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Band 5 Staff Nurse - Victoria HDU

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a. incl. HCA
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5 Staff Nurse - Victoria High Dependency- East Wing 10

Our Unit is looking for you!

East Wing 10 is a state-of-the-art, new and improved 15 bedded unit which opened in October 2023 and we are looking for you!

We are looking for enthusiastic and energised nurses to join our friendly, welcoming team on this new venture to deliver high quality level 2 patient care. Victoria HDU is an integral part of the large and dynamic Critical Care department at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), caring for both surgical and medical patients. These are patients who have either been stepped down from Intensive Care, or those requiring a step up in care from ward level and the Emergency Department. These patients often require support of one or more organs, such as with non-invasive ventilation, renal replacement therapy and advanced cardiovascular support, all of which require close monitoring and observation.

The upgraded facilities and enhanced infection control measures will improve our ability to cater for the complex needs of critically ill patients. Guys and St. Thomas' are committed to investing in our hospital environments so we can continue to improve care and patient experience. This is one of several capital projects undertaken at GSTT that will improve facilities for patients.

Closing date: 26th November 2023

Interview date: 4th December 2023

Main duties of the job

We are looking for nurses with a willingness to learn, that thrive under pressure and have the ability to adapt and refine their skills according to the demands of the unit.

Would you like to work as a Band 5 Staff Nurse in one of the largest Critical Care departments in the UK? We are currently recruiting experienced & motivated Nurses to work in Critical Care, no previous critical care experience required (High Dependency or Intensive Care), who are looking for an innovative, challenging and inspirational career experience.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Responsible for carrying out clinical practice within designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality, current evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, implementation, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided from admission through to discharge.
  • Will be responsible for the application of knowledge across the range of work procedures and practices, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
  • To ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.
  • Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.
  • Recognise the significance of observations made, and use them to develop and initiate nursing assessments and devise a plan of care.
  • Carry out those activities necessary to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a persons nursing requirements.
  • Will ensure that all patients will have a discharge plan that is safe and appropriate for their needs.
  • Carry out nursing procedures and treatments, checking on and maintaining the highest possible standards.
  • Work alongside the multi-disciplinary team to ascertain treatments and advise on nursing priorities.
  • Take a clear and concise history from patients by assessing their health and wellbeing and complete documentation ensuring that all entries are accurate and legible and that all information systems are maintained.
  • Undertake prescribed physical observations as follows: blood pressure, temperature, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height, and report exceptions appropriates.
  • Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication including transfusion of blood and blood products.
  • Is wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC code of professional conduct and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve his / her knowledge and professional competence.
  • Will be familiar with the Health and Safety at Works Act, and be aware of its implications and ensure that local unit and departmental policies are followed.
  • Will adopt a patient orientated approach to work
  • Will be familiar with the wards fire, manual handling and C.O.S.H.H. policies and ensure that all nurses in the ward are aware of the policies.
  • Will be responsible for the provision and receipt of complex, sensitive or contentious information related to patients, patient care, relatives, staff and other multidisciplinary colleagues.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the multi- disciplinary team regarding patient care.
  • Will communicate with patients and relatives, making reports and liaising, as appropriate with medical staff other members of the care team and management.
  • Will give and receive day/night reports. Acting as team leader/member/coordinator as necessary.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse on the NMC register.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Experience of working in a team
  • Previous experience of working in a hospital setting


  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Completion of preceptorship



  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues
  • Able to prioritise & meet deadlines
  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills


  • IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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