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Main area
Stroke/Neurology
Grade
Band 5
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 34.5 hours per week
Job ref
216-ML-M4377007-A
Employer
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Derriford Hospital
Town
Plymouth
Salary
£27,055 - £32,934 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing
06/10/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Staff Nurse

Band 5

Job overview

Do you fancy a new challenge in your nursing career? Are you looking for a role that allows you to make a real difference to patients? If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic registered nurse to join the team on Merrivale Ward.

Merrivale Ward is a busy and challenging 29 bedded Neuro Medical Unit, which encompasses its own Acute Stroke Unit. It serves the people of Plymouth and the wider population of South East Cornwall up to the South Hams area. It is the unit’s aim to ensure that patients, who require Neuro Medical or Acute Stroke intervention, receive the very best care that we can offer.

You will be part of a unit and team that is going through a period of positive change, and will be integral in assisting to provide and maintain high quality ‘hands-on’ care. There have been many changes and we now have a new vision for our Acute Stroke Unit. If you want a new start, there couldn’t be a better time to join us on the journey to provide excellent care. We have a range of exciting opportunities for new qualified and experienced nurses within our team.

The acute clinical and compassionate leadership skills you will gain from working with our team is a great opportunity.  You will have a wide knowledge base and are regarded as a good ‘team-player’, enjoy motivating, enthusing and developing other team members, and seek the challenge of being able to put your ideas into action.

 

 

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a candidate who has a career drive to develop  a specialist role to work in our Stroke and Neurology  ward. Registered Nurses who has a demonstrable experience of acute hospital setting or proven diploma qualification in health care related subject or equivalent experience.

Good communication skills, with ability to demonstrate fluency, clarity and effectiveness at all levels. Ability to prioritise workload. Attention to details. Time management skills. Organisational Skills. Ability and demonstrable experience of directing and instructing others.

Works in a calm , organised manner and develops a  team approach. 

Flexible shift pattern/ Internal rotation must be able  to work nights,, weekends and bank holidays.

 

 

Working for our organisation

Merrivale -Acute/ Stroke Unit  is very multi diverse ward. We as a team work along side each other to provide a high standard of care and give the best experience to our patients. 

We are a very busy ward with challenging patients. All the staff  support each other and staff  can  work under pressure. We have an excellent working relationship  with the whole team on the ward.

All staff upholds  to the 6 core values in Nursing Profession. The values were care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.  The purpose of the 6 core values is to ensure patients are looked after with care and compassion, by professionals who are competent, communicate well, have the courage to make changes that improve and deliver the best and commit to delivering this all day, every day.

The team works ethics  consists of reliability,  dedication to the job,  cooperation and team work, Integrity, honesty, discipline, fair and respect, responsible and accountable.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Providing and delivering a high standard of nursing care by initiating and co-ordinating the assessment.
  • Planning and evaluating of individual patients needs based on evidence.
  • Maintains a good working environment in which all patients receive high quality care.
  •  Reporting and documenting any relevant nursing/patient needs, communicating changes with other health care professionals in the multi-disciplinary team with ongoing responsibility for patient care as 
    they occur.
  • Engaging and interacting with carers and family, encouraging them to be actively involved in patients care planning as outlined in ward / unit philosophy.
  •  Promoting and delivering health education within the clinical area and advise patient’s family and/or significant others in health promotion issues.
  •  Demonstrating and undertaking evidence-based practice playing an active part in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care.
  •  Assisting other clinical areas within the trust if the clinical situation or staffing levels demand.
  •  Supervising and directing Health Care Assistants with their daily workload. 
  •  Communicating with patients, relatives and outside agencies as appropriate, within the confines of the Data Protection Act and Patient Confidentiality.
  •  Implementing and sharing good infection control practice.
  •  Undertaking manual handling assessments and ensuring identified actions are met.
  • Initiating the reporting and immediate actions of an untoward incident such as complaints, clinical emergencies, and injury or drug administration errors.
  •  Demonstrating an awareness of and compliance with Health and Safety regulations / Procedures that apply to staff, patients and visitors within the trust premises, reporting any deficiencies in equipment furnishings or matters of hygiene.
  •  Contributing towards maintaining the set standard of clinical practice. Participating in Audit and quality monitoring.
  •  Managing the Clinical risk relating to individuals or a group of patients care, reporting issues to Senior Sister as appropriate.
  •  Efficient and effect use of available resources.
  •  Mentorship of Health Care Assistants and other learners (post-Preceptorship period).
  •  Attending Ward, Directorate and Trust meetings as appropriate.
  •  Ensures that everyone attending Crownhill ward has their privacy and dignity maintained at all times
  •  Participates in 24 hour care delivery.
  • Recognise, react to and manage appropriately medical emergencies and deteriorating patients.
  •  To be a clinical expert on the management of Neurology/Stroke.
  •  Participates in 24 hour care delivery.
  •  Recognise, react to and manage appropriately medical emergencies and deteriorating patients.
  •  Works to meet the objectives of the Trust Nursing and Midwifery Strategy.
  •  Maintain active NMC registration.
  • Maintaining and developing your clinical competence in care of patients and specifically those within your area of specialist practice.
  • Development of knowledge to be able to provide specialist advice when requested and as appropriate.
  •  Undertaking manual handling assessments and ensuring identified actions are met.

Reporting and documenting any relevant nursing/patient needs, communicating changes with other health care 
professionals in the multi-disciplinary team with ongoing responsibility for patient care as they occur.

  • Engaging and interacting with carers and family, encouraging them to be actively involved in patients care planning as outlined in ward / unit philosophy.
  •  Promoting and delivering health education within the clinical area and advise patient’s family and/or significant others in health promotion issues.
  •  Demonstrating and undertaking evidence-based practice playing an active part in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care.
  •  Assisting other clinical areas within the trust if the clinical situation or staffing levels demand.
  • Supervising and directing Health Care Assistants with their daily workload. 
  •  Communicating with patients, relatives and outside agencies as appropriate, within the confines of the Data Protection Act and Patient Confidentiality.
  •  Implementing and sharing good infection control practice.
  •  Undertaking manual handling assessments and ensuring identified actions are met.

COMMUNICATIONS & WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

  • Patients and their support network.
  •  Ward Sisters/Charge Nurses and all ward based nursing staff
  •  Modern Matron
  •  Educational staff
  •  Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Consultants, Nurse Practitioners.
  •  Directorate Manager
  •  Consultants in area of responsibility.
  •  Housekeeping and domestic staff
  •  Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.
  •  Portering staff
  •  Bank/Agency Nurses and Healthcare Assistants

PROFESSIONAL

  •  Contribute to service improvements within the clinical area.
  •  Ensure that all Trust and Departmental Policies are adhered to by themselves and other staff.
  •  Demonstrates awareness of evidence based practice.
  •  Undergo appraisal on a regular basis.
  •  Maintain own professional portfolio.
  •  Maintain registration with NMC
  •  Act in accordance with NMC Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors and 
    Scope of Professional Practice and be accountable for his/her actions at all times


STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

  •  Keeps up to date both professionally and educationally and meets the criteria for the NMC Prep document.
  •  Actively participates in development programme and staff meetings.
  •  Ensures that all learners are given appropriate practical demonstrations, support and guidance. Any 
    concerns are reported to the Lead Nurse.
  • Act as a mentor for learner nurses, untrained staff and junior nurses.
  •  Participates in orientation of all new members of staff. 
  •  Facilitating staff members to meet PREP requirements
  •  Participate in and initiate clinical audit programmes or research projects as directed.


COMMUNICATION

  •  Take an active role in maintaining effective communication with all disciplines, patients and relatives.
  •  Assist in maintaining accurate data collection.
  •  Ensure that all documentation is completed accurately, is legible and falls within the NMCs Record Keeping Guidelines.
  •  Able to communicate effectively in demanding and challenging situations.
  •  Works as part of the multidisciplinary team in supporting colleagues, patients and their friends and relatives, during the communication of sudden and unexpected news.
  •  Promoting teamwork and inter-personnel relationships and encouraging others in the decision making  process
  •  Attending regular Sisters Meetings, organising Ward Meetings and participating in Divisional and Directorate forums as required.
  •  Playing an active role in the integration of Patient and Public involvement.
  •  Effecting Change in order to meet changing patient needs.

Person specification

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Proven Registered Nurse
  • Demonstrable experience in a hospital setting
Desirable criteria
  • Diploma in healthcare related subject

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Proven NMC Nurse
Desirable criteria
  • Basic Computer skills
  • ILS

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Jeanne Galvez
Job title
Senior Sister-Ward Manager
Email address
jeanne.galvez@nhs.net
Telephone number
01752439879
Additional information

or further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Ward Manager Jeanne Galvez on 01752 439879 or alternatively Matron Catherine Gardner via switchboard on Bleep 81113

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience.

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