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Senior Staff Nurse Interventional Radiology

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year Per annum incl. HCAS
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Imaging Service and departments exist to provide support to the clinicians in charge of the medical care and treatment of patients attending the Trust. It aims to do this speedily and to provide interpretation and advice on results. The department supports the teaching functions of the Trust and its commitment to the research and development of new modalities. The Imaging department work within a high quality management system and have recently been awarded UKAS QSI Accreditation.

This band 6 Senior Staff Nurse role is for those not simply interested in the routine, day-to-day nursing positions which may be offered elsewhere. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust believes that our people will get out what they put in, and that requires our active support to develop our people, so we make it a top priority that our nurses always feel valued and part of something bigger.

If you are looking for a job where you are professionally developed, working at the forefront of interventional radiology and can go home every single day and be incredibly proud that you are delivering a service of the highest possible standards, then don't miss out on your opportunity to be part of something great.

With an excellent senior nurse team in place we are able to offer a supportive learning environment, you will have a comprehensive induction programme supported by experienced members of the team. Experience in ITU/CCU/Theatres/Recovery/Cath lab/Endoscopy is desirable.

Main duties of the job

Post-holders will be nurses who are keen to be part of an Interventional Radiology service with a difference. Interventional Radiology provides necessary training and practice skills for a broad range of specialist procedures. We are seeking senior nurses who wish to work at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital so that they are surrounded by people who put patients first but are also keen to invest in themselves and the organisation. . The post is ideal for nurses who have cath lab, theatre or recovery experience and looking to gain leadership experience. The Trust has a commitment to develop our radiology nurses by exposing them to all Imaging and IR specialised procedures including:
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolisations
  • Paediatric Intervention
  • Sclerotherapy
  • IR under General Anaesthetic
  • Radio-Frequency Ablations
  • Prostate Artery Embolisations
  • SIRT (Selective Internal Radiation Therapy)
  • TIPS

On offer is a range of working patterns throughout the week and an on- call commitment which provides a lucrative incentive in addition to the basic salary. In addition co-operating with the need for occasional and necessary overtime to ensure that any procedure in progress can be completed safelyand in the usual fashion, such as extra working time usually being compensated by time in lieu or overtime payment, in accordance with line management.

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people.

Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff says they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing significant Capital year on year in our estate.

We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities (1)
  • The post holder will have the responsibility for the clinical nursing care of patients attending the Interventional Radiology department.
  • Demonstrate excellent leadership skills to ensure the delivery of high quality care and evidence based practice.
  • To participate in rostering and assisting with changes while liaising with the team
  • To work alongside the radiologist as a scrub nurse for minimally invasive radiological procedures such as embolisations, stenting and biopsies.
  • Develop individualised care plans based on each individual patients condition.
  • To provide pre and post- operative care in recovery.
  • To promote and demonstrate contemporary and proactive approachesto planned and acute radiological procedures.
  • To assist in the development of the interventional radiology service, such as carrying out audits and maintaining personal development plans.
  • Collaborate with the multi-professional team and provide direction and example for nursing practice.

Clinical Responsibilities (1.1)The Sedation Nurse
  • Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication including transfusion of blood and blood products
  • Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in the speciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to lead others to do the same.
  • To ensure suitability of patients for intravenous administration of medications.
  • Reassure the patient and endeavours to resolve their concerns.
  • Monitor the patient at all times ensuring the comfort and safety of the patient and, where appropriate, records pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation.
  • Ensure that the radiologist is aware if the patient is in pain.
  • Remain in the procedure room throughout.

The scrub nurse
  • The scrub nurse prepares sterile instruments and equipment ready for the procedure.
  • Check the requirements for the procedure with the radiologist and collect any specialist equipment and instruments needed.
  • Check the patient has given informed consent and where appropriate signed the consent form.
  • Confirm with the patient and clinical radiologist the correct procedure, site and side of the intervention
  • Ensure that the patient is placed safely on the radiology table.
  • Gown and glove using an aseptic technique.
  • Drape the trolleys and bowl stands with sterile drapes, with or without pre-packed sets.
  • Assemble sutures, needles, blades and other necessary sterile equipment with the assistance of the circulating nurse
  • Assist in skin preparation and draping
  • Anticipate the needs of the radiologist by continually observing the progress of the procedure.

Leadership and Education (1.2)
  • Act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure there is a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.
  • To provide leadership, support and guidance to staff in monitoring the planning delivery and evaluation of individualised care.
  • Demonstrate appropriate practice and specialist advice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. This includes history taking, physical examination and the requesting of agreed diagnostic procedures/clinical investigations.
  • Lead on and participate in key developments relating to the specialty so that high quality patient focused services are promoted.
  • Identify and raise awareness of the educational needs of patients and carers and implement appropriate education programmes.
  • Assist the Sister/Charge nurse to ensure that all students and newly appointed staff have identified mentors/preceptors.
  • To act as mentor/assessor to unqualified staff and to provide education, advice and support to a team of nurses.
  • Contribute and assist the Sister/Charge Nurse to foster a learning environment within the clinical area.
  • To participate in education on a national and international level by attending, presenting at, and/or assisting in the coordination of study days/seminars/conferences etc.
  • Identify and intervene where circumstances contribute to an unsafe environment for patients and staff. To bring instances to the attention of the Sister/Charge Nurse for the area

Quality and Patient Care (1.3)
  • To provide skilled nursing care to patients attending the department.
  • To provide the patient and their carers with full advice and education before, during and after an investigation.
  • To ensure that previous imaging and a correctly completed request are available for all imaging procedures.
  • To check that all patients have written consent when appropriate.
  • To ensure the safe care, treatment and management of patients both pre and post procedure following departmental nursing protocols.
  • To provide full and clear verbal or written reports of a patients condition following an investigation to the ward or dept. nurse, with advice and explanations regarding the on- going care required.
  • May be required to stand long periods during interventional procedures, wearing radiation protective equipment.
  • Facilitate a high quality, cost effective specialist service through monitoring and audit and other quality initiatives agreed by the Trust
  • To provide the Radiology and medical staff with correct equipment for each procedure, prepared according to agreed nursing protocols and standards.
  • To be able to assist radiologists in specialized interventional procedures e.g. Stent insertions, scrubbing and circulating as appropriate.
  • To identify and dispatch specimens and request forms in line with agreed Trust policies.
  • To be fully cognisant with all contrast media and drugs in use within the department and ensure appropriate reaction/reversal treatment is available at all times.
  • To have knowledge of all routine procedures performed in the department.
  • To have specialist knowledge of stock required for interventional radiological procedures and to be responsible for the ordering and maintenance of stock levels.
  • To promote a safe clinical environment for all patients, visitors and staff.
  • To ensure emergency trolleys are maintained.
  • To be aware of, and observe the policy for the safe disposal of waste by self and others.
  • To be responsible for the order, storage and management of the controlled drugs in the radiology department.
  • To ensure equipment is safe and functions to optimum requirements.
  • To ensure all equipment defects are recorded and reported to the radiology sister according to agreed departmental procedures.
  • To be fully aware of all agreed policies relating to nursing procedures, emergencies (cardiac arrest, fire, bomb alert and major accident), complaints, grievances and accidents, and to attend related study days within the set time limits.
  • To be able to teach other staff procedures where appropriate.
  • To comply with ionising radiation legislation
  • To participate in the interventional radiology shared on-call service across the trusts.
  • To comply with the WHO safety checklist
  • To be able to protect themselves and others through the use of radiation protective clothing and mentoring.

Professional Practice (1.4)
  • To ensure that any extension of his/her professional role is carried out only after successful assessment and within Trust policy and professional guidelines.
  • To maintain own clinical knowledge and skills including mandatory training.
  • To ensure professional development with regard to interventional procedures is maintained in line with departments development.
  • To observe agreed departmental radiological practices and protocols.
  • To be aware of and observe the Ionising Radiation Medical Exposure Regulations.
  • To acknowledge ones own limitations in ability, knowledge and training and refer to a radiologist and radiology sister or superintendent radiographer where an activity is outside of these.
  • To report incidents promptly and appropriately according to the Trust incident reporting policy.

Person Specification

Skills and knowledge


  • Evidence of effective interpersonal skills with particular ability to liaise with multidisciplinary team members
  • Evidence of working well in a team
  • Confident and articulate
  • Able to work autonomously using own initiative with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Familiarity with databases and word processing
  • Evidence of commitment to customer care initiatives
  • Knowledge of understanding of quality issues
  • Computer literacy

Education and Qualifications

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