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Specialist Nurse - Obstetric High Dependency Unit

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

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The role of the Specialist Nurse is to work in partnership with the Midwife providing practical, social and emotional support to mothers and their families in our Obstetric High Dependency Unit.

The post holder will be required to undertake Level 1 and 2 HDU care alongside the Midwifery and Obstetric Team as well as being responsible for the assessment, planning and provision of specialist nursing advice and care.

They will provide health advice and information to mothers to support care of the mother and the newborn baby.

Closing date: 26/05/2024

Interview date: 03/06/2024

Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity to be part of our Multidisciplinary Team and work alongside our Obstetric Medicine Team, Obstetricians, Anaesthetists and Midwives in a busy yet exciting work environment.

Our ObstetricHDU currently manages level 1 and 2 women in the Antenatal and Postnatal period whorequire enhanced monitoring due to their complex medical and / or obstetric conditions.

If you have not provided newborn care before you will be trained to undertake this competently.

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 a small team of highly specialised Midwives working within a busy Maternity unit. We care for high risk women during their pregnancies and in the postnatal period.

You will be working alongside the Midwives in Obstetric HDU caring for high risk women and their babies.

You will work closely with the Multidisciplinary Team both within Maternity and the wider disciplines within the trust.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assesses patients, plans, implements care, provides specialist advice and maintains associated records

Carries out specialist nursing procedures e.g. NIV, Invasive Central monitoring, management of NG tubes.

Carry out Neonatal observations, including blood glucose monitoring, recognise abnormal findings and report to the midwife.

Assist, in conjunction with the Midwife, in ensuring that agreed programmes and standards of care are implemented and evaluated, thus providing high standards of patient care at all times.

To act as an effective role model and resource/adviser to colleagues in the delivery of nursing care.

Work as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team and individually without supervision where appropriate.

Ensure that nursing care and clinical practice is research and/or evidence based and accurately reflects the departments philosophies.

Demonstrate competence in caring for critically ill patients and provision of all therapies within clinical setting.

Liaise with other disciplines on issues which may affect the care and safety of patients.

Please see attached job description for full details

Person Specification

Skills and knowledge


  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and that of others.
  • Demonstrates ability to influence and negotiate with others.
  • Ability to make judgements related to critically ill patients that involve complex facts
  • Ability to communicate complex and highly sensitive information to patients and relatives
  • Demonstrate an awareness of clinical governance and risk management



  • Proven significant experience in an adult HDU
  • Demonstrate extensive experience in caring for patients requiring Level 2 care


  • Demonstrate forward planning, problem recognition, pre-emption and resolution
  • Maternity specific experience or dual qualification



  • Level 1 Registered Nurse
  • Qualification in mentoring, teaching and assessing
  • High Dependency Course

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St.Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge road



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