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Band 6 Junior Sister/Charge Nurse - Emergency Department Adults

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
9 Mar 2024
As a junior sister/ charge nurse you will be required to have well developed triage skills and experience coordinating different areas of the emergency department including the resuscitation areas.

As well as an 8 bedded resuscitation area, our department has a co-located Urgent Care Centre, a children's Emergency Department, CDU and SDEC service.

We are also a Trauma Unit receiving trauma patients from across Hertfordshire and North London. We provide our own accredited emergence care course both adults and children's. Adult nurses have the opportunity to attend both courses. Both courses include level 1 trauma and can be taken at both degree and masters levels.

We recognise that training and development opportunities are vital for a happy and competent workforce. This is why we have an ED specific Clinical Practice Education (CPE) team dedicated to the development of our nurses to support a modern career framework. You will be supported every step of the way by our senior nurses, the CPE team and your colleagues.

We offer a variety of development opportunities which include, but are not limited to:
  • Protected Supernumerary period
  • University Accredited Emergency Care Course (in both Adults & Paediatrics)
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) and/or Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support / ATNC
  • Support with completing the Level 1 RCN National Curriculum and Competency Framework for Emergency Nursing competencies

Main duties of the job

As a Junior Sister/Charge Nurse you will be required to support the senior and junior team in ensuring the needs of our patients are met through the delivery of high quality care. The role involves working as part of a large multidisciplinary team including the ED medical team, clinical practice educators safeguarding, mental health liaison team and clinical specialties. The Junior Sister/Charge Nurse works clinically including unsocial hours and will be expected to work competently in all areas of the Emergency Department as well as being able to independently take charge of them.

The Junior Sister/Charge Nurse will assist their Team leader with managing their own team of nurses and ensuring they meet their potential.

As a band 6 Junior sister charge nurse in our busy Emergency Department, you will have the opportunity to work in all areas including children's ED to increase your skill set and competency

You will be activity involved in retention and recruitment. You will also be responsible for link roles giving you the opportunity to drive change and improve standards.

About us

In Barnet Emergency Department, we are passionate about providing Gold standard care for both patients and their families. We also pride ourselves in providing a positive working environment for our staff, valuing the importance of staff wellbeing and civility in the workplace.

In order to achieve this we are looking for compassionate, enthusiastic and motivated Nurses. Whether you are an experienced band 6 nurse or you are ready to progress your career, we can support you on your journey in our Emergency Department. To support you, we offer a Band 6 Development programme and an accredited Leadership course to consolidate your management skills. We also offer a tailored supernumerary induction programme.

We are also in the process of expanding our busy unit with a redevelopment programme across ED UTC and children's ED

In order to maintain a healthy work/life balance, self rostering is available and therefore you can choose your shifts. We also offer part-time positions and flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be responsible for the unsupervised assessment of patient care needsand the development, implementation and evaluation of plans of care,ensuring high standards of evidence based care using a defined model ofcare.

To undertake all nursing procedures in accordance with Trust policies andensure that these procedures and policies are understood and adhered toby all staff, within own management responsibility.

To communicate with patients and significant others with empathy andreassurance regarding, assessment, care and treatment.

To maintain accurate and comprehensive nursing records using appropriate documentation.

To facilitate early discharge planning enabling appropriate arrangements to be in place for patients leaving hospital, making referrals and providinginformation to community services, as required, in order to achieve a safeand timely discharge from hospital.

Ensure safe custody and administration of drugs according to The RoyalFree London NHS Foundation Trust policy and procedures, including intravenous medication where appropriate.

Supervise junior staff, or unqualified staff, in all aspects of care. Ensure that staff has the knowledge, skills and resources to carry out care delegated to them.

To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to promote good communication and a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.

To participate in the audit of the principles of the Essence of Carebenchmarking process, and implement the action plans as required.

To ensure that the departmental co-ordinators are updated with clinicaldevelopments.

Implement safe working practices as required by the Health & Safety atWork Act.

To work with Lead and Senior Nurses, site Managers, Admissions andInfection Control to ensure optimal bed utilisation.

Person Specification

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & Qualifications


  • 1st level registration
  • Emergency care course or equivalent
  • Mentorship or practice assessor course or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuing educational and professional development


  • ALS or ATLS

Skills & Aptitudes


  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and manage work load
  • Basic counseling skills - ability to understand the needs of the bereaved
  • Able to act as a mentor to junior staff

Personal Qualities


  • A mature and professional attitude/enthusiastic and positive
  • Displays compassion and understanding



  • Able to work internal rotation to night duty



  • demonstrates clinical expertise relevant to ED
  • Post registration of working in an acute hospital
  • Evidence of teaching others


  • Experience of managing a team

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Barnet Hospital Emergency department

Wellhouse Lane



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