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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse - General Surgery Wards

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year pa
Closing date
30 Sep 2023
Team Surgery is looking for motivated and enthusiastic experienced nurses to join our friendly and supportive ward teams as a Band 6 Junior Sister / Charge Nurse. You should have a passion for surgical nursing and a positive attitude, show professionalism, integrity, determination and dedication. You must promote high quality patient centred care and establish good relationships with staff and patients, communicating effectively at all times. Leadership experience or training, as well as experience in developing others is desirable, but further training opportunities will be made available to successful candidates.

We have vacancies on the following wards and preferences for areas will be taken at interview:

Brunel: 22 bedded short stay surgical ward with a fast turnover of ambulatory patients under multiple surgical specialities.

Katherine Monk: 26 bedded Trauma Ward caring for patients with multiple system injuries who often have complex plastics, trauma and orthopaedic and surgical care needs. Here we routinely care for tracheostomy patients and those with spinal or brain injuries.

Lister: 24 bed acute surgical ward specialising in the care of Colorectal, UGI, General Surgery, Urology and Orthopaedic patients. We care for patients, pre- and post-op, as well as trauma and ITU step-downs.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the role for the successful candidate include:

- Lead the delivery of high-quality, patient-centred, holistic care to our patients.

- To support the Ward Manager in the day to day running of the ward.

- To support and mentor junior, international staff and students in practice, acting as a professional role model and ensuring that high standards of care are continuously being delivered to our patients and their families/carers.

- To assist in local ward audits and participate in project work to drive continuous improvement.

- To be responsible for the leadership and development of their own team of staff on the ward - managing attendance, sickness, performance / capabilities, disciplinary concerns etc.

- To deputise in the absence of the ward manager to ensure continued smooth running of the service.

- To be motivated and committed to give high quality nursing care and be able to work autonomously as well as part of a team.

At King's particular emphasis is put on the need to ensure that all staff recognises their responsibility to deliver services in a high quality, courteous, patient focused manner maintaining patient confidentiality at all times.

Full details of the role can be found in the attached Job Description.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and around 14,000 staff based across 5 main sites in South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local hospital services across its different sites, and specialist services from King's College Hospital (KCH) sites at Denmark Hill in Camberwell and at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) site in Bromley.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

The trust-wide strategy Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we can take Team King's to another level.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The nursing teams in surgery thrive on our team work, supporting and empowering each other to achieve positive patient outcomes through the personable and professional care provided to each of our patients and their loved ones. Successful candidates will need to have excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. We require individuals who are compassionate, forward thinking, well organised and with a positive attitude towards flexibility and change. A strong interest in developing new staff and a proactive approach to delivery of high standards of evidence based care are essential components to this post.

  • Adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct in all your actions.
  • Demonstrate clinical proficiencies and act as a resource to more junior staff.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate all care rendered on the ward.
  • Maintain accurate records for patient care.
  • Involve patients and their advocates in their care and decisions about their care.
  • Remain up to date with clinical guidelines and disseminate changes/updates.
  • Support health education activities for patients and families.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate effective communication in all interactions.

  • Act as a mentor and role model to junior/new staff and students
  • Willingness to participate in further training.
  • Act as formal practice supervisor and practice assessor for students.
  • Liaise with PDNs regarding training requirements for the department team and any concerns regarding competency.
  • Contribute to wider educational initiatives within the Care Group.
  • Support the use of Trust local policies and guidelines, ensuring best practice at all times.
  • Participate in any research projects conducted in the clinical area as appropriate
  • Promote participation in onward study and professional development

  • Support with continuous quality improvement initiatives, formally evaluating standards of care and assisting in the implementation of changes.
  • Contribute to the delivery of a cost effective service
  • To act as a team leader to an identified group of staff, taking responsibility for their management and development.
  • Participate in recruitment and retention activities
  • Participate in risk management procedures
  • To actively promote customer care, assisting in resolving informal complaints and supporting to investigate formal problems.
  • To carry the Unit bleep as required, resolving local problems and supporting wards across the Care Group.
  • To take a leadership role in crisis situations
  • To attend and contribute to departmental meetings as required.

  • To keep up to date with and adhere to NMC, Trust and Care Group policies and guidelines at all times.
  • Be a fully committed and active member of the MDT
  • Show insight into own development and identify appropriate learning or training needs.
  • Complete own appraisal in timely manner and be responsible for undertaking this for their own team of staff.
  • Ensure compliance in all mandatory training is sustained.

  • Ensure confidentiality of all staff and patient records.
  • To observe the rules, policies and procedures in place at Kings College Hospital.
  • Participate in team meetings as required
  • Under the Health & Safety at Work Act, the post holder has a general duty of care for the health, safety and well being of oneself, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with this post.
  • To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade, which may be required from time to time.

Please see complete details available in the attached Job Description with Person Specification document.

Person Specification



  • Active UK NMC PIN
  • Demonstrable clinical expertise, relevant to the area.
  • Team leadership experience/course

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Denmark Hill



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