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Sister / Charge Nurse - Adult & Paediatric Emergency Dept

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Dec 2023
Are you an adult and paediatric qualified dynamic Emergency Nurse ?

Would you like the opportunity to work in both the paediatric emergency department and the main emergency department?

Are you looking for a change of Trust/Department/Location? Would you like to be part of an evolving Emergency Department?

We are looking for a dynamic, motivated and flexible nurse, with relevant Emergency Care experience and qualifications to take up a leadership role within our Emergency Department at St Richards Hospital.

Are you looking for the opportunity to grow and develop both personally and professionally and enjoy empowering others to succeed?

St Richards Emergency Department Senior Team are passionate about delivering high quality and safe patient care. Come and join our ever expanding team and be part of a newly created paediatric department and developing urgent treatment centre.

We have clear career development opportunities within the Emergency Care Setting.

We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently directly hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses.

Main duties of the job

To support the senior leadership team to manage a team of nurses ensuring the development and maintenance of high quality care and professional standards are upheld, take responsibility for the day to day management of the clinical area. Take a lead for a specific area of professional practice as delegated by the Lead and deputise in their absence.

To provide a high standard of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care as required within the Emergency Department.

To utilise a variety of strategies and communicate effectively with patients and their family/carers.

Liaise with the MDT, other departments within the trust and pertinent agencies outside the organisation.

In order to deliver the above, you will require an excellent understanding and knowledge of adult and paediatric health needs including substantial ED experience and extensive post qualification experience. You will take responsibility for a specific area within the Emergency Department during a span of duty during absence of more senior staff.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Newly recruited Band 6 testimonial:

Since working at SRH ED, I have found the department to be extremely friendly, welcoming and supportive. Despite the fast paced nature of the environment, the team are always willing to help one another, working together to ensure excellent patient care. The senior team are very approachable and keen to offer encouragement and guidance when necessary. The band 6 role itself is varied and provides many opportunities for further education. It is clear that the wellbeing of staff is a priority and as a new starter, I have been made to feel very comfortable by all members of the team.

We are looking for someone who will bring a positive attitude to the Trust and have a flexible approach to working. You must have excellent communication and organisational skills and be able to motivate and inspire the staff team and be a team worker.

We receive a wide variety of Emergency patients, including Trauma, Medical/Surgical Admissions, Gynaecology, Maternity and Paediatrics. We have a dedicated Stroke service with specialised training and development available. We have a developing Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) run by our Emergency Nurse Practitioner/General Practitioners/ACP team who work closely with staff to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills in minor injury/illness management and treatment. We also have a Paediatric Nurse Consultant working within the team.

We recognise that Mental Health is a challenge within ED and have a dedicated Mental Health Liaison team that work closely with ED and would welcome staff with experience of mental health or a dual trained qualification.

We have also relocated our paediatric department within ED and are currently developing this area to ensure it is a welcoming and safe environment for our paediatric patients. We would love you to be part of this development phase and welcome your ideas to improve our service. If you are trained in both adults and paediatrics and would like the opportunity to work in both our paediatric ED and the main department we would be able to facilitate this to ensure you have the required clinical hours to revalidate for both registrations.

We are a supportive and encouraging department with close links to Brighton University and the University of Chichester and are supported by our dedicated Practice Development Nurses. We are keen to support new staff with a two week supernumerary induction and have a buddying and mentoring system to ensure that you settle in to your new role as smoothly as possible.

Full and Part time hours available

We look forward to meeting you and reading your application.

If you would like to find out more through an informal visit we would love tointroduce you to our team and give you a tour of our department.

Please call Liz Hayward on 01243 788122 ext 32914

Person Specification



  • Valid NMC adult and children's nurse registration
  • Extensive post registration experience. Substantial experience must be relevant to Emergency Department
  • Mentorship/PSPA equivalent or currently studying towards
  • Ability to safely lead a clinical care (e.g. resuscitation room, co-ordinating department, triage).


  • APLS/ALS Advanced Paediatric Life Support / Advanced Life Support provider
  • Evidence of Leadership Qualification
  • ECA competencies
  • CAMHS / Mental health experience / qualification

Staff management


  • Safe allocation of staff in clinical area
  • Courageous conversations


  • Human Factors training
  • Appraisal experience
  • Sickness absence management

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


St Richard's Hospital

Spitalfield Lane


PO19 6SE

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