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Band 8b - Deteriorating Patient Lead, Surgery (Subject to AfC)

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£60,983 to £70,536 a year pa inc HCA
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Deteriorating Patient Lead (Band 8b) at West Herts NHS Trust!

Calling all dedicated and decisive nurses! Are you ready to make a tangible difference in patient care at a progressive and empowering NHS Trust? We're seeking a Band 8b Deteriorating Patient Lead to champion our commitment to early intervention and improved clinical outcomes.

This is your chance to:
  • Champion Martha's Rule: Become a driving force in implementing this vital protocol, ensuring timely identification and escalation of patient deterioration.
  • Sepsis Specialist: Lead the development and delivery of innovative strategies for rapid sepsis recognition and treatment, saving lives from this critical illness.
  • Outreach Advocate: Be a pivotal member of our outreach team, collaborating with wards to optimize patient flow and ensure a swift response to critical situations.
  • Resuscitation Expert: Play a key role in resuscitations, providing skilled leadership and composure during high-pressure moments.
  • Night Shift Leader: Offer expert guidance and support to night staff, ensuring the highest level of care for all patients, around the clock.

Main duties of the job

Beyond the Role:

At West Herts NHS Trust, we're more than just exceptional patient care - we're fostering a culture of empowerment, compassion, professionalism, and inclusivity. Our newly launched strategy prioritizes staff development and innovation. This exciting new role provides the ideal platform to drive improvement, lead the way, and make a lasting positive impact on patient safety.

Are you the leader our patients need?

If you're a Band 8 nurse/AHP with a passion for critical care, a keen eye for detail, and a strong leadership presence, then we want to hear from you!

Together, we can elevate patient care to new heights. Join the team!

P.S. We celebrate diversity at West Herts NHS Trust. Everyone with the right skills and passion is encouraged to apply!

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced registered nurse (or another relevant healthcare professional) to join our team as the Deteriorating Patient Lead. This Band 8b role is crucial in ensuring the Trust delivers exceptional care for patients all ages including children and babies excluding neonates experiencing clinical deterioration. The post holder will have operational and strategic responsibility for critical care outreach teams, sepsis team, rhesus team, hospital at night and implementing and managing Marthas rule across West Herts to ensure business plans, budgets, workforce, and staff development are in place to deliver quality service for the division and Trust.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse/ AHP
  • Post registration qualification in Critical care and minimum education to Degree but working/willing to work towards Masters.
  • ALS Trained
  • Non-medical prescriber or working towards.


  • MSc Clinical practitioner.



  • Substantial post-registration experience, significant experience and 8A and in acute and critical care settings.
  • Experience of working as outreach or equivalent
  • Current knowledge of clinical practice in acute setting.



  • Implementing complex change
  • Knowledge of current developments in the NHS, Nursing, AHPs.
  • Developing staff
  • Budget management
  • Experience of influence externally
  • Experience of prioritising and managing multiple projects to deadlines.



  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain communication with others on complex matters.
  • Highly developed at influencing and negotiation.
  • Experience of management skills
  • Proven track record of leadership.
  • Remains professional always

Personal Qualities


  • Advance clinical assessment and history taking skills.
  • Highly developed diagnostic reasoning skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Professionally credible
  • Excellent oral and written communication

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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