Nurse Associate

Greater Middlesbrough Primary Care Network (PCN)

The closing date is 31 July 2024

Job summary

Nursing Associates work with healthcare workers and registered nurses, to deliver quality and personalised nursing services to patients and the public. They will work under indirect supervision of their mentor in practice. They will work with people of all ages across a variety of health and social care settings. The role was introduced in December 2015 by the government to boost the capacity of the nursing workforce and improve healthcare. It frees up registered nurses to focus on complex clinical duties and take lead in making decisions about patient care.

This is a relatively new role within the nursing team. It is also a steppingstone to becoming a registered nurse

Main duties of the job

Your duties are likely to include: undertaking clinical tasks including venepuncture, ECGs and dressings.

Assisting with vaccinations (appropriate to role, flu, covid, B12).

recognising issues relating to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults. Dealing with samples, processing, and collecting of urine, sputum nail clippings, stool samples etc.

Act as a chaperone if called upon to do so.

Urinalysis and preparation of specimens for investigation by the pathology laboratory

Measuring and recording following physiological measurements in routine presentations:

1. Blood pressure,2. Pulse rate and rhythm,3. Temperature,4. Height and weight body mass index,5. Venepuncture,6. ECG.

Prepare and maintain environments and equipment before, during and after patient care interventions.

Assist regulated professional while patients undergoing minor surgery

Where appropriate, provide support and encouragement to self-manage their conditions

Assess patients readiness to change and provide motivational support as appropriate in case of smoking, obesity, and healthy living for older people.

To gain the underpinning knowledge and practice skills to administer basic life support if necessary.

Hypertension Review

CVD Primary Prevention including:

Smoking Cessation

24-hour BP management

Weight Management

About us

The Greater Middlesbrough PCN supports over 63,000 patients from 8 practices across the area.

Greater Middlesbrough PCN consists of:

Multidisciplinary teams that currently consist of Clinical Care Coordinator, Care Coordinators, Clinical Pharmacists, Mental Health Practitioner, First Contact Physio and Social Prescribing Link Workers

SystmOne and EMIS clinical systems.

Training practices.

We are an active network and closely work with our local voluntary organisations and other partners to develop new models of care to benefit our patients.

The Nursing Associate role will include working across all the PCN providing additional flexibility by adding to the growing expansion of the primary care workforce.

Date posted

25 June 2024

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£25,147 to £27,597 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

A4923-24-0014

Job locations

Newlands Medical Centre

Borough Road

Middlesbrough

Cleveland

TS1 3RX


Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Nursing associates work across all four fields of nursing: adult, childrens, mental health, andlearning disability. Yourskillsand responsibilities will vary, depending on the care setting you work in.Youllneed to demonstratethevalues and behaviours of the NHS constitution.

Your dutiesare likely to include:

  • undertaking clinical tasks including venepuncture, ECGsand dressings
  • Health promotion and screening
  • Assisting with vaccinations (appropriate to role, flu, covid, B12)

  • supporting individuals and their families and carers when faced with unwelcome news and life-changing diagnoses
  • performing and recording clinical observations such as blood pressure, temperature, respirations, andpulse
  • discussing and sharing informationwith registered nurseson apatients condition, behaviour, activity, and responses
  • ensuring the privacy, dignity and safety of individuals is always maintained
  • recognisingissues relating to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults
  • Dealing with samples, processing, and collecting of urine, sputum nail clippings, stool samples etc

Health, Safety and Security:

Identify the risks involved in work activities and undertake them in a way that manages the risks.

Use and encourage others to adopt appropriate infection control procedures and maintain work areas in each clinical room so that they are clean, safe and free from hazards reporting of any potential risks identified, including:

1. hand washing

2. universal hygiene procedures

3. collection and handling of laboratory specimens

4. segregation and disposal of waste materials

5. decontamination of instruments and clinical equipment

6. reporting and treatment of sharps injuries

7. dealing with blood and body fluid spillages

8. assist patients and colleagues in adopting sound infection control measures

Understand and apply the principles of the cold chain

Ensure safe storage, rotation and disposal of vaccines and drugs within area of responsibility

Know the general principles of first aid and resuscitation to be able to undertake initial actions as appropriate

Be aware of statutory child health procedures and statutory local guidance and referral criteria.

Know the Health and Safety policies and procedures within the workplace, including fire procedures, maintaining documentation, monitoring and maintaining of equipment and furniture within your area of responsibility.

Use the computer monitor safely.

  • Be able to identify the risks to health of microbiological and chemical hazards within the working environment according to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.

Equality and Diversity:

Ensure own actions support equality, diversity, and rights

Act in ways that recognise the importance of peoples rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with procedures.

Respect the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients and carers

Understand basic legal and communication issues regarding child abuse, family violence, vulnerable adults, substance abuse and addictive behaviour.

Act as a chaperone if called upon to do so

Clinical skills health and well-being:

Undertake, record, and follow guidelines for the tasks for which you have received appropriate training:

Urinalysis and preparation of specimens for investigation by the pathology laboratory

Measuring and recording following physiological measurements in routine presentations:

1. Blood pressure

2. Pulse rate and rhythm

3. Temperature

4. Height and weight body mass index

5. Venepuncture

6. ECG

Prepare and maintain environments and equipment before, during and after patient care interventions.

Assist regulated professional while patients undergoing minor surgery

Where appropriate, provide support and encouragement to self-manage their conditions

Have a basic understanding of long-term conditions including diagnostic interventions, treatments and the principles of care and self-management.

Plan, develop and implement health promotion activities as appropriate e.g. smoking, exercise and diet.

Assess patients readiness to change and provide motivational support as appropriate in case of smoking, obesity, and healthy living for older people.

To administer the influenza and pneumococcal vaccine under indirect supervision of a regulated professional.

To gain the underpinning knowledge and practice skills to administer basic life support if necessary.

Hypertension Review

CVD Primary Prevention including:

Healthy Heart Checks, Annual Reviews and NAEDI screening

Smoking Cessation

24-hour BP management

Weight Management

Assist in raising awareness of health and well-being, and how it can be promoted.

Give accurate and appropriate information to patients and groups within own competence

Nurse Associate Training

You'll undertake academic learning one day a week and work-based learning the rest of the week. You'll be employed in a health care setting such as an acute, community or mental health hospital, primary/secondary care or hospice but also gain experience in other settings. This will mean travelling to placements and working a mix of shifts. Your university will set your modules alongside your placement hours necessary to the completion of your course.

It is very important to plan and manage the competing demands of your job role, study, and placements. You'll develop an understanding of all elements of nursing and caring for individuals with conditions such as dementia, mental ill health and learning disabilities/difficulties.

You will be supported both at university and in practice. You will be allocated mentor who will help with your development and training within your job role.

Career development

Once you've finished your training, you'll have the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes, and behaviours to work as a nursing associate. Qualified nursing associates canalsogo on to train as a registered nurse by putting their training towards a shortened nursing degree or registered nurse degree apprenticeship (RNDA).

Your Nursing Associate training may shorten a registered nurse degree apprenticeship to 2 years.

To find out more about the apprenticeship route, including how to apply, speak with your line manager, education team or apprenticeship lead. Your employer may want you to complete a year working as a nursing associate before you progress to registered nurse training.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Nursing associates work across all four fields of nursing: adult, childrens, mental health, andlearning disability. Yourskillsand responsibilities will vary, depending on the care setting you work in.Youllneed to demonstratethevalues and behaviours of the NHS constitution.

Your dutiesare likely to include:

  • undertaking clinical tasks including venepuncture, ECGsand dressings
  • Health promotion and screening
  • Assisting with vaccinations (appropriate to role, flu, covid, B12)

  • supporting individuals and their families and carers when faced with unwelcome news and life-changing diagnoses
  • performing and recording clinical observations such as blood pressure, temperature, respirations, andpulse
  • discussing and sharing informationwith registered nurseson apatients condition, behaviour, activity, and responses
  • ensuring the privacy, dignity and safety of individuals is always maintained
  • recognisingissues relating to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults
  • Dealing with samples, processing, and collecting of urine, sputum nail clippings, stool samples etc

Health, Safety and Security:

Identify the risks involved in work activities and undertake them in a way that manages the risks.

Use and encourage others to adopt appropriate infection control procedures and maintain work areas in each clinical room so that they are clean, safe and free from hazards reporting of any potential risks identified, including:

1. hand washing

2. universal hygiene procedures

3. collection and handling of laboratory specimens

4. segregation and disposal of waste materials

5. decontamination of instruments and clinical equipment

6. reporting and treatment of sharps injuries

7. dealing with blood and body fluid spillages

8. assist patients and colleagues in adopting sound infection control measures

Understand and apply the principles of the cold chain

Ensure safe storage, rotation and disposal of vaccines and drugs within area of responsibility

Know the general principles of first aid and resuscitation to be able to undertake initial actions as appropriate

Be aware of statutory child health procedures and statutory local guidance and referral criteria.

Know the Health and Safety policies and procedures within the workplace, including fire procedures, maintaining documentation, monitoring and maintaining of equipment and furniture within your area of responsibility.

Use the computer monitor safely.

  • Be able to identify the risks to health of microbiological and chemical hazards within the working environment according to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.

Equality and Diversity:

Ensure own actions support equality, diversity, and rights

Act in ways that recognise the importance of peoples rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with procedures.

Respect the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients and carers

Understand basic legal and communication issues regarding child abuse, family violence, vulnerable adults, substance abuse and addictive behaviour.

Act as a chaperone if called upon to do so

Clinical skills health and well-being:

Undertake, record, and follow guidelines for the tasks for which you have received appropriate training:

Urinalysis and preparation of specimens for investigation by the pathology laboratory

Measuring and recording following physiological measurements in routine presentations:

1. Blood pressure

2. Pulse rate and rhythm

3. Temperature

4. Height and weight body mass index

5. Venepuncture

6. ECG

Prepare and maintain environments and equipment before, during and after patient care interventions.

Assist regulated professional while patients undergoing minor surgery

Where appropriate, provide support and encouragement to self-manage their conditions

Have a basic understanding of long-term conditions including diagnostic interventions, treatments and the principles of care and self-management.

Plan, develop and implement health promotion activities as appropriate e.g. smoking, exercise and diet.

Assess patients readiness to change and provide motivational support as appropriate in case of smoking, obesity, and healthy living for older people.

To administer the influenza and pneumococcal vaccine under indirect supervision of a regulated professional.

To gain the underpinning knowledge and practice skills to administer basic life support if necessary.

Hypertension Review

CVD Primary Prevention including:

Healthy Heart Checks, Annual Reviews and NAEDI screening

Smoking Cessation

24-hour BP management

Weight Management

Assist in raising awareness of health and well-being, and how it can be promoted.

Give accurate and appropriate information to patients and groups within own competence

Nurse Associate Training

You'll undertake academic learning one day a week and work-based learning the rest of the week. You'll be employed in a health care setting such as an acute, community or mental health hospital, primary/secondary care or hospice but also gain experience in other settings. This will mean travelling to placements and working a mix of shifts. Your university will set your modules alongside your placement hours necessary to the completion of your course.

It is very important to plan and manage the competing demands of your job role, study, and placements. You'll develop an understanding of all elements of nursing and caring for individuals with conditions such as dementia, mental ill health and learning disabilities/difficulties.

You will be supported both at university and in practice. You will be allocated mentor who will help with your development and training within your job role.

Career development

Once you've finished your training, you'll have the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes, and behaviours to work as a nursing associate. Qualified nursing associates canalsogo on to train as a registered nurse by putting their training towards a shortened nursing degree or registered nurse degree apprenticeship (RNDA).

Your Nursing Associate training may shorten a registered nurse degree apprenticeship to 2 years.

To find out more about the apprenticeship route, including how to apply, speak with your line manager, education team or apprenticeship lead. Your employer may want you to complete a year working as a nursing associate before you progress to registered nurse training.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • To begin your training as a Nurse Associate, you'll need GCSEs grade 9 to 4 (A to C) in maths and English, or Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English. Some employers will also ask for a level 3 qualification.
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • To begin your training as a Nurse Associate, you'll need GCSEs grade 9 to 4 (A to C) in maths and English, or Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English. Some employers will also ask for a level 3 qualification.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Middlesbrough Primary Care Network (PCN)

Address

Newlands Medical Centre

Borough Road

Middlesbrough

Cleveland

TS1 3RX


Employer's website

https://www.greatermiddlesbroughpcn.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Middlesbrough Primary Care Network (PCN)

Address

Newlands Medical Centre

Borough Road

Middlesbrough

Cleveland

TS1 3RX


Employer's website

https://www.greatermiddlesbroughpcn.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Practice Business Manager

Colette Shipley

colette.shipley@nhs.net

Date posted

25 June 2024

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£25,147 to £27,597 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

A4923-24-0014

Job locations

Newlands Medical Centre

Borough Road

Middlesbrough

Cleveland

TS1 3RX


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