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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse - Sam Oram Coronary care unit

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum, inc HCA
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cardiology nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have a passion for cardiology and coronary care?

Would you like to be a part of our wonderful team in delivering excellent cardiac care to our patients at King's College Hospital?

If the answer is yes, then look no further. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and dedicated nurse, with an interest and experience in coronary care, to join our friendly and supportive team at Coronary Care Unit (CCU).

King's College Hospital is a well-recognised Heart Attack Centre for Southeast London and provides a 24-hour Primary Angioplasty in Myocardial Infarction (PAMI) service. Being a tertiary care centre, Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and Sam Oram ward work closely to provide specialist care to patients with various cardiac conditions. We receive both elective and emergency admissions within the unit and have heart failure, intervention, electrophysiology and Trans Aortic Valve Implant (TAVI) speciality teams.

The Coronary Care Unit is an 8-bedded monitored area that provides level 2 care for acutely ill patients requiring inotropic support, intra-aortic balloon pumps, non-invasive ventilation and temporary pacing. The remaining 17 bedded area in the Sam Oram Ward is dedicated to patients requiring continuous cardiac monitoring using bedside monitors and telemetries and forms a step-down area for the level 2 patients.

Main duties of the job

The CCU is a fast-paced unit caring for acutely ill level 2 patients. We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals who will uphold the King's College Hospital values. On a day-to-day basis, you will be providing a high standard of nursing care to the cardiac patients. You will be working closely with Cardiac Catheter Lab Unit, Sam Oram Cardiology Ward and Emergency Department to support a smooth PAMI pathway for the patient. You will be working collaboratively with the management, clinical nurse specialists and the wider multidisciplinary team to enhance the patient care through various quality improvement initiatives.

As a nurse in charge and team leader you will take direct managerial responsibility for the clinical area in the absence of or as delegated by the Ward Sister/ Charge Nurse/ Head of Department. You will also assist in the leadership and development of an identified group of nurses within the ward complement and also act as a positive role model to junior staff members. Particular emphasis is put at Kings on the need to ensure that all staff recognise their responsibility to deliver services in a high quality, courteous, patient focused manner and to maintain patient confidentiality at all times.

Applicants for this role will ideally have at least 2 years of experience in a cardiac care area, however we would be interested to hear from nurses with established knowledge and skills looking to broaden their existing experience and move into cardiac.

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 more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of 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 aim to take Team King's to another level.

  • We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

    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.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Main Duties and Responsibilities:

    • To adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and adhere to this at all times.
    • To demonstrate clinical expertise in the care of any patients receiving treatment in the ward/ department.
    • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the needs of patients on the Ward on an ongoing basis, co-ordinating the care given by all members of the clinical team.
    • To accurately assimilate and interpret clinical information about the patients condition, promptly report changes and instigate remedial action as appropriate.
    • To act as a resource person to others, providing accurate information, advice and support to the multidisciplinary team, patients and their relatives.
    • To ensure that accurate records are maintained reflecting both changes in the patients condition and the treatment delivered.
    • To ensure that patients and their relatives are updated regularly with accurate information, and ensure that this is presented in a way that they understand.
    • To ensure that Clinical Guidelines are implemented and to be actively involved in auditing practice in conjunction with Line Manager and practice development staff.
    • To ensure that practice is evidence based and with support assist in the development of policies and protocols within the clinical area.
    • To uphold high standards of nursing care, according to existing policies and standards.
    • To support the Ward Managers and Modern Matron in processes of continuous quality improvement, formally evaluating standards of care and assisting in the implementation of changes in the light of such findings.
    • To contribute to the health education of patients and their families, ensuring that all patients receive appropriate advice and support to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
    • To actively support the implementation of the Trust nursing strategy and uphold the ethos of the local philosophy.

    • To manage the clinical workload effectively, ensuring care is prioritised appropriately.
    • To contribute positively towards the delivery of a cost effective service, adjusting staffing levels to meet demand and assisting the ward manager to keep within agreed resources.
    • To assist with the ongoing organisation of the ward, coordinating the activities of the clinical area.
    • To liaise with Medical Personnel and Bed Manager to ensure optimal bed usage at all times, facilitating timely admission and discharge of patients.
    • To act as a team leader to an identified group of staff, monitoring and documenting the development of their clinical skills.
    • To develop own skills in recruitment and retention, sickness management and performance management as determined by line manager.
    • To actively support the process of risk management ensure incidents are reported appropriately and helping identify ways of preventing errors and accidents to both patients and staff.
    • To make a positive contribution to service development affecting the clinical area and positively influence others to adapt to change.
    • To actively promote customer care, assisting in resolving local (informal) complaints and supporting the ward manager to investigate formal problems.
    • To assist with the monitoring of stock levels of clinical stores and technical equipment, resolving any shortfall as appropriate.
    • To maintain standards of hygiene and cleanliness within the clinical area, actioning remedy as appropriate and reporting deficits to Modern Matron, as appropriate.
    • To communicate varied and complicated information (verbally and in writing) in a way that is understood and gets the important facts across.
    • To carry the bed manager bleep as required, resolving local problems/ conflicts, keeping managers/others informed and maintaining positive team dynamics across the Care Group at all times.
    • To take a leadership role in crisis situations, resolving problems across the Care Group as necessary.
    • To maintain confidentiality with regard to personal information pertaining to staff.

    Person Specification:

    Education/Qualification - Essential
    • Registered Nurse
    • Further Educational Qualification relevant to Clinical Area
    • Mentorship or educational qualification

    Experience/Core dimensions - Essential
    • At least 2 years post-registration experience in a cardiac speciality or other acute speciality
    • Able to manage acutely ill patients
    • Demonstrable clinical expertise, relevant to Clinical Area
    • Demonstrable interest in and commitment to the professional development of others.
    • Awareness and understanding of current health issues and in particular to demonstrate a good understanding of the NHS Plan and recent initiatives
    • Ability to organise and manage day-to-day departmental activities and the activities of large multidisciplinary team within this
    • Communication skills able to relate and communicate with patients and staff at all levels and from different professions. Adapts communication style as necessary and is able to work with and through others
    • Team building and working skills able to lead a team to achieve results
    • Understanding of the issues pertaining to change management
    • Understanding of the issues pertaining to clinical risk management
    • Ability to utilise research in clinical practice
    • Problem solving skills able to respond to unexpected issues and provide first line response and to identify appropriate sources of secondary support
    • Cannulation and Venepuncture Skills
    • Intravenous Drug Administration Skills
    • Experience of supporting with learner nurses and demonstrable teaching skills
    • Computer literacy
    • Strong motivation to work within a Cardiology setting
    • Highly self-motivated Possesses high internal work standards, sets themselves and helps others to set attainable goals wants to do things better, to improve, to be more effective and efficient measure progress against target
    • Flexibility Able to adapt to ensure achievement of objectives within constantly changing situations and environments
    • Customer focussed committed to ensuring a positive hospital experience for patients and their relatives/ carers
    • Good general health status

    Further information about duties and responsibilities and person specifications are attached to the Job Description and Person Specification.

    Person Specification



    • 1st level Registered General Nurse
    • Further Educational Qualification relevant to Clinical Area
    • Demonstrable clinical expertise, relevant to Clinical Area

    Employer details

    Employer name

    King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    King's College Hospital

    Denmark Hill


    SE5 9RS

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