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Senior Staff Nurse - Nightingale Ward

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen within Nightingale Ward for a Senior Staff Nurse position. The successful candidate will work alongside the Ward Manager to support the Nursing team to provide the highest quality care for our patients.

Nightingale is a 28 bedded GI and emergency general surgical ward, providing care for acute emergency patients as well us Upper GI and Colorectal specialist surgeries and Gastro in-patients. Caring for our specialist patients will give the successful candidate the opportunity to develop a wide variety of clinical knowledge & skills. We will support this development by sending you on study days such as Pain & Epidural Training & ILS.

We are a short stay, fast turn over surgical ward that offers an Enhanced Recovery Pathway & Short Stay Surgical service within the ward environment.

We support other surgical specialties with outlying patients from Orthopaedic, Vascular, Plastics and at times Gynaecology team. Offering a wide range of experience/ training available to our nursing team.

We also support the medical team with their workload pressures, particularly during winter months.

If you are a highly motivated nurse, and interested in this post and would like to work within a supportive and innovative environment we would like to hear from you!

Closing date: 22nd of November 2023

Interview date: 30th of November 2023

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Staff Nurse you will be working closely with the Sister and senior team. You will be expected to undertake managerial duties and support all members of the team. You will be given appropriate training and support to enable you to do this role.

The role will encompass specific responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care and expertise within the clinical area. To help lead and coordinate the clinical, managerial and educational requirements of the clinical area ensuring the highest standards of nursing practice and care are delivered as reflected by the unit philosophy. Ensuring the safety and well being of services users, and always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person centered care principles.

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 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, neighboring NHS organizations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organization and ensure that our services are of the highest quality, safe and focused on our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

- Provide strong clinical leadership skills and inspire the nursing team towards a common goal.

- To be involved in rostering and allocation/approval of bank & agency staff.

- Pro-actively Co-ordinating the day to day running of the ward to deliver safe and effective care.

- Deal with complaints in a calm and efficient manner.

- To be a role model in delivering safe and effective patient care.

- To assess, plan and implement care, provide specialist advice and maintain associated and accurate records.

- To provide leadership, support and guidance to staff in monitoring theplanning delivery and evaluation of individualised care.

Please see attached job description for full details

Person Specification



  • BSC/1st degree (health related)or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Mentorship course and working towards Sign off mentor
  • In depth drugs knowledge
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues. Knowledge of evidence based practice
  • Registered Nurse on the NMC register


  • Sign off Mentorship
  • Leadership qualification (e.g. LEO)



  • An understanding of resource management
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate specialist care delivered to patients/clients and give relevant advice/information to patients and relatives
  • Good communication skills and ability to deal with sensitive information. To include dealing with distressed relatives, care of terminally ill & other challenging situations



  • Experienced and competent in the management of patients within the speciality
  • Experiencing of co-ordinating a shift
  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Experience of teaching/assessing/ supervising others in a clinical setting.

Values and Behaviour


  • Trust Values and behaviour

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas' Hospital



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