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Staff Nurse (Respiratory Support Unit)

Northampton General Hospital
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2024
Exciting opportunity!

Come and be part of the most exciting time in our department's history. We are completely redeveloping our respiratory estate at Northampton General Hospital. As part of this we will have an 8 bedded respiratory support unit adjacent to our brand new intensive care unit and 26 bedded Respiratory Ward. This will be staffed to allow us to look after our highest acuity respiratory patients with the best possible care. We are building an investigation suite with procedural room capable of allowing us to do endoscopic procedures and pleural procedures in a safe environment with admission and recovery space.

The post holder will deliver high standards of care to patients and their families, ensuring excellent patient experience. In particular, take responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programmes of evidenced-based nursing care to a group of patients.

To deliver evidence based best possible care to patients requiring additional respiratory support. To assist in the management and organisation of the acute Unit, ensuring safety of environment and for staff and patients.

Supporting and recognising the needs of the staff and patients/family to promote a happy healthy working environment.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care. Liaise with, and provide relevant information to other members of the multidisciplinary team.

Assist in the supervision and monitoring of nursing practice under the guidance of the nurse in charge. Work collaboratively and co-operatively with others to meet the needs of patients and their families.

Demonstrate competence, or willingness to develop competence, in expanded role skills. Prioritise and demonstrate the ability to manage their own workload as well as supervising more junior colleagues. Demonstrate good interpersonal skills and help to maintain morale and motivation within the working environment.

At all times follow the Code of Professional Conduct and adhere to the Trusts policies, procedures and guidelines, ensuring that others within their sphere of responsibility also do the same. Ensure the promotion of safety, wellbeing and the interests of the patients, staff and all visitors to the clinical area. Able to identify learning needs in self, negotiating a Personal Development Plan recognising own limitations.

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.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

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

Supporting Clinical ExcellenceActively contribute to setting and maintaining high standards of quality nursing care.Work collaboratively and co-operatively with others to meet the needs of patients and their families/ carers.Be responsible for the assessment of care needs for your patients and the development of plans of care ensuring that these are evaluated and amended as appropriate.Actively maintain and promote a safe ward environment.Undertake nursing procedures and techniques in accordance with agreed Trust policies and guidelines.Plan, develop and implement approaches to promote health and wellbeing of patients and improve their health status.Maintain an awareness of the developments in the care and treatment of patients in order to be able to carry out duties competently and efficiently.Responsible for safe supply, storage, administration, checking and disposal of medications including controlled drugs in line with Trust Policy and Nursing Midwifery Council standards.Document the condition and progress of patients and report to medical staff and/or senior nursing staff any areas of concern.Maintain contemporary detailed nursing documentation.Assisting and contributing to the management and organisation of a ward / clinical area.Once competent in team management skills, takes charge of the clinical area on a regular basis in the absence of the person who has continuing responsibility or his/her deputy.Comply with all Trust policies and risk assessments with particular regard to the policies and procedures carried out in the event of maintaining staff and patient safety.Understand and support Pathway to Excellence philosophy and standards.

LeadershipLead by example with drive and enthusiasm, responding appropriately to the needs of patients, families and carers.Responsible for assisting with the management and leadership of the ward,maintaining an appropriate style that maintains good morale, a team approach to work and a culture which fosters innovation and change.Sets high standards of nursing care for the ward, including ward cleanliness, nutrition etc., are maintained so that the patients experience is excellent.Influence people and events through successful communication, negotiation and persuasion skills.Constructively challenge practices as necessary, which impact on patients care and/or staff wellbeing.Work in partnership with the senior nursing team and other ward sisters/charge nurses to ensure the nursing strategy objectives are achieved.

Supporting Patient ExcellenceIn the absence of the Junior Sister/Sister act as a first contact point for patients, relatives and staff to address concerns and complaints.To be courteous and helpful to patients, families/carers, colleagues and all users to the trust. To act as a positive role model to the team.Responsible for the assessment of the care needs and the development,implementation and evaluation of patient careWork collaboratively and co-operatively with others to meet the needs of patients and their families/carers.Actively participate in the ward culture whereby patients, relatives and carers participate and understand treatment plansTo monitor activity and patient dependency, escalating any concerns to the Senior Nurse both in and out of hours.Adopt an open learning culture from clinical incidents and patient/staff feedback.Co-ordinate the patients discharge arrangements in accordance with the Trusts Local Discharge Policy.

People/Management ExcellenceCollaborate with all members of the clinical area to ensure efficient running of the ward.Assist the Sister/Charge Nurse in introducing new members of staff to their duties, act as a preceptor to newly qualified staff.Take all reasonable steps to ensure the safe keeping of patients property inaccordance with Trust policy.Promote and maintain a suitable learning environment for staff and act as aassessor/facilitator/mentor/preceptor/coach in the supervision and teaching of less experienced staff, supporting and facilitating the development of competencies across all staff levels.Maintains competent computer skills and be able to access patient details and reports via the Trusts IT systems.Support a culture of teamwork within the clinical area.

Supporting Financial ExcellenceUse resources effectively in order to provide quality patient care whist having an awareness of budgetary issues.Be aware and undertake effective and efficient use of clinical, physical and financial resources.

Professional ResponsibilitiesTo be responsible for your own professional development, maintain a professional portfolio and keep up to date on current nursing and health service issues.To take full responsibility for your own actions and to abide by the NMC Code of Conduct 2015.To revalidate with NMC in line with governing body requirements.Maintain own knowledge and clinical skills demonstrating competence in delivering a high standard of care.To be conversant with all Nursing Policies and proceduresMaintain a current knowledge of professional issues, ensuring continued professional development is maintained.Identify learning needs in self, negotiating a Personal Development Plan recognising own limitations.Actively undertake education, development and supervision of selfAct as a clinical and professional role model, assessing and supporting students and learners on placement within the clinical area.To successfully complete and maintain Band 5 competencies and demonstrate compliance through annual appraisalTo develop skills and knowledge to undertake HCA appraisalsDemonstrate and maintain knowledge and skills to manage infection prevention measures, including the use of personal protective equipmentEnsure all staff within the department/area/ward adhere to infection prevention principles.

Quality Assurance and MonitoringActively promote evidence-based practice within the clinical area.Contribute to audit initiatives.Participate in setting and reviewing standards for practice and evaluating outcomes as part of the clinical governance agenda.Report indecencies, using the Trust reporting system

Policy and Service Development ResponsibilitiesWork within the confines of Trust policies, protocols and other relevant documentation, taking appropriate action where compliance is breached.

Research, Development & Education ResponsibilitiesUndertake the Trust Corporate and Directorate specific Induction and competency Programmes.Maintain and promote an awareness of evidence-based practice and participate in its implementation.Contribute to audit research and development programmes within theward/department.Will seek out Best Practice to generate new ideas and generate change.Undertake a recognised mentoring/ assessor courseParticipate in clinical supervision

Corporate ResponsibilitiesAct as a role model in customer service towards visitors to the hospital.Facilitate any measures to help achieve directorate/divisional and Trust targets and agendas.Share best practice through meetings and forums

OTHER INFORMATIONThe post holder may be required to carry out other relevant duties as required.The post holder will adhere to the duties specified under the Staff Responsibilities of the NHS Constitution in their day to day work and behaviours.The post holder will be expected to aspire to the Values of the Trust in their day to day work and behaviours in order to support the Trust in achieving its Vision.The post holder will adhere to, at all times, any relevant Professional or NHS Code of Conducts, legislation and Assurance Frameworks.The post holder will make themselves familiar with, and adhere to, at all times, the policies and procedures of the Trust, and their area of work.The post holder will be expected to work to any personal, Corporate, Divisional, Directorate and Departmental objectives and standards in order to provide an acceptable level of service.The post holder will be expected to undertake training, including mandatory and role specific training, relevant to their role and ensure it is renewed as required.

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post and it does not form part ofthe contract of employment. If the duties of the post change and develop the job description will be reviewed and will be subject to amendment, in consultation with the post holder. It is the Trusts aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible the Trust reserves the right to effect changes to the post holders job description afterconsultation with them. Appropriate notice of such changes will be given.

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Current level one NMC registration
  • Evidence of commitment to revalidation as per NMC requirements
  • Completion of a nursing degree programme (Newly Qualified)


  • Bachelor's degree in health/nursing related studies
  • Mentorship or teaching qualification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience of delivering nursing care to a group of patients
  • Understanding of delivering nursing care to a group of patients (Newly Qualified)


  • Demonstrate evidence of publication/presentation of project findings
  • Evidence of clinical effectiveness, research and audit

Key Competencies/ Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients, families and carers from a diverse background
  • Ability to work under pressure and seek help when required
  • 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)
  • Able to demonstrate reflective practice
  • Act as a role model to others
  • Flexible and resilient
  • An ability to remain positive during service changes and challenges



  • Demonstration of team working and ability to work effectively within a team
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess, plan, prioritise, deliver, and evaluate patient care
  • Demonstrate an ability to prioritise own workload and recognise, prioritise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations
  • Dexterity and accuracy in undertaking clinical skills and documentation
  • Competent and capable of using medical equipment
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills


  • Able to undertake patient manual handling manoeuvres a
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