Discharge Lounge Sister B6

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a friendly, approachable, hardworking, caring and enthusiastic Nurse to run our Discharge Lounge, at Eastbourne District General Hospital. You will lead the teams to support and instigate discharges & patient flow, which in return improves timely bed availability at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

The successful candidate must be able to work all shift patterns that are required for this role, currently 07.00-19.30hrs Monday to Saturday.

Main duties of the job

Responsible for the safe discharge of patients from ESHT

You will have in depth knowledge of complex discharge processes and demonstrable managerial experience.

You will have good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a calm and methodical manner.

You will lead by example, demonstrating effective role modelling to all members of the MDT

This job role includes daily liaison with the site mangers and all clinical areas, including Emergency Department, AAU and Outpatients Department to support the timely identification of patients for planned discharge and assisting in facilitating their transfer to the lounge whilst waiting for their medications, hospital transport or to be picked up by their family.

Other duties include helping clinical areas to book hospital transport if required.

You will act as a deputy to the Matron, in their absence.

As a registered nurse you will have significant experience in an acute hospital care setting, with extensive knowledge of the discharge process through relevant post-qualification training and experience.

Excellent communication skills are essential for this post as much of the nursing care we provide relates to health promotion. You will need to be able to work effectively and collaboratively with all Trust colleagues.

This is a high-profile role within the organisation and essential to support the Trust in meeting their performance targets.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people's own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated 'Outstanding'. Eastbourne DGH rated 'Good'.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached.

If you have any questions about this position please do not hesitate to contact us.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Extensive knowledge of the discharge process through relevant post-qualification training and experience
  • Qualifications / Training


  • Diploma/ 1st Level Degree in Professional Practice



  • Significant experience in an acute care setting
  • Recent relevant Discharge planning experience
  • Demonstrates enhanced skills supportive of the role
  • Proven experience in delivering training
  • Staff supervision experience
  • Understanding of budgetary controls


  • Involved in a range of management issues



  • Extensive knowledge of the discharge process
  • Expert clinical skills for care of patients awaiting discharge
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good IT skills for record keeping, e-roster

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

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust



Kings Drive


BN21 2UD

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