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Sister/Charge Nurse - PACU

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of allowances
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Enhanced Care Unit (ECU) is a part of an essential modernisation plan for the Trust to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time and by the right people.

This is a new facility based at Queen Mary's Hospital in Mottingham Ward (Fourth Floor). It provides an intermediate level (Level 1+ or 1 1/2 ) of care, where a higher level of observation, monitoring and interventions can be provided than on a general ward but not requiring high dependency care/organ support.

ECU offers and supports the delivery of high quality holistic care to surgical patients at increased risk of adverse outcomes. The enhanced care environment would offer a dedicated team of nurses to provide a greater awareness of post-operative care in terms of skills and numbers which would allow closer monitoring and quality protocolised and evidence based care, individualised to the patient's specific needs.

It is an efficient way to utilise resources and will result in improved quality of care, and reduced cancellation of elective surgery due to unavailability of Critical Care beds. It will also assist the organisation to meet the 18 weeks elective and 2 week cancer pathway. Treating patients in a timely manner will also result in a better patient experience and improve patient outcomes.

Main duties of the job

The post holder carries clinical responsibility throughout the shift for the assessment, development and deliverance of evidence based care for all patients in the enhanced recovery unit.The post holder must effectively manage the unit and provide leadership for the nursing staff.

In conjunction with the Band 7, the post holder will be responsible for the professional development, education and appraisal of their team members.

The post holder carries responsibility for the management of the shift including the deployment and supervision of nursing staff.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities. We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge and have a commitment to the Armed Forces Community.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and are vaccinated annually against Flu, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical responsibilities

To be an advanced enhanced recovery practitioner, providing clinical support to all staff on shift on a daily basis.

Ensure that standards of care are met and are compliant with clinical audit.

In conjunction with the Band 7, take an active role in the introduction and implementation of changes to practice.

Follow escalation plans to ensure business continuity and management of critical incidents and major incidents.

Daily management of enhanced recovery beds, including the facilitation of inter and intra hospital transfers.

Ensure that all necessary documentation is completed in accordance with NMC and Trust standards.

In conjunction with Band 7 and/or Elective Services Matron, demonstrate ability to manage unit roster to maintain adequate skill mix and nursing numbers.

Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibility for the infection prevention and control. Reporting known or potential cases to the Infection Control Team.

Managerial responsibilities

In conjunction with the Band 7 co-ordinate the provision of nursing care throughout the 24-hour period

Responsible for ordering and custody of controlled drugs.

Liaise with Band 6 colleagues and co-ordinate annual leave to meet units requirements as per annual leave request processes

In conjunction with the Band 7 contribute towards development or professional competence in the unit nursing staff and assist Band 7 with training and assessments as required.

Develop knowledge of budgeting costs in order that all resources are used appropriatelyand judiciously.

Promote the unit and the Trust as a whole in the most positive manner to patients, relatives and the local population.

To be competent in the use of relevant information technology available within the Trust.

Develop own knowledge of relevant local policies, and their implications to the Enhanced Recovery Service.

Pleased see attached job description

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • 1st level registration
  • HDU Course or equivalent
  • DPSD
  • Mentorship qualification or equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD


  • BSc
  • Management or leadership qualification

Knowledge and Skills


  • Contemporary knowledge of general surgical and orthopaedic elective procedures
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good leadership qualities
  • Strong problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise
  • Ability to manage conflict



  • Relevant surgical experience at Band 5 or equivalent level.
  • Evidence of taking good practice forward.


  • Teaching experience
  • HDU experience

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to innovate and respond to change
  • Flexible and forward thinking approach
  • Positive role model

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Queen Mary's Hospital

Frognal Avenue


DA14 6LT

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