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Junior Sister/Junior Charge Nurse

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Come join our dynamic team within Haematology here at Northampton General Hospital.We are committed to delivering high quality patient care and experience through our teams of dedicated, enthusiastic qualified staff. We are a friendly, professional team and continually strive to deliver the best possible care. In return we offer an experienced, supportive environment to stimulate ideas and facilitate development.

Haematology day unit aims to provide a high standard of care for our Haematology patients. We care for patients with a variety of different conditions, therapies and medicines, such as sickle cell disease, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and stem cell transplants. Cancer care is the fastest growing area of medicine constantly evolving and changing as advances in research progress.

The Haematology team is looking for someone who is motivated to progress and develop their skills. In return we can offer a stimulating work environment with a commitment to multidisciplinary working and continuing professional development. There are extensive opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and your career. Education will be given in caring for patients undergoing stem cell transplants, to identify and care for acutely unwell patients, and to care for those patients who are at the end of their lives.

Main duties of the job

Supporting Clinical Excellence:

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.

Assists in leading the team in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care of patients admitted to the department in accordance with Trust and directorate pathways.

Acts as a senior support for staff with recognition and implementation of care for changes in the patient condition.

Responsible for the safe supply, storage, administration, checking and disposal of medications.

Communicates proactively with all staff on the clinical condition and treatment plan of patients and ensures accurate nursing records are maintained by all staff. Actively involves patients, relatives and carers in their treatment and encourages staff to facilitate and enable individuals to assist in their own recovery.

Contributes to and oversees the safe and effective discharge planning of patients informing the discharge team of issues and patient /relative requirements/requests.

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.

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.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

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

The post holder will deliver high standards of care to patients and their families, ensuring excellent patient experience. In particular, take responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programmes of evidenced-based nursing care to a group of patients. The post holder will participate in the daily running of the department when required, ensuring smooth and efficient running and in the absence of the Sister take charge on shift. They will take responsibility for their own self-development helping to provide a suitable learning environment and high standards of clinical practice. They will also be required to recognise their own limitations and seek advice and support from senior staff when required.

The department consists of 8 chairs, which may increase in the near future. Most days our chairs are used to capacity, creating a busy environment. A number of Nurses and a Health Care Assistant work in the department on a daily basis providing chemotherapy, other systemic anti-cancer therapies (SACT) and support of other Haematological disorders. 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 Oncology Chemotherapy/outpatients and EAB.

Haematology Outpatient Department: Consists of 3 examination rooms in the clinic area. A Health Care Assistants work in the department daily ensuring that clinics are running effectively and safely. The Health Care Assistants will oversee all clinics assisting the Doctors with notes, obtaining observation, height & weights.

If the post holder does not hold the relevant training or competencies in administration of SACT, training will be provided by our Practice Educator/ Lead SACT nurse via a 6 week, in house module.

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Must hold an NMC pin
  • A recognised teaching qualification (mentorship)


  • Recent accredited Haematology module
  • Chemotherapy qualification or equivalent level of education or training
  • Hold or Working towards a degree level qualification

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



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


  • Cannulation and venepuncture skills

Key Competencies/ Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Act as a role model
  • Ability to deal with complex and difficult emotional situations
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to plan own workload and manage own time effectively/ Excellent time management
  • Ability to exercise initiative
  • Ability to implement change
  • Self-motivated and works well under pressure
  • Be able to plan own work and manage time taking into account clinical priorities

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Billing Road Cliftonville



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