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Junior Charge Nurse Ambulatory Emergency Care

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Junior Charge Nurse Ambulatory Emergency Care
NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed term: 7 months (FTC until 31st March 2022)
  • Full time
  • Part time
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum excl HCA
Salary period
25/10/2021 08:00

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Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Ambulatory Emergency Care team within Whittington Health in London.  Come join our dynamic and dedicated multi-disciplinary team.

Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) is part of the Emergency & Integrated Medicine directorate and provides same-day care to patients referred in from GP’s and A&E. You will work alongside our excellent MDT to ensure patients receive quality, timely and safe care through a bespoke pathway, helping to reduce length of stay and improve patient experience.

Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities



  • Plan the delivery of patient care and take responsibility for implementing and evaluating that care, using an appropriate nursing model.


  • Be accountable for own nursing practice and work unsupervised and on own initiative, but to be responsible to the Ward Manager for all aspects of their work.


  • Deliver a high standard of comprehensive skilled and evidence based nursing care to patients.


  • Be able to prioritise their own workload and of those working with them, such as learners, Healthcare Assistants and Staff Nurses. When in charge of the ward, know how to delegate what staff to what duties and ensure the smooth running of the ward.


  • Know how to impart news of a distressing nature to patients and relatives. This will include passing on news of a patient’s death or helping a patient/relative understand a diagnosis such as cancer.


  • Assist patients, carers and their families to identify health and well-being goals.



  • Support and empower patients, carers and their families to achieve their health and wellbeing goals.


  • Accurately record observations and changes in patients’ conditions and report back to the responsible nurse in charge.


  • Assist in planning and implementing methods of rehabilitation for patients and their carers.


  • Liaise with colleagues and other agencies, including Social Services, to ensure continuity of patient care.


  • Deputise for the Clinical Nurse Manager, including such duties as carrying out staff appraisals, rostering and other duties deemed appropriate.


  • Contribute to the integration of Whittington Health and Social Services.


  • Extend their nursing knowledge/skills by undertaking further professional training that may be required in addition to keeping up to date with professional developments.


  • Attend staff meetings and other relevant meetings.


  • Participate in research projects and/or innovations, including health promotion and chronic disease management activities.


  • Maintain accurate, contemporaneous records are kept that ensure safety and continuity of patient care.


  • Be computer literate.


  • Utilise appropriate resources in the provision of total patient care.


  • Be aware of, and act in, accordance with agreed policy procedures legislation and NMC standards.


  • Participate in the orientation of new staff and nursing students, and act as a mentor to nursing students and healthcare assistants where appropriate.


  • Demonstrate practice to nursing students and other staff0. Acting as a role model for best practice.






  • Participate in managing and co-ordinating the work of the junior staff, offering support and development as appropriate.


  • Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff for the team and participate in induction and orientation programmes as appropriate.


  • Promote good communication, employment practices and relationships within the team.


  • Participate in team meetings.


  • Liaise with the bed manager and discharge co-ordinator to ensure effective bed management on the ward, including admission of patients, planning of bed usage and timely discharge planning.


  • To ensure that all equipment is maintained and any faults immediately reported.


  • Act as a link nurse to GPs, Social Services and other relevant professional areas as necessary.





  • Be aware of, and act in, accordance with agreed policies, procedures, legislation and NMC standards.


  • Act at all times in accordance with NMC Code of Professional Conduct.


  • Adhere to Whittington Health policies and procedures at all times.


  • Ensure that records are kept and maintained in line with NMC guidelines, Trust record keeping and information governance policies.


  • Adhere to national and local infection control procedures and standards at all times.


  • Be willing to expand nursing knowledge/skills by undertaking further professional training, to keep up to date with professional developments and maintain current PREP portfolio.


  • Set appropriate objectives and review them regularly with the Ward/Department Manager.


  • Meet regularly with the Ward/Department Manager in order to review own performance.


  • To know how to deal with people with challenging behaviour and to know when to call for assistance when needed.


  • Take part in clinical supervision on a regular basis according to Whittington Health requirements.


  • Participate in clinical audits in order to promote the development of patient centred evidence based practice


  • Apply a problem-solving approach to practice, seeking resolution to problems with an awareness of own personal limitations of knowledge and practice.


  • Maintain high professional standards acting as a positive role model for the profession and service.




  • Be courteous and respectful to patients and colleagues including adhering to a dress code appropriate to the work situation.


  • Whittington Health is an integrated care organisation and there may be occasions where staff are required to rotate between clinical environments to meet service need. This could be on a long or short term basis.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • acute experience


Desirable criteria
  • Experience of shift co-ordination


Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship qualification
No smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleImproving working livesCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committed

Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Matthew Colbert
Job title
Clinical Nurse Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0207 288 3789

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3762