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Band 5 Endoscopy Nurse

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Registered nurse to join the John Radcliffe Endoscopy and become part of an evolving and innovative team.

Whether you are an existing Band 5 who wishes to have a career change and want to work in a more specialist area of nursing and have further career development, or if you are a Student Nurse who is due to qualify in the next couple of months.

We can offer you a training program where you will be fully supported by our Clinical Education Team and other senior staff during for a 2 month supernumerary period, so you can reach your level of competence to work independently as an Endoscopy Nurse in diagnostics. There is also opportunities for development in therapeutic procedures.

The JR Endoscopy unit has 6 procedure rooms and prides itself on pioneering new ideas being Centre for Excellence in diagnostic and cutting-edge therapeutic endoscopy, with ongoing research, development and Education.

You will be part of a team who are friendly, enthusiastic and encouraging in a happy working environment.

We actively encourage informal visits, so please feel free to call Alison Green Endoscopy Sister on 01865 226802 or Michelle Spillane Endoscopy Lead Nurse on 01865223788 to arrange an informal visit or to ask any questions.

Main duties of the job

Registered Nurse (part 1. 8. 12 or 15 of register depending on area of practice)Articulate and knowledgeable of skills needed to deliver a high standard of careEducated to diploma/degree level.Specialist, experience, knowledge and skills required for particular speciality.Registration documentsLeadership and ManagementGood communication skillsAble to work in a teamSelf-awarenessAwareness of escalation process in incident reportingInvolvement in change managementAwareness of broader issues related to healthcareAble to act as a resource to junior staffAbility to delegate and prioritiseducation and TrainingRegistered Nurse (part 1. 8. 12 or 15 of register depending on area of practice)Evidence of on-going professional developmentMentorship qualificationRegistration documentsApplication formImproving Quality and Developing PracticeEvidence of practical experience within a multi-disciplinary team.Knowledge of changing policies and agendas within the NHS and relevant area of practice and the ability toPotential to facilitate and participate in research/benchmark and audit

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community.We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence.These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

JOB SUMMARY:To provide and maintain the highest possible standards of nursing care within the Endoscopy Department. Assess, monitor and support patients undergoing endoscopy Assist the Endoscopist to undertake diagnostic and therapeutic procedures Communicate effectively with patients to prepare them for procedures and provide accurate information regarding diagnosis and aftercareCLINICAL DUTIES:1. Give and receive patient centred hand-overs, ensuring that accurate information regarding the procedure is given to patients both verbally and in writing.2. Assess, develop and implement patient care plans and evaluate the care given, ensuring legibility and accuracy of nursing records and be aware of legal implications of these documents.3. Assist and supervise other members of the nursing team as appropriate. As personal competencies are achieved assist in the monitoring of all junior staff, (including junior staff nurses, clinical support workers, departmental assistants and clerical staff), promote safe and high quality standards of care.4. Maintain patient dignity and confidentiality at all times.5. Ensure good communication exists between all health care professionals to promote harmonious working relationships and safe working practices.JD / JW July 20176. Ensure good communication with patients and their relatives within the unit and over the telephone, demonstrating awareness of barriers to communication and understanding, i.e. deafness and different languages.7. Undertake pre, peri and post endoscopy care for patients, including those who have sedation8. Ensure safe recovery post procedure, monitor the patient to ensure early identification of post endoscopic complications.9. Respond calmly to emergency situations, maintaining patient safety and seeking immediate support, and supporting the patient, family and other staff as required10. Administer drugs in accordance with trust policy and ensure the safe custody and storage of all drugs used within the endoscopy unit11. Demonstrate technical competence and clinical effectiveness in assisting with endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, ensuring all necessary equipment is available and working correctly12. Take biopsies and correctly label and dispatch the specimens.13. Demonstrate competence in the decontamination, disinfection and management of endoscopes and accessories, including the safe handling and storage of equipment.14. Adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct at all times and practice within the NMC Scope of Professional practice, maintaining patient confidentiality at all times. Adhere to the data protection act.ORGANISATIONAL & MANAGEMENT DUTIES15. Demonstrate organisational skills in order to take regular charge of the endoscopy procedure room16. Report untoward incidents such as complaints, clinical emergencies, injury or drug administration errors as detailed in departmental and Trust protocols and procedures, assisting Sister in investigating incidents as required.17. Regularly participate in department meetings to enhance team communication.18. Maintain an awareness of the need for good housekeeping, helping to ensure expenditure is within budgetary limits.19. Develop competency in the use of IT systems within the unit, collating test results, ENDOBASE and EPR system. (Blood, histology etc).JD / JW July 201720. Contribute toward ward projects and audits as directed by Ward Manager or deputies.21. Be accountable for some specific responsibilities that contribute toward the organisational and administrative work of the department, as link nurses.22. Demonstrate an awareness of health and safety regulations that apply to staff and patients in the clinical area and compliance with the procedures.23. Maintain and contribute to the development of standards of practice, conduct or decision making in conjunction with team leaders/ward manager/unit co-ordinator.24. Ensure that staff present a smart, professional image that enhances the public perception of the Trust and the professionalism of its staffEDUCATION25. Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and maintain registration in line with NMC requirements26. Discuss personal and professional development needs during an annual appraisal with Team Leader and developing, agreeing and documenting action points in personal development plan.27. Be actively involved in, and support the departmental education programme28. Complete or be working towards Endoscopy and Trust competencies within a time frame agreed with Sister and with the support of a named mentor.29. Develop skills to supervise, mentor, support and educate junior nurses in the clinical practice setting, guiding practice, assessing competence, enabling and supporting their learning.30. Attend mandatory study days, and others, relevant to Endoscopy. Demonstrate a commitment to research based practice and clinical excellence and play an active part in the introduction of research-based change to improve patient centred care.31. Promote researched-based practice, quality assurance and clinical audit where appropriate.

Person Specification

Clinical Practice


  • Registered Nurse (part 1. 8. 12 or 15 of register depending on area of practice) Articulate and knowledgeable of skills needed to deliver a high standard of care


  • Educated to diploma/degree level. Specialist, experience, knowledge and skills required for particular speciality.

Education and Training


  • Registered Nurse (Part 1. 8. 12 or 15 of register depending on area of practice) or National certification in area of Practice (minimum 1 years endoscopy experience).. (2) Evidence of ongoing professional development through maintenance of an ongoing NMC revalidation. (2) Minimum of 3 years acute care registered nurse experience. (2)Evidence of achievement on a Nursing and Midwifery, (NMC) approved Mentorship qualification. (2)


  • vidence of on-going professional development Mentorship qualification

Improving Quality and Developing Practice


  • Evidence of practical experience within a multidisciplinary team. Knowledge of changing policies and agendas within the NHS and relevant area of practice and the ability to build and expand on current clinical skills. Knowledge of NMC guidelines relating to professional practice and accountability


  • Potential to facilitate and participate in research/benchmark and audit programmes.

Personal qualities


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills Being self-aware and able to accept constructive criticism Developing organisational skills, Able to work as part of a team Belief in patient centred philosophy Ability to cope under pressure


  • Ability to prioritise own workload, instruct and direct junior staff. Developing leadership skills



  • Committed to delivering Compassionate Excellence Knowledge and commitment to the OUH values

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Endoscopy Level 2, John Radcliffe Hospital

Headley Way, Headington



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