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Staff Nurse - Hand trauma Unit

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a inc. HCA
Closing date
14 Jul 2024
Do you have a passion for plastic surgery and hands? Are you a registered nurse keen to work in plastic specialist clinics? This could be the job for you!

We currently have a vacancy for a full time Band 5 Nurse withinthe Plastic surgery outpatient clinics .

We are seeking a dynamic, patient centred, hardworking, individual with experience in plastic surgery. The applicant should possess effective time management, organisational and inter-personal skills.

We want all our nurses to achieve their potential with us so you will be supported by experienced nurses, our plastic CNS' specializing in breast, Skin and general plastic surgery, consultants, specialist registrars, physiotherapists , hand therapists and trauma coordinators to develop skills in wound dressings, k wire removal, application of back-slabs and running autonomous nurse led clinics across our Hand Trauma Unitas well as assist/scrub in the procedure room where we repair tendons and nerves, close lacerations and explore wounds.

We offer an excellent environment to develop skills and knowledge and provide a platform from which one can grow and explore career opportunities.

Closing Date: 14/07/2024 at Midnight

Proposed Interview Date: Week commencing 22/07/24

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for assessment of care needs of patients, planning programs of care, implementation and evaluation of these programs without direct supervision. At times they will have management responsibility for being in-charge of the department and supervising junior members of staff.

The post holder will be a key member in relation to the development of practice on the ward. They will be working independently/autonomously and at times without direct supervision, accountable for their own professional actions. Ensuring the safety and well being of services users, and always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person centered care principles.

The post requires applicant to be able to work under pressure, demonstrate excellent clinical nursing and communication skills, willingness to learn and develop new skills and strive to provide the optimum care for patients and their relatives.

If you are hardworking, keen to develop your skills and have a positive attitude towards patient care and team working in the field of plastic Surgery then we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organisation and ensure that our services are of the highest quality, safe and focused on our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical DutiesResponsible for carrying out clinical practice within designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality, current evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, implementation, interventions and evaluationsfor patients is provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a clear and concise history from patients by assessing their health and well being and complete documentation ensuring that all entries are accurate and legible and that all information systems are maintained.

Undertake prescribed physical observations as follows: blood pressure, temperature, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height, and report exceptions appropriates.

Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication including transfusion of blood and blood products.

Professional Responsibilities

Is wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC code of professional conduct and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve his / her knowledge and professional competence.

Will act in accordance with Local, Hospital and Statutory Guidelines & Policies including Health and Safety initiatives.

Will be familiar with the Health and Safety at Works Act, and be aware of its implications and ensure that local unit and departmental policies are followed.

Will work in accordance with Corporate Objectives.

Will compile a personal & professional portfolio (in conjunction with the Performance management process and the compilation of a Personal Development Plan).

Will maintain a high standard of care and give courteous reception to all patients and visitors.

Will adopt a patient orientated approach to work.

Will practice in a cost effective and cost aware manner.

Will ensure that the Hospitals policy is understood and carried out with regard to the care and custody of drugs/medications, especially with regard to those covered by the Control of Drugs Act.

Will be familiar with the wards fire, manual handling and C.O.S.H.H. policies and ensure that all nurses in the ward are aware of the policies.

Will be fully conversant with the trust major incident plan, and ensure that all nurses on the ward understand the procedure.

Will establish a relationship with a clinical supervisor.

Take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, service users, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health, safety, security and risk.

Please see detailed Job Description for further information

*If you are interested in this post and would like to arrange an informal visit please contact Helen Freer, Practice Development Nurse -

Person Specification

Skills/ Knowled ge


  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care
  • Basic computer skills
  • Supporting Junior staff


  • outpatient experience



  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Teaching & assessing qualification
  • Relevant qualifications required or course to area

values & behaviours


  • Trust values & behaviours

Previous experience


  • Experience of working in the relevant area
  • Experiencing of coordinating a shift


  • Previous experience in other nursing fields

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Guys & St Thomas Hospital

lambeth palace road



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