Senior Staff Nurse - Urgent Care Centre

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Guys and St Thomas' hospital foundation trust is situated on the south bank of the Thames in central London. It serves a large and diverse population, average yearly attendances being 140,000. with an Urgent care centre on both sites.

The department maintained an Outstanding Rating by the CQC in 2021.

We are inviting applications from experienced Emergency Nurses with either a UCC or ED background to join our team as a Band 6 assessment nurse. You should be ready for a challenge and be passionate about Emergency Nursing! We have an excellent development programme with protected teaching time including support to develop management skills.

Closing Date: 25thSeptember 2023

Interview Date: 2nd October 2023

Main duties of the job

The Urgent Care Centre is a nurse-led unit with a unit at both Guys and St Thomas hospital with a team of ENPs and GPs seeing both minor injuries and minor illnesses.

The UCC manages both adult and paediatric patients.

The department also deals with higher acuity patients that self present and need to be transferred to the local ED.

We are looking for experienced Band 6 nurses to stream, assess and manage all presenting patients and work closely alongside experienced ENPs

We are looking for experiencedBand 6 nurses to stream, assess and manage all presenting patients andwork closely alongside experienced ENPs.

You would be expected to rotate to the St Thomas UCC site, which follows a similar model to Guys. You would also be expected to rotate into ED in times of high acuity or major incident.

You will need to possess accurate assessment andexcellent communicationskills to allow you to develop your decision making in regards to the patient journey.

You need to have either a UCC or ED background and formal triage training would be an advantage.

We have an excellent development programme with protected teaching time including support to develop management skills. You will be required to have Mentorship Qualification and Emergency Nursing Course or equivalent to apply for this post.

Please note the attached job description is generic for the trust.Closing Date 15th August 2023

Interview Date30th August 2021

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation. We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Clinical and Patient Care
  • Independently manage a group of patients within the specialty whilst working as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised and personalised direct patient care
  • Demonstrate appropriate practice and specialist advice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. This includes history taking, physical examination and the requesting of agreed diagnostic procedures/clinical investigations.
  • Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication including transfusion of blood and blood products
  • Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in the speciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to lead others to do the same.
  • Act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.
  • Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.
  • Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.
  • To provide leadership, support and guidance to staff in monitoring the planning delivery and evaluation of individualised care.
  • Is wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC code of professional conduct and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve his / her knowledge and professional competence.
  • Ensure safe and effective care for complex patients requiring advance clinical skills and responsible for carrying out specialist nursing procedures to area.
  • To be responsible, for maintaining a safe environment for patients, visitors and other staff within the clinical environment.
  • Ensure that sensitive patient records are stored appropriately.
  • Ensures the cultural and spiritual needs of patients are recognised and accommodated within resources available.
  • Support and enable patients and carers to make informed decisions relating to their treatment and management.
  • Ensure staff take precautions to minimise the risk of cross infection in relation to the safe disposal of body fluids (including blood).
  • Assess educational and information needs for patients and families, and devise plans to ensure need are met.
  • To be an effective communicator with patients/carers/families regarding disease treatment and management.
  • Promote high quality clinical care, and assist in the development of the specialist service, through the use of evidence based practice and clinical standards
  • Provide a seamless, high quality service from referral through to assessment, diagnosis, treatment and review.
  • Quality
  • Facilitate a high quality, cost effective specialist service through monitoring and audit and other quality initiatives agreed by the Trust
  • Lead on and participate in key developments relating to the specialty so that high quality patient focused services are promoted.
  • Enhance the interface between staff, patients, community staff and visitors
  • Attend and participate in multi-professional team meetings.
  • Identify and intervene where circumstances contribute to an unsafe environment for patients and staff. To bring instances to the attention of the ENP in Charge.
  • Education and Leadership
  • Contribute in the Trusts clinical supervision programme for staff
  • To assist the ENP'S in developing a culture that is challenging, stimulating, rewarding and supportive..
  • To act as mentor/assessor to unqualified staff and to provide education, advice and support to a team of nurses.
  • Ensuring within mentorship that student nurses and post-registration students allocated to the area are given appropriate teaching, support and guidance, in accordance with clinical area/personal objectives and that all documentation is complete.
  • Management and Leadership
  • Provide a leadership role model and demonstrate specialist knowledge and high standards of clinical practice and provide support or advice when necessary.
  • Develop the role according to patients changing needs and research findings, within the resources available.
  • Maintain accurate records of the clinical service and ensuring that confidentiality of information is adhered to.
  • Organise own work and manage own caseload and practice, identifying and maintaining supportive networks for self and other staff members.
  • To be fully aware of the targets set out in the NHS Plan and Corporate & Directorates objectives and in conjunction with the multi-professional team use the available resources to meet these targets.
  • In co-ordinating the day-to-day management of the clinical area, delegates duties and care appropriately whilst maintaining overall responsibility.
  • Compliance and Governance
  • Take an active role in risk assessment, supporting implementation of strategies to minimise risk. Ensuring incidents and near misses are reported, through promoting a no blame culture.
  • Ensure all staff act in accordance with Local, Hospital and Statutory Guidelines & Policies including Health and Safety initiatives.
  • Will be familiar with the Health and Safety at Works Act, and be aware of its implications and ensure that local unit and departmental policies are followed.
  • Will work in accordance with Corporate Objectives and ensure that all staff are aware.
  • Will ensure that the Hospitals policy is understood and carried out with regard to the care and custody of drugs/medications, especially with regard to those covered by the Control of Drugs Act.
  • Will be familiar with the wards fire, manual handling and C.O.S.H.H. policies and ensure that all nurses in the ward are aware of the policies to minimise risks to patients and staff.
  • Will be fully conversant with the trust major incident plan, and ensure that all nurses on the ward understand the procedure.
  • Take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, service users, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health, safety, security and risk.
  • Communication
  • To create an environment that fosters good communication between patient and health care professionals, that meets individuals needs.
  • Be an effective communicator and be a role model in liaising with the community and other members of the health care team.
  • Provide support mechanisms for sharing good practice within the Ward/Department and Trust wide.

Person Specification



  • RN1/RN2/RN12 on the NMC register
  • Mentorship course or equivalent
  • Emergency Nursing Course


  • ILS
  • Leadership qualification



  • Ability to work independantly and part of a team
  • Evidence of involvement and leadership in teaching and mentoring learners
  • Good communication skills and ability to deal with sensitive information


  • Continuing Professional Development
  • triage/initial assessment competent



  • Previous post registration experience within A& E or UCC
  • Experienced and competent in the management of A& E or UCC patients
  • Experience of supervision of junior staff


  • Experience of managing an area of the clinical department

Values and Behaviour


  • Values and Behaviour

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas hospital

St thomas hospital



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