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ED Staff Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Accident & Emergency Level 5
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum excl. HCA
Salary period
27/10/2021 23:59

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By applying for this role, you accept in the event you are successful that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which is aimed at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.



Job overview

The Emergency Department has a co-located Urgent Treatment Centre, a Emergency Medical Unit and a dedicated Children’s Emergency Department.  We opened a new Rapid Assessment area at the front of the Emergency Department in order to support new ways of working in the approach to initial assessment. We are a designated Trauma Unit, as part of the North East London and Essex Trauma Network

We have very strong nursing leadership and can offer support from our substantial senior team, which includes our two ED Matrons and Paediatric ED Lead Nurses, who provide a clinical support rota. We have a team of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) who provide support on a shift by shift basis. We also have a dedicated and innovative Practice Development Nurse, devoted purely to the development of the nursing team

Post holders would be expected to rotate onto nights and weekends on a four-week rota basis.



Main duties of the job

You will be given the opportunity to rotate through all areas of the department including developing your skills in minor injury in our Urgent Care Centre with support of the ENPs, our 4 bedded Resuscitation Room where we care for critically ill medical or trauma patients, Majors where we assess the majority of ambulance patients, the Clinical Decision Unit ward area and Paediatrics where you will gain knowledge and skills under the supervision of our great team of Paediatric nurses.

You  will be supported by a tailored development plan to succeed in your new role. This  include our exciting in-house Emergency Care module (Accredited with Middlesex University at Degree or Masters Level), working alongside our Practice Development Nurse and through substantial clinical skills or life support courses offered within the Trust. We also commission places with University Providers and are able to offer places on Mentorship, Physical Assessment or other courses at degree or Master’s level.

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 workIn April 2014 our ambulatory care moved into a new purpose built £3M unit which is pioneering new pathways and working to reduce admissions and support patients to stay at home..


Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  1. Work as a designated nurse for patients within all areas of the department (majors, resus, CDU, UCC, Paediatrics)


  1. Provides nursing care in line with latest evidence and Trust policies, under the direction or supervision of a senior nurse until competency is gained.


  1. Supports the maintenance of Emergency Department key quality indicators




  1. Participate in providing a high standard of clinical nursing care, to meet

Patients’ needs, within the agreed policies of the Emergency Department, with supervision and support from senior colleagues.

  1. Be responsible for the clinical observation and recording of data relating to patients in the Emergency Department, ensuring that accurate records of patient care and progress are maintained and reviewed and action is taken as needed.

  2. Maintain the safety, confidentiality and dignity of patients and their  families.




  1. Participate and maintain effective communication of information and data between team members, patients and family networks and offer appropriate support and advice.

  2. Ensure the implementation of Trust, local and departmental policies, procedures and guidelines and contribute to the review of these as required.

  3. Initiate and develop new ideas and changes within the Emergency Department that encourage staff participation and result in improvements in    patient care (either directly or indirectly).

  4. Share responsibility for appropriate and cost effective use of resources.

  5. Work within the Health and Safety at Work Act, following Trust policies for reporting accidents/incidents, showing an awareness of risk management in the workplace.

  6. Work at all times as part of the team, liaising closely with senior colleagues, and respond positively to feedback from preceptors/colleagues.




  1. Maintain a suitable learning environment for junior staff, peers and students


  1. Assist in the orientation and induction programmes for new members of staff.


  1. Contribute to the learning needs of team members, student nurses and other students allocated to the Emergency Department.


  1. Demonstrate a continuing process of attaining education and competencies within ED

  2. Participate in, and utilise the Trust’s clinical supervision and annual appraisal processes.


  1. Demonstrate a continuing awareness of groups of people who have differing needs, e.g. children and their families, older people and ethnic groups


  1. Ensure own mandatory training and appraisal cycles are continuously kept up to date



  1. Observe the NMC Code of Professional Conduct for nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors at all times.


  1. Be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date registration on the NMC register.


  1. Maintain a professional portfolio which will meet the requirements of NMC revalidation.

  1. Always work in such a manner that protects colleagues, patients and visitors from any hazards (which involves recognising and reporting such hazards should they arise).


Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse (Adult) or RGN
Desirable criteria
  • Second Registration (Child/MH/LD)
  • BSc or working towards
  • Mentorship qualification
  • ILS

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to manage own work load and support others.
  • Basic nursing and assessment skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and relatives in a busy environment.
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Good verbal and written communication in the English Language.
Desirable criteria
  • IV Drug administration competency (competency can be undertaken in post)
  • Cannulation

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of nursing models
  • Practices in line with the NMC Code of Conduct and guidelines.
  • Awareness of the current issues within Emergency nursing.
  • Able to deliver safe medicines practice.
  • Takes accountability for own nursing practice.
  • Contributes to the implementation of the nursing process within the department
Desirable criteria
  • Extends the role of mentorship to junior colleagues


Essential criteria
  • Smart appearance
  • Professional manner
  • Good attendance record
  • Genuine interest in Emergency Nursing
  • Ability to demonstrate Trust Values
No smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleImproving working livesCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committed

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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Mathilde Norton
Job title
Charge Nurse
Email address
Telephone number
0207 288 5100

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 5919