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Radiology Sister / Charge Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed term: 6 months (Part time and job share considered)
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
37.5 hours per week
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Whiston Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
25/10/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

A vacancy has arisen for a Band 6 Sister in the very busy Radiology Department at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The successful candidate will lead a small team providing nursing care within the department. They will maintain the quality of nursing care delivered. They will plan and carry out nursing care and interventions on a wide range of patients ensuring effective and efficient use of resources. The role covers mainly 8am-6pm, Monday – Friday.

The post will involve a range of nursing duties within the various modalities in Radiology - Interventional Radiology, CT, Ultrasound, MRI, etc. and will require close interaction with all the members of the multi-disciplinary Radiology team. The role involves administering of CDs and scrubbing for interventional procedures. The work is predominantly not ward based, apart from a 2 bedded day unit and cover for day case radiology patients on the CDC. The nursing staff also take a lead on IC, Medical Devices, ANTT, pharmacy link and oxygen link.

Flexibility around working hours is essential.

An Enhanced DBS Certificate, with the checking of both the Children’s and Adults’ Barred Lists is required for this post.

Interviews for this position will take on 2nd November 2021. 

Main duties of the job

Applicants should be enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to demonstrate a delivery of high standards of care. The department is extremely proactive and continually aims to improve its service to patients. Evidence of relevant ongoing professional development is required.


  • To ensure a good standard of nursing care is delivered to patients using the Radiology service.
  • To plan roles for nursing staff so that nursing input is given where it is required.
  • To be responsible for ordering, sorting and safe use of drugs within the department, as per Trust policies.
  • Liaise with medical representatives from external suppliers and order specialist medical / devices equipment needed to perform procedures carried out within the departments
  • Responsible for ordering and control of stock items required to ensure the smooth running of the department. This will include domestic supplies, medical and surgical sundries.
  • Carry out daily checks on emergency equipment.
  • Liaise with other professional bodies and support staff on nursing issues and their application within Radiology.
  • Contribute to policy and practice changes arising from audits, complaints etc.

Working for our organisation

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trust in England for the THIRD year running!

The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are also a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • Responsible for assessing, developing and implementing a nursing care programme for patients requiring nursing care within departments. This will include visits to wards and liaison with outpatients to assess patients prior to undergoing interventional procedures.
  • Collection of blood samples and retrieval of results from patients prior to procedures.
  • Management of patients who may suffer reactions during the use of intravenous contrast.
  • Monitoring and safety of sedated patients during interventional procedures.
  • Monitoring and safety of all patients ensuring correct monitoring equipment is available and maintained ready for use.
  • IV Cannulation of patients requiring venous access.
  • Monitoring of diabetics undergoing investigations / procedures and quality assurance and maintenance of glucometer equipment used.
  • Assist and participate in other procedures performed on patients in the department as and when required by medical staff / radiographic staff carrying out the procedure.
  • To adhere to relevant Code of Practice of Professional body (if appropriate)
  • Communicate with patients requiring treatment / examinations required for their wellbeing and deal with anxious relatives. This may mean dealing with victims of abuse and terminally ill patients and their relatives.
  • Maintain good communication and liaison with other professionals within the department and also with other departments, to assist in the effective running of radiology


  • Ensure all clinical records and documentation is completed in a correct and timely manner.


  • Maintain an up to date CPD portfolio as required for registration.
  • Specialist knowledge across a range of work procedures and practices gained through experience and training.
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge and competency of nursing practice and theory.
  • Attended training in venepuncture, cannulation and IV drug administration.
  • Hold ILS/ALS certificate as required to monitor sedated patients.


  • Plan rota for nursing staff to ensure nursing input is given where and when it is required.
  • Attend and contribute to radiology management team meetings.
  • Responsible for leadership of nursing team within Radiology.
  • Perform annual IPR reviews of nursing staff within the department.
  • Supervise staff during periods of training
  • Ensure the availability of a link nurse for: Infection Control: Moving and Handling: Medical Devices: COSHH: Falls etc


  1. Attend regular audit meetings.
  2. Take part in any clinical trials and audits.


  • To observe the provisions of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.
  • To actively participate in the annual performance review to identify personal development needs
  • To attend Trust Statutory and Mandatory training sessions as required and any other training courses relevant to the post.
  • To fully comply with the relevant sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act.  They must also understand and implement St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Hospitals Trust “Statement of Policy on Health and Safety at Work” and the Trust corporate “Health and Safety Policies and Procedures”.  You are required to follow all applicable rules and procedures relating to Health and Safety at Work and to take all responsible precautions to avoid actions.
  • To keep up to date with the requirements of information governance; undertake mandatory training and follow Trust policies and procedures to ensure that trust information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively.  You must maintain the confidentiality of information about service user staff and organisational business in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Caldicott principles.
  • To ensure that when creating, managing and sharing information records it is done in an appropriate way, subject to statutory requirements and agreed security and confidentiality policies, procedures and guidelines.  All employees are responsible for implementing and maintaining data quality, ensuring that records are legible and attributable and that the record keeping is contemporaneous.
  • To be aware of the confidential aspects of the post. Breaches of confidentiality will result in disciplinary action that may involve dismissal. The post holder should also be aware that, regardless of any action taken by the employing authority, breaches of confidentiality could result in civil action for damages.
  • All employees will be treated with respect by management, colleagues, patients and visitors and equally staff will treat management, colleagues, patients and visitors with the same level of respect. Staff will be supported to challenge any discriminatory behaviour that may be based on differences in race, disability, language, culture, religion, sexuality, age, and gender or employment status.
  • To fully comply with the relevant sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act.  They must also understand and implement St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Hospitals Trust “Statement of Policy on Health and Safety at Work” and the Trust corporate “Health and Safety Policies and Procedures”.  You are required to follow all applicable rules and procedures relating to Health and Safety at Work and to take all responsible precautions to avoid actions.
  • You will be expected to undertake the Trusts’ commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • To adhere to relevant Code of Practice of Professional body (if appropriate)
  • The duties contained in this job description are not intended to be exhaustive.  The duties and responsibilities of this post are likely to evolve in line with the Trust’s continued organisational development.
  • The post holder must be flexible in the duties performed and it is expected that similar duties, not specifically listed above, will be carried out as required and may be cross site.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse, current NMC registration
  • ILS
Desirable criteria
  • ALS

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Significant experience of post qualification experience
Desirable criteria
  • Cath lab or Interventional radiology experience
  • Radiation Awareness
  • Contrast Media reaction awareness


Essential criteria
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • IV cannulation
  • Ability to work in changing environments
  • Ability to support less experienced staff


Essential criteria
  • Excellent team player
  • Flexible and adaptable approach
  • Maintain both personal and professional development
  • Exemplary personal standards of conduct and behaviour
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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

Sue Haunch
Job title
Radiology clinical manager
Email address
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Additional information

If you want to be part of our friendly, hardworking and forward thinking team contact:

Sue Haunch, Clinical Professional Manager – Fluoroscopy Services,  0151 430 1085


Sue Conroy, Radiology Manager, 0151 430 1717