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Senior Staff Nurse - Savannah Surgery, Spinal and Orthopaedics- HDU

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

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse, Trauma nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our surgical team, our 26 bedded unit offers a dynamic environment to widen your surgical skill set in caring for spinal, orthopaedic and general surgical patients. We pride ourselves in supporting a range of children and families on their journey through surgical interventions.

We are in a process of developing and expanding our High Dependency Unit. This brings new opportunities for nurses who have experience in HDU or want to learn new skills, and be a part of our transformation project.

As a well-established surgical centre, we care for patients across the South East of England, the post holder will work alongside our clinical educator to enhance their nursing skills, knowledge and develop leadership.

We will encourage you to explore the specialities further through a range of training and development, for example participating in internal and external courses eg Advanced paediatric life support and Evelina Paediatric Acute Nursing in Critical Care .

This advert is open to applicants with an active Nursing and Midwifery Council Personal Identification number (PIN) (this refers to an NMC Pin identification that allows you to work as a registered nurse/midwife in the UK.

If you have a PRN number only please do not apply for this post . You can contact Capital Nurse or Capital Midwife ( ) to find out how to apply for International Nurse or Midwifery jobs

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, planning and provision of specialist nursing advice and carrying out specialist nursing procedures.The post holder is responsible for assessment of care needs of patients, planning programmes of care, implementation and evaluation of these programmes without direct supervision. At times they will have management responsibility for being in-charge of the ward and supervising junior members of staff, as part of their own development and career progression.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 wellbeing of services users, and always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person-centred care principles.Post qualification experience is required for this role and they are not currently opened to newly qualified nurses or nurses in the process of registering with the NMC from abroad.

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.

At Evelina, we are reminded every day of how important life is, and how important it is to look after the health and wellbeing of our staff as they balance of responsibilities in and out of work. We are committed to supporting flexible working we want to support you to work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Part time working is available.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and creating a sense of belonging and fun for all our teams caring for women, children and families as we continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs, we recognise the huge benefit of our workforce being reflective of the diverse communities we serve.

We are committed to supporting the professional development of staff, and have excellent training and educational offerings. Recognising that looking after babies, children and young people is incredibly rewarding, but can also bring challenge we offer amazing resources to help support our staff's emotional wellbeing and resilience.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, planning and provision of specialist nursing advice and carries out specialist nursing procedures.

Independently manage a group of patients within the specialty whilst working as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised and personalised direct patient care.

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of services users, and always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person centered care principles.

Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in thespeciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to lead others to do the same.

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

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

To be an effective communicator with patients/carers/families regarding disease treatment and management.

Facilitate a high quality, cost effective specialist service through monitoring and audit and other quality initiatives agreed by the Trust

Set, monitor and review standards of care on a regular basis and initiate corrective action plans.

Identify and intervene where circumstances contribute to an unsafeenvironment for patients and staff. To bring instances to the attention of the Sister/Charge Nurse for the area.

Ensure that the learning environment and specialist training is appropriate for both pre and post registration learners and participate in the development of appropriate programs.

The post holder will provide clinical supervision to other staff, students and may undertake research, lead clinical audits in own specialist area.

To assist the Sister/Charge Nurse in developing a culture that ischallenging, stimulating, rewarding and supportive.

Provide a leadership role model and demonstrate specialist knowledge and high standards of clinical practice and provide support or advice when necessary.

Promote and undertake nursing research updating own knowledge to promote excellence in clinical practice.

Take an active role in risk assessment, supporting implementation of strategies to minimise risk. Ensuring incidents and near misses arereported, through promoting a no blame culture.

Ensure all staff act in accordance with Local, Hospital and StatutoryGuidelines & Policies including Health and Safety initiatives.

Please see the attached Job Description for full details.

Closing date: 21/07/2024

Interview date: 06/08/2024

Person Specification



  • Evidence of involvement and leadership in teaching and mentoring learners
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate specialist care
  • Good communication skills and ability to deal with sensitive information. To include dealing with distressed relatives, care of terminally ill & other challenging situations
  • Demonstrates ability to influence and negotiate with others. Ability to organise and plan own time and that of junior staff and learners.



  • Previous post-registration experience within relevant speciality


  • HDU course or equivalent



  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Post registration qualification in or demonstrate relevant experience and competence (appropriate area of speciality)

Values and Behaviour


  • Values and Behaviour

Professional/ Statutory Registration


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

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Evelina London Children's Hospital



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