis services, procedures, investigations and consent to expedite care in a cohesive and safe manner that meets accreditation standards.

He/she provides support, information and advice to the patient, family, multi-disciplinary clinical teams, referring hospitals and the community. This involves both inpatient and outpatient care, ensuring the patient has all medical, nursing, physical, psychological and social needs addressed.

The post holder needs to have prior experience in apheresis and will be required to take part in the on-call rota to maintain the 24/7 service cover. In addition he/she will lead audits on policies and practises related to apheresis and the stem cell collection facility, provide education andtraining for nurses / medical staff and members of the multidisciplinary team pertinent to the role and ensure relevant documentation is maintained and where relevant, reported.

The post holder will be responsible for managing the apheresis nursing team providing leadership and direction.

Main duties of the job

Are you ready for a new challenge? Are you excited by the thought of leading one of the largest and most clinically advanced Apheresis Units in the country? Do you pride yourself for your clinical decision-making skills?

Yes? Come and join our dynamic, nurse-led team.

The unit is responsible for providing a comprehensive Apheresis service for the entire Trust and catchment area. We undertake automated red cell exchange, therapeutic plasma exchange, leukodepletion and peripheral stem cell harvests. Soon we will be adding T-cell collections for our new CAR T-cell therapy service.

Full training and mentorship will be provided, which includes training in ultrasound-guided peripheral vein cannulation. You will have the opportunity to design and lead clinical audits and research. Further education opportunities are also available.

The successful candidate will possess competent venepuncture and cannulation skills. They will have a track record of motivating others and implementing change. Additionally, they will be able to organise and prioritise their own and other's workloads, within an environment that requires flexibility and the need to work under pressure at times. Grounded experience in haematology nursing and a willingness to partake in the on-call service is essential.

For further information, or an informal visit please contact Michaela Mayhew, Apheresis Manager (acting) on 020 8725 0612 or Julie Paska Matron for Haematology/Oncology on 020 8725 6527 Bleep 8458.

About us

With nearly9,000 dedicated staff caring for patients around the clock, they are the largest healthcare provider in southwest London.Their main site, St George's Hospital in Tooting - one of the country's principal teaching hospitals - is shared with St George's, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. St George's Hospital also hosts the St George's, University of London and Kingston University Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, which is responsible for training a wide range of healthcare professionals from across the region.As well as acute hospital services, they provide a wide variety of specialist care and a full range of community services to patients of all ages following integration with Community Services Wandsworth in 2010.St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of 1.3 million across southwest London. A large number of services, such as cardiothoracic medicine and surgery, neurosciences and renal transplantation, also cover significant populations from Surrey and Sussex, totalling around 3.5 million people.The trust also provides care for patients from a larger catchment area in southeast England, for specialties such as complex pelvic trauma. Other services treat patients from all over the country, such as family HIV care and bone marrow transplantation for non-cancer diseases. The trust also provides a nationwide state-of-the-art endoscopy training centre.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification which contains more information about the role .

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registered Nurse Currently on the NMC register
  • Continuing professional development within the specialty, linked to demonstrable clinical competencies
  • Assessing and mentoring Qualification
  • Possession of a relevant degree or in the process of obtaining a degree in nursing



  • Minimum 2 years' experience working as a Band 6 in an Apheresis Unit
  • Experience of taking charge of a department
  • Experience of leading and managing a team of nurses
  • Previous experience in change management and problem solving
  • Experience of handling clinical incidents and complaints


  • Previous experience of research and audit



  • Computer literate
  • Refined skills in undertaking apheresis procedures
  • Negotiating skills
  • Self-discipline and good time management
  • Ability to delegate and prioritise
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and listening skills
  • Excellent teaching, training, and preceptor ship skills
  • Able to work across professional teams and organizational boundaries
  • Administration of IV drugs
  • Phlebotomy and cannulation
  • Understanding of audit and research methodologies
  • Understanding of resource management, health and safety, clinical risk and quality issues
  • Handling clinical incidents and complaints


  • Ultrasound guided peripheral cannulation skills
  • Experience of inserting central venous catheters

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Georges Hospital

Blackshaw Road


SW17 0QT

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