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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working in the renal OPD/Day Case Room. You will be able to develop your nursing skills in a specialist area which is key to supporting those with chronic kidney disease across our services.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work in the wide variety of renal OPD clinics (General Nephrology, Advanced Kidney Care, Transplant, Immunosuppression) and in our Day Case Room where we provide amongst other treatments - infusions, pre/post renal biopsy care, pre/post-surgical care.

You would be responsible for reviewing blood results against the recommended guidance for those with CKD. Ideally the successful candidate will be an Independent Prescriber, but this is not essential. We will provide training on how to run reports from the renal IT database, CV5.

The post is for 19 hours/week (2x9.5hour shifts) and the department is open from 8am-6pm Monday-Friday.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide clinical leadership in the care of people with kidney failure, ensuring safe and compassionate care of all service users, be it in clinic, as day procedure attendance or by phone as follow up.
  • To act as the clinical and managerial lead in the absence of the modality manager, by providing day to day management of a team of junior staff and leadership of relevant clinical specialist care within the department.
  • To provide specialist advice to renal patients and their carers

The post holder will have good communication skills and will be expected to spend a large proportion of their time interacting with staff and patients both in the department and on the telephone. They should be computer literate.

About us

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

A t 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

  • Co-ordinate clinic activity and reviews patient care needs within the department, supporting the Healthcare Assistants running clinics
  • Actively participate as an effective team member / leader, contributing to the efficient running of the Renal Outpatient department.
  • To act as the clinical and managerial lead in the absence of the modality manager, by providing day to day management of a team of junior staff and leadership of relevant clinical specialist care within the department.
  • Take a nursing lead in the care of patient groups with specific needs, such as people with a kidney transplant, vasculitis, diabetes, renal anaemia, etc, monitoring their test results and clinic follow-up by phone and in nurse-led clinics
  • Give pre and post-procedure care to renal outpatients attending day procedures and intravenous infusions, monitoring and acting on their vital signs, escalating as indicated to the medical team
  • Enable patients and their families to understand renal failure and its treatment, and to gain access to further psycho-social support as required
  • Enable patients to make an informed choice regarding renal replacement therapies and conservative management
  • Build a partnership between the team, patients and carers and act as an advocate for the patient, relatives and staff. Provide follow-up care via phone, for patients and carers, keeping them informed and supporting them while at home.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and competence in the administration of IV Therapy venepuncture, cannulation, and ECGs in accordance with Trust policy and procedures.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification attached for full details

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered Nurse
  • Post registration experience
  • Cannulation and venepuncture
  • Evidence of problem solving
  • Experience of working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • completion of or working towards completion of a renal specific post-graduate course


  • Independent prescriber
  • Evidence of clinical teaching and assessing experience
  • Knowledge of renal anaemia and immunosuppression
  • Knowledge of renal CV5 database

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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