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The role requires positivity and excellent communication, leadership, and caseload management abilities. You will need to demonstrate integrity and initiative, sound clinical knowledge with evidenced based practice and the ability to support the team, approaching your work in a coordinated way
We work integrated with primary care, adult social care, therapists, urgent & intermediate care services alongside our specialist services informing our ageing well MDTs which facilitates shaping our future to deliver great quality care for housebound individuals.
We strive to maximise wellbeing, improve health outcomes and patient experience, and support people to remain at home. Through expert advice and clinical support and treatment, promoting the optimum quality of life. Whilst providing an effective and efficient service delivery, utilising health promotion, wound, medication, and continence management
If you have an interest in community nursing, preventing hospital admissions, and caring for people with complex long-term disease, through to the last stages of their life, this role is for you
We provide opportunity for continued learning and career progression, if this ignited your interest we would like to hear from you
Main duties of the job
To be a Nurse Associate your role is vital in terms of coordinating peoples care through holistic evidence-based best practice in accordance with National and Organisational approved polices/procedures.
You will be required to be an autonomous practitioner and a role model. Supporting the Community Registered Nurses and Sister/Charge Nurse in their absence.
Manage sensitive issues and overcome obstacles in communication.
You be required to undertake a robust induction, allocated a mentor to support your learning to develop in your role.
We offer training in line with the required competencies for you to build on your knowledge, experience, and skills. You will be expected to undertake continued learning with accessibility to accredited courses.
You will need to provide a high standard of nursing care within their scope of practice as delegated by the Senior Nurse on duty.
To work under the indirect supervision of a Registered Nurse and continue to develop and undertake a range of delegated tasks independently.
Have sound knowledge and judgement providing evidence-based medicine and wound management. Pressure ulcer prevention and continence management, palliative, and end of life care.
Have a full driving licence and the ability to travel across Plymouth.
All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service
Livewell Southwest values its staff & makes investment in their development a priority. Currently we offer the following development opportunities for staff:
A minimum of 3 days protected CPD for registered staff
Development pathways for unregistered staff from apprentice to bands 2-4 & for registered staff in bands 5-8.
Medicines/Leg Ulcer Management & Assessment Training
Access/funding for training inc Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course &and Scholarship Into Nurse Training
An induction programme tailored to your needs
Relocation package may be considered for the right candidate for certain roles
Rewards & benefits
Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
NHS Pension Scheme & competitive Pension Scheme with Scottish Widows &/or Government Pension scheme (conditions apply)
Lease car scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation/conditions apply)
Cycle to work scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation)
School holiday childcare subsidies
Multiple flexible working options
Livewell Southwest can allow existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme to continue their membership when they join the organisation
- The Nursing Associate will work as part of a team, delivering health and social care that focuses on the holistic needs of service users.
- They will carry out specific clinical tasks and responsibilities as delegated by registered practitioners
- Manage a defined group of patients under the indirect supervision of a Registered Nurse, using evidence based/client centred principles to undertake a range of delegated tasks independently: assess, plan, implement, evaluate interventions and contribute to the service provision.
- To take responsibility for planned/defined tasks as required.
- To plan and undertake clinical tasks guided by standard operating procedures and protocols.
- To delegate work to support worker staff as required.
- To supervise and line manage band 2/3 staff and undertake the ongoing supervision of the routine work of others.
- Take responsibility for the training of others and may be required to deliver training
- To be responsible for the comprehensive assessment, planning, treatment and evaluation of a group of patients under the appropriate delegation from a registered practitioner and in close liaison with patient/carer.
- To give compassionate, holistic evidence based practice to patients in the Community in line with national and organisational approved policies / procedures and individual care plans.
- Undertakes delegated clinical skills within their role having once undertaken relevant training, deemed competent and adhere to standard operating procedures.
- Monitor the condition and health needs of people within their care on a continual basis in partnership with people, families, and the Multidisciplinary Team
- To demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of conditions relevant to the clinical area.
- Observes any changes in the patient’s condition, manages these changes in line with scope and competence, reporting findings to the most appropriate clinician in a timely manner. In the event of a change in patient status, is able to safely decide whether to proceed with treatment (including medicines administration) and/or seeks support from a registered nurse to decide.
- Safely uses a range of non invasive and invasive interventions whether therapeutic, technological or pharmacological, within the defined scope of the role
- Implements the goal planning process and outcome measures used in the clinical area to review progress of the patient.
- Administers medication within scope of practice, competency and as delegated by the registered nurse.
- Support people to improve and maintain their mental, physical, behavioural health and wellbeing
- To educate patients and carers regarding the impact of cognitive, perceptual and physical deficits on patient’s safety and independence
- active involvement in the prevention of and protection against disease and ill health
- To plan, organise and lead when delegated both formal and informal treatments and health education activities for both patients and carers.
- contribute to ongoing assessment recognising when it is necessary to refer to others for reassessment
- Communicate effectively with colleagues, providing clear verbal, digital or written information and instructions
- recognise and report any situations, behaviours or errors that could result in poor care outcomes
- Prioritise the day to day management of own caseload/ workload delegating activities to junior staff as appropriate
- engage in public health, community development, and in the reduction of health inequalities and increased self-management
- To act as the patient's advocate and, by providing information and support, facilitate the patient's own choices in conjunction with carers and other agencies where relevant.
- To undertake specifically identified administrative and clerical tasks associated with patient care which facilitate the efficient running of the ward/department.
Service specific tasks and responsibilities.
This should align with the service essential skills framework and relevant clinical competencies which can be located via the link below : http://pchnet.derriford.phnt.swest.nhs.uk/StaffCentral/Training/Competencies.aspx
- Assessment and holistic patient centred care
- Wound Care including pressure ulcer management
- Bowel/ continence management
- Medicines management
- Ear syringing
- Care of the dying patient end of life
This list is not exhaustive and aligns with clinical competency and role specification as above.
Knowledge, training and experience
(See person specification for qualifications/equivalent experience)
- Demonstrate knowledge of the scope of practice of the Nursing Associate role within different care settings
- Identify personal development needs that ensure acquisition of knowledge, skills and competency to undertake the care and treatment responsibilities assigned
- Carry out Continuing Professional Development by seeking to develop and improve practical and theoretical knowledge, competence and skills
- Maintaining Nursing & Midwifery Council registration by adhering to all requirements regarding Standards, Proficiencies and the revalidation process.
Communication and relationships
- Communicate in a clear manner that is consistent with relevant legislation, policies, procedures and service needs.
- Communicate effectively across a wide range of channels and with a wide range of individuals, the public, health and social care professionals, maintaining the focus of communication on delivering and improving health and care services
- Liaise and communicate effectively with others of different backgrounds and levels of understanding
- Demonstrate those inter-personal skills that promote clarity, compassion, empathy, respect and trust
- Contribute to team success and challenge others constructively
- Report to appropriate registered care professional information received from the individuals, carers and members of the team
- Ensure all patient related information is treated sensitively and adhere to the principles of confidentiality at all times
- Report any accidents or incidents as per organisational policy
- Ensure clear, concise, accurate and legible records and all communication is maintained in relation to care delivered adhering to local and national guidance
- To record and report regularly on patient progress and treatment to the Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) and handovers.
- Constructively manage barriers to communication.
- To attend and participate in case conferences, ward meetings, handovers and forums appropriate to the clinical setting / role / service needs.
- Liaise with and ensure good communication with statutory/voluntary bodies to establish a comprehensive package to ensure continuation of care.
- Provide an opportunity and respond to patients and carers to enable them to express their feelings and whilst encouraging acceptance and adjustment to their new circumstances.
- To communicate effectively with patients and carers recognising the need for a wide range of verbal and non verbal communication methods with patients who may have difficulty in understanding or communicating and who may be low in mood and lack insight.
Improving safety and quality of care:
- Improve the quality of care by helping to monitor people’s experience
- To maintain an up to date record of all patient contact, MDT care plans, assessments and reports whilst ensuring confidentiality at all times.
- To comply with legislation, policies, procedures and other quality approaches relevant to the work being undertaken.
- To use and maintain resources efficiently and effectively.
- Works within the limits of own competence and responsibility and refers issues beyond these limits to the relevant people
- Ensures problems are reported in a timely manner whilst being solution-focused.
- To demonstrate leadership skills and role modelling through the management of designated projects.
- To contribute to the safety and quality agenda including research, audit and service evaluation.
- To actively contribute to service development / improvement plans.
- Contribute to the improvement of service by reflecting on own practice and supporting that of others
- Regularly attend workplace and staff engagement meetings and contribute positively to discussions about the improvement of care
- Contributes to reporting caseload management
- When indicated, carries out whistleblowing or activities designed to safeguard vulnerable individuals in line with best practice, policy and legislation
- Advocate the role of the Nursing associate
Behavioural Attributes & Competencies
Knowledge and Skills
Certificate of Sponsorship
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