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Clinical Band 7 Emergency Department

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to work in a Major Trauma Centre nestled between Dartmoor National Park and the sea? Are you passionate about emergency and trauma care? We are looking for a motivated and experienced Band 7 Senior Sister / Charge Nurse to join our Emergency Department team at Derriford Hospital, University Hospitals Plymouth. You will able to work a full 24 hr shift pattern including nights and weekends. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you!

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

  • To effectively lead and co-ordinate the operational management of the Emergency Department. Supervising the activities of the multi-disciplinary team and promoting collaborative working relationships to facilitate the rapid delivery of holistic, seamless care for all patients.
  • To manage and maintain patient flow, escalating delays in the delivery of care and management of patients, in accordance with Trust Escalation Procedures, to meet National Performance Targets.
  • To make informed decisions, involving patients and public, to ensure agreed clinical standards and targets are met.
  • To be the Emergency department Senior Nurse on duty, being the nurse in charge of the department, offering professional nursing advice and leadership to the MDT.
  • To provide effective leadership and support to a defined team of nursing staff, taking line management responsibilities including developing strategies for undertaking appraisals.
  • To work effectively as a member of the Emergency Department Senior Nurse Team, responding with vision and innovation to the demands upon emergency services.
  • To organise the department and its resources to respond to sudden unexpected demands, including a Major Incident.

For full details please see attached job description.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To regularly take charge of the department, actively maintaining full oversight and balancing clinical risk
  • Using professional judgement ensure optimal patient flow through the Emergency Department.
  • Work flexibly and be able to adapt to the dynamic needs of patients and staff within the department to maintain safety.
  • Organise the care delivery within the department, allocating, prioritising and delegating effectively.
  • To act as a clinical expert to others providing clinical information and advice to junior staff, multi-disciplinary team members, patients and relatives.
  • Maintain national and local standards/protocols pertaining to clinical area, taking remedial action as appropriate and reporting deficits to Senior Nurse Manager as appropriate.
  • Promote and support the development of a dynamic and interactive learning environment which meets the needs of learners and trained staff in the department.

Maintain an accurate log of activity in shift report

Person Specification



  • oProven NMC Pin
  • oAdult Nursing Diploma or equivalent
  • oProven Teaching and assessing course (Mentorship or equivalent demonstrable experience)


  • oAdult Nursing Degree
  • oALS
  • oETC or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • oMinor Treatment Competency up to date (plastering, Suturing, Wound care and Closure)
  • oAPLS



  • oDemonstrable experience in an Emergency Department setting, to include significant recent demonstrable experience.
  • oDemonstrable experience in nurse in charge of ED role
  • oLeading and managing staff.
  • oHave demonstrable experience of caring for poly injured trauma patients


  • oDemonstrable experience in recruiting and selecting staff
  • oExtensive demonstrable experience within a similar role
  • oDemonstrable experience of caring for adults and children.
  • oResearch and audit- performing and improving on outputs (responding appropriately to results demonstrating improvements)

Technical Skills/ Competencies


  • oCompetent at triage and patient assessment
  • oAble to co-ordinate resuscitation room
  • oAbility to motivate lead and develop a team
  • oProject and change management skills
  • oPlanning and prioritisation skills
  • oCommitment to personal and professional development and development of others
  • oBe competent at using Information Technology


  • oProject and change management skills
  • oPresentation skills



  • oAdvanced theoretical and practical proven knowledge of Emergency Nursing
  • oAware of developments related to emergency department at national and local levels.
  • oProven knowledge of key principles of the risk management process
  • oAble to assist with formulating departmental policies and implement and evaluate evidence-based practice within own area
  • oAbility to co-ordinate duty rotas, considering skill mix requirements
  • oUnderstanding of team dynamics and appropriate management to ensure effective team working


  • oProven evidence of managing complaints both formally and at ward level
  • oAble to undertake performance reviews, and manage issues pertaining to performance
  • oProven evidence of managing staff through HR policies and procedures

Other requirements specific to the role


  • oExcellent organisational skills
  • oAble to manage clinical concerns and delays in patient care, escalating appropriately when required
  • oPotential exposure to environmental hazards

Personal Attributes


  • oPatient focused
  • oHighly motivated
  • oFlexible to the needs of the service.
  • oSupportive of staff/team members
  • oProfessional approach
  • oEmotional intelligence
  • oRecognises stress in self and others
  • oAdaptive to unpredictable workloads, frequent periods of concentration required.
  • oAbility to work well within a busy environment
  • oSituational awareness and management of self and others
  • oProblem solving and decision-making skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


University Hospital Plymouth, Emergency Department

Derriford Road



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