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Unit Manager

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join and lead the newly formed Medical Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) Unit within the Calderdale Royal Hospital.

As the unit manager of the Medical SDEC Unit (SDEC), you will assume a senior nursing leadership role in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the unit and ensuring the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care to individuals with acute medical needs.

You will be responsible for leading a team of registered nurses, healthcare assistants, and support staff, fostering the CHFT one culture of care and embedding a culture within the SDEC unit of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement. Your strategic vision, clinical expertise, and management skills will be instrumental in optimising efficiency, promoting staff development, and achieving organisational goals and objectives.

The Medical SDEC is a fast-paced working environment, where you will collaborate closely with a multidisciplinary team of professionals to assess, diagnose, treat, and manage patients. The successful candidates should be able to demonstrate, leadership skill, critical thinking, and effective communication whilst also adhering to established protocols and standards of care.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for the day to day running of the Medical SDEC Unit.
  • To be responsible for the management/leading of the Medical SDEC nursing workforce.
  • To be responsible for staff probationary period management, incident investigations, roster management, assessing students and supporting new starters, appraisals, audits, service improvements and initiatives.
  • To participate in the assessing, planning, implementation and evaluation of individualised care for medical patients.
  • To assist the MDT with providing clear and concise instructions to patients regarding treatment plans, medications, follow-up care, and self-management strategies, promoting patient empowerment and adherence to healthcare recommendations.
  • To work collaboratively with all members of the MDT to develop and implement comprehensive care plans tailored to individual patient needs, ensuring continuity of care and effective communication across interdisciplinary teams.
  • To monitor patient flow within the SDEC, identifying bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and opportunities for process improvement, and implementing strategies to optimise throughput, reduce wait times, and enhance the patient experience.
  • To recognise changes in patients conditions which require the intervention of others and refer on / escalate as appropriate.
  • Maintain accurate and thorough electronic patient records of patient assessments, interventions, responses to treatment, and discharge instructions.

About us

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is a dynamic and successful organisation with a strong organisational and personal development focus. With over 6,000 employees and a turnover of �500 million, the Trust provides a comprehensive range of secondary care services to the people of Calderdale and Huddersfield and has an exceptional reputation for service delivery. The Foundation Trust aims to design and implement services, policies and measures that meet the diverse needs of our service, population and workforce, ensuring that none are placed at a disadvantage over others.

CHFT is at the forefront of Digital Health utilising a number of electronic solutions to improve patient care. The CQC rated us as Good in June 2018. In their report they confirmed that Staff were caring and provided compassionate care. Patients were treated with dignity and respect and their privacy was respected. Patients spoke positively about the care they received.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work within the NMC code of professional practice, and within policies, procedures and guidelines of Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust.
  • To ensure that high standards of nursing care are given and maintained.
  • To provide mentorship and preceptorship as required
  • To support the Sisters in providing a suitable & effective learning and development environment for students and other staff members.
  • To take responsibility for own continuing professional development and performance, including identifying own development needs and maintain own portfolio in accordance with reregistration requirements .
  • Coordinating the patient journey through Medical SDEC Unit.
  • Assist in the management of the Medical SDEC Nursing team.
  • Roster Management
  • Sickness Management
  • Audits
  • Leading ward meetings
  • Link nurse role and training the team
  • Incident Investigations
  • Answering patient Concerns / Complaints
  • Supporting staff in their probationary and training periods
  • Completing Appraisals with your allocated team
  • Assessing and Managing students and apprentices

Person Specification



  • First level registration with NMC
  • Mentorship / Preceptorship Qualification
  • Evidence of recent education in relevant field
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Recognised teaching and assessing skills
  • Recognised teaching qualification



  • Substantial post registration experience
  • Experience of working in Acute Medicine
  • Experience at band 6 in Acute medicine
  • The ability to demonstrate comprehensive current acute medicine knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Evidence of effective leadership and developmental work.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in health and social care
  • Up to date professional knowledge
  • Commitment to clinical audit, research, and evidence-based practice


  • Experience and facilitation of change management
  • Experience in research / audit.
  • Evidence of innovative practice.



  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines whilst paying attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate commitment to CPD
  • Education & Training skills
  • Self-motivating and the ability to influence others

Employer details

Employer name

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust


Calderdale Royal Hospital



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