Paediatric Sister/Charge Nurse in Emergency Care Band 6

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucester, Cheltenham
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, A&E nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Paediatrics Sister/Charge Nurse in Emergency Care will be responsible to the Matron and the Trust, jointly contributing and assisting with service delivery for the Emergency Department and the Medical Division. The role incorporates a 24-hour responsibility managing and effectively leading the clinical nursing team alongside other agencies. The post holder will be a role model, providing regular direct clinical care. The post holder is required to hold a registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and maintain standards in accordance with UK law, the NMC, Trust and EU guidelines. The Paediatric Sister / Charge Nurse in Emergency Care will report to the Matron, with responsibility to ensure safe workforce and staff development are in place to ensure delivery of quality, safety, financial and workforce targets and be professionally accountable to the Divisional Director for Quality and Nursing for Medicine.

Main duties of the job

1. Highly visible, accessible, authoritative and influential figure on whom staff, patients, families and carers can rely, to ensure the fundamentals of care are delivered effectively and efficiently.

2. Provide professional leadership to nurses, midwives and students, acting as a role model within the department, medical division and the Trust ensuring that competence in managerial and clinical practice is both developed and maintained.

3. The post holder will be expected to take a lead on bed management, coordinating admissions and transfers of patients from and to the Unit to maintain good patient flow.

4. Provide assurance to the Chief Nurse and Divisional Director for Quality and Nursing that there is continuous improvement in the delivery of clinical services within the Department and are tailored to the needs of the patients.

5. Provide clear clinical leadership for nursing, working flexibly as a member of the Emergency department team to ensure standards are being maintained, evaluated and where necessary improved.

6. The post holder will deputies for the Senior Sister if required.

7. Support the development of nursing skills in all aspects of the role providing expert clinical knowledge and specialized advice.

8. Provide nursing leadership, set and maintain professional nursing standards, provide professional nursing advice and direction to the staff.

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Job description

Job responsibilities



1. Deliver the outcomes and measures for patient safety as identified in the Trusts for the Emergency Department, ensuring that day to day delivery is timely and safe, supporting the organisation to meet the corporate agenda for example, Care Quality Commission and legislation.

2. To facilitate complex care, discharge or patient care issues or complaints using analytical skills to problem solve and find solutions to ensure best practice and best patient care outcomes are achieved.

3. Be responsible for ensuring compliance with all NMC professional codes both personally and for the nursing team.

4. Act as a role model for nurses within the department, promoting and demonstrating the standards of care expected. Contribute to nursing teams utilising shared governance to continuously improve standards.

5. Provide an integral role to ensure the management and prevention of hospital-acquired infection in liaison with Infection Control Team and governmental standards.

6. Ensure clinical governance agenda encompasses continual quality improvement that focuses on reducing risk and developing efficiency and quality in care.

7. Protect and enhance the Trust high standard of reputation. This will involve reporting to the Matron any investigations and resolutions of patient complaints

Quality/Patient Experience

To support the organisation in meeting the quality agenda and embedding it into practice including:

1. Public, patient involvement

2. Recruitment and Retention

3. Infection prevention and control

4. Hospital Cleanliness

5. Care Bundles

6. Care of Learning disabilities patients in the area of specialty

7. Tissue Viability

8. Medicines Management

9. Safe environment for patients, staff and visitors

10. Patient Dependency

11. Nutritional Screening . Slips, Trips and Falls

12. Safeguarding Agenda for Vulnerable Adults and Children

13. Safety Thermometers

14. Undertake inspections/audits of clinical areas in order to maintain standards.

15. Utilise complaints as a resource from which to improve.

16. Improve the patient experience.

17. Provide support to patients relatives, carers and staff in the delivery of nursing care.

18. Lead, inspire and co-ordinate by motivation, the development and implementation of nursing and midwifery care standards, encompassing the Essence of Care philosophy, against recognised best practice, facilitating continuous review, benchmarking and improvement.


1. Assist the Senior Sister Team by leading on and participating in projects, promoting evidence based clinical practice, utilising audit to highlight continuous performance improvement across the department.

2. Utilise DATIX, nursing metrics and observational monitoring to enhance and monitor care in the Emergency Department and ensuring appropriate investigation of clinical incidents a robust response to concerns raised and dissemination of lessons learnt, specifically around Emergency Care.

3. Utilise communication skills in all aspects of practice

4. Liaise with the Learning and Development Team to ensure appropriate provision of training and education programmes to meet the needs of staff and students.

5. Participate in the Trust appraisal process as an appraiser and appraisee, promoting a systematic approach to annual appraisal ensuring all ward staff objectives meet professional requirements


1. Set and maintain professional standards, ensuring staff across the Emergency Department and maintain their professional standards in accordance with the Nursing & Midwifery Code: Standards, Performance and Ethics (2008).

2. Provide clear vision and motivation, by utilising communication skills, ensuring that nursing teams and individuals have clear objectives for developing nursing care provision in line with national and local objectives.

3. Support the departmental nursing teams through any service development to promote enhanced care and service delivery.

4. Promote effective links between nursing and other professions both internally and externally to support effective multi professional working.

5. Provide nursing staff with the opportunity to build on good work, strengthen areas of weakness and take up new challenges, identifying role and career development opportunities. Promote and represent nursing at a local and corporate level if required.


1. Comply with practice related regulatory measures eg. Hygiene Code, NHSLA Standards, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act and NICE Guidance.

2. Ensuring delivery of cost effective and quality service. This will include the equipment services as well as achieving financial savings as agreed with the Matron.

3. Ensuring compliance with the principles of Improving Working Lives. In conjunction with the matron, develop and implement national and local strategies using appropriate and innovative approaches to maximise retention and recruitment.

4. Champion a culture for the work area which encompasses the Trust values for staff in which they can expect to work in an environment where they are valued, open and accountable for their actions and supported to maximise their potential at all times.

5. Develop a cohesive and motivated nursing and midwifery team, ensuring effective management of all clinical and nonclinical functions. Manage the day-to-day operational issues relating to the department in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team, Matron, general manager and speciality director.

6. Perform monthly audits on quality standards and action plans there in.

7. Ensure that the conduct, attendance and performance of all staff within the direct area of responsibility is maximised and that staff are managed in line with Trust HR policies.

8. Participate in the duty staffing rota as per the medical division roster.

9. Manage operational issues relating to length of hospital stay, reducing bed days and facilitating timely discharge and pathways of care

10. Instigate, promote and influence effective links between nursing and other professions both internally and externally to support effective multi-professional working.

11. Demonstrate up to date knowledge and understanding of National, Trust and Divisional work streams and priorities to facilitate clear management leadership and direction for an area of responsibility.

Physical and working conditions

1. The post holder will work in a variety of settings and across site/Trust with unpredictable work patterns responding to the changing and challenging situations, which may expect prolonged periods of concentration

2. There may be occasional exposure to distressing or challenging behaviour (verbal/physical aggression), and safeguarding cases which maybe distressing.

Collaborative working and clinical awareness

1. The role will require considerable mental effort to engage with both patients, relatives and staff to understand situations, explore options for improvements and achieve positive outcomes

2. Will frequently be expected to manoeuvre patients/objects, in concurrence with the Trust Manual Handling Policies.

3. Will have frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions and will be required to follow Policies and Procedures pertaining to bodily fluids, infection control and COSHH regulations.

Please see the attached job description for more information.

Person Specification



  • Active registration with the NMC or HCPC United Kingdom
  • Recognised Degree/ Diploma in Nursing
  • Paediatric Immediate Life Support


  • Advanced Life Support or Advanced Paediatrics Life Support Course (EPLAS/APLS)
  • Minor Injury/ Illness



  • Experience (through employment) of working in an acute clinical environment
  • Enhanced Knowledge and experience of working as a Staff Nurse
  • Experience of Essential Emergency Department Areas. Resus, Triage and Ambulance handover

Knowledge/ Skills


  • Demonstrates ability to use clinical reasoning skills and techniques to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient care
  • Demonstrates ability to keep up to date with professional issues that influence nursing practice relating to area of clinical practice, management, education and research.

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

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Gloucester, Cheltenham


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