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Children's Emergency Department Sister / Charge Nurse

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Children's ED nursing team.

The role of the Sister / Charge Nurse is pivotal in providing leadership and support to our nursing team, ensuring the smooth running of a shift in a challenging, busy environment.

We have a purpose built department for children that includes a high dependency area, resuscitation bays, sensory room and vulnerable persons cubicles. We also have a 12 bedded Children's Short Stay Unit (CSSU) co-located within Children's ED.

We have a children's ED educator to support the nursing team and a simulation pod to facilitate learning in a safe equipped environment with the MDT.

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated nurses who possess excellent communication skills and enjoy a challenge. Applicants must enjoy a fast pace acute environment as well as having a keen interest in ensuring high quality nursing standards are being delivered.

Main duties of the job

Accountable and responsible for Children's ED. To be visible, accessible and responsive to the needs of service users, patients, carers and the public.

Be an expert clinical practitioner, supporting the development of nursing staff (including ancillary and clinical support staff) to provide excellent quality of care to patients and services users. You are required to work clinically as well as provide managerial cover.

Provide direction and effective and inspirational leadership to the nursing and multi-disciplinary team (including ancillary and clinical support staff) within the area for which you are accountable.

Act as a clinical and managerial role model within the team, CMG and across the wider organisation.

Take responsibility for the provision of a supportive learning environment for all students on placement within the unit for which you are responsible.

Practice clinically in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for a defined caseload.

Have the ability to multi-task and prioritise under pressure, working within a large multi-disciplinary team.

Ensure trust values are incorporated into practice clinically and with the management of your team.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be a visible, accessible and assertive figure to whom patients, relatives and staff can turn for assistance, advice and support
  • To lead the ward team and build successful links between nursing and otherprofessions to support and promote effective multi-disciplinary team working
  • To lead and support the ward team through the process of change,demonstrating tenacity, drive, professional integrity, balance and perspective
  • To develop the role of other team members, supporting them in gaining theappropriate competencies to achieve the required standards of care
  • To motivate all team members and lead innovation and expertise in clinical practice by example
  • Through effective communication, disseminate information across the health care teams
  • To resolve conflict and ensure feedback and planning for the future occurs

Care Delivery
  • To practice clinically in the assessment, planning, implementation andevaluation of care for a defined caseload. This will determine that the sister is ward based and practices clinically at least 50% of their working time
  • Monitor the quality of patient care and participate in the regular evaluation ofpatient satisfaction. Identify areas of poor performance, developing andimplementing strategies to improve performance
  • Build working relationships with other departments, referring hospitals and community services. Facilitate communication regarding shared care andmeeting the needs of patients and carers
  • To identify opportunities to expand roles, working in conjunction withProfessional Development Nurses to devise protocols accordingly together with the senior nurse/midwife and head of nursing.
  • Develop auditable standards of care, supporting the national benchmarking scheme
  • To act at all times with the NMC Code of Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses midwives and nursing associates.
For further details / informal visits contact: Name Aimee Pook Job title Children's ED Matron Email address Telephone number 0116 252 0134 Additional contact information
If you require any further information please contact

Aimee Pook Children's ED Matron 07971799829 /

Kirsty Mason Children's ED Matron 07950843355 /

Person Specification



  • RN Child
  • Competent with relevant extended ED skills - eg Plastering, Suturing, Minor Injuries Competencies
  • Life Support Course - APLS/EPLS


  • Trauma course - ATNC/TNCC/ETC/TILS



  • Significant post-registration experience including at senior level
  • Extensive experience working in a Children's ED setting


  • Development of multi-disciplinary working practices
  • Demonstrates knowledge of clinical risk management

Leadership and Management


  • Evidence of leading successful change management processes
  • Effective communicator & negotiator. Act as a clinical role model & supports for all multi-disciplinary learners within Children's ED


  • Leadership course / LEO Programme
  • Project management experience

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary

Infirmary Square



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