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Sister/Charge Nurse Emergency Department

Northampton General Hospital
£43,742 to £50,056 Pro rata / per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, A&E nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
As a Sister/Charge Nurse you will be responsible for providing effective nursing leadership to a team of nurses working within the Emergency Department.

You will be expected to take charge of the department, coordinating the day to day activities which will provide you with the opportunity to develop your managerial and shift leader skills.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be required to work and manage all areas within the department and demonstrate a professional manner, clinical expertise with good communication skills in all aspects of their work.

You must be comfortable working in a busy environment juggling the different demands typical of a nursing role like this and must possess the courage to do what is right for our patients

You will be responsible for the day to day staff management of the team alongside the Nurse managers

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Supporting Clinical Excellence

Demonstrate specialist expertise and professional knowledge acquired through post registration academic, clinical, leadership and management development. Works as a role model for professional practice.

Undertake face to face autonomous assessment and referral of patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed presentations in the Emergency Department (ED) to the appropriate pathway

Liaise with the onsite GP, ED Consultants, ED Doctors, ED Nurses and MDT to ensure appropriate referrals and safe efficient patient care

Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care decisions, delivered in a timely manner

Supply and administer medicines in line with Patient Group Directives and within scope of practice

Ensure complete and accurate documentation

Professional responsibilities

Adhere to the NMC or HCPC Code of Professional Conduct and at all times work within own scope of professional practice

Maintain confidentiality with regard to information pertaining to patients and staff

Maintain a professional manner and act as a positive role model for all members of the ED team

Ensure accurate record keeping and documentation in line with local policy and NMC or HCPC Code of Professional Conduct

Attend yearly appraisal with line manager and maintain registration

Maintain a professional portfolio which will meet the requirements of NMC revalidation


Manage people and financial resources to ensure the effective operation of the team for which he/she is responsible. Ensure effective skill-mix and appropriate caseload management at all times.

Allocate work and assess performance of the team members objectively against set criteria/competencies. Provide clear feedback to team members in a way that is conducive to maintaining and improving performance.

Demonstrate excellent personal communication. Establish and maintain effective two-way communication channels with individuals and groups. Demonstrate appropriate assertiveness and ability to challenge others when the rights of patients and others may be infringed.

Be responsible for the standard of nursing care delivered in work area. Display evidence that staff provide holistic, evidence-based, patient-centred care. Demonstrate that patients are involved in both decisions affecting their care and well-being and in service development. Practice in accordance with the professional, ethical and legal codes of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Trusts protocols and guidelines. Be accountable for own practice and for the delegation of care he/she gives to more junior colleagues, support workers and students.

Be responsible for the standards of cleanliness in the clinical area and for a well-maintained Ward/Department environment.

Prioritise workload to meet targets. Ensure that Nursing and Operational Management teams are alerted to quality issues.

Support change in own area that improves the quality of systems and processes

Contribute to the improvement of services by encouraging ideas, problem solving and decision making

Have awareness of impact of own behaviour on others and dealing with consequences of actions as required

Clinical Governance and Service Improvements

Work with Nurse Manager, utilising the umbrella of Clinical Governance to maintain/improve and develop high standards of patient care. Place the patients experience at the core of service delivery. Monitor and audit the quality of care through a range of strategies, including risk management, incident reporting, complaints, research and effectiveness monitoring, and clinical audit

Promote/develop and maintain a culture within clinical environment which challenges and questions practice, and promote the quality of thinking amongst practitioners. Ensure that students and staff receive effective induction, mentorship, development and support.

Contribute to the implementation of the development of the service. Be aware of new evidence and research in both general and specialist fields. Support staff in the analysis of evidence. Work creatively to develop practice and new ways of working, taking the lead in the change management process when appropriate.

General Responsibilities

Demonstrate commitment to flexible working patterns, to meet the needs of the service

Be aware of and comply with all local infection prevention and control policies

Comply with health and safety legislation and trust policies and procedures

Actively promote equality and diversity and encourage colleagues to do the same

Support a zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment in all forms, and to lead by example in this area

Support students and junior staff in the form of supervisor/assessor and preceptorship and work shadowing

Provide teaching in areas of expertise to ED, SDEC and assessment area staff on allocated teaching and learning sessions

Person Specification

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to foster teamwork and display inclusive leadership
  • Teaching and Supervision skills
  • Computer skills

Knowledge & Experience


  • Extensive post registration A& E experience
  • Expert clinical knowledge of conditions Presenting to ED
  • Experience of working at band 6 level or above
  • Previous people/Team Management
  • Demonstrates an understanding of current developments in Emergency Care and the National Health service
  • Understanding of the NMC Code of Professional practice.


  • Knowledge of alternative care pathways in the urgent care environment

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse
  • Current NMC qualification
  • Holder of Valid ALS and
  • Post registration Teaching and assessing course
  • Extended clinical skills relevant to ED nursing


  • Post registration A& E Course or equivalent
  • EPLS
  • ALS Instructor Status
  • Trauma course

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Cliftonville road



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