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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2020.

Sister/Charge Nurse Juniper and Rowan Wards

Job Reference: 252-9816

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
252 Juniper Ward
£32,933 to £39,681 pa inc. allowances

Do you want to work within an exciting, challenging, and caring environment?

Are you looking for a change, and are you a hard-working, fun-loving, active and enthusiastic individual?

If the answer is yes, then we are looking for you to join our enthusiastic and dedicated nursing teams.   

Juniper is a 26 bedded fast flowing, quick turnaround surgical ward, it is made up of 4 side rooms and 4 bays.   The patients are admitted via both elective and emergency pathways for a range of surgical diagnoses and procedures relating to gynecological, urological and colorectal needs. Our patient base tends to be short stay, therefore a proactive attitude towards patient discharge, MDT focus, and an understanding of the operational pressures within the NHS is a must within this role.

Rowan is a 27 bedded, acute surgical ward, made up of 5 side rooms and 4 bays. The patients are admitted also via both elective and emergency pathways for a range of surgical procedures relating to mainly colorectal diagnoses. Our patients tend to have more complex needs due to complications or the nature of their surgery; therefore we deal with complex abdominal wound dressings and total parental nutrition.  The ability to prioritize staffing resources, and recognize surgical complications is key.

Each of our patients has a unique journey involving many other allied health care teams, the careful co-ordination of a multitude of resources is key to ensuring each patient experience is a positive one and that their discharge home is timely and well supported.

We are looking for a proactive and confident practitioner who is able to commit to these dynamic roles and navigate the changing demands of today’s healthcare environment.

This role requires excellent leadership and communication skills.  The right candidate will bring enthusiasm to the team, will lead by example and be a clinical expert within one or all of the above mentioned surgeries. The candidate must have substantial experience at B5 in the acute setting and have proven evidence of self-development and innovation.

For further information and/or to arrange an informal visit, please contact either Senior Sister Sam Dixon or via the hospital switchboard 01322-428100 ext: 8949, or Senior Sister Samantha Searle or via ext: 8973.

The Trust has a strong commitment to equality and diversity.  We aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 'Positive action' initiatives can be used whenever an under-represented group is identified. As our workforce is currently under-represented in bands 6, 7 and 8, we encourage applications from people with black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Working days and or shift patterns will be agreed by the line manager to meet the needs of the service.  

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is a smoke free organisation.  To improve public health, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the hospital site.  For advice and support on stop smoking please call 0300 123 1220.

Interview date to be confirmed.

Our staff are our most valuable asset. We are committed to making staff feel appreciated, supported and included in the Trust’s successes. Our mission is to be an outstanding place to work providing the very best care for our patients and excellent career opportunities for our staff. Everything we do is guided by our core values and behaviours, identified by our staff and embedded throughout the organisation.

We have the highest CQC rating of all Acute NHS Trusts in Kent and Medway (Good). The CQC highlighted that managers promoted a positive culture that supported, valued staff and created a sense of common purpose based upon shared values.

The Trust is a great place to work, stay, develop a career and enjoy a healthy work life balance. We have made and are delivering on a wide range of commitments to staff; health and wellbeing; equality; diversity and inclusion; access to education and career development. During 2020 we are setting up quality councils, driven by our staff to create a culture of shared governance and quality improvement.

We have a strong focus on innovation and improvement. Part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT) ‘Healthcare Alliance’ we are introducing new models of care to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Our association with GSTT also gives staff wishing to develop their skills excellent opportunities to work across numerous specialities.

As our local population increases, our services and skills are expanding and adapting to meet demand. We are continuously looking at best practice models to enhance and improve the services we offer.

The Trust provides services at Darent Valley Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, for a local population of over 500,000 people.

If you would like to be part of our innovative and forward thinking team putting patients at the centre of all we do, we invite you to #joinourfamily.

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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.

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