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Senior Staff Nurse PACU

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 Per Annum Including HCAS
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Will consider Part time hours and have Secondment to cover.

We are looking for an individual to complement our highly motivated and dynamic team.

Nursing within the main theatre PACU, day surgery PACU and outlying services provides an opportunity to develop your high dependency skills within a very friendly, supportive and progressive environment. The unit provides post-operative care for a wide range of surgical specialities including Brachy Therapy, Hepato-biliarily and Maxillo Facial surgery. You will find yourself regularly challenged in an area where your ongoing professional development will be actively encouraged and supported. Team members are highly valued and innovation is supported within the unit.

Main duties of the job

As a registered, accountable and autonomous nurse to act in the best interests of your patients at all times and take personal responsibility for your actions and decisions. To be responsible for patient assessment, planning of care, implementing and supervising safe and compassionate care, and evaluating the effectiveness of care. As an NMC registrant facilitate learning and development of others. You will demonstrate leadership qualities and be open, transparent and trustworthy. As a Trust employee act with integrity and uphold the values and beliefs of the Trust and the NMC Code of Conduct.

To provide a high standard of individualised patient care reflecting individual competencies and education that involves relatives/carers as appropriate. To be responsible for the nursing care of a defined group of patients. To assist in the management and organisation of the nursing service in the clinical area including the teaching and management of more junior staff or those in training.

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To adhere to the main standard of performance for patient care, within the concepts of the accepted nursing philosophy, The Guide and good customer care.
  • To carry out all relevant forms of nursing care without direct supervision.
  • To manage a group of patients ensuring effective communication with the nurse in charge.
  • To liaise with clinicians, other professionals and community staff as appropriate co-ordinating and maintaining care which will achieve the set standards.
  • To ensure that the following standards are met and that this can be demonstrated.
  • Respect for privacy, dignity and religious and cultural beliefs
  • Information to relatives and friends about the progress of treatment subject to the patients wishes
  • A named qualified nurse must be allocated and be responsible for each patients care
  • Discharge of patients from hospital must comply with agreed standards which include prior consultation with agencies such as community nursing services and local authority social services departments
    • To be aware of the ward budget in order to achieve a safe and cost-effective service within the constraints of the agreed budget.
    • To ensure care provided is evidence based and in line with the Trusts policies, procedures, standards and guidelines.
    • To act as a second mentor and participate in teaching pre-registration students, Healthcare assistants and supporting National Vocational Qualifications as required ensuring they are given adequate supervision and support.
    • To be required to use any computer system purchased by the Trust providing appropriate training given.
    • To set an example of professional work and behaviour and may be required to take charge as part of an on-going experience in a learning situation.
    • To participate in any other duties that you may be asked to undertake by senior nursing staff.

    Personnel function:
    • To ensure that you are familiar with the Trusts policies and procedures and introduce staff to them as required.
    • To exercise leadership by example.
    • To continue to develop clinical and professional knowledge and be aware of own training needs.
    • To work to the competencies/objectives expected of a Band 5 registered nurse.
    • To assist with appraisals of healthcare assistants.

    Clinical Governance:
    • To participate in the clinical governance and quality activity in conjunction with the ward sister/charge nurse including:
  • Maintaining accurate documentation
  • Incident reporting and preparation of accurate statements as required
  • Undertaking audits
  • Participating in research
  • Understanding the complaints procedure
  • Practice development
    • Contribute to the ward teaching sessions and be involved in producing a teaching resource file.
    • To promote and participate in health education.


    For newly Band 5 graduated radiographers/qualified nurses to complete the departmental preceptorship programme as per the Trust preceptorship policy.

    Special Responsibilities:

    To abide by the NMC Code of Professional Conduct for the Nurse and ensure safe practice. As a registered nurse or midwife, you are personally accountable for your practice. In caring for patients and clients you must:
    • Respect the patient or client as an individual
    • Obtain consent before you give any treatment or care
    • Protect confidential information
    • Co-operate with others in the team
    • Maintain your professional knowledge and competence

    Be trustworthy
    • Act to identify and minimise risk to patients and clients

    These are the shared values of all the United Kingdom health care regulatory bodies.
    • To take full management responsibility of the team, providing leadership, recognising and developing the teams, mentoring, coaching and training them to utilise the strengths to enhance the departments performance and build organisational capability.
    • Assessing staff performance against agreed performance standards/objectives and/or competencies at least annually and develop meaningful and achievable personal development plans and objectives
    • To be responsible for the self- development of skills and competencies through participation in learning and development activities, and to maintain up to date technical and professional knowledge relevant to the post
    • You are required to comply with the Trust Standard of Business Conduct policy and the NHS Codes of Conduct and Standards of Business Conduct for NHS Staff and you are required to declare all situations where you (or a close relative or associate) have a controlling interest in a business (such as a private company, public organisation, other NHS organisation or voluntary organisation) or in any other activity which may compete for an NHS contract to supply goods or service to the Trust.

    Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse Part 1 or Part 2
    • Evidence of recent professional updating and relevant personal development.

    Knowledge and Experience


    • Demonstrates professional awareness and knowledge


    • Understanding of current issues in Acute NHS setting
    • Consolidation of Nurse Training
    • Can demonstrate up-to-date clinical creditability/competence
    • Knowledge if current NHS and Professional issues

    Skills and Capabilities


    • Excellent customer care skills


    • Good communication skills
    • Competence in tasks such as IV additives/ECG recording and venipuncture or willingness to undertake
    • Computer skills

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


    Egerton Rd


    GU2 7XX

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