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Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a. inc HCA
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
You will be providing expertise knowledge on the wards and supporting a multidisciplinary team. You will also be helping with practice changes within the organisation and ensuring we are updated with the best practices in evidence-based care.

We are offering a great new way of working, independent, autonomous and supporting the patients from admission to discharge where you will be working from 9am-5pm Mondays to Fridays.

Previous experience on a Band 6 post is essential.

This post is based at St Thomas hospital, however being a car driver is essential as you might also be required to cover community sites as and when required.

Closing Date: 19/05/2024

Interview date: 05/06/2024

Main duties of the job

You will be delivering evidence based expert nursing care with a high degree of professional autonomy on a daily basis by providing specialist advice to other health professionals and patients.

You will provide regular updates on developments and issues with the service highlighting issues in a timely manner.

You will evaluate practices to ensure interventions are effective, efficient and do make a difference for patients and colleagues.

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.The acute Tissue Viability team looks after patients pressure ulcers, legs ulcer, surgical and traumatic wounds and chronic wounds. The team covers Guys, St Guys & Thomas' and Eveline and SLAM sites. We are one of the best Trust in prevention prevention and management.

The nurse-led team works in partnership with patients, their carers and healthcare professionals to provide expert wound care advice and follow up care.

The team aims to improve and support high standards of practice through clinical consultations, regular audits, development of guidelines and polices and by delivering formal educational training to healthcare professionals.

We believe that training and education are key factors in pressure ulcer prevention.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Delivering evidence based expert nursing care exercising a high degree of professional autonomy, demonstrating ability to make sound decisions based on knowledge and experience.

Assessing individuals holistically using a range of different assessment methods and reach valid, reliable and comprehensive patient and client centred conclusions, which manage risk and are appropriate to need context and culture within the acute and community setting.

Advising the multi-disciplinary team on nursing practice, and the nursing contribution to client care.

Communicating with patients and clients in ways, which empower them to make informed choices about their health and health care, and actively promote their health and well being.

Determining therapeutic programmes, which are based on evidence, in the interests of patients and clients, and which involve other practitioners where this will improve health outcomes.

Managing complex programmes of care effectively, through working in partnership with clinical teams across acute and community settings.

Making specific interventions based on evidence and which are appropriate to assessed needs, context and culture, in partnership with patients, clients and other professions.

In partnership with patients, clients and other professions, make sound decisions, which are ethically based in the interests of patients and clients in the absence of precedents and protocols.

Receiving referrals from other professionals for consultation.

Acting as a source of specialist advice to other health professionals.

Managing constantly changing scenarios in the interest of patients and clients.

Professional development

To keep self and team updated on clinical and professional developments in line with research and evidence based practice. To maintain a high professional profile for all service stakeholders and be an effective member of the team.

To act as a positive role model at all times.


Provide Input into the setting and monitoring clinical standards of excellence, to improve quality.

Establishing relationships with other Nurse Specialists to develop a support network both within GSTT and south London.

Seize opportunities to apply new knowledge to enhance patient care and develop the TVN service

As part of the tissue viability team actively monitor the effectiveness of current therapeutic programmes and support the integration different aspects of practice to improve outcomes for patients and clients.

Regularly update tissue viability manager and HoN for Inpatient services and deputies of developments with the service highlighting issues in a timely manner.

Education, Training and Development

Participate in undertaking a training needs analysis of those involved in the delivery of a comprehensive tissue viability service across GSTT and plan educational and professional development programmes to enable these needs to be met.

Deliver training on 1:1 basis as well as formal training sessions. As part of the tissue viability team assist to create formal links with educational institutions health professionals from a variety of disciplines e.g. nursing, medicine and therapy.

Research, Practice and Service Development

Contributing to research/audit within the post and the speciality. Providing feed back at the trust safe in our hands weekly sessions.

Developing professional practice, by ensuring it is evidence based, appropriate and meets the needs of the client group and their carers.

Working with the health community advising on the implementation of the tissue viability services policy.

Evaluating practice, ensuring that interventions are effective, efficient and make a difference.

Embracing the current awareness of local regional, national and international perspectives on tissue viability care,

Promote the improvement of quality and clinical effectiveness within resource constraints.

Continuously assess and monitor risk in their own and teams practice and challenge others about wider risk factors.

This job description is not intended to be exhaustive.

The content may be subject to change in light of service of individual development.

The post holder is required to follow Trust policies and procedures which are regularly updated.

Person Specification

Skills/ Knowledge/ Ability


  • Advanced clinical, managerial and leadership skills in specialty.
  • Evidence of teaching skills in particular teaching patients in how to manage their conditions and raise their awareness of their condition.
  • IT Skills


  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex data and findings
  • Undertaken clinical & nursing research

Previous experience


  • Extensive experience of working autonomously at an advanced level within the specialist area delivering effective patient focused care.
  • Proven evidence of management / leadership skills and autonomous practice
  • Previous experience of student supervision and clinical education at undergraduate level
  • Experience of delivering patient advocacy
  • Experience of audit, research & evidence based care
  • Experience of delivering change management both personally and as a facilitator

Professional/ Statutory Registration


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

Qualifications/ Education


  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Your professional knowledge acquired at degree level will be supplemented by specialist training, experience and short courses to Masters level equivalent.
  • Post registration qualification in appropriate area of speciality or equivalent post qualification experience.
  • Leadership course
  • Mentorship course


  • To have or working towards a masters degree
  • To have or working towards a non medical physical assessment course

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas' Hospital, North Wing, Ground floor, In-patient Service, Tissue Viability Office

Westminster Bridge Road



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