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Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Trafford Renal Ward is a 26-bedded Ward for Nephrology patients of all backgrounds, acute and chronic offering nurses a chance to develop skills in highly specialised nursing. We work closely with the other areas of the Sussex Kidney Unit to provide specialist high quality care to patients with acute and chronic kidney diseases across Sussex.

If you are NMC registered nurse and would like change, we would like to hear from you. We are looking for an enthusiastic and caring nurse to join our friendly and highly motivated team. You will help provide specialist high quality care to in-patients with acute and chronic kidney diseases. We are a very supportive team and can offer a structured Orientation and are happy to give you help and guidance for development. A kind and compassionate manner, and an interest in providing an excellent standard of care are essential.

We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently direct hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses.

Main duties of the job

  • Deliver patient-centred nursing care on the renal ward, aiming to achieve the highest possible standards of care delivery, in accordance with the Trust's Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Working within the multidisciplinary team (MDT) to ensure high quality standards of evidence based care are maintained and Renal Association / Renal National Service Framework guidelines are met.
  • In the absence of more senior nursing staff may be required to undertake specific ward management duties, as delegated by ward manager (e.g. taking charge of shifts).
  • Provide best clinical and professional practice.
  • Ensure efficient use of resources.
  • Assist in the provision of a working environment which is conducive to learning for all staff and students.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Responsible for the assessment, planning and implementation of care and assists in the interpretation of data relevant to the patients condition and progress.
  • Promote and implement evidence based practice including guidelines from relevant areas e.g. The Trust, The Renal Association, The Renal National Service Framework and The National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of preparing and implementing peritoneal dialysis, support and supervise HCAs skilled in the therapy.
  • Negotiate effective nutrition / fluid intake with the patient in conjunction with other relevant members of the MDT.
  • Enable patients and their families to understand renal failure and its treatment, and to gain access to further psycho-social support as required.
  • Help and support a patient transferring between renal modalities and locations.
  • Enable patients to make an informed choice regarding renal replacement therapies and conservative management.
  • Build a partnership between the team, patients and carers and act as an advocate for the patient, relatives and staff.
  • Ability and willingness to work towards a working knowledge of peritoneal dialysis, haemodialysis and plasmapheresis.
  • Participate in the control, storage and competent administration of drugs and treatments as prescribed according to the NMC guidelines and the Trusts Guidelines for the Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines.
  • Demonstrate skills in the care and management of the critically ill patient and work closely with all members of the care team to ensure the needs of the critically ill patient are met.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the care of CVP lines, and the administration of IV Therapy in accordance with Trust Policy.
  • Participate in the smooth and effective discharge planning for patients.
  • Maintain accurate documentation to facilitate the continuity of care for patients transferred to other areas.
  • Promote a safe clinical environment for all patients, visitors and staff.
  • Maintain the patients respect, dignity and privacy, and to act with kindness and courtesy to all members of the public.
  • Be aware of essential procedures and take appropriate action in the event of cardiac arrest, fire or major incident.
  • Actively participate as an effective team member, contributing to the efficient running of Trafford Ward including Coordinating the nursing care within allocated bay.
  • Organise time, equipment and staff to deliver nursing care. Delegate and assign activities and tasks appropriately, working as a team to improve overall performance.
  • Ensures stock levels are maintained and orders stock as required.
  • Adhere to all local standard operating procedures and policies.
  • Participate in co-ordinating the activities for the whole ward area managing staff placement, ensuring safe placement of patients in the ward area.
  • Act as an advocate for the patient/client ensuring the provision of appropriate information and support services.
  • Effectively liaise with ward staff, clinical operations department, site management team, discharge lounge and other departments to allow timely management of patient throughput.
  • Ensure that discharge review documentation is completed and reimbursement material is communicated to relevant body in timely fashion.
  • Participate in ward rounds and other multidisciplinary meetings ensuring that concerns of patients are identified and met.
  • Ensure the health, safety and welfare of the ward/department staff, taking action where necessary and report issues of concern to the ward manager.
  • Identifies incidences of concern to either patients or staff and deals effectively with the consequences, completing appropriate documentation (for example, Safe code reporting forms).
  • Assists the Ward or Department Manager to develop and monitor systems to ensure co-ordinated and efficient patient movement including admissions, discharges and transfers in and out.
  • Raise concern and escalate appropriately where unsatisfactory practice is identified.
  • Act as a role-model and provide a positive mentoring experience for new and junior staff.
  • Promote effective teamwork within the ward or department.
  • To liaise effectively with the multidisciplinary team and other departments.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, their carers and co-workers where
  • barriers to communication may exist and where there may be varying levels of ability to understand.
  • Develop expertise in one clinical area as Link Nurse/ Health Professional.
  • Communicate up to date information or changes in evidence base for practice to the rest of the nursing team.
  • Demonstrate good practice in the handling of bad news to patients, carers and junior staff according to the Trusts Guidelines for the Handling of Bad News.
  • Implements research and audit with a view to achieving Renal Association / National Service Framework targets and standards (in collaboration with the Research/Education/Development department).
  • Participate in review/audit of practice.
  • Participate in the benchmarking process for the clinical area (e.g. Essence of Care).
  • Participate in audits related to Link Nurse/ Health Professional Activity and disseminate findings.
  • Participate in the development of a high quality learning environment within the ward.
  • Assist the supervision, mentorship and development of both pre and post registration students and participate in the educational audit of the ward/department.
  • Participate in the local induction programme for new staff.
  • To be a resource for students and junior colleagues, facilitating the development of junior staff.
  • Ensure that all patients/carers are taught the clinical skills required to maintain their care safely at home.
  • Responsible for identifying own training needs for mandatory and statutory training and discussing these with line manager ensuring that sessions are attended.
  • Attend mandatory and statutory training as required.
  • Attend relevant education, training and study days as required.
  • Work towards a range of clinical and non clinical competencies to improve overall performance, experience and skills.
  • To take personal responsibility for maintaining professional registration with the

Please refer to the Job description and Person Specification for full details

Person Specification

NMC registration


  • NMC registration



  • Post registration experience
  • Mentorship
  • IT skill
  • Management skill
  • Peritoneal dialysis

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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