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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse - Surgery (Ambulatory Care)

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 Per Annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Surgical Ambulatory Care Unit provides rapid patient access to surgical care delivered by a dedicated team of clinicians, nurses and support workers in a professionally supportive and educational environment. It provides early assessment for emergency surgical patients, treatment for ambulatory conditions and develops patient management plans for those requiring admission resulting in safe, effective and efficient care. By optimising early decision making and access to diagnostics and surgical treatment we aim to reduce the length of stay and overall number of surgical inpatient admissions.

An exciting opportunity has arisen and we are seeking highly motivated, compassionate and enthusiastic senior nurses to join the team as a Band 6 Charge Nurse. You must demonstrate experience in a surgical setting have a positive attitude, show professionalism, integrity, determination and dedication. Leadership experience or training, as well as experience in developing others is desirable, but further training opportunities will be available to successful applicants.

The success of the nursing team in SACU stems from our strong multi-disciplinary team work supporting and empowering each other to achieve positive patient outcomes. You must have the ability to promote patient centred care and establish good relationships with staff, patients and carers.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the role for the successful candidate include (full details available in the attached Job Description):
  • To provide expert, holistic care of a high standard to both the patients and their relatives within the King's College Hospital.
  • To take direct managerial responsibility for the clinical area in the absence of or as delegated by the Unit manager.
  • To assist in the leadership and development of an identified group of nurses within the unit complement.
  • To act as a positive role model to junior staff members and as a clinical resource within the unit and across the Care Group as necessary.
  • To promote the use of evidence-based pathways to ensure the safe, timely, and comprehensive care of patients with emergency surgery diagnoses.
  • To assist the surgical division and Trust as a whole to achieve targets and maintain high standards of patient care.
  • To be a safe and effective practitioner able to provide patients and relatives with high quality nursing care.

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

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 team SACU thrives 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. Successful candidates will need to have excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills as they will need to communicate across multiple teams and specialities each shift to ensure timely treatment and patient flow is maintained. We require individuals who are 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.

Clinical Practice
  • To adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct at all times.
  • To demonstrate clinical expertise in the care of patients in the Unit.
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the needs of patients on the Unit on an ongoing basis, co-ordinating the care given by all members of the clinical team.
  • 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.
  • To ensure that patients and their relatives are updated regularly.
  • To ensure that Clinical Guidelines are implemented and to be actively involved in auditing practice.
  • 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 Unit Managers and Modern Matron in processes of continuous quality improvement.
  • To challenge areas of poor practice and review trends with a view to implementing processes for improvement.
Education and Research
  • To be aware of current research and the possible implications for the unit
  • To update knowledge in the light of current research and practice
  • To act as a practice supervisor and/or assessor for student nurses.
  • To act as a preceptor/mentor to new / junior staff.
  • To actively participate in training
  • To be motivated and proactive about own learning
Personal professional development
  • Ensure clinical and administrative policies and procedures are adhered to
  • To take responsibility for own professional development and to develop agreed development goals.
  • To participate in own performance appraisal with an initial three monthly and then six monthly review with the Unit manager.
  • Participating in Trust and Divisional initiatives to develop nursing practice and support change

  • To maintain strict confidentiality of staff and patient records.
  • To ensure that acceptable standards of data protection are maintained, in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
  • To observe the rules, policies and procedures in place at Kings College Hospital.

The above is intended as a guide only. Complete details available in the attached Job Description with Person Specification document.

Person Specification



  • Active NMC PIN
  • Minimum 18 months nursing experience
  • Relevant Surgical Experience
  • Leadership Experience/Skills
  • Development of Others
  • MDT Working


  • QI / Service Improvement / Change Management
  • SDEC / Emergency Pathway Knowledge or Experience
  • Advanced Assessment Skills or similar

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kings College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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