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Senior Staff Nurse - Dorcas Ward

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inc HCA (pro rata)
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Dorcas Ward is a 28 bedded thoracic surgical ward specialising in patients with respiratory conditions and Lung cancer.

Dorcas Ward provides the highest quality of nursing care to both male and female patients, on emergency and planned admission pathways.

We carry out major lung surgery, requiring cardiac monitoring, intense nursing respiratory skills and high flow oxygen therapy. Our patients often have high acuity levels .

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a wonderful nursing team at Guys Hospital.

Dorcas Ward is a 28 bedded surgical ward specialising in patients with respiratory conditions and Lung cancer.

Dorcas Ward provides the highest quality of nursing care to both male and female patients, on emergency and planned admission pathways.

Post holder will be responsible for carrying out clinical practice within designated clinicalareas, ensuring that high quality, current evidence-based nursingassessment, care planning, implementation, interventions and evaluationsfor patients is provided from admission through to discharge.

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 among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Will be responsible for the application of knowledge across the range ofwork procedures and practices, underpinned by theoretical knowledge andpractical experience.

To act as advocate for patients within the area, to ensure a patientorientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards withinthe NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.

To ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a goodpatient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs anddoctrines.

Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health andwellbeing of the individuals.

Will advise on the promotion of health and the prevention of illness.

Recognise the significance of observations made, and use them todevelop and initiate nursing assessments and devise a plan of care.

Carry out those activities necessary to conduct a comprehensiveassessment of a persons nursing requirements.

Will ensure that all patients will have a discharge plan that is safe andappropriate for their needs.

Carry out nursing procedures and treatments, checking on andmaintaining the highest possible standards.

Work alongside the multi-disciplinary team to ascertain treatments andadvise on nursing priorities.

Take a clear and concise history from patients by assessing their health.

Please see attached Job Description for more details

Person Specification



  • Registered general nurse with substantial qualified experience
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development



  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as an effective team member
  • Experience of working in the relevant area
  • Thoracic surgery experience
  • Managing a ward of patients following thoracic surgery



  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues
  • Knowledge of Evidence Based Practice


  • Experience at co-ordinating a shift
  • Able to supervise and teach junior staff

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Guy's Hospital



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