Senior Staff Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
9 Oct 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
  • To deputise for the Ward Manager as/when appropriate and required.
  • To lead on Clinical Practice or the Learning Ward
  • Be responsible for the delivery and co-ordination of care to a named group of patients
  • Work effectively as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Work proactively within the team to achieve unit and trust goals and objectives.
  • Work with and promote recognised policies, protocols and guidelines

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for their practice as per NMC code of conduct. Sustain/ improve their knowledge/professional competence, via the appraisal process, attend mandatory/specific training.
  • Plan/assess care plans with patient, family and MDT, sensitive to patients dignity and privacy.
  • Promote effective communication with the MDT.
  • Recommend innovative changes in clinical practice to enhance care.
  • Participate in audit processes/action outcomes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of research and application to clinical practice. Use clinical expertise/knowledge to promote a 'nurse led' approach to care.
  • Ensure safe control/custody of drugs within the ward/department in line with Trust Policy/Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Inform Ward Manager of changes which may affect safe/competent practice.Ensure that patient care is documented accurately and timely.
  • Deputise for and complete delegated tasks from Ward Manager
  • Ensure efficient use of ward/department resources.
  • Leadership to members of the ward, promote effective team work.
  • Be responsible for monitoring staffing levels/skill mix to ensure appropriate to meet the needs of patients, take action to rectify identified deficits through ward manager/modern matron.
  • Maintain a positive approach to success within the team.
  • Assist with induction/act as role model to new staff/students.
  • To ensure that patients and carers are aware of their current and ongoing health needs.
  • To participate/promote clinical supervision.

About us

A 24 bedded unit providing rehabilitation to patients with varying complexities/needs. Our patients require support to meet their potential in a rehabilitation setting. You will have a fundamental role in liaising with nursing/medical/therapy colleagues. Our patients come following medical/surgical/orthopaedic treatment, plus directly from their own homes for palliative/end of life support.

Successful candidate will require robust organisation skills, whilst promoting/implementing practice conducive to the development of high quality care and leadership. The role will include, not be limited to:
  • Contribute to development of policies/guidelines in relation to nursing in the Community Inpatient setting.
  • Work with Senior Leadership team to ensure compliance with mandatory training the Nursing team.
  • Provide supervision/teaching and support for individuals in the clinical area.
  • Be accountable for the standards of nursing practice within the unit.
  • To develop a positive team culture and assist in recruiting and retaining the workforce

To assist you, you will receive support and development through in service training, regular appraisals, a personal development plan and clinical supervision.

Apply to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating, the first stand-alone NHS Community Trust in the country to be awarded the title.Enquiries are welcome, call Pauline Garnham: 07795470851

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Is wholly responsible for his/her practice in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council code of professional conduct. Takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve his/her knowledge and professional competence. To continue any development highlighted through the appraisal process and attend mandatory and specific training sessions.
  • Plan and assess programmes of care with realistic nursing goals with the consultation of patient, family and multidisciplinary team
  • To be sensitive to patients needs in respect of courtesy, dignity and privacy.
  • Promote effective communication with the multi-professional team.
  • Provide information and education, which enables patients to make choices about adopting a healthier lifestyle (in an appropriate manner to meet patients learning needs).
  • Recommend innovative changes in clinical practice, to enhance patient care.
  • Participate in audit processes and action outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research and application to clinical practice
  • Use clinical expertise and knowledge to promote a nurse led approach to care.
  • Ensure the safe control and custody of drugs within the ward/department in line with Trust Policy and local Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Inform the Ward Manager of changes in circumstances which may affect safe and competent practice.
  • Ensure that all patient care is documented accurately and legible and that information systems are maintained in a timely manner.
  • Work collaboratively with outside agencies.
  • Be aware of and utilise other statutory and voluntary agencies that can provide appropriate care for patients.

Management/Organisational Responsibilities
  • Deputise for the Ward Manager
  • Perform delegated tasks on behalf of the Ward Manager
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of all ward/department resources.
  • Provide leadership to all members of the ward, promoting effective team work.
  • Be responsible for monitoring staffing levels and the skill mix to ensure that this is appropriate to meet the needs of patients, and taking initial action to rectify any identified deficits through ward manager/modern matron.
  • Maintain a positive approach to achievement within the team.
  • Ensure adequate provision and maintenance of equipment
  • Assist with the induction of new staff and students, acting as a mentor.
  • Act as a role model giving guidance and support to staff and students.
  • Participate in problem solving related to work organisation.
  • To ensure that patients and carers are aware of their current and ongoing health needs.
  • To participate and promote clinical supervision.

Person Specification



  • Valid UK NMC registration, level 1
  • Registered mentor


  • Assessor and/or supervisor training
  • Working towards degree or relevant experience



  • Experience of working within a multi disciplinary team
  • Experience of leading a team in clinical practice
  • Experience of working with patients with multiple pathologies and developing and delivering care plans designed to meet their needs


  • Appropriate short clinical skills e.g. Venepuncture, ECG recording, Catherisation

Skills, abilities and knowledge


  • Basic computer skills
  • Experience of audit
  • Knowledge and understanding of learner needs
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical/professional issues
  • Ability to maintain and improve standards of care


  • Experience of resource management
  • Demonstrated/understanding of Coaching skills
  • Experience of audit research



  • Must hold full and valid UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language

Personal Attributes


  • Self awareness
  • Enthusisastic and able to work under pressure
  • Flexible/positiive approach to work to meet the needs of the service
  • Able to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to identify with the Trust commitment to safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Value and respect the privacy and dignity for patients

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Alder Ward, Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



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