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Radiology IR nurse- Band 6

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa (pro rata)
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Luton and Dunstable Interventional Radiology team are looking for Band 6 Nurses to care for patients undergoing IR procedures, working up to co-ordinating our small team during shifts (3/4 days a week- see post details)

We are a small friendly team dedicated to excellent patient care and experience.

Successful applicants will have excellent patient assessment and patient observation skills and be keen to develop into a team leader when enough experience is gained

Applicants must have extensive experience in an acute hospital setting, Experience of radiology or theatre Nursing is preferred but not essential as training can be provided

The post holder will work as part of a small team within a large department so excellent interpersonal skills are a must

Main duties of the job

Assess patients for interventional radiology procedures using pre assessment criteria, provide patients with information about heir procedure

Care for patients undergoing procedures, actively supporting them, monitoring observations, administering medications, insert and remove cannula, monitor CBG

Care for patients & monitor them post procedure, recovering them, transferring to recovery/wards

Assist with the preparation of sterile fields and specialist equipment, Scrub Nursing, circulating nurse during procedures

To wear PPE (lead aprons) during fluoroscopy cases

To safely administer sedation after receiving sedation training

To liaise with Radiologists about procedures, make bookings, liaise with bed managers, specialist Nurses and wider team to facilitate smooth procedures

Act as a practice assessor for Nursing students, support students from the MDT, co-ordinate student placements

To work independently to organise, co-ordinate and prioritise own daily workload, to act as Nurse in charge for shifts once experienced

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assist with the organisation, delivery and evaluation of nursing care for patients undergoing procedures within the Imaging department (e.g. liver biopsies, lung biopsies, and nephrostomies) this includes caring for terminally ill, disabled, elderly and confused patients

Oversee the safety and comfort of patients before, during, and after procedures, Nurse led discharge of patients if stable.

Recognise and act effectively in both medical and non-medical emergencies.

To effectively co-ordinate IR Lists and staff breaks, make decisions to ensure safe patient care with support from lead Nurse, use problem solving skills

Communicate effectively and sensitively verbally, face to face and by telephone with a wide range of clinical technical and administrative staff across the Trust, patients, relatives/Carers and visitors to the department. This will include patients whose first language may not be English.

Assist the Radiologist in diagnostic procedures according to professional training and departmental protocols

To arrange imaging appointments as required, liaising with wards, radiographers, theatres, staff and patients, dispensing any necessary preparation and instructions

Assist in the co-ordination of the reception, transfer or admission of patients in conjunction with medical and bed management staff

Assist with arranging transfers of patient information to other hospital site within the trust to arrange procedures cross site

Act as scrub nurse, sedating/monitoring nurse and circulating Nurse (training will be provided)

Practice and monitor the correct wearing of PPE (lead aprons) where necessary

Preparation of sterile trolleys including the correct labelling of drugs in syringes, assisting in the use of guide wires, catheters and interventional equipment whilst practicing the principles of asepsis

Participate in the assessment, planning and implementation of moderate sedation, administering sedative drugs and monitoring sedated patients (training will be provided)

To frequently deal with unpleasant conditions within the clinical environment. This will include bodily fluids, unpleasant odours, and disposal of bedpans.

Safe moving and handling of patients and equipment

Wearing lead apron for prolonged periods when in fluoroscopy environment

To accurately input details on to the Radiology management system to update patient details, record information post procedure and scan all documents on system.

Assist in ensuring that equipment is kept clean, faults reported and defective equipment removed from use

The post holder is expected to be able to use their initiative while in this busy environment and be prepared to continually improve their practice, assisting with the introduction and implementation of procedures protocols and other documentation.

Assist with the maintenance and monitoring of stocks and materials within the clinical areas, ensuring that adequate stock levels maintained, to include drugs

Ensure that infection control precautions are upheld within the care environment

Inform Lead Nurse / Imaging Operations Manager of any matters affecting professional standards of patient care

Assist in the checking, ordering and administration of Controlled and other Drugs within the clinical environment

Responsibility for the co-ordination of Student Nurse Placements

To be professionally accountable for all aspects of own work including the management of own workload

To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice, maintain and develop personal portfolio

Responsibility to maintain IRMER regulations and be aware of radiation protection regarding staff and patients

Participate in the development of professional practice within the Imaging Department

Participate in the training and education programme for all departmental staff

Be able to demonstrate and supervise nursing procedures to qualified and unqualified staff

To attend and actively participate to regular staff meetings

Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with all members of the multi-disciplinary team

To participate in the Trust appraisal system and maintain a personal development plan

To be involved in audit and clinical governance processes within the department

Participate in the achievement of departmental objectives

Be aware of and adhere to Trust and local policies and procedures ensure that they are complied with at all times.

Relevant documentation issued by statutory bodies be adhered to.

Participate in the utilisation of research and development

Person Specification



  • Extensive acute experience


  • Experience in theatres/radiology

Professional registration


  • Active NMC registration


  • Current registration



  • Completed SSA (Standards for Student Supervision & Assessment)


  • Evidence of student assessor role

Team working


  • Works effectively in a team


  • Evidence of positive team contributions



  • Evidence of good attitude self awareness and contributing to positive environment at work


  • Good attitude and self awareness demonstrated at interview

Evidence of CPD


  • e.g. courses attended, revalidation,


  • Link-Role Contributions

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Lewsey road, Luton



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