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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2019.

Staff Nurse - Spinal Injuries Service

Job Reference: 347-1767991

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Spinal Injuries
Southport, Southport
£24,214-£30,112 Per Annum

Working at Southport and Ormskirk means joining a team of 3,000 staff and professionals who local people look to keep them well and support their well-being.

We’re a friendly bunch who’ll give you the opportunities to grow your skills and make an impact that gets noticed.

We have a new and dynamic leadership team that’s starting to shape how we’ll care for patients in the years ahead. It’s an exciting time we want people like you to be part of.

So, whether you’re starting out, settling down or simply looking for the next step in your career, there’s a role for you at Southport and Ormskirk.

Staff Nurse - Adult or Dual Trained

North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre - rotational between Spinal Ward, Spinal Outreach & Spinal Outpatients

Permanent Contract

37.5 Hours

Band 5


Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides healthcare in hospital and the community to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

Acute care is provided at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk District General Hospital. This includes adults’ and children’s accident and emergency services, intensive care and a range of medical and surgical specialities. Women’s and children’s services, including maternity, are provided at Ormskirk hospital.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

The Trust also provides sexual health services for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.

Are you a forward-thinking, enthusiastic and motivated nurse who would like to join an award winning, multi-professional team? If so, the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre could be the place for you. Your role will involve providing a holistic approach to delivering goal-centred & outcome focused care & enablement for patients with a variety of abilities due to spinal cord lesion.

The Centre comprises of 43 in-patient beds, including up to 10 spinal Acute & Respiratory Care (ARC) beds that are supported by the Spinal Respiratory team. In addition we have developed a Spinal Outreach Service that currently offers 9 beds in a community setting. We provide acute care and rehabilitation services for individuals who have experienced a spinal cord lesion following trauma, surgery or other mechanism.

The Centre undertakes planned surgery for specialist procedures such as Intrathecal Baclofen Pump insertion & we are the national referral centre for Phrenic Nerve Pacemaker Implant surgery. There is also an extensive rehabilitation programme provided by a comprehensive multi-professional team that is supported by a Psychology & Counselling service. The Centre has dedicated rehabilitation & therapy facilities within the Department, including a fully equipped Gym, Hydrotherapy pool, upright mobility equipment & Occupational Therapy assessment / treatment areas.

We are currently looking to employ a Registered Nurse to join our team & work across the various areas throughout the Centre, including the main rehab ward, higher care area, Spinal Outpatients & with the Spinal Outreach team.

You must:
•Be a 1st level Registered Nurse (Adult Branch) or Student Nurse due to qualify within the next 6-8 months
•Dual qualified staff (i.e. Adult / Paediatric or Adult / Mental Health) would also be welcomed
•Previous experience of working with patients with spinal cord lesions is preferable, although a full education & development programme will be provided
•Ideally have an interest in a specialist subject i.e. tissue viability, mental health, infection control, high dependency care, neuro-rehabilitation
•Experience in an intensive care / high dependency setting or neuro-reha would also be advantageous
•Have a desire to develop your knowledge and skills within this challenging and rewarding environment

We can offer you:
•Supervised practice with ongoing mentorship / preceptorship & access to a Practice Based Educator
•Experience in all aspects of nursing patients with spinal cord lesions including acute & respiratory care, domiciliary ventilation & rehabilitation
•Service specific induction days including a 4-week supernumerary status with opportunities to work alongside the wider multi-professional team
•In-house education & competency-based training programme
•Annual Personal Development Review
•Development opportunities based on identified and agreed training needs i.e. Mentorship, Critical Care, Tissue Viability, Infection Control, Leadership & Management


Date Advertised - 16th September 2019

Date Advert Close - 30th September 2019

Proposed Date of Interviews - 11th October 2019

This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (with barred list for vulnerable children/adult's disclosure)

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sandra Croston, Senior Sister / Tony Ward, Senior Charge Nurse on 01704 704345

Please apply online and expect all future correspondence relating to your application via email. This includes Invitation to Interview. We do not pay interview expenses.

Should your application be successful we will require a reference/references covering a minimum period of three years from your current/most recent employer. Wherever possible provide an email address for your referees.

If you are shortlisted we are required to check your documents to establish both your identity and your right to work in this country at interview. We require at least one item of photographic documentation.

Non-EEA candidates will need immigration sponsorship. You can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post.

You must complete a Declaration of Fitness to Practice form if the post requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) assessment, and return it prior to interview. Trust policy is to charge successful applicants for DBS fees.

In submitting an application, you authorise the Trust to confirm any previous NHS service via the ESR IAT process or paper staff transfer form, should you be appointed.

We reserve the right to close the job early should we receive a high volume of applications.

We are unable to respond to all applicants. If you are selected for interview you will be advised within maximum of four weeks.

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

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