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Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse - ITU Critical Care Harefield Hospital

Employer
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Harefield
Salary
£40,701 to £48,054 a year p.a inclusive of outer London HCA
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Profession
Nurse, Adult nurse, ICU nurse
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are currently one of the UKs largest and most experienced cardio-thoracic centres providing care for a variety of complex patients. Since March we have been one of the highest performing cardiac centres in the UK providing urgent/emergency surgery whilst continuing with the transplant programme.

We care for a variety of patients following complex cardiothoracic procedures including coronary revascularization, valve surgery, primary angioplasty, heart transplantation, lung transplantation, and insertion of Ventricular Assist Devices.

Nurses on our unit acquire specialist skills in the management of patients requiring interventions such as advanced modes of ventilation, IABP, CVVHDF, nitric oxide, ECMO and cardiac pacing.

Our mentorship programme, supported by our Practice Education Team, aims to provide all new staff with the essential knowledge and skills required to settle into this busy, friendly unit.

As a highly motivated Band 6 nurse you will have an excellent opportunity to develop yourself further in mentoring/supporting colleagues, contributing to key projects, shift management, performing staff appraisals and acting as 'Bay Leader'. You will be expected to follow the Band 6 Development Plan.

Applicants must be able to present evidence of advanced critical care skill development, successful teaching / mentoring contributions, and significant contributions to departmental projects.

Advert closing: 29th April 2024 at Midnight

Interview date: 6th May 2024

Main duties of the job

Job summary:

1.Supporting and deputising for the Sister/Charge Nurse in the management of theclinical area. This will involve dealing with complex situations and having to take appropriate action in conjunction with the ward sister/charge nurse in emergency or unforeseen situations.

2. To be responsible for the continuing professional development and overall performance of a particular group of staff delegated by the sister/chargenurse.

3. Act as a clinical role model and leader for all members of staff providing daily unit management, continuity of care and a high standard of excellent nursing care.

4. Provide specialist nursing practice to support and facilitate high quality,individualised care to patients/clients and relatives/carers without supervision in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team.

5. To be flexible in the approach to the clinical area and provide cover for any area specified.

6. Lead and direct the nursing care of other junior nurses, students and HCA's to maintain a high standard of excellent nursing care.

About us

Due to our everchanging and evolving critical care service we have band 6 vacancies.

We are currently one of the UKs largest and most experienced cardio-thoracic centres providing care for a variety of complex patients. Since March we have been one of the highest performing cardiac centres in the UK providing urgent/emergency surgery whilst continuing with the transplant programme.

We care for a variety of patients following complex cardiothoracic procedures including coronary revascularization, valve surgery, primary angioplasty, heart transplantation, lung transplantation, and insertion of Ventricular Assist Devices.

Nurses on our unit acquire specialist skills in the management of patients requiring interventions such as advanced modes of ventilation, IABP, CVVHDF, nitric oxide, ECMO and cardiac pacing.

Our mentorship programme, supported by our Practice Education Team, aims to provide all new staff with the essential knowledge and skills required to settle into this busy, friendly unit.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main tasks & responsibilities:

Patient/customer care (both direct & indirect)

To lead the provision of care in accordance with the Trust Policies reflecting current trends and developments in nursing and the NHS.

In conjunction with the staff team, to assist in developing and maintaining of the Ward/Department ethos and to the delivery of a standard approach to excellent nursing care.

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care, activelyseeking evidence based practice which will improve the quality of care andmeet the needs of the patient. A holistic approach to caring should beplanned that will include the appropriate level of physiological pathological spiritual, socio-economical and cultural aspects which influence the care of clients within your specific speciality.

Implement a nursing plan for an assigned group of patients indicatingassessment and re-assessment formulated for individual care pathways.Planning for care pathways for discharge.

Contribute to setting goals and benchmarking standards of care. Developtools to improve the quality of the service and co-ordinate clinical servicesacross the Ward/Department.

To comply with and participate in the Trusts framework for ClinicalGovernance within the Ward or Department area.

To take charge of the clinical area, utilising resources effectively andto ensure that safe staffing levels are maintained for their shifts.

In conjunction with the Ward / Department Manager provide a suitable and safe environment for the physical and psychological well being of staff,patients/clients and their relatives/carers.

Identify clinical risks and ensure that appropriate action is implemented inaccordance with the Trust risk management policy.

Record and report all incidents/complaints involving staff, patients and visitors in accordance with the Trust policies and lead in any investigations where required to do so by the sister/charge nurse.

In the absence or as delegated by the sister/charge nurse initiateinvestigations of untoward incidents, accidents, complaints and other relevant information.

Monitor the quality of nursing care and action audit information to achieveagreed standards under the direction of the Ward / Department Manager.

Ensure that nursing documentation is maintained to the Trust standard(including electronic records)

Ensure through good practice that customer care initiatives are improved and sustained. Act as a resource for advice to patients, relatives/carers andstaff.

To actively promote a healthy lifestyle for patients & staff in line with national strategy requirements.

CommunicationProvide support mechanisms for sharing good practice within theWard/Department and Trust wide. Assist in the programme and provideclinical supervision, as required for all registered nurses working in the Ward / Department.

Delegate tasks and activities to a range of team members and evaluateoutcomes in conjunction with the Ward / Department Manager.

Maintain and promote effective communication with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and other Wards / Departments, including developing yourformal presentation skills.

Promote the corporate image of the Trust to all individuals, groups andorganisations both within the Trust and to the community at large.

Participate fully as a team member, sharing knowledge and information andsupporting colleagues, including support staff to promote a cohesive wardteam and the achievement of team objectives

Contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive learningenvironment for colleagues, patients and visitors.

Contribute to Directorate / Site bleep cover arrangements as required.

Policy developmentLead on delegated projects relating to local policy development.

To be actively involved in the development of Trust policies and proceduresat ward / department level, the implementation and reinforce their use.

People managementAssist in the management of staff attendance, poor performance, disciplinary and grievance issues in the clinical area.

Actively manage own annual leave in line with Trust and local Policy andProcedure and as delegated help others to do the same.

Assist in the recruitment, retention and selection of staff.

Participate in the Trust appraisal and personal development plan schemes by meeting with their manager at least annually.

Service developmentTo participate in staff education and development, including orientation and supervision and act as a mentor and resource for learners and the nursing team and the multi-professional teams.

Maintain, update and develop personal and professional knowledge and skills, using the Trusts Performance Review System, enabling standards of patient care to be constantly monitored and improved.

To participate in the business planning process, helping to identify areas forservice development.

Resource managementAssist the ward / department manager in the effective and efficient use ofresources by adhering to the procedures for the use of supplies. Ensureappropriate activation of Bank and Agency staff when permanent staff areunavailable.

Ensure appropriate staffing levels and skill mix are scheduled to reflect theworkload and meet the needs of the patient.

To be a role model to other staff in adopting a flexible approach to personalduty rostering.

Information managementIdentify areas where local audit is needed, conduct the audit and analyse the data with support.

Arranges for the collection and analysis of audit and research data asrequired.

To have an active intranet account and act as role model for others.

Participate in the collection of audit and research data as required.

Use data which will contribute to the improvement of patient care.

Use the Trust internet to enhance care and for professional development.

Undertake relevant training for electronic information systems in place and under development.

Following Trust/local guidelines to access results from the PAS system.

Further sections

To maximise the potential of all team members.

To ensure in conjunction with the ward/departmental managers that identified members have a meaningful appraisal/personal development plan that includes feedback to the individual from a selection of internal customers and team members.

To provide a safe and attractive working environment for team members within available resources.

To attend and play a major role in corporate groups as a representative of the directorate and team.

To represent the clinical area on working groups as appropriate and at relevant conferences at regional and national level and on working groups as appropriate.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Registered Nurse
  • Relevant post registration course
  • Mentorship course


Desirable

  • Managemant and leadership course


Experience

Essential

  • Substantial relevant post registration experience
  • Experience in supervision of junior staff


Desirable

  • Experience in change management
  • Experience in HDU nursing


Skills

Essential

  • Leadership skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience of using different IT packages


Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Harefield Hospital

Hill End road

Harefield

UB9 6JH

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196-NM11510

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