Nursing Associate

St Raphael's Hospice


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Job summary

To support the Registered Nurses (RNs) to deliver an excellent standard of care to patients and their families in the In-patient Unit. The Nursing Associate works independently under the leadership of the RNs within all aspects of the nursing process.

If you are someone who wants to help make that difference, and be a part of such a fulfilling and vital service, come and talk to us. You wont regret it.

Employee benefits include:

  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Educational and professional development opportunities (education team on site)
  • Competitive pension scheme/ retention of NHS pension for those already contributing
  • Protected supernumary period
  • Free onsite parking
  • Nursing Associate programme
  • Regular clinical supervision
  • Subsidised meals at onsite cafe
  • Employee Assistance Programme promoting staff wellbeing
  • Access to blue light card discounts
  • IPU- good nurse to patient ratio, single rooms, doctors based on ward during working hours

Main duties of the job

Working at St Raphaels means being part of a small, friendly and forward thinking team; we work collaboratively and every voice is important. We are ambitious; committedto developing and supporting our staff, whilst providing an excellent standard of care to our patients and those important to them.

About us

We are a 14 bedded hospice, serving the communities of Merton and Suttonby supporting those with life limiting conditions to live their lives as fully as possible. Caring for people at the end of their lives can be challenging, but it can also be immensely rewarding.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To assess, plan and deliver care under the leadership of an RN to patients requiring palliative and/or end of life care.

To offer timely and individual and holistic direct care based on the patients needs.

To develop and evaluate patient care plans.

To undertake risk assessments and re-evaluate prescribed care.

To monitor patients for symptoms and provide non-pharmacological relief where possible, administering medication via all conventional methods and referring for senior appropriate.

To be a second recorder for controlled drugs.

To undertake various nursing skills (following being assessed as competent) as required such.

To communicate fully and effectively with patients, their families and professional colleagues to ensure a safe and needs led care pathway.

To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team to ensure a co-ordinated and defined management plan/plan of care for each patient.

To maintain accurate healthcare records, written and computer based, liaising with community colleagues and in line with St Raphael's Hospice (SRH) organisational policy and professional requirements.

To support and work with the IPU Sisters and Staff Nurses to develop and maintain effective communication links with members of the multi-disciplinary team

To administer prescribed and medication in accordance with SRH guidance and policy

To report accidents, incidents and complaints in area of responsibility as per procedure, participating in investigations as required

To support and train junior staff within a defined remit

To work to the processes for role boundaries and patient confidentiality

To maintain personal and professional development

To act within the Professional Bodies Code of Practice and NMC Code and Standards for Nursing Associates

Person Specification



  • Understanding of the scope of the role of the Nursing Associate in context of the nursing and interdisciplinary team and the organisation, and how the role may contribute to service development
  • Understand and acts in line with NMC professional standards for practice contained within The Code
  • Knowledge of when to seek advice and escalate to the appropriate professional for expert help and advice
  • Understand of the importance of following procedures and treatment plans
  • Experience of working in teams under appropriate supervision as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Insight into how strengths and development needs, seeking advice where appropriate
  • Experience of providing and receiving complex, sensitive information
  • Ability to take part in reflective practice and clinical supervision activities
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own delegated workload
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written, verbal and non-verbal communication) with patients/relatives and carers and all members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to develop effective and appropriate relationships with people, their families, carers and colleagues
  • Ability to support, supervise, assess and act as a role model to nursing associate students, other learners and health care support workers as required within the clinical setting

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

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

St Raphael's Hospice


London Road





Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Kelly Channer


Date posted

27 September 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 4





Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

London Road





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Opening times:

Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Saturday: 9am to 3pm

Closed Bank Holidays including Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.