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Junior Sister/ Junior Charge Nurse

Northampton General Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum / pro rota
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are expanding our team and would welcome enthusiastic, highly motivated nurses to join our busy team working within Chemotherapy Suite and Outpatient Department in the Centre for Oncology. We are a busy and energetic department with dedicated hard working teams striving to provide best possible care to patients. In return we offer an experienced, supportive environment to stimulate ideas and facilitate development of service improvements.

The successful candidate will work as part of the multidisciplinary team providing high quality clinical care to cancer patients as well as supporting junior colleagues to learn and develop their skills. Patients will be attending appointments at a number of stages throughout treatment and their needs will change as they progress through the pathway. The post holder will collaborate with theSister by maintaining smooth daily operations and workflow in the department.They will assist in the coordination of safe patient care including appropriate staffing levels, allocating and supervising appropriate duties.

They will utilise a range of skills to ensure patients have a smooth transition through services within the department and that staff are supported and engaged in delivering excellent care.

Main duties of the job

The department is split between the Chemotherapy Suite and Oncology outpatients in which the post holder will be required to work in both areas depending on the needs of the service. Chemotherapy Suite: Consists of 22 chairs. The Nursing team is supported by the pharmacy team and a Registrar on a daily basis and from time to time members of the Macmillan team and the Hair and beauty coordinator. Within the department we also offer support to Haematology outpatients and EAB.

Nursing roles in the Chemotherapy suite:
  • Coordinator- The coordinator will be the Nurse in charge of the Chemotherapy suite, ensuring overall safety and smooth running of the department.
  • Treating nurse- The case load of patients will be divided between two teams in the Chemotherapy suite. The treating Nurse will work alongside 1 - 2 other Nurses, on their side/ team, assessing and administering treatments.
  • Chemotherapy support- The Chemo support Nurse will assist with assessing patients, cannulating and help with jobs to ensure flow within the department is safe and efficient throughout the day.

Oncology Outpatient Department: Consists of 12 examination rooms in the clinic area. A number of Health Care Assistants and a Nurse work in the department on a daily basis ensuring that clinics are running effectively and safely. The Health Care Assistants will oversee 3 - 4 clinics assisting the Doctors with notes, ECG's and administer systemic anti-cancer therapies.

About us

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

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Take responsibility for the management and organisation of the clinical area when on duty.
  • To have undertaken or have a willingness to undertake the SACT (systemic anti-cancer therapy) course to facilitate administration of SACT within the department.
  • To have undertaken or have a willingness to undertake further training such as triage and pre-chemotherapy assessment training.
  • Participates as an active member of the nursing team, accountable for your practice and role modelling the highest standards of care to all members of the team.
  • Lead by example with drive and enthusiasm, responding appropriately to the needs of patients, families and carers.
  • Responsible for assisting with the management and leadership of the department, maintaining an appropriate management style that maintains good morale, a team approach to work and a culture which fosters innovation and change.
  • Assist the Sister/ Charge nurse in the monitoring of workload and skill mix, planning off duty and ensuring the ward operates effectively and safely.
  • Assist the Sister/ Charge nurse in the completion of a training needs analysis and ensure compliance of the team with Trust expectations in relation to mandatory training and appraisals.
  • Assist the Sister/ Charge nurse in managing the team in accordance with Trust policies and procedure

Person Specification

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Willingness to partake in QI projects
  • Previous experience of working in an Oncology/Haematology


  • Previous people/ Team Management experience
  • High level of knowledge related to chemotherapy and the running of an outpatient service
  • Experience of using chemo care
  • Competent in SACT administration

Skills/ Abilities


  • Venepuncture and cannulation.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to liaise with members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Effective IT skills
  • Ability to foster teamwork and display inclusive leadership

Key Competencies/ Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Act as a role model
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to deal with complex and difficult emotional situations
  • Self-motivated and works well under pressure
  • Be able to plan own work and manage time taking into account clinical priorities

Education, training and qualifications


  • Must hold an NMC pin
  • Hold or Working towards a degree level qualification
  • A recognised teaching qualification (mentorship)


  • Recent accredited Oncology module
  • Chemotherapy qualification or equivalent level of education or training

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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