Staff Nurse - Wycombe Renal Unit

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
High Wycombe
£28,407 to £34,581 £24,907 - £30,615 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
Wycombe Renal Unit is a satellite unit of the Oxford Kidney Unit and provides an Outpatient Service of Haemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and Renal clinics for patients in South Buckinghamshire.

Wycombe Renal Unit is a nurse led unit with a highly motivated team committed to a high quality of service, developing individual potential and continuing education. The Unit has strong links with the Oxford Kidney Unit and Oxford Brookes University which enable the educational and professional development of staff.

There is a vacancy for an enthusiastic and motivated nurse who can provide and maintain a high standard of care based upon and reflecting the beliefs of nursing practice outlined in the unit philosophy for patients receiving renal replacement therapy and patients attending outpatient clinics or the unit for other treatments related to their renal failure.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide and maintain a high standard of care based upon and reflecting the beliefs of nursing practice outlined in the unit philosophy for patients receiving renal replacement therapy and patients attending outpatient clinics or the unit for other treatments related to their renal failure.
  • To be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for a named group of patients who are receiving maintenance haemodialysis.
  • To act as co-ordinator of the clinical area on a daily basis, sometimes in the absence of a more senior member of staff on site.
  • To supervise and teach new staff, renal course students, renal care assistants and pre-registration students and to assist in the development of junior staff.

  • About us

    Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is a world-renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK.

    We have a rich tradition of developing Nursing and Midwifery and of delivering excellence in patient care. While proud of our heritage, our focus remains on the future. We are equally committed to caring for and supporting one another to make OUH a great place to work for all.

    Our aim is to deliver the best possible staff experience and to promote wellbeing for all our people within an inclusive culture of compassionate care. We are proud to be#OneTeamOneOUH, working together to nurture an environment where staff at all levels can reach their full potential.

    We consistently strive to be at the cutting edge in a world where healthcare innovation and technology is advancing rapidly. Our aim is to be the best at what we do, supported by our research, innovation initiatives and professional partnerships. We recognise that none of this would be possible without the commitment and dedication of the amazing professionals across our nursing teams.

    We appreciate your consideration of OUH in which to build your career in Nursing and Midwifery, and we look forward to welcoming you to our team.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities


  • To provide care for patients receiving maintenance haemodialysis as out-patients.
  • To maintain competence in:-

  • 2.1. Operating the dialysis machines.

    2.2. Cannulation of fistulas and grafts.

    2.3. Care of central venous dialysis catheters

    2.4. Operation of infusion devices.
  • To accept responsibility and be accountable for the total patient care for a named group of haemodialysis patients, monitoring health status and blood results. To adjust prescribed care in conjunction with the team leader.
  • To develop and maintain a high level of clinical knowledge in order to assess patients who become or present unwell, in the absence of medical cover on site. To be able, on occasions, to take appropriate action in referring patients when necessary to the GP, the Oxford Kidney Unit or Wycombe Hospital medical staff.
  • To assist in the care of patients on Peritoneal Dialysis, (PD) in the unit and at home. To learn the basic PD procedures.
  • To take all measures to ensure the safety of the patient, relatives and other staff members, reporting all accidents and incidents and completing the relevant documentation.
  • To help and support patients who find it difficult to adhere to their treatment regime.
  • To liaise with members of the multidisciplinary team, in the hospital and the community, on behalf of the patient. To negotiate responsibility for different aspects of the patients care in the absence of senior nursing staff.
  • To ensure that agreed nursing policies are implemented.
  • To communicate effectively with the patients and their relatives both face to face and by phone.
  • To care for the needs of patients attending renal outpatient clinics, including venepuncture, dressings, drug administration and advice where indicated.

  • 12. To develop and maintain a high level of knowledge of infection control issues, practising within the policies and guidelines recommended by the Trust and Unit, thus ensuring the safety of patients and staff at all times

    Person Specification



    • Able to demonstrate the ability to put patients at the heart of what you do and recognising different needs by encouraging a spirit of support, integrity, respect and teamwork.
    • Shows pride in the quality of care they provide for patients and learning from successes and setbacks.
    • Able to deliver a high standard of care for patients and always striving to improve on what you do through change and innovation



    • Registered Nurse (Part 1. 8. 12 or 15 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register depending on area of practice) or National Certification in area of Practice
    • UK recognised Degree in Nursing relevant to post.
    • Evidence of ongoing professional development through maintenance of an NMC revalidation or equivalent.


    • Post-graduate qualification related to an area of practice.

    Clinical Practice


    • Articulate and knowledgeable of skills needed to deliver a high standard of care in the area of practice.
    • Able to work under own initiative within boundaries of role
    • Demonstrates awareness of importance of working as part of a team.
    • Able to document observations, results, decisions and actions etc. effectively in patient's notes and communicate these effectively to appropriate members of the multi-disciplinary team.
    • Able to communicate effectively with patients/relatives and carers and all members of the multi-disciplinary team.
    • Able to proactively contribute to the education of learners and non-registered and less experienced staff.
    • Demonstrates ability to manage, direct and evaluate the nursing care for a defined caseload of patients.


    • Competent to administer intravenous medicines
    • Competent in central venous access management

    Leadership and Management


    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Able to prioritise own workload and that of others as appropriate
    • Demonstrates ability to maintain and contribute to the development of standards of practice, conduct or decision making in conjunction with their line manager.
    • Acts as a role model and are able to lead by example to ensure the Trust's values and behaviours are reinforced throughout their area of practice.
    • Able to supervise Foundation nurses, non-registered and less experienced staff to ensure effective care delivery.
    • Able to effectively and appropriately escalate concerns to reduce risk and promote patient safety.


    • Previous experience in the relevant specialty
    • Previous management experience of specific clinical area
    • Previous experience of managing clinical incidents and complaints.

    Developing Practice


    • Understanding of professional and current issues related to area of practice
    • Demonstrates ability to keep up to date with professional issues that influence nursing practice relating to the area of clinical practice, management education and research.
    • Able to identify own learning needs and ensure own professional development is maintained by keeping up to date with practice developments


    • Able to contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies/protocols/guidelines relevant to area of practice.
    • Demonstrates ability to question and challenge nursing practice in a constructive way so that standards of patient care are continually evaluated and improved

    Personal Qualities


    • Motivated and able to articulate reasons for desire to work in the specific practice area
    • Being self-aware and able to accept constructive criticism
    • Positive enthusiastic character
    • Resilient under pressure
    • Smart professional appearance
    • Pleasant personality
    • Good self-presentation
    • Able to undertake specific procedures involving physical skills commensurate with practice area.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Wycombe Renal Unit, Wycombe Hospital

    Queen Alexandra Road

    High Wycombe

    HP11 2TT

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