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SDEC Team Leader - Band 6

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

What is Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC)?

SDEC is the provision of same day care for emergency patients who would otherwise be admitted to hospital.

Under this care model, patients presenting at hospital with relevant conditions can be rapidly assessed, diagnosed and treated without being admitted to a ward, and if clinically safe to do so, will go home the same day their care is provided.

When a patient comes to hospital, an SDEC service means patients with various medical concerns can be assessed, diagnosed, treated and safely discharged home the same day, rather than being admitted.

The national SDEC model builds on previous improvement work in ambulatory emergency care (AEC) services across the NHS, with the aim of providing a consistent approach to patient pathways.

Main duties of the job

Our Same Day Emergency Care Unit (SDEC) aims to rapidly investigate and treat patients so they can go home on the same day. Some of these patients may need to be admitted or return the next day for further treatment.

The Unit is a consultant - led service, working alongside advanced clinical practitioners, junior doctors, nurses and clinical support workers.

We are looking for a senior nurse to join our team and help drive the success of the Same Day Emergency Care unit. The role will involve coordinating a busy assessment unit and undertaking a managerial responsibility as delegated by the unit manager or Matron.

Our service is currently 7 days per week, 12 hours a day.

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated, who can use their own initiative and are open to new ideas. We need someone who wants to work within a team and who can develop the service and can implement change. This role would also include deputising for the Unit Manager in their absence.

You should have demonstrable experience in acute emergency medicine and be able to communicate clearly and confidently with patients, relatives and members of staff.

This service is currently undertaking a review of the service hours provided. This is currently subject to change.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Medical team interaction
  • Assist and support in patient admission and discharge
  • Personal hygiene and nutritional support
  • Drug administration

Assist with admitting, discharging, transferring and escorting patients and clients.

Maintain personal and organizational standards of health, safety and security, e.g. following the uniform policy.

Assisting in running clinics and supporting in admitting patients where required.

Please refer to the job description file attached for further information

Person Specification



  • Current NMC registration
  • Evidence of professional development
  • Basic life support up to date


  • ALS



  • Ability to work with a team and work effectively with others
  • Knowledge of patient conditional from different specialities
  • Demonstrates understanding of the importance of audit/quality
  • Knowledge appraisal process


  • Acute medical nursing care

Personal Skills


  • Self-motivated
  • Strong desire to improve standards
  • Enthusiastic and self-aware
  • Open/ reflective/ warm
  • Creative and flexible



  • Demonstrates sound knowledge of infection control standards
  • Aware of national nursing agendas
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Flexible internal rotation to different areas to the department and trust if required
  • Understand the requirement to safeguard adults children

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bedford Hosptial - Same Day Emergency Care

South Wing, Kempston Road


MK42 9DJ

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