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Ward Sister/Charge Nurse

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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We need your help to run the emergency heart attack service for the whole of Kent! The friendly, supportive CCU Team at the William Harvey would like you to join us in saving lives in Kent.

Taking part in huddles/handover meetings with consultants, junior doctors, and colleagues from the Cardiology Ward.> Ward rounds with consultants.> Cardiac bed and patient flow management, liaising with the site team and cardiology registrar seeing referrals.> Receiving primary PCI patients out of hours in the cardiac catheter lab, acting as the running nurse for those emergency procedures.> Supporting clinical governance activities to maintain high standards of care within the service.> Liaising with other Trusts/hospitals, including London Trusts, as well as the ambulance service, anaesthetics/ITU and other teams involved in emergency care.> Collaborating with the wider cardiology family including Cardiology Inreach Nurses, Cardiac Rehab, Heart Failure, Physiologists, Arrhythmia Nurse, Research Nurse, Cardiac Radiographers, and Cath Lab Team.

Main duties of the job

Recent changes and improvement drives within the organisation are creating new opportunities for development and progression, supported by initiatives within the Care Group such as Development Days and Clinical Support. Kent is a beautiful county with good links to the continent and London, and with plenty of exciting places to explore.

Taking charge of shift on Cardiac Care, overseeing the team giving clinical care to acutely ill cardiac patients.Receiving referrals on the primary PCI pathway, triaging them and coordinating the team to receive any patient accepted.Supporting, teaching and developing junior members of the team.Getting involved in the management of the Unit, assisting the Ward Manager with e.g. rostering, investigating incidents, organising team days, and educational activities.

About us

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with fivehospitals and community clinics serving a local population of around 800,000 people. Our vision is 'great healthcare from great people'. Everything we do is guided by our values: 'People feel cared for, safe, respected and confident that we are making a difference'. We have a new way of working at East Kent Hospitals, called 'We care'. It's about empowering frontline staff to lead improvements day-to-day. We're looking for compassionate people to be part of our improvement journey for the patients, families and carers we care for every day.

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

Please note that if you require a Certificate of Sponsorship to work in the UK you must declare this on your application form, even if you currently have a certificate of sponsorship or a work permit for another role and are already working in the country. Please note we are only able to sponsor candidates on a Skilled Worker Visa applying for roles Band 5 and above.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in Documents to download.

If you have further queries please dont hesitate to contact the line manager using the contact details below.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • At least 2 years' experience as Band 5 in acute setting.
  • At least some experience in Cardiology.


  • Experience as Band 5 within acute Cardiology setting.
  • Evidence of facilitating learning in practice.
  • Evidence of ongoing development.

Clinical skills and experience


  • Delivery of evidence-based practice.
  • Relevant practical skills, e.g. ILS, IV drug administration etc.
  • Some skills in ECG interpretation.
  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Advanced ECG interpretation skills.
  • Teaching and IT skills.



  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance Framework.
  • Knowledge of audit processes and reporting framework to facilitate learning from incidents.


  • Awareness of risk management issues and improvement metrics.

Personal/professional attributes


  • Demonstrating patient-focused approach, compassionate with patients and colleagues.
  • Ongoing willingness to learn, showing initiative, being proactive.
  • Resilience, engaging communication (written, verbal and online).


  • Leadership skills and qualities.
  • Management skills.



  • Awareness of Trust Values, understanding of key issues in the NHS.


  • Understanding of unique aspects of Cardiology Service in this Trust.

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust


William Harvey Hospital

Kennington Road


TN24 0LZ

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