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Staff Nurse

Northampton General Hospital
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for multiple Band 5 Nurses to join us in the Cath Lab/ Heart Centre Team. We are a busy department with 2 Cath Labs and a 9 bedded recovery area managing both elective and acute inpatient procedures. These include Angiogram, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Rotabalation, orbital, IVL, Permanent Pacemaker Insertion, and Cardiac Re-synchronisation Device insertion.

In addition to supporting the Cath Lab pre and post procedurally the Recovery area also manages DCCV, DSE, TOE, bubble echo, ILR insertion and nurse led pre-assessments.

Cardiology experience is not essential as all recovery and Cath Lab training will be provided.

If you are enthusiastic, have an interest in cardiology, enjoy a dynamic workload and thrive under pressure, we would love to hear from you!

Please call for a chat with any of our team to discuss further... we look forward to hearing from you!

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of high quality care to cardiology patient group either within the acute hospital. They are responsible for the assessment, development, delivery and evaluation of evidence based individualised patient care within the boundaries of their role.

The post holder will contribute to the continuing development of standards of care including developments of nursing standards and monitoring of outcomes. The post holder will be expected to continue with their own professional development.

The post-holder will be involved in meeting the physical and psycho-social needs of the patients within the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory and Recovery Area. The post holder may also be required to co-ordinate the running of the labs on a daily basis.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Plan, deliver and evaluate compassionate nursing care to meet the patients individualised needs.

Ensure the highest standards of care and safety are maintained.

To be responsible for the assessment of individual patients using the appropriate programme/models of care and ensuring co-ordination and implementation of the discharge assessment process and appropriate multi-disciplinary referrals.

Responsible for the safe custody and administration of medicines, using a range of routes (once competency achieved) within the NMC Standards for Administration of Medicines and adhering to local policy.

To support the nurse in charge with the day to day planning, the delivery of a high quality nursing service and the continuous improvement of that service.

Promote patient involvement in care planning, Implementing and sustaining communication systems to keep patients and their relatives/families informed of treatment and progress

To ensure effective communication is achieved and maintained of sensitive information, with regard to the patient assessments and clinical details.

To act as a role model, ensuring high quality, professional standards are maintained and delivered at all times.

To document observations, results, decisions and actions etc effectively in patients notes and communicate these effectively to appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team and as appropriate, to carers.

Provide legible and comprehensive patient records to agreed Trust and NMC standards and guidelines

Assess patients suitability for discharge following medical review and instigate discharge planning arrangements. Liaise with multidisciplinary teams as appropriate to assist in complex discharge planning.

To develop and maintain effective communication links with all levels of staff within the Trust and external agencies.

To participate in the audit cycle of clinical practices and procedures including infection prevention & control initiatives

To participate in quality account initiates.

Assist in the monitoring and protecting of groups and individuals whose health and well-being may be at risk e.g.: vulnerable adults.

To participate and contribute appropriately in research, service modernisation, clinical governance and National Service Frameworks.

To be responsible for developing and sustaining own knowledge, clinical skills and professional awareness in accordance with revalidation requirements and to maintain a professional portfolio with evidence of reflective practice.

Actively encourage service users & carers for feedback and work with ward/dept team to develop action plans to address issues.

To promote best practice and monitor support workers practice.

To assist in the orientation and support of new staff and students to the unit, working together as a team.

To take charge and accept responsibility for the co-ordination of the Cardiac Catheter Lab and recovery area in the absence of a senior colleague.

Assist with the cancellation of patients who require invasive cardiologyassessments.

To act as a role model and promote the Trusts values.To facilitate professional development for nursing staff in the Cardiac Catheter Lab.

To take an active role in yearly staff appraisal, 1:1 meetings, clinical supervision and support networks and act as a resource to the unit team.

To support preceptorship of newly qualified staff.

To be an effective practitioner with the ability to demonstrate clinical expertise in the care of patients in the Cardiac Catheter Lab using enhanced Scope for Professional Practice when appropriate.Teaching junior staff within the lab, including scrub skills and circulating skills for all procedures.Ensure that documentation and booking procedures for patients undergoing cardiac catheterisation and devices are available prior to each procedure.

Liase with the Cardiologists and the inter-disciplinary team in determiningclinical priorities, promote seamless care and maximise patient outcomes.

Liase with medical staff over concerns or abnormalities that may affect apatients procedure.

To be skilled in Immediate Life Support, cannulation, venepuncture, arterialsheath removal and ECG assessment and assist others to become proficient in these areas.

To understand radiation protection and the need for wearing lead aprons.

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse with current NMC registration.
  • Educated to Degree Level or equivalent.


  • Mentorship or teaching qualification.
  • Educated to Master's Degree Level.
  • Completion of a clinical leadership programme or equivalent.
  • Counselling or coaching skills/qualification.
  • Certified in Advanced Life Support/ILS.



  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Clinical assessment skills.
  • IT competent using word and excel.


  • Proficient in all Cardiac Catheter Lab skills.
  • Effective teaching, training and mentorship skills.
  • Cardiology experience

Knowledge and experience


  • Proficient in cannulation and venepuncture.
  • Proficient in medicine management and IV drug administration.
  • Experience of challenging situations to meet positive outcomes.
  • 2 years qualified.


  • Evidence of teaching others.
  • Cardiology experience.

Key Competencies/ Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Flexible & resilient.
  • Ability to problem solve, anticipate and forward plan.
  • Act as a role model.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients and their carers from a diverse background.
  • Ability to work under pressure and seek help when required.
  • Able to demonstrate reflective practice.
  • Team player.
  • An ability to remain positive during service changes and challenges.
  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust vision and values.
  • Must be able to demonstrate understanding of, and behaviours consistent with the NMC Code (October 2015).

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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