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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse - Whatman Ward

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

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 post on Whatman Ward. This is a 21 bedded inpatient with an Acute Frailty Assessment Unit. The aim of this assessment area is to triage patients transferred from ED, SECAmb and GPs and complete a comprehensive geriatric assessment. This will allow the MDT to provide a holistic approach to patient care and aims to discharge patients safely into the care of the community pathways unless an acute admission is required.

The role requires excellent communication skills and strong leadership qualities. The post holder will be responsible for the day to day running of shifts ensuring high standards of patient care are delivered. The role will involve managerial duties and supporting the team through changes within the NHS.

Applicants should have experience at band 5 level (or equivalent) and the mentorship and preceptor course.

Main duties of the job

Managing flow and ensuring high quality of care for patients

Acting as a positive role model and junior staff

Collaborative working with our community partners

Effective team working with allied health professionals and doctors

Excellent communication skills

Effective triage and assessment skills

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.

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: TBC

Person Specification

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Experience in acute hospital setting.
  • Experience at Senior Staff Nurse Band 5 (or equivalent)
  • IV drug therapy, IV cannulation & venepuncture skills
  • Evidence of insight and understanding of current issues in nursing and the NHS
  • Expert clinician


  • Experience of managing patients requiring Non Invasive Ventilation
  • Experience of managing a patient with a Tracheostomy.



  • RGN
  • Evidence of further study since qualification
  • ENB998 (or equivalent) knowledge skill


  • Advanced Life Support provider



  • Leadership Skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Positive role model
  • Evidence of problem solving and decision making skills

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital

Hermitage Lane


ME16 9QQ

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