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Staff Nurse - Ocean Gynae Ward

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Are you a dynamic, motivated Registered Nurse with experience in Gynaecology and Women's Health Nursing? If so Ocean Suite is looking for you to join our team.

Ocean Suite is an area specialising in Gynaecology and Women's Health. It comprises of both day assessment and inpatient services, providing both elective and emergency patient pathways. Our patients enter the service at multiple entry points, ensuring no two days are ever the same. Patients are admitted via GP referral, 111, ED, Gynaecology clinic and other wards areas, for assessment, treatment and admission. We also provide post-operative care and support for patients undergoing major Gynaecological and Breast surgery, as well as caring for pregnant ladies up to 19 weeks gestation.

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS at Risk staff throughout Devon who is able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.

If you are interested in joining our team please contact the Ward Manager Claire O'Donnell for further information or to arrange a visit to the ward 01752 432686 ext. 32686

Main duties of the job

a. In the absence of departmental sister, would be expected to take responsibility for the department on a day to day basis, utilising knowledge of Trust standards, policies and procedures.

b. To provide leadership and act as role model for other staff members.

c. Contributes to the management of risk, both clinical and financial.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Clinical
  • Providing and delivering a high standard of nursing care by initiating and co-coordinating the assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating of individual patients needs based on evidence.
  • To participate as a member of the multidisciplinary outpatient team, liaising with other departments, wards and community services in order to achieve holistic patient care.
  • To act as the patients advocate.
  • Reporting and documenting all relevant nursing/patient needs, communicating changes with other health care professionals in the multi-disciplinary team with ongoing responsibility for patient care as they occur.
  • Promoting and delivering health education within the clinical area and advice patient, family, and others in health promotion issues.
  • Engage and interact with carers/family encouraging them to be actively involved in patients care.
  • Demonstrating and undertaking evidence-based practice playing an active part in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care.
  • To work collaboratively with clinical and non-clinical staff to develop and implement improvements to the outpatient pathway.
  • Supervising, assessing, mentoring and supporting junior Registered Nurses and Health Care Professionals including bank and agency staff in the clinical setting.
  • Increasing the level of knowledge and skills within the Department/Directorate through sharing best practice and supporting others to develop their professional abilities.
  • Implementing and sharing appropriate infection control practice as per Trust policy.
  • Undertaking manual handling assessments and ensuring identified actions are met.
  • Day to day direct supervision of team of patients and staff.
  • To develop their knowledge and skills in all areas of the Out Patient Department enabling the post holder to become a proficient link nurse for an individual area.
  • Managerial
  • Reporting and managing untoward incidents such as complaints, clinical emergencies, and injury or drug administration errors as detailed in Trust-wide and local protocols and procedures.
  • Contributing towards ward or clinical projects to set and maintain standards of practice in conjunction with other team members, participating in audits and quality monitoring.
  • To assist the Department Manager with budgetary control ensuring that resources are used efficiently and in accordance with agreed procedures.
  • Regularly acting, as nurse in charge of a clinical area, leading the allocation of workload and ensuring efficient patient flows and effective patient care.
  • Demonstrating an awareness of and compliance with health and safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients and visitors within the Trust premises including reporting any deficiencies in equipment, furnishings or matters of hygiene.
  • Supporting the Ward Sister in identifying developmental needs of the staff, using appraisal, and implementing appropriate staff developmental programmes.
  • Assist in periodic reviews of nursing workload, shift patterns, staff numbers and skill mix to achieve optimum delivery of care within allocated resources.
  • Professional
  • Maintaining, sharing and continually developing an in depth specialist knowledge of nursing practice relevant to the individual clinical area.
  • Assisting other clinical areas within the Trust if the clinical situation or staffing levels demand.
  • Undertaking manual handling assessments and ensuring identified actions are met. Initiating appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.
  • Supporting team members in delivering their objectives through offering advice, guidance and support as appropriate.
  • Maintaining personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, in line with professional registration requirements.
  • Maintain an up to date record of own professional development.
  • Ensure up to date knowledge and competence in use of clinical equipment regularly used and maintain a personal record of training.

To follow the NMC Code of Professional Conduct at all times.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered
  • Diploma/ Degree in Healthcare related subject.
  • Willingness to undertake courses and training relevant to role.


  • ECDL
  • Mentorship qualification or willingness to complete.
  • Speciality specific post graduate training.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Proven evidence of recent CPD
  • Demonstrable experience in Acute Hospital setting.
  • Effective delegation skills


  • Clinical skills relevant to gynaecology / Women's health.
  • Interest in Service Development

Aptitude and abilities


  • Good communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Ability to demonstrate fluency, clarity and effectiveness at all levels.
  • Numerate.


  • Demonstrate potential management abilities.
  • Teaching and mentoring skills.
  • Ability to facilitate change in the ward area.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


University Hospitals Plymouth

Derriford Hosptial



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