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Lead Practice Development Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for keen and dynamic practice development lead who has a passion for ensuring and enabling our staff to provide high quality patient centred care on our Emergency floor. You will work in conjunction with the Band 6 Practice Development Nurse, Matron and the senior nursing team to promote delivery of the highest standards of professional nursing care to acutely ill patients and those presenting to the ACA (Ambulatory Care Area). You will lead in the planning, implementation, co-ordination and evaluation of educational activities within ACA to promote nursing excellence. As the practice development lead nurse you will facilitate the continuous professional development and education of all members of staff in a positive learning environment.

The Emergency Floor has strong nursing leadership in place that consists of a dedicated Band 8 Matron, 5 highly skilled Band 7 department managers as well as 2 dedicated clinical educators and a team on 14 deputy ward managers .

The Emergency Floor at Worthing Hospital provides acute care for patients with Medical, Surgical and Frail Elderly needs in one area. We are a 67 bedded area and also run an ambulatory care area (ACA) clinic that sees and treats 20-35 patients per day. The Emergency Floor has been recognised both nationally and internationally as a department leading the way in the delivery of modern innovative patient centred care.

Main duties of the job

Act as an expert clinical practitioner and provide high quality nursing care at senior level.

Ensure the highest quality of nursing care is delivered to all patients with the promotion of evidence based practice.

To integrate policies, education, practice development and research relevant to the clinical area.

Act as a resource and advisor for future service developments and trust wide training and education.

To provide a rolling education programme equipping healthcare professionals with knowledge and skills required, inclusive of in house STAM.

To act as a self-directed practitioner, providing support and guidance for staff working within the Emergency Floor and ACA

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Act as an expert practitioner demonstrating specialist knowledge, skills and expertise within the area of work and within the context of changing health care provisionAct as a role model and ensure effective staff supervision with clinical practice,working with staff in an advisory, teaching and supportive capacity, as well as maintaining professional competence and credibility.Be able to prioritise your workload on the unit on a daily basis and beadaptable to the pressures in demands for emergency beds.In conjunction with the Matron, lead in developing/implementing evidencebased practice within the clinical environment with a multi-professional focus having the ability to facilitate, initiate, manage and evaluate change in practice to improve quality of care.Monitor and oversee nursing assessment, planning, and evaluating of care forall patients on the Emergency floor/ACA.Be able to comprehend clinical findings and suggest recommendations orsolutions.To be competent with a wide variety of clinical skills within the Emergency floorincluding NIPPV , Optiflow, tracheostomies cannulation and venepunctureTo be competent in administering intravenous drugs and blood productsaccording to the Trusts policySupport the development of clinical guidelines regarding the care of patientsthroughout the Trust Learning and DevelopmentAttend mandatory training updates as required.Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and asagreed with the line manager as part of the personal development process.Achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professionaldevelopment within agreed timescales.Identify own learning needs and jointly plan training requirements with your linemanagerParticipate in the Trusts appraisal process to discuss how your role will help deliver the best possible care to our patients and help to deliver any changes in service.

Person Specification



  • NMC registration
  • Post registration in acute care
  • PGCE/T teaching qualification or working towards
  • Evidence of teaching
  • Extensive knowledge of management of acutely ill patients.
  • Demonstrates advanced clinical skills competencies.
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Leadership qualification
  • Undertaken audits or research projects.
  • Advanced patient assessment.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing hospital

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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