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Junior Charge Nurse - Beckenham Beacon Sexual Health Unit

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inluding High Cost Area
Closing date
4 May 2024
We are keen to recruit an exceptional Band 6 Junior Charge Nurse, who is dual trained in both contraception and sexual health. We are looking for someone who possess excellent communication skills and the drive, enthusiasm and commitment to make a difference for our patients- within our integrated Sexual Health Service at Beckenham Beacon.

To fulfil this role you will have consolidated experience and proven clinical competency in Sexual and Reproductive Health, including a contraception qualification (DFSRH or similar) and LOC in Implant fitting/removals. You will have had some experience of line management and leadership of a team, or are keen to develop your line management skills. You will be well organised, resilient and able to meet the challenges and demands of a busy and diverse clinical service.

The Beckenham Beacon Integrated Sexual Health Service is a new busy service delivering Level 3 contraception and Sexual Health services to the residents of Bromley. You will be part of a small, friendly, multidisciplinary team that delivers high quality standards of care for our patients.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate high standards in clinical care and have the ability to improve quality and patient satisfaction. This is a great opportunity if you wish to to build on and develop your leadership/management skills in a supportive environment.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide professional and clinical leadership within the junior nursing and the Senior Health Care Assistant (S-HCA) teams
  • To support the role of the Senior Charge Nurse and Nurse Practitioners in the implementation of a strategic development plan for nursing and nurse led services within the department
  • To act as a resource for education and development within the service
  • To ensure the effective line management of the Band 5 Nursing and S-HCA teams.
  • To provide autonomous nursing care to meet the sexual health and contraceptive needs of an undiagnosed patient population, including assessment, investigation, diagnosis and treatment for the individual patient group.
  • To act as a resource for nursing education and clinical development within the service.
  • To be actively involved and supportive of Senior Nursing staff in the development and implementation of a programme of nursing audit and research within the department.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

People Management /Performance
  • Lead, coach and manage the performance of the team in line with good people management practices. Ensuring excellence is recognised and under performance is addressed.
  • Participate in regular performance appraisal meetings and ensure each member of the team has a clear set of objectives and development plans.
  • Ensure the team is compliant with all statutory, mandatory training together with any professional training requirements, ensuring they are up to date and fully compliant.
  • Manage team absences including sickness in line with Trust policy ensuring the appropriate return to work meetings occur, e-roster is updated and productivity is at keep to the highest possible level.
  • Identify and fill any vacancies that arise within the team in line with the Trusts recruitment policy and process.
  • Identify talent and support the internal talent management process in order attract and retain and succession plan for your people.
  • Review skills mix at regular intervals in order to identify any potential opportunities to maximise resource utilisation / allocation, ensuring job descriptions are kept up to date.
  • Ensure overall wellbeing of the team is maintained. Continuously support in improving the morale of the team and implementing a culture of zero-tolerance for bullying and harassment.

Clinical Responsibilities
  • To be accountable for his/her own practice and utilise available opportunities to sustain and improve knowledge and professional competence.
  • To provide intermediate level, autonomous nursing care to patients with sexual health and contraceptive needs to include diagnosis and treatment of STIs and related conditions.
  • To lead the band five nursing and S-HCA teams by actively managing and participating in patient care ensuring standards are met and maintained. There will be an expected minimum of 70% clinical practice within the role.
  • To utilise specialist knowledge and skills and undertake procedures and practices such as cryotherapy, microscopy, speculum examination, proctoscopy, contraceptive implant insertion and removal, and specialist follow up clinics.
  • To obtain a detailed and comprehensive patient history in a systematic manner, including physical, emotional, psychological and environmental factors and a comprehensive sexual history.
  • To undertake relevant physical examination and investigations for an undiagnosed patient group.
  • To develop and implement a management plan for each patient referring as necessary internally and externally to the department as required.
  • To request and interpret tests as required within departmental guidelines.
  • To supply and administer medicines in accordance with Patient Group directions or as an Independent Prescriber if appropriate.
  • To have knowledge of and adhere to local and national guidelines, policies and procedures specific to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults.
  • To monitor the effectiveness of care and treatment through follow up as required (including partner notification) according to departmental guidelines.
  • To maintain accurate clinical records in accordance with NMC, Trust and medico-legal requirements. To ensure that these standards are met and maintained within the nursing team.
  • To ensure that all clinical and patient care is conducted in line with professional (NMC) and trust behaviour standards.
  • To act as a patient advocate when appropriate, ensuring respect for patient confidentiality, privacy and cultural/ethnic background. To ensure that these standards are met with dignity and maintained within the nursing team.
  • In conjunction with the Matron, Nurse practitioners and Senior Sister/Charge Nurse to support and participate in the development of nurse led services as appropriate.
  • To be a credible and approachable role model for junior staff and students providing clinical support and guidance as required.
  • To engage in local and national forums to develop practice and raise the profile of the service and Trust.

Governance / Quality Control
  • To ensure care is delivered in accordance with requirements and recommendations of approved local and national clinical guidelines.
  • To ensure all service users have a positive patient experience and to utilise patient experience data to support improvements in quality of care.
  • To facilitate high quality, cost effective care through the use of audit, benchmarking and other quality initiatives as determined by the Trust
  • To attend and participate in multi professional meetings and represent the CSHC nursing team and Senior Charge Nurse as required.
  • To be fully aware of the targets and health agendas set by the government, Trust and Service and be involved in the implementation of the required actions to meet these targets.
  • To identify and monitor any risk to patient or staff safety taking appropriate management action. To support the risk management process through the In-Phase system.
  • To be actively involved in nursing clinical audit (including PGDs) and research to support, maintain and develop expected standards of care.
  • To utilise and disseminate research findings in the delivery of specialist patient care.
  • To participate in the development and implementation of assessment and mentorship processes for new staff to ensure quality standards are met.

  • To contribute to an assessment of own educational needs, developing and agreeing a professional development plan with the line manager.
  • To keep up to date with clinical and nursing developments as required to meet the NMC revalidation standards.
  • To maintain links with affiliated educational organisations and ensure that there is an appropriate learning environment for students and trainees.
  • In conjunction with senior nurses be involved in the ongoing programme of education and clinical development for nurses and S-HCAs.
  • To support the training and mentorship of staff, students and trainees within the department.

To teach on relevant courses in affiliated university nursing departments and external courses as required.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • NMC Registered Nurse (Level 1)
  • Recognised contraception course.
  • Recognised Sexual Health Course
  • Mentorship/Supervisor/Assessor Course



  • Experience of working within a GUM/RSH setting
  • Insertion and removal of contraceptive implants or willingness to train.
  • Counselling and provision of contraception
  • Knowledge and Experience Consolidated knowledge and experience of sexual history taking, screening and examination of female and male clients.
  • Microscopy and Cryotherapy

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Beckenham Beacon

379-397 Croydon Road



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