Staff Nurse - Letchworth Garden City

Letchworth Garden City
12 Feb 2018
21 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Competitive salary and benefits

Our client provides free specialist palliative care for patients, families and carers facing life limiting illnesses living in North Hertfordshire and Stevenage, Royston, South Bedfordshire and surrounding villages, serving a population of around 230,000 people.

They pride themselves in delivering the highest quality care and compassion to all patients, relatives and carers. Often challenging but ultimately rewarding; working here offers you the opportunity to be part of a multi-professional team and provide truly holistic care in a supportive environment. Education and training are regarded as an essential element of providing high-quality care. You will be able to take advantage of a number of benefits including a competitive salary, generous annual leave, flexible working, strong staff support and genuine training and career development opportunities.

Vacancies exist for Staff Nurses and Senior Staff Nurses full or part-time to join their In-Patient Unit team working a mix of shifts. The successful Senior Staff Nurse applicant, after a period of induction, will be required to take charge of the shift on a regular basis and deputise in the absence of the Team Leader. Some post qualification experience and previous knowledge of palliative care and the willingness to complete an appropriate qualification would be required.

Overall Aim

• To work as a member of the Hospice multi-professional team responsible for
the establishing, monitoring and maintaining of standards of care within the

• To ensure that individualised patient centred care is provided - physical,
psychological, social and spiritual and is of the highest quality.

• To contribute to the provision of specialist advice and education for other
professionals and visiting students.

• The Post holder will carry out her/his duties according to the philosophy of the
Hospice, acting at all times in such a manner as to justify public trust and
confidence and to safeguard the interests and confidentiality of individual
patients and their families. She/he will uphold and enhance the good standing
and reputation of the nursing profession, being accountable for her/his
professional practice, according to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.

• The IPU service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The post holder
will be required to work a range of shifts if needed.
1. Clinical function
The post holder shall: -
1.1. assess, plan, implement and evaluate care, taking into consideration the
holistic needs of the patient and Hospice guidelines, policies and standards
1.2. ensure the continuity of care through comprehensive, accurate recording and
verbal, written and electronic hand-over to other members of the Hospice
multi-professional team
1.3. participate in identifying and developing guidelines and standards with the In
Patient Unit, and assist in the auditing of these standards
1.4. recognise the specific dietary needs of patients and liaise with the catering
staff to ensure the provision of appropriate and attractive meals
3.3 assist with the monitoring and ordering of medical and nursing equipment in
the In Patient Unit
3.4 participate in annual review programme
3.5 carry out annual In Patient Unit Health Care assistant appraisals and 6
monthly reviews
3.6 record all clinical incidents and accidents within the IPU, advise the Senior
Sister and/or Director of Patient Service accordingly
3.10 refer to the Sister/ Senior Sister and/or the Director of Patient Services any
clinical complaints, according to Hospice policy
4. Education function
The post holder shall: -
4.1 maintain and improve own professional competence by keeping abreast of
developments and attending in-service and external training sessions,
courses, study days and conferences
4.2 ensure own attendance/completion of mandatory training as required by the
4.3 attend Action Learning Sets
4.4 use reflection and clinical supervision/Action learning sets as part of
professional development.
4.5 participate in the induction of new staff and volunteers to the IPU.
4.6 act as preceptor for new members of nursing staff.
4.7 participate in the teaching and training of permanent and visiting staff and
students to the Hospice
4.8 be involved in the education and teaching of both patients and carers in all
aspects of health care, as appropriate.
4.9 help promote the philosophy of the hospice/palliative care, wither within the
IPU or elsewhere
5. Health and Safety function
The post holder shall: -
5.1 be aware of and comply with all Hospice infection prevention and control
policies, to include hand hygiene, personal hygiene, environmental and food
5.2 take all measures to ensure the safety of staff, patients and visitors, in
accordance with the Hospice Health and Safety Policy
8. Additional information
8.1 This job description sets out the key tasks and responsibilities. It is not
intended to be comprehensive. It is essential that it should be regarded with a
degree of flexibility so that the changing needs of the organisation can be met.
8.2 This job description will be reviewed with the post holder annually as part of
the appraisal process. Any proposed amendments will be with the agreement
of the appropriate member of the Hospice Management Team.

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