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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse

Barts Health NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inc
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
The Acute Medicine team at the Royal London Hospital is looking to appoint an outstanding individual to the post of Sister/Charge Nurse within the Acute Admissions Unit (AAU).

Closely supported by a team of 3 Band 7 Senior Sisters/Charge Nurses and working together as part of a large team of Band 6 Sisters/Charge Nurses, we will help you to develop your role as a leader within the exciting field of acute medicine. We admit patients directly from A& E and ambulatory care to our 52 bedded AAU and aim to provide an exceptional standard of care whilst maintaining the flow of patients throughout the hospital.

You will work closely with our dedicated team of 12 acute medical consultants as well as teams from all other medical specialties. We are able to provide level 1A care for more acutely unwell patients and have 8 beds with cardiac monitors. We also have a specialist frailty team who provides care for up to 10 patients within the AAU.

What we offer to our new recruits:
  • Support and development from your Band 7 nursing team , including Senior Sisters/Charge Nurses and a dedicated Practice Development Nurse for the Acute Admissions Unit.
  • An opportunity to work alongside a dynamic consultant body who are breaking new boundaries within the field of outpatient and inpatient emergency care medicine.
  • Support to undertake the further education that you need to develop.
  • An opportunity to be developed by your professional nurse leads.

Main duties of the job

To provide the highest standard of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of individualized, holistic patient care in conjunction with the inter-professional team.

As a proficient practitioner in adult nursing, the post holder acts as a professional role model and clinical teacher.

They provide effective mentorship and preceptorship, participating in the education and training of nursing and non-nursing staff.

They will take charge of the Acute Admissions Unit as required, liaising closely with the Senior Sister / Charge Nurse to ensure effective and safe patient care.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care for patients with complexneeds and make changes as necessary. Identifies deteriorating patients and takes appropriate action to manage thesituation, liaison with interdisciplinary team as appropriate. Ensures documentation is accurate and up to date, utilising the electronichealth record.Senior Charge NurseBand 7 (4 wte)Charge NurseBand 6 (14 wte)Staff NurseBand 5 (38 wte)Nursing AssistantBand 2 (22 wte)5 Have the ability to lead and demonstrate an enquiring approach to patientcare. Demonstrate clear knowledge of issues affecting medical pateints. Demonstrate clear knowledge of the nursing care needed by medical patients. Develop skills in accordance with the expanded role relevant to the postholders clinical area such as cannulation and phlebotomy and patient healthpromotion/education. Educates patients and relatives about how to adopt healthy lifestyles, andlook after their own health and wellbeing. Identifies and helps patients, relatives and staff to reduce any risks associatedwith health and wellbeing. Ensures patients views are taken into account in the decision makingprocess. Ability to lead and participates in collaborative decision making within theinter-disciplinary team. Participates in meeting the health education and promotes the needs ofpatients and carers. Communication is a fundamental process to ensure continuity and highstandards of care. It includes sharing ideas, information and feedback inorder to empower patients and members of the interdisciplinary team. Skilled in communicating with a range of people on a daily basis some of whomay have communication barriers. A key responsibility will be to utilise a variety of strategies to communicateeffectively with patients and those involved in their care. The post holder must also communicate with other staff within the Trust, withexternal organisations and with the general public. Keeps accurate and complete records of activities and communicationsconsistent with legislation, policies and procedures.6 The post holder must at all time work in accordance with the NMC Code ofProfessional Conduct (2015). Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research, audit and qualityinitiatives and how this influence nursing practice. Support the ward manager with performance management of key indicatorssuch as health and safety, ward accreditation. Support the ward manager in investigating and responding to accidents,complaints, untoward incident and other significant events. Demonstrates knowledge and skills related to evidence based practice. Monitors the quality of own works and alerts others to quality issues. The post holder must at all times carry out duties and responsibilities withregard to the Trusts Equal Opportunity policy. Identifies and takes action when own or others behaviour underminesequality and diversity. Take account of own behaviour and its effect on others

Person Specification



  • Post registration experience including recent experience within an acute hospital setting.



  • Intravenous accreditation
  • Moving and Handling
  • Phlebotomy/Cannulation skills
  • Ability to prioritise clinical work effectively
  • Can show a non-judgemental approach to patient care
  • Demonstrate skills in ward management
  • Ability to carry out essential and appropriate nursing care and procedures
  • Demonstrate awareness of the nursing care needed by a wide range of medical patients under varying specialities.
  • Ability to work within set timeframes working to priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to monitor the quality of own work and others
  • Able to recognise own limits and work within those limits of competence
  • Ability to use and maintain resources efficiently and effectively and encourage others to do so



  • Registered Nurse
  • Preparation for Mentorship course or equivalent

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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