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Junior Sister - Emergency Department

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus HCA
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, A&E nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Our ED sees in excess of 90,000 adult patients per year who present with a varied and diverse mix of clinical presentations and needs. The department moves at a fast pace and is often challenging providing a stimulating and supportive environment in which to work .

We currently have vacancies at band 6/senior 6 (dependant on experience)

You will need to be a clinical expert within the speciality of ED nursing, have the ability to lead, manage guide and direct others, and work closely within the ED and wider Multidisciplinary teams within the Trust.

You should be committed to the ongoing development of ED nursing and to the service we provide to our patients and staff. In return you will gain experience in all areas, within a progressive department that has numerous opportunities for development.

You will be well lead and supported within the wider ED team and by our full time practice development team and excellent senior nursing team.

Main duties of the job

To provide sound professional leadership to staff at band 5 grade level and below.

Work closely with the Emergency Department senior sister / charge nurse and provide a support mechanism for them. To ensure that all activities in the areaare carried out within Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust policy guidelines. To promote the objectives of the Trust's Vision and Philosophy for Nursing. To ensure that all duties are carried out in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). To assist in the implementation of national improvement initiatives and targets i.e. 4 hour target, The NHS Plan, National Service Frameworks, Essence of Care and clinical governance. To take charge of patients care in the Resuscitation area and across all areas of the department.

About us

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust is a community focused provider of local and acute care, providing high quality services to over one million people living across the London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley. With a turnover of around �700 million, we provide services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, University Hospital Lewisham and a range of community settings in Lewisham. We also provide some services at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup.

As an organisation, we've made significant improvements for patients and staff in the last two and-a-half years. This is reflected in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection (from February 2020), which found improvements across the organisation and gave us an improved rating of Good in the Well-Led and Effective domains, in addition to the rating of Good that we had already achieved in the Caring domain. Our staff culture change programme has been key to the Trust's improvement journey, as we've stabilised our workforce by reducing vacancy rates and improving staff retention. We've also significantly increased the representation of minority ethnic leaders across our clinical and corporate teams.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Work at an advanced clinical level. Clinical role model and leader.

Assist junior staff in the assessment of patients and give specialist advice.

Assess the health status of assigned patients within the laid down Department/Trust policies.

Complete and advise on the completion of patient history.

Maintain and interpret the significance of data with regards to the patients health status and communicate this within the multidisciplinary team. (MDT)

Identify and discuss the nursing problems or needs with the patients, relatives and other staff.

Be actively engaged and managing the 4 hour target without compromising patient care.

Lead in all areas of the department including in the role of nurse in charge, ensuring high quality care and the safety of patients .

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • 1st level registration with NMC
  • Experience or working in an acute ED setting
  • Mentorship or equivalent or willing to undertake within 1 year of post
  • Specialist Emergency Nursing Qualification


  • Evidence of continuing professional development to degree level
  • Post registration experience in a setting other than ED Experience in another ED
  • Management experience or course



  • To have minimum of 18months experience at Band 5 in an ED setting
  • To have experience of working in a teaching environment.
  • To demonstrate up to date knowledge of relevant current nursing issues.


  • Experience of managing services or staff
  • Experience in another ED



  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Good standard of numeracy
  • Ability to prioritise and act swiftly in emergences
  • Experienced in extended roles including phlebotomy, cannulation, plastering, suturing, and PGD's. Effective organisational skills


  • Evidence of ability to manage change and motivate staff.

Personal Qualities


  • Able to remain calm under pressure.
  • Caring, stable and adaptable personality. Approachable and supportive team worker.
  • Able to recognise stress in self and others
  • Enthusiastic to learn and develop self and others Flexible to all shift patterns and understands the need to move ward areas as necessary to provide service


  • Ability to manage others under stressful circumstances

Employer details

Employer name

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


Adult ED Nursing QEH

Stadium road


SE18 4QH

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