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Band 7 OCC Specialist Lead Neuro/Trauma/Spinal

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a vacancy for a Band 7 in Oxford Critical Care (OCC), with a passion for the Neuro, Spinal and Trauma specialisms.

OCC is a 22 bed Critical Care Unit in a Major Trauma Centre. Trauma and Spinal patients are referred from the region, to receive excellent care with us.

The successful applicant will be an experienced Critical Care nurse with strong leadership skills, a desire to support their team of staff to develop, proficiency in quality improvement and networking capabilities.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work as a clinical band 7 on OCC, providing high standards of care to the critically ill patients of Oxfordshire, and daily operational management of the service, along with the Churchill ICU. The non-clinical work associated with this post will involve quality improvement projects for Neuro/Spinal/Trauma care, networking with the Neuro ICU, and the Spinal and the Trauma services. Close collaboration with the rest of the senior nurse team will be required, to ensure best practice and care standards are met.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Manage a clinical team, daily operational and staffing management, leading on the nursing initiatives (education/training/research) with regards to the specialities of Neuro/Spinal and Trauma within the department.

To promote and demonstrate contemporary and proactive approaches to intensivecare nursing practice and in collaboration with education links facilitate theadvancement of this practice.Take responsibility for the strategic leadership of a Clinical Team.Work with the Matron to manage strategic planning for OCC/CICU, taking operationalresponsibility for the effective utilisation of relevant intensive care resources.Collaborate with the multi-professional team and provide direction and example forprofessional nursing practice.

Clinical practice and Research:

Demonstrates expert knowledge and skills in the management of the complex andchanging health care needs of the critically ill patient, integrating theory and practice.Ensures that the patients interests are fully considered within the contexts of care andactively participates in ethical decision making.Actively investigates advanced theoretical knowledge and demonstrates research-based practice.Act as a credible clinical role modelPractices as a professional senior nurse with confidence, authority, and expertise.Takes responsibility for clinical practice developments.Demonstrates effective communication regarding complex and sensitive information to patients, individuals in the multi-professional team, and significant others.To participate and engage with research activities within the OCC/CICU service.To engage in and perform audit and service improvement projects.


Supports staff through the provision of sound mentorship tailored to individual learning needs.Takes responsibility for constructive feedback to staff on their progress anddevelopment utilising, or encouraging the use of, the performance review framework.Acts as an expert resource for staff requiring knowledge and skills in critical care practice.Contributes to the ongoing development and implementation of educationprogrammes within OCC/CICU practice.Actively participates in the provision of educational programmes within OCC/CICU.Actively participates in relevant OCC/CICU / OUH Trust initiatives / projects and takes responsibility for co-ordinating their development, implementation, and evaluation within critical care.

Managerial / Leadership and Audit:

Takes responsibility for operational management of the OCCCICU.Management of staff and resources across the OCC/CICU site.Participates in multi-disciplinary decision making via the daily bed meeting to facilitate elective admissions and discharges.In collaboration with other senior nurses, develops the OCC/CICU operational and organisational structure to optimise the service.Actively participates in the collaborative approach to strategic planning that ensures the OCC/CICU service plan accounts for patient and service needs.Directs supports and facilitates any team and unit project work.Contributes to local research and to practice development.Contributes to on-going development and achievement of individual team members to promote potential.Facilitates feedback to individuals through performance review and clinicalsupervision to fulfil individual and unit needs.Facilitates and develops communication channels within the multi-professional team.

Clinical Governance:In collaboration with the senior team ensure that education / training standards set locally and nationally within the clinical governance framework are implemented, achieved, and monitored.In collaboration with the senior team ensure all trust policies / procedures are implemented.To keep informed of current research and development and disseminate information as appropriate.To ensure that implementation and audit of current research-based practice is undertaken.Promote the adult critical care service-based quality initiatives.Monitor standards of care and quality of service through assessment of the care providers.Evaluate and audit the educational programme within the adult intensive care service.Contribute to the appraisal process regarding the educational needs of individual staff.Participate in response to untoward incidents, ensuring facilitation of education / training needs arising from the incident.Monitor and report staff compliance of statutory and mandatory training and appraisal requirements.

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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


John Radcliffe Hospital

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