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Sister/Charge Nurse - Emergency Department Paediatrics

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge Wells
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

Job Details

Are you a highly motivated, dynamic and flexible Registered Children's Nurse ready to join our Paediatric Emergency Department?

We are excited to announce that The Emergency Departments at Tunbridge Wells are currently building a new separate 24 hour Children's ED. We have opportunities for full-time and part-time Sisters/ Charge Nurses within the Children's Emergency Department.

We are a progressive and dynamic team looking to expand our staff numbers. You will have significant experience in an acute paediatric nursing or A& E setting. Ideally you will have completed an emergency care qualification, EPALS and will be able to provide evidence of professional development, shift management, and staff development. We can provide a proactive learning environment as well as many supportive in service learning opportunities. The emergency care qualification course will be available for the right candidates.

Main duties of the job

The department is led by a Senior Paediatric Sister and supported by a Practice Development Nurses devoted to the development of the nursing team. You will join a dedicated team of experienced and motivated paediatric nurses, PEM consultant and a Paediatric Consultants available at peak times.

Our Emergency Department offers an educationally focused environment that allows nurses to professionally grow and develop a vast repertoire of clinical skills and theoretical knowledge. To ensure this we have strong links with local Universities and regional specialist centres who are committed to delivering work-based educational initiatives.

We have a structured pathway leading to both your professional and career development.

Training for this role will include triage, minor injuries, paediatric intermediate life support, red dot x-ray interpretation and ordering of x-rays, trauma, mental health study day, Paediatric ED course, patient group directives, we provide monthly simulation insitu or based in our dedicated simulation centre, bit size weekly teaching and monthly well-being and mindful sessions.

We have very strong nursing leadership and can offer support from our substantial senior team, which includes our Paediatric and ED Matrons and Emergency Nurse Practitioners.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children).

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Child) with Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Mentorship Qualification
  • Relevant specialist course or equivalent experience
  • Experience of leading shifts in the Emergency or Acute Paediatric Department


  • Graduate



  • Extensive experience within acute Paediatric speciality
  • Knowledge of quality, standard setting, benchmarking and audit
  • Knowledge of NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Extensive knowledge of speciality


  • Knowledge of budget management



  • Organisation and management skills.
  • Teaching
  • Ability to lead a team.
  • Articulate with advanced written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Ability to problem-solve.
  • Ability to perform clinical activities specific to speciality.
  • Competency in medication administration including IV drugs.
  • IT skills including use of email and office packages.


  • Ability to appraise staff or willingness to learn.
  • Ability to undertake blood tests / cannulation in children.

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Tonbridge Road

Tunbridge Wells


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