Nurse - London

Recruiter
TTM Healthcare
Location
London (Greater)
Posted
02 Dec 2017
Closes
12 Dec 2017
Sector
Healthcare
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Job Description

Job title:
Staff Nurse

Band:
5

Responsible to:
Senior Sister for Clinical Area

Accountable to:
Matron for Clinical Area

Responsible for:
Junior staff


JOB PURPOSE

To provide high quality nursing care to patients as part of a cohesive Multi-Disciplinary Team. The post holder will undertake duties involving delivery of nursing services and holistic assessments of patients health needs using a person centred approach. In addition, the post holder will be involved in health promotion and innovative activities that enhance patient service delivery and the patient experience.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Clinical

The post-holder will ensure that in all areas of practice they adhere to all current NMC
guidance, and must maintain accurate, comprehensive and contemporaneous records
in accordance with Trust and NMC guidelines, ensuring that confidentiality is maintained
at all times.

Take responsibility for a group of patients and deliver hands on care within own level of
competence.

To give skilled nursing care, based on principles of best practice and clinical evidence.
and ensure that nursing care is patient focused and patient dignity and privacy are
maintained at all times.

Undertake comprehensive assessment of the physical, psychological and social care needs of patients and provide person centred care plans that facilitate the patient’s own choices, promoting independence and self care, as appropriate.

To ensure the safe handling of body fluids and contaminated sharps.

Be alert to the needs of vulnerable adults including risk assessment and taking appropriate action when required.

Safely administer prescribed medications and to monitor their effects.

Use reflective practice as a method of ensuring that appropriate effective nursing care is
delivered to each patient.

Ensure competency and safe maintenance of all medical devices within the sphere of responsibility.

Work with nursing and other healthcare professions, patients and their relatives/carers to
assist in the timely discharge from the clinical area through appropriate discharge
planning in conjunction with the Discharge Co-ordinators.

Communication

Establish and maintain effective relationships with patients, carers and the multi-disciplinary team in order to facilitate patient choice and independence.

To effectively communicate complex and sensitive patient information to colleagues within the nursing service and to multi-disciplinary team members involved with patient care.

To maintain positive and effective communication and working relationships with patients, their families, and all other professionals to enhance a dignified and high standard of care provision.

At all times have an awareness of potential barriers to communication and an
understanding of how to overcome these barriers to ensure effective communication
occurs. Ensure due regard is given to the customs, values and spiritual beliefs of patients
and colleagues and that equal opportunities are practised at all times.

Communicate effectively through IT systems such as data input and web based information.

Professional Leadership and Management

Supervise and support unregistered members of staff and all new members of the team.

To organise and prioritise own work without direct supervision, reporting any issues, untoward clinical incidents or personal limitations, in the appropriate manner to the senior nurse on duty completing necessary documentation to level of responsibility.

Attend and participate in all types of ward/departmental meetings as required including
being the patient’s representative at multi-disciplinary meetings.

Support the senior sister in managing the resources required in the provision of care, with
an awareness of the financial implications of all actions.

Assist untrained staff with all clerical and housekeeping duties including:
use of Inpatient and clinical management systems
Check results and file appropriately after review by doctor where appropriate
Patient notes management.
Take appropriate action in regard to any accident or incident to patient, staff or visitor within the scope of the post holder’s responsibility and in line with Trust guidelines.

To be responsible for the care and safe keeping of equipment issued for personal and team use and to report any defect or loss.

To participate in service development activities, identifying areas for improvement as appropriate.


Quality and Performance

Contribute to the implementation, monitoring and reporting of performance outcome measures, alerting managers of any shortfall

Provide care within the clinical governance framework.

To participate in clinical supervision on a regular basis with a designated person.

Maintain appropriate and up to date knowledge and skills and undertake continuing education in accordance with personal and service needs and the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

Work and adhere to the needs of the service continuously striving to improve the quality of service provision

Education, Training and Development

Maintain own mandatory training requirements.

In accordance with the NMC Scope of Professional Practice continue to develop and
expand your role to embrace generic and specialty specific skills.

Participate in self-appraisal and performance review, maintaining an up-to-date Personal Development Plan that reflects the Trust’s values and behaviours.

Take every opportunity to develop skills and competence to carry out the role effectively and efficiently.

Be aware of own limitations and the need for continuing education and personal development. Communicate these needs to the ward sister or mentor as they arise.

Participate in Student Nurse Education and assessment in accordance with the university
requirements.

Participate in Clinical Supervision to enhance own practice through learning from others.

Maintain personal records of continuing professional development in order to maintain
NMC practice registration.


Participate in clinical audit and where necessary, research projects, to ensure the development of effective and innovative practice and maintenance of standards.

Professional

Be aware of, and act in accordance with, the Trust’s Organisational and Clinical Guidelines and Policies.

To be aware of, and act in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct and other professional Guidelines.

Maintain appropriate and up-to-date knowledge and skills by undertaking continuing education in accordance with personal and service needs.

Promote a professional image at all times and to be accountable for own clinical practice.
To be responsible for own professional development through active learning and reflective practice.

Apply a problem solving approach to practice, seeking resolution to problems with an awareness of own personal limitations of knowledge and practice.

Maintain high professional standards acting as a positive role model for the profession and service.
JOB DESCRIPTIONSUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

Equal Opportunities

The Trust affords its employees equal opportunities in employment, training and development irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, marital/parental status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, hours of work, political beliefs, TU membership or age.

The Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy and all employees are expected to be aware of, and adhere to the provisions of this policy and to carry out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with this policy.

Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information

In the course of your normal employment you may come into the possession of confidential information relating to patients, staff and the Trusts business and commercial information. All employees have a responsibility to ensure the security of information and to comply with the Data Protection Acts, Access to Health Records and Computer Misuse Act. Disclosure of medical, commercial or personal information, systems passwords or other confidential information to any unauthorised person or persons will be considered at gross misconduct and may lead to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal.

Health and Safety

The Trust operates a Health and Safety policy applicable to all employees. Employees must make themselves familiar with this policy and the responsibility placed on them under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to ensure that the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees, patients and visitors.

Infection Control

The Trust is committed to the prevention and control of infection, and operates an infection control policy. It is the responsibility of all employees to be aware of the infection control policy and procedures and the importance of protecting themselves, patients and visitors.

Risk Management

Risk is everybody’s business! All staff have an individual as well as a corporate responsibility for risk.

The outcome of effective risk management is the provision of safe patient care during their episode of illness or treatment and also the provision of a safe Trust environment for patients, staff and the public.

The Trust aims to have ‘Just and Fair’ culture where there is low blame and wants to encourage staff to report incidents and identify risks. If the latter is carried out then lessons can be learnt and changes in practice will be implemented in order to improve the quality of patient care.

You personally need to be adequately trained in risk management processes and the Trust provides a variety of risk related study days and courses. A list of these can be found in the Trust Training Brochure and it will be important that you take note of the mandatory courses, which you must attend.



Working Time Regulations

The Working Time Regulations 1998 state that employees should not work more than an average of 48 hours per week based on a 26 week period. Employees who wish to exceed this number of hours must obtain Management authorisation and will be required to sign an opt-out agreement which will be placed on file.

Improving Working Lives

In line with the NHS Plan, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust is making changes to improve the working lives of all staff. By helping staff to achieve good work life balance we can develop higher standards of healthcare and patient choice.

In order to support staff the Trust offers a range of benefits including onsite day nurseries, school holiday clubs, complementary therapies, a cyber café for internet access, a wide range of staff discounts, various recognition schemes and special annual events.

There is a National Audit Instrument for Improving Working Lives, which involves the Trust being assessed against a set of national standards to ensure that it is making real and tangible improvements to the working lives of our staff.

Smoking

The Trust operates a strict no-smoking policy and employees are therefore not permitted to smoke on-site, except in designated areas.

Alcohol and Drugs

The consumption of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited whilst on duty. The Trust operates a substance abuse policy which employees should make themselves familiar with.

Security

All employees are required to wear name badges whilst on Trust premises and are responsible for ensuring they understand their security responsibilities Whilst on Trust property. Any security incidents should immediately be reported to the security office.

Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF)

All staff excluding Doctors and Dentists are required to participate in The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. This is an annual appraisal process linking career and pay progression. All staff will be required to attend mandatory training on the Knowledge and Skills Framework before they can embark on the appraisal process.

Further information and copies of the Trusts Policies and Procedures can be found on the Trust’s Intranet, Via Departmental Managers or within the Human Resources Department.










Person Specification

Job title: Staff Nurse - Band 5
Factors
Essential/Desirable
Criteria
Assessment*

Education/Qualification

Essential
Registered Nurse (RN)

NMC Registration

Literacy and numeracy skills
AF/C

AF/C

AF/T

Desirable
Evidence of other post-registration education and training.
AF/IV

Experience

Essential
Recent clinical nursing experience
negotiating and liaising within a multi-disciplinary team

Supporting students and other learners e.g. HCAs teaching others in the practice environment

Experience of undertaking general assessment by utilising evidence based care.

Previous experience in the Nursing process, care planning and fluent in record keeping

AF /IV / T



AF/IV



AF/IV



AF/IV /T




Desirable
Experience of training students.

Participation in audit; research projects; service development

Post registration experience
AF/IV

AF/IV


AF/IV


Skills and Knowledge

Essential
Knowledge of Revalidation

Ability to listen effectively and ability to give constructive feedback to clients and colleagues.

Time management skills.

Knowledge of how Equal Opportunities can be implemented in practice.

Able to demonstrate reasonable response to service user needs and prioritising and dealing with those needs with a required urgency.

Awareness of the management and use of data in the NHS setting

Knowledge of evidence based practice.

Knowledge of infection control

Knowledge of general wound care

Promotion of continence
AF/IV

AF/IV



IV

IV


IV




AF/IV


AF/IV

AF/IV

AF/IV

AF/IV


Desirable
Understanding of resource management

Knowledge of the audit process
A/IV

AF/IV

Other

Essential
Ability to work in a team and be a proactive member and able to engage in change process in the team.

Ability to assess a situation and act promptly.

Ability to implement learning in practice and inform others.

Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing such as computerised documentation and data entry

IV



IV


IV


AF / IV



Desirable
Ability to critically analyse and evaluate research relevant to practice.
IV


* Assessment will take place with reference to the following
AF Application Form, IV Interview, P Presentation, T-Test, C Certificate