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Clinical Sister/Charge Nurse - SDEC

Medway NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Sister/Charge Nurse - SDEC

Division: Medicine & Emergency Care

Care Group: Acute Medicine

Band: 6

This is an exciting time to join our Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) as we increase the numbers of patients attending the service with the introduction of the GP Assessment Unit (GPAU).

We work closely with the Emergency Department, streaming patients from the Urgent Care Centre, ED triage and Meddoc, as well as those who are referred in by their own GPs.

Main duties of the job

The department provides medical service for patients who requires same day emergency care and GP expected assessment. The department provides same day emergency care to patients presenting to hospital with relevant conditions/pathways.

These patients are rapidly assessed, diagnosed, treated and followed up without being admitted to a hospital ward, if clinically safe to do so. GP Assessment Unit see all the GP expected patients, treated, discharged or admitted depending on the medical need of the patient.

You will have a varied role including taking charge of the shift, triaging and supporting junior members of the team.

Within this role we will offer you the opportunity to undertake our bespoke Acute speciality education programme. This programme has been designed to support you through training to progress to you to a Band 6 within the Unplanned & Integrated Care Directorate.

Our values are Bold, Every Person Counts, Sharing and Open and Together. It is important that you understand and to refer to our values when completing your application and always reflect our values throughout your employment with the Trust.

We are committed to endorsing diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion our policies / procedures ensure that all applicants are treated fairly at every stage of the recruitment process.

To contribute to our exciting future and become part of our team, apply today.

About us

Here at Medway, we pride ourselves on working together as one to ensure that our shared vision of Better, Best, Brilliant is achieved. Our culture and values are what drives the Trust and is the heartbeat of who we are as an organisation.

Our Trust is a great choice for people who want to develop their career in an ambitious environment.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement which will not mean sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We aim to support you to work flexibly in a way that will suit you and us.

All of our substantive & fixed term employees can enjoy a range of staff benefits, a gym, an active health and wellbeing programme, an on-site nursery and a cycle to work scheme.

We are taking positive action to ensure that we can attract, recruit and retain the best talent and would welcome more applicants from under - represented groups to support the Trusts commitment to a diverse, inclusive and an employer of choice workforce.

All staff at Medway comply the Trust's and the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Board's policies on safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Duties

Responsible for carrying out clinical practice within designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality, current evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, implementation, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided from admission through to discharge

Will be responsible for the application of knowledge across the range of work procedures and practices, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and practical experience

To act as advocate for patients within the area, to ensure a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines

To ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines

Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals

Will advise on the promotion of health and the prevention of illness

Recognise the significance of observations made, and use them to develop and initiate nursing assessments and devise a plan of care

Carry out those activities necessary to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a persons nursing requirements

Will ensure that all patients will have a discharge plan that is safe and appropriate for their needs

Carry out nursing procedures and treatments, checking on and maintaining the highest possible standards

Work alongside the multi-disciplinary team to ascertain treatments and advise on nursing priorities

Take a clear and concise history from patients by assessing their health and wellbeing and complete documentation ensuring that all entries are accurate and legible and that all information systems are maintained

Undertake prescribed physical observations as follows: blood pressure, temperature, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height, and report exceptions appropriately

To be responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication

Professional Responsibilities

Is wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC Code and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve his / her knowledge and professional competence

Will act in accordance with Local, Hospital and Statutory Guidelines and Policies including Health and Safety initiatives

Will be familiar with the Health and Safety at Works Act, and be aware of its implications, ensuring that local unit and departmental policies are followed

Will work in accordance with Corporate Objectives

Will actively participate in his / her annual appraisal and ongoing review, including compilation of a personal and professional portfolio to support professional revalidation

Will maintain a high standard of care and give courteous reception to all patients and visitors

Will adopt a patient oriented approach to work

Will practice in a cost effective and cost aware manner

Will ensure that the Hospitals policy is understood and carried out with regard to the care and custody of drugs / medications, especially with regard to those covered by the Control of Drugs Act

Will be familiar with the wards fire, manual handling and C.O.S.H.H. policies and ensure that all nurses in the ward are aware of the policies

Will be fully conversant with the Trust major incident plan, and ensure that all nurses on the ward / department understand the procedure

Take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, service users, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health, safety, security and risk


Will be responsible for the provision and receipt of complex, sensitive or contentious information related to patients, patient care, relatives, staff and other multidisciplinary colleagues

Provides highly specialised advice concerning the care or treatment of identified groups or categories of patients / clients

Communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the multi-disciplinary team regarding patient care

Will communicate with patients and relatives, making reports and liaising, as appropriate with medical staff and other members of the care team and management

Will give and receive day / night reports

Acting as team leader / member / coordinator as necessary

Report to the Doctor / Senior Sister / Charge Nurse and members of the multidisciplinary team on patients condition, both verbally and in writing as necessary

Liaise with inter-hospital departments / personnel

Attend and participate in ward meetings and help promote new ideas and methods and assist in their implementation

Attend and participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings and case conferences to benefit patient care

Education and Professional Development

Act as a role model giving guidance, counselling and support to unqualified and qualified staff and students

Actively contribute to the teaching programme within the ward

Act as a mentor and introduce new staff members to their role within the team

Act as a preceptor for newly qualified members of staff

Act as mentor / assessor to unqualified staff

Assist in producing written reports concerning the basic learner nurse in the clinical setting as required by the universities

Take every opportunity to maintain and improve own knowledge and competence and take steps to keep up to date with clinical and nursing developments

Please note, if you are considering applying for a role within our organisation we do recommend that staff are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, this is no longer a mandatory requirement.

Person Specification



  • RN1/RN2/RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register
  • To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality
  • Mentorship qualification - or be currently working towards this
  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues
  • Knowledge of the NMC Code of professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives
  • Knowledge of the individual's responsibility towards health and Safety



  • Experience of working on own and in a team
  • Experience of working in the relevant area



  • Able to assess plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care
  • Able to manage difficult situations
  • Basic computer skills including ability to use Microsoft Word and Electronic
  • Manual handling of patients, using lifting aids
  • Competent in basic life support

Values Based Question


  • How would you ensure you represent MFT in a positive way?

Employer details

Employer name

Medway NHS Foundation Trust


Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Windmill Road



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