Senior Staff Nurse - Nights
Douglas Macmillan Hospice
The closing date is 03 October 2021
An exciting opportunity has arisen to provide leadership and effective operational management of the inpatient unit nursing team at Douglas Macmillan Hospice. You'll ensure timely, responsive and high-quality service is maintained and well organised for patients, their families and visitors to the hospice.
You'll provide clinical expertise, staffing co-ordination and be in charge of the inpatient unit in the absence of the Head of IPS and Team Leaders.
Engendering a positive working environment with an emphasis on professionalism, teamwork and co-operation. You'll be responsible for creating and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring high quality standards of care are maintained.
Main duties of the job
The right candidate will possess excellent communication and organisational skills, a motivation for continual learning and sharing of knowledge, with the drive to ensure our patients receive the highest possible standard of care. You will work as part of a supportive multidisciplinary team within the In-Patient Unit, where opportunities exist to develop palliative care expertise and undertake funded degree or masters level study after 6 months.
This role will be full time/part time on nights. Please state your preference on your application. Please read the job description (below) for further details.
If you would you like to be part of our friendly, supportive team delivering high standards of specialist palliative care which endeavours to go the extra mile in supporting our patients and their families, then we would love to hear from you.
Dougie Mac is an open-culture organisation, underpinned by clear strategic aims, vision and values. The Hospices many different services provide patients, their families and carers, with physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support ensuring that all are supported as they face death, dying and loss.
By joining, youll be part of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to delivering person-led, responsive and cost effective services of the highest quality. And youll be supported in your role to develop your skills and those of the people you work with. Staff at Dougie Mac are well-motivated, with professional development pathways, and given opportunities to be reflective in their roles through supervision, reflective practice and supportive line management.
The Hospice offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a generous holiday allowance, funded study, free parking, Paycare and much more.
The post holder is responsible for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, without supervision, and may be required to teach other nursing and non-nursing staff.
Tasks incorporated into the nursing function within the Scope of Professional Practice for the post, must be performed at the determined standard which shall be maintained and monitored.
To implement the Hospice Philosophy of ensuring the optimum quality of life for all patients.
Principle Duties & Responsibilities:
1. To assess patients individual needs.
2. To develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care reporting to senior staff if needed.
3. To provide and maintain a high standard of skilled nursing care.
4. To work within the agreed nursing procedures.
5. To participate in measuring the quality of service provision by the use of audit mechanisms.
6. The post holder will at all times be personally accountable for professional and ethical actions, ensuring compliance with the NMC Code of Conduct; failure to do so will be viewed as a disciplinary matter.
7. To take charge of the In-patient Services in the absence of both the Head of IPS and deputies.
8. To coordinate, supervise and organise work as appropriate for all teams on the IPS, organising skill mix, allocations.
9. To conduct appraisals for staff nurses supporting the senior team.
10. To take a supportive role in incident management alongside the senior IPS team.
11. To ensure the hospice policies and procedures are implemented by all staff on the IPS.
12. To comply with relevant statutory/Department of Health Directives.
13. To promote effective communication with other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure total patient care is delivered on the IPS.
14. To identify personal training and educational requirements of self and other staff through appraisals and personal development packs.
15. To participate in continuing education and in-service training in order to maintain an up to date level of professional knowledge and skill.
16. Give sound clinical advice to patients, relatives or healthcare professionals when answering the 24/7 advice line out of hours.
17. To acquire and maintain clinical expertise in symptom management.
18. To contribute towards professional development of the nursing team and demonstrate procedures to new staff through competencies.
19. To participate in health promotion and the prevention of illness.
20. Provide supervision and mentorship to student nurses and other trainee professionals.
21. Participate in service improvement and lead on Inventors in Excellence.
22. To undertake a mentorship programme and remain up to date with current NMC guidelines.
Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:
1. To provide patient centred, enablement focused support to each individual, supporting them to achieve their goals and engage in a treatment/support programme to work towards mutually agreed goals with particular emphasis on adaptation to illness, and developing self-management strategies
2. To work as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team, ensuring that the needs of patients and carers are identified within a holistic framework, fostering an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation
3. Attend mandatory training on principles and core elements Rehabilitative palliative care
4. Provide evidence of Rehabilitative Palliative Care practice in appraisal, relevant to role & responsibilities
Aptitudes & Attributes, and other job requirements
Skills & Knowledge
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.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
Douglas Macmillan Hospice
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14 September 2021
£32,000 to £36,000 a year + Antisocial Pay