Junior Sister/Charge Nurse

Barts Health NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year per annum inc
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated registered nurse to join the team on the Haematology Day Unit for non-malignant haematological disorders.

Every day is a different experience and offers a variety of challenges, as we cover lots of different treatments and procedures for haematology disorders.

If you are keen to increase your knowledge, gain more skills and experiences the Haematology Day Unit will provide you with the opportunity to work as Junior Sister/Charge Nurse in order to ensure the provision of excellent nursing care and the effective management of resources in the absence of the ward manager.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to provide and maintain high standards of care to our patients, be able to work autonomously as well as part of a cohesive team, have excellent communication skills and work within the multidisciplinary team.

They will need to demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care to our highly specialist group of patients.

The successful applicant must be able to organise and prioritise their own work load, to work within an environment that requires flexibility and the need to work under pressure.

The candidate will need to have a keen interest in haematology and have excellent venepuncture and cannulation skills.

To carry out the day-to-day management and co-ordination of the department.

To ensure that there are education and training opportunities for all staff, including pre and post registration students.

The successful applicant will join a highly skilled specialist team that offer treatments including blood product transfusions, monoclonal antibodies infusions and venesections to patients with both malignant and non-malignant haematological conditions.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Participate and maintain the effective communication of information and data between team members, patients and family networks and offer appropriate support and advice.
  • Deputize for the ward manager in his/her absence assessing priorities of care and utilizing available staff in the most effective way.
  • Responsible for the professional development of the team through informal appraisal, individual performance review and agreeing personal development plans
  • Act as a role model in maintaining agreed nursing standards in the Nursing and Midwifery strategy and demonstrates a willingness to participate in and encourage advance in practice
  • To act as mentor and role model for junior staff and visiting learners
  • Identify and be responsive to the needs of other team members and colleagues working in other areas of clinical haematology
  • To manage the workload according to daily demands of the unit
  • To liaise and work with the MDT structure of the unit on behalf of the patients
  • To ensure all practice is underpinned and supported by current, appropriate knowledge and trust policies
  • To understand fully clinical haematological conditions sickle cell and thalassaemia, haemophilia, clotting disorders, ITP and iron deficiency anaemia. Care for patients needs who have such chronic conditions and pursue and learn to achieve greater understanding
  • To administer daily, routine blood transfusions, automated exchange transfusions, iron infusions and venesections to regular day attenders
  • To plan with the senior sister day unit activity and liaise with the MDT to ensure efficient and responsible use of resources
  • To understand the need for vigilance and adherence to trust and national policies especially regarding blood products
  • To administer medication as directed and recognize the signs and escalate Responsibility to provide a safe level of care for all the patients seen in the clinical haematology services at Barts Health
  • Work with the ward manager and staff members to improve and develop the service delivery on the unit

Responsibility to the patient
  • Participate in the multidisciplinary team meetings with the specialist teams to be able to provide a high standard of evidence-based nursing care for patients. Following Trust and Haematology guidelines and standards.
  • Participate and maintain the effective communication of information and data between team members, patients and family networks and offer appropriate support and advice.
  • Ensuring procedures are carried out in a safe and professional manner.
  • Maintain and protect the safety, confidentiality and dignity of patients and their families.
  • Ensure that documentation is completed accurately and legibly in accordance with NMC guidelines and confidentiality is maintained using Caldicott guidelines
  • Is familiar with and ensures adherence to all Trust policies, procedures and guidelines including care and custody of prescriptions when under their control.
  • Follows Trust policy for the care and custody of patients property
  • Takes responsibility for ensuring safe moving and handling techniques, making use of appropriate aids available

Responsibility for Administration
  • Share responsibility for appropriate and cost-effective use of resources.
  • Participate in the ordering of supplies and demonstrates an awareness of budgetary and resource management

Responsibility for Administration
  • Maintain a professional portfolio in line with Revalidation requirements and Trust Guidelines.
  • Take responsibility for own professional development and clinical update, attending appropriate courses and study days as approved by your manager.

Responsibility for Strategic and Service Development
  • Initiate and develop new ideas and changes within the department that encourage staff participation and results in improvements to patient care (either directly or indirectly)
  • Conducts regular audits regarding COSHH, Health and Safety, Manual Handling, Infection Control, and Risk Assessment within own clinic areas.
  • Works in accordance with all Trust policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of managingHealth and Safety issues in a manner that confirms to Trust Policy.
  • Deals appropriately with all incidents and hazards in accordance with Trust and COSHH policies
  • Shows sound understanding and insight into the data protection act and complies to these at all times.
  • Implements clinical governance and participates in risk management and quality assurance strategies.
  • Leads on best practice in relation to customer care issues.

Responsibility for Research and Development
  • Be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date registration on the NMC register.
  • Practices in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional conduct and other appropriate NMC guidelines
  • Takes responsibility for own professional development, attending appropriate course/ study days as agreed by the Ward Manager.
  • Works to promote and environment that is conducive to the learning and development of staff

Person Specification



  • oSubstantial post registration experience working in a complex health care setting / Acute NHS care setting supervising / mentoring junior staff, including experience within the speciality.
  • oEvidence of ability to coordinate a shift in a department.
  • oExperience in learning from incidents /complaints and supporting changes in practice.
  • oDemonstrable the ability, experience and passion in leadership, team building, role modelling and managing resources.


  • oRelevant experience at Sister /Charge nurse level and fulfils KSF outline for Sister Charge Nurse
  • oExperience in change management
  • oClinical experience in Haematology.
  • oAble to co-ordinate patients plan of care.



  • oRegistered nurse with current, up to date NMC registration
  • oIntravenous accreditation


  • oSpecialist knowledge in haematological conditions
  • oExperience of budget management
  • oUnderstanding of quality improvement techniques.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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