Endoscopy Nurse

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Full Time
A vacancy has now become available within our busy Endoscopy Unit at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth and Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

We are a highly motivated team running four full time Endoscopy suites, and an unsedated nurse-led satellite unit at the Gosport War Memorial. The post holder will be expected to be mobile across both sites.

Our services include an ever increasing number of specialised therapeutic and diagnostic procedures which require a high level of techinal capability and a passion for problem solving.

Main duties of the job

The main responsibility of this post will be to work as the registered Nurse along side our Advanced Associates and Endoscopists in delivering high level care to patients in all areas of the unit, this role is highly technical as you will be working with state of the art endoscopic equipment which helps to diagnose, assess and treat patients conditions with the Gastrointestinal tract. This can be a physically demanding and challenging role but is very rewarding for the right candidate.

The applicant does not require previous endoscopy experience as all training will be given however, a NMC registration is vital for this role. If you are motivated, enthusiastic and a confident team worker with good communication skills you will be well suited to work within this large multidiscplianry team.

Working pattern - Monday to Sunday, 08.00 to 22.00 (working pattern may be negotiable to suit successful applicant, and may be subject to change as the service develops).

For further information, discussion and/or visit please contact Natalie Tolfree on 02392 286000 x 3406.

About us

The Trust is committed to driving excellence in care for our patients and communities and was rated good by the Care Quality Commission report published 2020 and became a University Hospital. We are ranked as the third in the country for research embedding education and training across the organisation and we continuously strive to achieve our core values which are at the heart of everything we do. The Trusts main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, starting life as a military hospital over a century ago and now one of the largest hospitals on the south coast and you may have seen us on the TV series Nurses on the Ward. The Trust provides comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across South East Hampshire. The Trust employs over 8,000 staff and are #ProudtobePHU our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because its the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for providing outstanding care and support for patients, colleagues and our community you will find a home at PHU. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veterans status, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ensuring high quality nursing care is coordinated and delivered using a family focused model of practice.

Work as part of a cohesive multidisciplinary team ensuring patient care is delivered smoothly and efficiently.

The expectations within this job description will be achieved through hands-on clinical practice, education and training and research.

Through effective leadership ensure the clinical team deliver a safe, effective, responsive, caring and well-led service where compassion is embedded, and a positive patient experience is achieved.

Undertaking of the following job roles within the endoscopy unit Coordination of the daily running of the unit, working within the procedure suites, recovery, pre-clerking, admissions, discharges, ward liaison, phone triage, assisting in booking of 2ww patients,

Ensure patient safety is maintained and patient experience is positive by treating all patients, relatives and colleagues with respect, dignity and courtesy in accordance with Trust values.

Provide strong professional clinical leadership and act as a professional role model.

To maintain clinical competencies to a high standard

Working across QAH and GWMH sites, 7 days per week 0800-2200.

Key Responsibilities:


Promote and set high standards of nursing care and maintain the delivery of quality care within the trust policies, protocols and guidelines.

Provide and deliver a high standard of evidence-based nursing care through the assessment, planning, and evaluating of individual patients needs based on evidence. Initiate and co-ordinate care in the clinical area patients undertaking endoscopy procedures.

Recognise and respond to a change in patient status undertaking first line interventions within scope of practice and refer on to the appropriate clinician as required.

Actively promote safe and effective working practices to prevent harm to the patients within your care and take part in safety audits to maintain high quality standards.

Communicating and working with the multidisciplinary team to improve quality of care, and informed clinical decisions. Promote innovation and share any new ideas to improve patient care.

Participate in the allocation of workload and ensure efficient bed management and effective patient flow.

Coordinate care for a clinical area once deemed competent to do so.

Liaise, report and document any relevant nursing/patient needs with other health care professionals with on-going responsibility for patient care, communicating changes as they occur.

Ensuring that accurate and timely patient records are maintained.

Implement the trust values and beliefs ensuring they are embedded into everyday practice and evaluate their impact on the patients experience.

Engage and interact with carers/family encouraging them to be actively involved in patients care planning care as outlined in the ward/unit philosophy.

Ensure concerns raised by patients and their families are escalated and dealt with in an open, honest and transparent way, in line with trust policies, procedures and Duty of Candour legislation.

Maintain and continually develop in-depth specialist knowledge of nursing practice relevant to the individual clinical area.

Achieve competence in the use of medical devices/equipment by accessing training and maintain these.

Promote health education within the clinical area and advise patient, family, and others in health promotion issues, making every contact count. Promote the health and well-being of staff, patients and their carers.


Report, escalate and manage patient safety events and clinical emergencies as detailed in Trust-wide and local protocols and procedures.

Be proactive in the prevention and management of complaints (formal and those via Patient Advice and Liaison Service) and when they occur investigate and respond in a timely manner.

In conjunction with other team members, participate in quality monitoring and improvements via involvement in the Portsmouth Bundle.

Manage the discharge and transfer of patients by using the SAFER discharge bundle and other discharge policies to ensure a seamless transition from hospital to home or other community care services.

Comply and promote compliance with Trust policies and guidelines e.g. Health and Safety, Clinical Risk and Infection Control.

Take appropriate action to address unexpected changes and situations, informing the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse or other if unable to resolve.

Contribute to the clinical area non-pay budgets to ensuring good housekeeping and economic use of resources.

Delegate duties and tasks to un-registered staff, students/trainees and other staff as appropriate. Bands 1 to 4 as appropriate.

Demonstrate an awareness of and compliance with health and safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients, and visitors within Trust premises.

Work closely with partners i.e. Engie, resolving any issues regarding cleanliness, provision of food and maintenance of the environment. Ensure staff are aware how to escalate when issues cannot be resolved.

Research and Education


Contribute to a research culture within the nursing team to identify current knowledge and deliver evidence based care.

Support local research teams, contribute to local department multidisciplinary audits.

Liaise with the relevant research nurse to ensure patients are identified to take part in clinical research studies and research is delivered safely on the ward.

Embed in the team culture the concept of recruitment to clinical trials which is a national performance indicator.


Ensure staff under the post holders leadership has an annual personal development review and set achievable objectives. Feed agreed development opportunities into the department training plan.

Create a culture for learning and development that will sustain person-centered safe and effective care. Encourage team open-ness so that an evidence based approach is utilised and applied to nursing care.

Supervise, assess, mentor student nurses and support all Health Care Professionals, junior staff including bank and agency staff in an associate/buddy role until undertaking a qualified mentor role following recognised training.

Encourage a culture where students receive quality placements supported by mentorship and teaching from the multi-professional team.

With the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse ensure student mentors and sign off mentors within the clinical area are up to date with NMC standards, including annual updates and undertaking triennial reviews.

Responsible for ensuring that ward/department staff undertake essential training.

Ensure there are processes in place for the orientation of new/temp staff and preceptorship for junior nurses.

Communication and Working Relations

Communicate highly sensitive and complex information with empathy ensuring that information is understood.

Communicating and co-operating with other wards and departments, promoting and maintaining good working relationships within own clinical area and across the organisation, giving accurate information as required and keeping everyone informed of any untoward incidents.

Deal with interpersonal conflict and escalate to senior nurse to assist with resolution of any adverse situation/incidents. Comply and promote compliance to Trust policies e.g. Harassment and Bullying.

Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and participate in the induction of temporary staff to ward policies and routine.

Communicate complex/sensitive information with empathy and respect ensuring understanding.

Working Conditions and Effort

May be frequently exposed to distressing circumstances e.g. if working with patients who are terminally ill and their families and/or exposed to other conditions.

Occasional/frequent exposure to unpleasant or highly unpleasant working conditions e.g. bodily fluids, smell, etc

Person Specification

Skills and Knowledge


  • Clinically competent at Band 5.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Teaching and mentoring skills
  • Team building skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload, instruct and direct others
  • Organisational skills and able to work as part of a team
  • Able to support development of others
  • Articulate and knowledgeable of current professional nursing issues
  • Health promotion
  • Advocacy skills
  • Strong customer service skills.


  • Ability to adapt to change within working situation
  • Intravenous Therapy Skills
  • Mentors Course .



  • Previous Endoscopic experience and competency
  • Managing resources and contributing to departmental budget
  • Evidence of developing policy, guidelines and managing resources
  • An awareness of research and evidence-based practice relevant to clinical area.



  • Current RN +/- RN, registration with NMC and any other relevant post registration qualifications
  • Desirable BSc Degree in relevant field
  • Evidence of recent CPD.


  • Computer literate, knowledge of patient administration system .

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