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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Band 5 Staff Nurse Acute Assessment Unit
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust logo
Grade Pay band 5—30,00040,000

Band 5 Staff Nurse – Acute Assessment Unit

Salary: £26,554 - £34,495 per annum Incl.HCAS

Location: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital—and a number of community-based services across London, such as our award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

The Trust has over 6,000 staff proudly serving a million people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We treat a patient every 40 seconds, performing 34,000 operations and carrying out 391,000 scans, x-rays and procedures each year. As the second largest maternity provider in the country we help deliver a baby almost every hour of the day. We have one of the lowest mortality rates in the country and 90% of our patients would recommend us to family and friends.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Acute Assessment Unit Team here at the Chelsea and Westminster site.

We have a 54 bedded newly refurbished Acute Assessment Unit which includes 35 AAU beds, 9 enhanced care beds and 10 assessment trollies. We cater for all acute medical specialities including patients who require non-invasive ventilation and enhanced support. Patients are admitted directly from the emergency department or other outpatient clinic settings including referrals from GPs. We take acutely unwell patients into our enhanced care unit from other areas within the hospital including intensive care step downs.

We have a dedicated Practice Development nurse on the unit to assist development of knowledge and skills and 2 highly motivated and supportive ward managers. The unit has a full junior sister/charge nurse team with extensive clinical experience to guide and support your development.

Our offer and commitment to you:

Our team is motivated, committed and creative; we want to constantly develop in order to provide the best care we can.

We believe our staff should feel valued and proud of the work that they do.

The Trusts newly developed values “Proud to care” were created with and by staff and patients are as follows:

P - Passionate about providing excellent patient care

R - Responsive to and supportive of my colleagues and patients, being responsible for my actions at all times

O - Open and welcoming, honest and transparent in all my communications as an ambassador for the Trust

U - Unfailingly kind, treating everyone with respect, compassion and dignity

D - Determined and dedicated to developing my skills and expertise in order to be the best I can be

The Emergency and Integrated Medical Care Division is led by the Divisional Medical Director, Divisional Director of Operations and Divisional Director of Nursing using the triumvirate model of leadership.  The Key Services delivered by this Division are Emergency and Acute Medical Care, Elective Medical Services and Therapy Services, all of which are delivered through the busy but well organised and supported wards and departments.

The newly expanded Nursing leadership Team within the division is now at its full establishment and you will have the support of your Ward sister / Manager, Matron, Lead Nurse and Divisional Director of Nursing.

The Trust employs over 80 Clinical Nurse Specialists, who you will have the support of and development opportunities associated with such a wealth of expert knowledge within the Trust (Critical Care Out Reach Teams, Palliative Care Teams, Respiratory Specialist Nurses to name a few). 

The Trust is also supported by a large Training and Development Team, with specialist Practice Development Staff to support your development and career progression.

The overarching vision for the division is to be the first choice for care and first choice employer.

We aim to deliver high quality and accessible acute and elective medical care using the most efficient and effective models of care and protect access to specialised services for our local population.

Quality improvement

The Trust is committed to delivering high quality care to all of our patients, and has an honest and open approach to learning, developing and improving its safety culture. We believe quality improvement is everybody’s role and welcome new ideas that improve care from all members of the team.

Each ward and department within the division has been assessed against the ‘Ward accreditation’ programme which identifies areas of good practices and ensures quality improvement initiatives can be targeted and focused on need.  

Support and development

The new nursing strategy for the Trust places great emphasis on providing high quality care, and providing patients with a positive experience.

Access to development through the divisional and corporate training and development Practice Development Nurses who provide development and support through a number of different forums of delivery - classroom / online / simulation or at the bedside. 

Rotational opportunities available within the division.

We have drafted a band 5 development program which includes developing you as a future mentor, as well as increasing and developing clinical competencies and skill sets.

Our induction programme includes:

  • Tour of both hospital sites
  • Divisional welcome breakfast
  • 3 day Corporate induction training
  • Local induction at department level


As a trust we are committed to hearing the views of staff and making improvements based on their feedback. As a new starter to the organisation you will be invited to regular reviews and will have opportunity to meet and discuss your time so far with an independent person in order that we can further improve the experiences for new starters.

We have a well-established ‘Transfer Policy’ which means that if as part of your development you would like to experience working in a different care setting and environment we will wherever possible support transfer to another team within the organisation.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Alison Bawden, Senior Sister -

Kristi Van Rosenveld, Senior Sister -