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Sister / Charge Nurse - Band 6 Paediatrics Emergency Dept

Band 6

Main area
Paediatrics - Emergency
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust
Gloucester / Cheltenham
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
09/12/2021 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen on Emergency Department at GHNFT for a substantive appointment to the role of Sister/Charge Nurse for paediatric area .  We are looking for a highly visible, accessible, authoritative and influential figure on whom staff, patients, families and carers can rely, to ensure the fundamentals of care are delivered effectively and efficiently.

The post holder must hold extensive nursing experience in the paediatric field of nursing.  The successful candidate will provide professional leadership to all of the team acting as a role model within the department, ensuring that competence in managerial and clinical practice is both developed and maintained. The successful candidate will have a passion toward quality initiatives and improvement, supporting the development of  paediatric nursing skills in all aspects of the role, and provide expert clinical knowledge and specialised advice

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to work within the Emergency Department and also support/ work with colleagues in Paediatrics. Ensuring a safe and positive patient experience. The successful candidate will provide clear clinical leadership in nursing, working flexibly as a member of the Unit team to ensure standards are being set, maintained, and evaluated and where necessary improved. The successful candidate will Provide nursing leadership, set and maintain professional nursing standards, provide professional nursing advice and direction to the staff. 

Working for our organisation

The emergency department accepts patients conveyed by ambulance or those who self-present. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

The Emergency Department is split into three areas, majors, minors and the children’s department. There were approximately 110,000 attendances at Gloucester Hospital’s Emergency Department last year, of which approximately 22,000 were children.

We are always looking for enthusiastic, motivated Registered Adult and Children’s nurses to join our dynamic, close knit team. 

Benefits of working for the NHS

  • Holiday entitlements of 27 days per year, plus eight general and public holidays, rising to 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Pay enhancements of hours, shift and overtime working
  • An annual personal development review to support your career aspirations
  • Occupational health services and support
  • Automatic membership of the NHS Pension Scheme (unless you choose to opt out). New entrants to the scheme receive employer contributions of 5 - 14.5% dependant on salary.
  • Study leave for sponsored courses
  • ED foundation course

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Work independently to deliver a high standard of evidence based care in accordance within established nursing procedures and policies.
  • Escalation of deterioration of patient condition to the appropriate staff member.
  • Take personal responsibility as a team leader of patients in a defined area in the department.
  • Ensure referrals are made to professional agencies/specialities as required
  • In the absence of a Senior Sister/Charge Nurse, you will delegate and supervise appropriate work to other team member’s.
  • Discharge planning in conjunction with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Escort patients to other wards or departments as required.
  • Ensure individual needs of patients are met as required and confidentiality & dignity is upheld at all times.
  • Communicate effectively within the multi-disciplinary team. Wards and departments as required.
  • To be aware of Trust emergency protocols i.e. fire, major incident, violence & aggression and resuscitation.
  • To be responsible for maintaining a safe environment for all of those in the Emergency Department.
  • Ensure the safe handling of valuables and property of all patients whilst in the Emergency Department.
  • Escalate to Nurse in Charge/Matron any complaints, incidents or accidents involving staff, self, patients, visitors and complete relevant documentation in accordance to Trust policy.

To be up to date & compliant with manual handling practices and to be responsible for the assessment

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Active registration with the NMC as a Registered Nurse (Child) or equivalent with substantial post registration experience
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development through maintenance of a professional portfolio, registration revalidation & commitment to lifelong learning
  • Recognised Nursing Degree or equivalent including a Recognised Teaching Qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Post Graduate Teaching Certificate or working towards one


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in an acute clinical environment
  • Previous experience in a relevant speciality
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrates knowledge and passion for Practice Development
  • Research aware

Knoweldge, Skills, Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Acts as a role model and are able to lead by example to ensure the Trust’s values and behaviours are reinforced throughout their area of practice
  • Demonstrates commitment to research based practice and clinical excellence and plays an active part in the introduction of research based change to improve patient centred care
  • Work with enthusiasm and genuine interest within the multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of Safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Understand and be committed to good record keeping using the Trusts electronic and paper methods
Desirable criteria
  • Passion for teaching, education and practice development


Essential criteria
  • Display a caring attitude to patients, their relatives, colleagues and themselves in a stressful environment
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Debra Ritsperis
Job title
Matron ED
Email address
Additional information

2nd Contact Details

Contact name: Sally Hayes

Contact job title: Deputy Divisional Director of Quality & Nursing

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