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Senior Sister/Charge Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
Haywards Heath
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
There is a 30 hour permanent post as senior sister/ charge nurse in the Emergency Department at Princess Royal Hospital, that is a substantive position.

We also have a 16 week secondment (internal applicants only), which is a great opportunity to show your innovation, enthusiasm and leadership skills as well as gaining further knowledge and experience in a managerial role.

The post holder will facilitate, manage and be responsible for the effective management and movement of patients through all the emergency acute care areas, combining considerable experience, clinical relationships, utilisation of staff and available resources appropriately whilst adhering to all departmental, Trust and Government policies, ensuring all patients receive a high standard of specialist nursing care.

The post holder will be a clinical expert and an excellent role model, providing a clear focus for clinical leadership, and be responsible for ensuring excellence through clinical care managing, teaching and encouraging professional development for all staff whilst meeting the Emergency Department Clinical Quality Indicators, KPI's and meeting the National Performance Targets and where necessary the wider acute floor. This role encompasses out of hours working (both nights and weekends).

Main duties of the job

Please read full job description for further information on the following:
  • Communication
  • Service Delivery and Improvement
  • People Management and Development
  • Patient Care Delivery
  • Learning and Development

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read full job description for further information on the following:
  • Communication: Lead on communication for the department on a shift to shift basis across a multi-disciplinary team, undertaking a key role with external agencies on a daily basis. To establish and maintain effective communications with all members of the public, including challenging behaviour, aggressive behaviour, learning disability, mental illness, extremely emotive/sensitive patients, intoxicated, paediatric of all ages and bereavement.To provide patients and carers with relevant written and verbal care advice on any subject matter pertinent to their treatment or care.To co-operate and lead all staff in the care, treatment and safe discharge of patients providing specialist professional nursing advice to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Service Delivery and Improvement :Maintain and develop team morale, supporting all colleagues and assertively dealing with conflict.To work closely with the Matron and Lead Clinician so that the vision and the goals of the Emergency Department are translated into practice.To work with the Matron to proactively identify and participate in the implementation of changes to areas for improving nursing practice and service delivery.Be fully aware in detail of any potential 12hr breaches and know the implications for the trust in not meeting these targets, work closely with the site team to meet targets & prevent any potential 12hr breaches.As shift leader to validate breaches on daily basis. To have a strong understanding and knowledge of departmental, trust wide, national and governmental policies, protocols, pathways and to be responsible for their implementation and ensure compliance in the department.
  • People Management and Development :To lead, direct, motivate and support the team on duty during a given shift as a specialist professional role model, utilising all members of staff. To steer the multi-disciplinary team on duty during a given shift, inclusive of junior medical staff in the absence of a senior medical staff ensuring patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience.To act as an advocate for patients, to ensure there is a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet the NHS standards. To be confident of own role in a major incident, CBRN(e) and other emergency responses procedures and ensures that all staff are aware of their role.
  • Patient Care Delivery: The post holder will have a specialist in-depth knowledge of theoretical and practical knowledge to aid daily practice encompassing a broad range of techniques/roles/processes/organisational procedure and policies for which he/she will be expected to enforce and be responsible for on a daily basis.The post holder will undertake a comprehensive assessment of individual patients through a system of prioritisation of need and continuous assessment without supervision. The post holder will ensure the Emergency Department personnel maintain a safe environment in which all patients receive high standards of specialist care, utilising implementation, evaluation and re-evaluation of individual programmes whilst maintaining patients dignity, religious and cultural needs unsupervised.
  • Learning and Development: Attend mandatory training updates as required.Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the line manager as part of the personal development process.Achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.Identify own learning needs and jointly plan training requirements with your line manager

Person Specification

Experience and Education


  • Extensive experience within Accident & Emergency Nursing
  • Registered Nurse
  • Advanced Life Support
  • PILS
  • Teaching/Mentorship Course


  • Acute, Critical or Emergency Care course (or equivalent)
  • Evidence of Leadership Skills

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Princess Royal Hospital

Lewes Road

Haywards Heath

RH16 4EX

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