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Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic RGN to join our friendly and highly skilled nursing team. The unit has 30 Dialysis stations where our patients attend for dialysis 3 times a week. We are situated approximately 1 mile away from the main Derriford site and we are located in Estover. There is free parking .

We are a Nurse Led unit offering patient centred care to 170 patients from Devon and Cornwall. We have satellite dialysis units at Kingsbridge and Saltash . We are fully committed to providing a supportive learning environment for all of our nurses. You will be encouraged to develop mentoring of students, and new staff . We are working in partnership with Plymouth University to provide specialist renal training to nurses who wish to undertake further academic training.

Our working hours are:
  • Monday-SaturdayEarly shift 06:30- 14:30
  • Late shift 12:00 - 20:00
  • Twilight shift 16:00 - 00:00 ( Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • LD 6.30-20.00

If you are keen to join an excellent team of staff then why not come and visit the unit and see for yourself. The successful applicant will need to be enthusiastic, visionary and self motivated with an interest in teaching and staff development.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for co-ordinating and delivering effective specialized quality nursing care ensuring the area of work runs smoothly and efficiently.
  • To provide clinical expertise and work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Supervision and direction of junior nursing staff, healthcare assistants and learners.
  • Take part ward/haemodialysis rotation programme to provide specialist renal treatments using highly complex dialysis machinery
  • In the absence of Ward Sister/Deputy, regularly assumes responsibility for the ward/unit, utilising knowledge of standards, policies and procedures outlined by the trust.
  • To provide leadership and act as role model for other staff members.
  • Contributes to the management of risk, both clinical and financial

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Providing and delivering a high standard of specialist nursing care by initiating and co-coordinating the assessment, planning, and evaluating of individual patients needs based on evidence within the, Haemodialysis, Transplantation, Peritoneal teams.
  • Commencement of haemodialysis, cannulation and termination of dialysis using highly complex specialist dialysis equipment to include problem solving skills.
  • Care of the haemodialysis patient with Percutaneous Access to include problem solving skills.
  • Interpret any machine alarms and take corrective action.
  • Assist in the care of patients undergoing minor surgical interventions recognising problems and initiating action when required.
  • To carry out clinical observations on patients, recognising, recording and using a problem solving approach act on all changes in patients condition. To include early recognition and intervention of acute dialysis symptoms administration of intravenous fluids/medication as appropriate.
  • Utilise a problem solving approach to patient care.
  • Promoting and delivering health education within the clinical area and advise patient, family, and others in health promotion issues.
  • Engage interact with carers/family encouraging them to be actively involved in patients care, planning.
  • Demonstrating and undertaking evidence-based practice playing an active part in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care.
  • Supervising, assessing, and supporting Registered Nurses and Health Care Professionals to including bank and agency staff in the clinical setting.
  • Increasing the level of knowledge and skills within the Ward/Directorate through sharing best practice, mentoring and supporting others to develop their professional abilities.
  • Implementing and sharing good infection control practice.
  • Undertaking manual handling assessments and ensuring identified actions are met and implemented.
  • Day to day direct supervision of a team of patients and staff.

  • Reporting and managing untoward incidents such as complaints, clinical emergencies, and injury or drug administration errors as detailed in Trust-wide and local protocols and procedures.
  • Contributing towards ward or clinical projects to set and maintain standards of practice in conjunction with other team members, participating in research audits and quality monitoring.
  • Ensuring that resources are used efficiently and in accordance with agreed procedures.
  • Regularly acting, as nurse in charge, leading the allocation of workload and ensuring efficient patient flows and effective patient care.
  • Demonstrating an awareness of and compliance with health and safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients and visitors within the Trust premises including reporting any deficiencies in equipment, furnishings or matters of hygiene.
  • Supporting the Ward Sister in identifying developmental needs of the staff and implementing appropriate staff developmental programmes.

  • Maintaining and continually develop in depth specialist knowledge of nursing practice relevant to the individual clinical area.
  • Undertaking manual handling assessments and ensuring identified actions are met. Initiating appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.
  • Supporting team members to deliver on their objectives through offering advice, guidance and support as appropriate.
  • Maintaining personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, in line with professional registration requirements.
  • Patients and their support network.
  • Ward Sisters/Charge Nurses and all ward based nursing staff.
  • Modern Matron.
  • Educational staff.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Consultants, Nurse Practitioners.
  • Directorate Manager.
  • Consultants in area of responsibility.
  • Housekeeping and domestic staff.
  • Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Dieticians.
  • Portering staff.
  • Bank/Agency Nurses and Healthcare Assistants.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Demonstrable post registration experience in a relevant clinical area.
  • Proven evidence of recent Continuing Professional development.


  • Demonstrable experience in cannulation
  • Demonstrable ECG recording / basic interpretation skills.



  • NMC Registration


  • Proven Mentors Course.

Abilities & Aptitude


  • Demonstrable good communication skills, written and verbal, with ability to demonstrate fluency, clarity and effectiveness at all levels.
  • Numerate


  • Demonstrate potential management abilities.
  • Demonstrable ability to facilitate change within the work area.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Plymouth Dialysis Unit

184 Plymbridge Road Estover



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