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Sister/Charge Nurse -Band 6 - UTC

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
  • As a member of the team works co-operatively with the multi-disciplinary team, ensures the effective and safe delivery of nursing care ensuring the highest possible standards of care received by patients and their carers while in the unit.
  • Works in a streaming capacity assess patients on arrival to the Unit and prioritising them according to clinical need and streaming to the appropriate service within the Unit.
  • Works with in agreed boundaries of practice giving support, guidance, supervision for staff nurses students and receptionists for the unit.
  • Developing skills and knowledge to assess, plan and deliver care, refer to relevant speciality or outside agencies supported by the Emergency Nurse Practitioner on duty as required.
  • Participates in the management of the unit as the Nurse in Charge of the shift, organising staffing and activity within the unit when operating as the designated Nurse in Charge, while ensuring safe, efficient, and effective treatment and discharge of all patients within a predefined target time of arrival to the Centre.

Main duties of the job

  • Liaises with Senior Emergency Nurse Practitioners and other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure care is delivered to patient safely, effectively and efficiently.
  • Provides and receives complex and sensitive and contentious information, where persuasive reassurance and empathetic skills are required and where there are barriers to understanding.
  • Assessing and prioritising patients attending the unit in a timely manner
  • Obtaining and documenting consent
  • Observing and communicating with patient in the waiting area to primarily highlight any deterioration in condition.
  • Liaises with other healthcare providers to ensure patients attending the MIU receive their treatment in the most appropriate place.
  • Assists with the discharge process and provides written as well as verbal advice to patients, relatives and carers.
  • Actively involves patients, relatives and carers in their treatment and encouraged individuals to assist in their won recovery.
  • Acts as an ambassador/role model for the organisation and the Nursing Profession.
  • Excellent awareness of data protection, confidentiality and appropriate sharing of information
  • Attends and contributes to staff/team meetings.
  • Has acquired clinical skills in acute care settings, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
  • Has experience in prioritising workload in high turnover situations
  • Adherence to occupational policies, protocols, procedures and codes of professional conduct

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Contributes to a positive learning environment within the Unit.
  • Adheres to Infection Prevention and Control policies in carrying out their duties.
  • Has acquired expertise in Emergency Care underpinned by theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Guided by clearly defined occupational policies, protocols, procedures and codes of Professional conduct supported by the Senior Emergency Nurse Practitioners
  • Is aware of National and Local policies and initiatives which impact on patients care
  • Provides evidence based clinical advice as required to staff, carers and junior colleagues which promotes clinical practice that reduces risk to patients.
  • Is aware of National and local policies and initiatives which impact on patient and nursing care e.g. The Trusts Clinical Governance and Nursing Strategies, for example Essence of Care, and is able to demonstrate their application in the unit.
  • Knows how to access and direct others to Trust policies and procedures
  • Assessing patients on arrival to the Unit and prioritising them according to clinical need.
  • Maintaining safety of the patients in the waiting area.
  • Supporting the Senior Emergency Nurse Practitioners in maintenance of high standards of care.
  • Encourages evidence based, innovative practice in the delivery of nursing care and supports others in the implementation of changes identified to improve care.
  • Ensures that all medical and emergency equipment is kept in a safe condition and is ready for use when required, and that faulty equipment is reported and/or replaced as necessary.
  • Helps identify training needs of other staff, and communicates this information to the Senior Emergency Nurse Practitioner.
  • Participates and may lead in Nursing and Clinical Audit in the unit, collecting information as required.
  • Supports others in the application of local standards, policies and philosophies which further the philosophy of patient centred, individual and evidence based care for all patients.
  • Assists with the management of resources human, material and financial.
  • To record all sickness and absence and to report appropriately.
  • Participates in the Performance Development Review process.
  • Following appropriate preparation, act as a mentor to pre-registration students. Supports associate mentors and those on the staff nurse development pathway.
  • Has a responsibility in ensuring the privacy, dignity and confidentiality of patients, relatives and colleagues is respected at all times.
  • Actively participates in the communication of sensitive/difficult information and subsequent support of patients, relatives, carers and colleagues as appropriate.
  • Able to apply frequent periods of concentration where the work pattern is unpredictable.
  • Provides developed physical skills for performing minor surgical procedures where there is a frequent requirement for working in a restricted position for short periods of time.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or professional registration


  • Completed and obtained RN and has current live PIN on NMC or HCPC register


  • Autonomous Practice/Management of Minor Injuries course
  • Minor Ailments Course
  • Mentor preparation



  • Minimum of 3 year's experience within an acute/urgent care setting, with knowledge and skills specific to urgent care.
  • Experience of working with Minor Injuries/Minor ailments and more complex medical and surgical conditions.
  • Experience in the assessment and management of paediatrics, including the assessment and management of children with different medical and surgical problems and traumatic injuries.
  • Experience in supervision of others, working as a shift leader, leading the team.


  • Developing skills in leadership and management.
  • Experience of clinical supervision and the mentorship of peers and students.

Skills and knowledge


  • Evidence of appropriate knowledge base
  • Is aware of responsibility in relation to HPCP/NMC Professional Code of Conduct
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Wound management


  • Evidence of understanding and insight into current issues in nursing/NHS/Unscheduled Care.
  • IRMER, limb assessment, x-ray interpretation
  • Suturing skills

Other requirements


  • Flexibility in shift/working patterns to meet the needs of the service
  • Is of good health and good character as per NMC/HCPC requirements
  • Willing to accept additional responsibilities as delegated by senior staff

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


UTC Crawley Hospital


RH11 7DH

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