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Senior Staff Nurse - GI Unit

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Are you a natural leader? Do you enjoy a challenge? Are you someone who is enthusiastic, approachable, and likes to lead by example?

An exciting opportunity has arisen within GI unit, for a Senior Staff Nurse position. The GI Unit is a 56 bedded department comprised of two wards, Page & Northumberland. The successful candidate will work alongside the nursing team, with the support of the Ward Sisters and senior leadership team in ensuring the highest standard of care is delivered to all our patients.

We aim to provide outstanding and specialised care to our Gastrointestinal Surgical patients, and we are looking for a motivated, friendly, hardworking, experienced senior nurse to join our highly skilled team.

Main duties of the job

You will be offered time to complete administrative duties including, complex rostering, performance managing and supporting the team. Time will be allocated allowing you to supervise, support and complete PDRs and one to ones with your staff, competing clinical audits and feeding back to the team.

You will also be expected to be involved with the recruitment and selection process and full training will be offered. You will also be expected to look into incidents and learning that may arise from these.

If you are ready for an exciting new challenge, we look forward to hearing from you.

The successfulcandidate will have strong leadership and communication skills and will be able to demonstrate his/her abilities to inspire others.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Independently manage a group of patients within the specialty whilstworking as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised andpersonalised direct patient care

Demonstrate appropriate practice and specialist advice in the assessment,planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. This includeshistory taking, physical examination and the requesting of agreeddiagnostic procedures/clinical investigations.

Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medicationincluding transfusion of blood and blood products

Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in thespeciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to leadothers to do the same.

Act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure a patientorientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards withinthe NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.

Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patientexperience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs anddoctrines.

Support and enable patients and carers to make informed decisionsrelating to their treatment and management.

Please see attached Job description for full details.

Person Specification

Values and Behaviour


  • Values and behaviour

Qualifications/ Education


  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Evidence of professional/clinical knowledge in area supplemented by specialist clinical, managerial training and CPD
  • Mentorship/Teaching Qualification
  • Post registration qualification in or demonstrate relevant experience and competence (appropriate area of speciality)


  • Leadership qualification (e.g. LEO)
  • Sign off Mentorship

Professional/ Statutory Registration


  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality

Previous experience


  • Previous post registration experience within the relevant specialty
  • Experienced and competent in the management of patients within the speciality
  • Experience of teaching/assessing/ supervising others in a clinical setting.
  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Experiencing of co-ordinating a shift

Skills/Knowledge/ Ability


  • Demonstrates specialist expertise underpinned by theory acquired through CPD
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues. Knowledge of evidence based practice
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate specialist care delivered to patients/clients and give relevant advice/information to patients and relatives.
  • In depth drugs knowledge
  • Ability to administer prescribed medication including transfusion of blood and blood products
  • Evidence of involvement and leadership in teaching and mentoring learners
  • An understanding of audit and research based nursing practice.
  • An understanding of resource management
  • Good communication skills and ability to deal with sensitive information. To include dealing with distressed relatives, care of terminally ill & other challenging situations
  • Demonstrates ability to influence and negotiate with others. Ability to organise and plan own time and that of junior staff and learners.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of clinical governance and risk management and how this effects their role and the department
  • You will be able decide how best to achieve expected results, whilst acting within clearly defined policies/ procedures and codes of conduct.


  • Microsoft Word / Excel skills

Additional Information


  • Able and willing to work flexible shift patterns, internal rotation to day and night duty and unsocial hours, according to service needs

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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