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Staff Nurse in Neurological Rehabilitation

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently direct hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses.

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic band 5 nurse to join our team.

Donald Wilson Neurological Rehabilitation Centre is a purpose-built specialist (level 2) neurological rehabilitation unit, providing post-acutetreatment for patients with a variety of acquired neurological disorders.Working closely with our in-house multidisciplinary team, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible care and outcomes for our patients. We operate within a purpose built unit on the St Richards Hospital site. We have a very cohesive and inclusive Multidisciplinary team. Offering 12 beds in a purpose built facility with a variety of bedrooms ranging from one to three beds as well as out-patient services, Donald Wilson helps people with:- Stroke, Brain injury, Spinal Injury, Multiple Sclerosis and other Non-progressive acquired neurological conditions who benefit from intensive inpatient neurological rehabilitation.

Universities Hospitals Sussex is a Foundation NHS trust with an active and supportive Learning and Development department that can provide a comprehensive preceptorship program.

Main duties of the job

Provide high quality evidence based clinical care to patients, in line with the Trust values and in accordance with professional regulations

Work with others to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of those in your care, their families and carers, and the wider community

To work in line with Trust policies, objectives, protocols and local guidelines

To act as a role model communicating in line with Trust values, to patients, carers and the staff at all times.

Accept delegated responsibility for specific activities/areas from the senior nurse in charge, recognising and working within the limits of your competence.

Take every opportunity to continue to maintain and develop your own practice.

Facilitate students and others to develop their competence through supervision, teaching and role modelling.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Communications and Relationship skills
    • To work as part of a team ensuring effective communication with all health care professionals within the clinical team and across all disciplines.
    • Act as a role model within the clinical area.
    • Adhere to the Trust values in all working relationships to patients, carers and staff.
    • Teach/assess and facilitate learning for all learners in the ward area, particularly students and healthcare assistants having.
    • Demonstrate good leadership skills and ensure that communication is effective between the patient, relatives and members of the multidisciplinary team, and ensure appropriate nursing input into patient care discussions
    • Ensure communication is used effectively in the interests of patient care, including the use of handover and clinical incident reporting if necessary.
    • Demonstrate politeness, courtesy and sensitivity in dealing with patients/clients, visitors/relatives and colleagues, maintaining good customer relations and recognising individuality and rights for each patient in line with Trust values.
    • Work effectively within a multi-racial and cultural environment.
  • Analytical and Judgemental skills
    • Take an active role in Risk Management in line with Trust and Directorate policy.
    • Analyse and report information provided through appropriate clinical equipment and act upon this gathered information (e.g. Patient Observations)
    • Ensure that all patients have appropriate clinical assessments and that individual requirements are met.
    • Report / action any accidents, incidents or undue occurrences reported or witnessed
    • Seek to constantly improve nursing practice in clinical area in line with recent best practice innovations and developments.
    • Liaise with the managers to ensure the most effective and timely use of available beds and most appropriate allocation to manage any possible clinical risk.
    • Work within the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Planning and Organisational skills
    • Maintain awareness of Trust and National targets, ensuring that within the scope of your role you support their delivery.
    • To have responsibility for risk management and health and safety in the workplace.
    • Work with the ward manager to ensure infection control procedures and cleanliness are observed in the clinical area.
    • Maintain awareness of evidence base and best practice in nursing care ensuring that within the scope of your role you support their delivery.
    • Ensure that patient activity is monitored and that all patient information is entered into the Sema Helix/Patient track systems at the most timely point.
    • Ensure your role has a positive influence on key performance indicators.
    • Maintain flexibility with staffing rosters so they can be adjusted accordingly to provide cover with the required skill mix, making best use of the resources available.
    • Deal with patient/relative complaints proactively.
    • Assist in setting ward objectives in line with the Unit, Corporate and national objectives.
    • Ensure effective staff supervision (including students) when running the ward and maintain productive working relationships within the ward team.
    • Take charge of the clinical area in the absence of the Ward Manager/Junior Sister.
    • Maintain clinical standards in the absence of the Ward Manager.
    • To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager which are commensurate with the role, including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover.
    • In conjunction with the Ward Manager ensure that medical supplies, central supplies and equipment are ordered and used cost effectively.
    • Ensure that equipment is regularly maintained and serviced in line with hospital policy and manufacturers recommendation in conjunction with the ward manager.
    • Ensure that open communication occurs within the ward and that all ward staff are briefed on all items of importance for safe and effective management.
    • To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the teams in which they work.
  • Patient/Client Care
    • Ensure that all planning and delivery of nursing care incorporates the Trust values and Vision, and reflects best evidence based practice.
    • Ensure that all patients have appropriate individualised, clinical assessments
    • Ensure that all patients/clients needs are identified and programmes of care are implemented to meet individual patient and client needs.
    • Ensure that best practice in care is delivered.
    • Review the effectiveness of the nursing care provided and initiate any action that may be required
    • Maintain accurate and effective record keeping
    • Be responsible for the control and custody of all medication and drugs in accordance with Trust Policy.
    • Ensure effective discharge planning, involving the multidisciplinary team as necessary.
    • To work as part of a team ensuring effective communication with all health care professionals within the clinical team and across all disciplines.
    • Recognise and act on situations that may be detrimental to the health and well-being of an individual.
    • Recognise own limitations and only work within own scope of professional practice and competence..
    • Maintain own professional development.
    • Teach/assess and facilitate learning for all learners in the ward area, particularly students and healthcare assistants.

    Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

    Person Specification



    • NMC Registration



    • Experience of Neurological Rehabilitation
    • Experience working in an acute hospital setting or the ability to utilise pre-registration experience to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant settings

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


    St Richard's Hospital

    Spitalfield Lane


    PO19 6SE

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