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Registered Nurse - Ambulatory Care Unit

Job Description

We provide Acute Hospital services across four sites.Our organization has grown in size and reputation since it was established as a Trust in1993. We currently have a workforce of approximately 3000 staff across a wide range of professional and specialist groups.

As an ambitious organisation we are continuously looking for ways to enhance and improve the services that we offer patients. We have recently been successful in developing an acute care collaborative with Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, allowing us greater service development opportunities under the new ‘Vanguard’ partnership programme. In 2016 we also intend to further develop services at Queen Marys Hospital in Sidcup.

We are a brilliant place to work, and our staff responses to the national staff survey show that on a number of key findings we are among the best trusts in the NHS. In the last survey (2015) we scored in the top 20% of acute trusts on a number of factors including opportunities for flexible working, communications between senior management and staff, staff engagement and staff feeling recognised and valued by managers and the organisation. Staff engagement is fundamental to our success and we have been voted one of the ‘Best Places to Work in the NHS’ for two years running by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

Do you want to work in an exciting, challenging & caring environment?

Darent Valley Hospital is one of the most modern hospitals in Kent built to care for a growing community. It provides an extensive range of acute, mainly hospital-based health services to the people of Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley, Bexley and neighboring districts across South East London and Kent. It offers patients the latest technology for their treatment in safe, comfortable and clean surroundings. The hospital's team of around 1900 friendly and professional staff provides care for patients across a full range of day patient, in-patient and out-patient care.

Dartford and Gravesham has also been named consistently over the last seven years as one of the best performing Trusts in the United Kingdom in the CHKS (Comparative Healthcare Knowledge Systems) Top Hospital Awards. This accolade is testament to its dedication and efforts to improve performance and provide the best possible service for its patients

The Emergency Medicine Directorate is the largest directorates in the Trust, consisting of Assessment Units and Medical specialty wards.

The Surgical Directorate is one of the largest directorates in the Trust, consisting of ITU, Main Theatres, Day Care Theatres, Sterile Services, Pre-Assessment Clinic and the Surgical Wards (Acer Unit, General Surgical, Orthopaedic and Urology Wards).

Are you looking for a change, are you a hard-working, fun-loving, active and enthusiastic individual? This job could be for you.

The Ambulatory care unit is a new department that opened in Autumn 2015. The unit provides a seven day service to the local population. It will open between the hours of 0800 to 2000 Monday to Friday. At weekends the unit will open between 1000 and 1800.

Ambulatory care is a patient focused service where some conditions (Surgical and Medical) may be treated without the need for an overnight stay in hospital. The patient receives the same medical treatment that would previously have received as an inpatient. The aim of this service is to provide patient with the care required to treat their condition during scheduled ambulatory care opening hours. They able to return home and if further treatment is required they are asked to return to the unit to receive this.

The unit will be supported by a team of Acute Care Medical Consultants, Surgical specialty doctors, Specialist grade registrars, Advanced nurse practitioners (Acute care coordinators) and senior nurse from the Hospital at home team.

The successful candidate will be a key member of this highly dynamic and motivated team in service delivery within the Ambulatory care unit. The nurse will support the ANP and Doctors in conducting assessment and treatment of patients while also looking after the wellbeing of patients attending the department. The nursing team will also be supported by an administrator and health care assistant during working hours.

The departments at Darent Valley Hospital are using MAPS electronic rostering system and perform regular Skill Mix Reviews to ensure staffing levels are in line with the workload. All the wards have an electronic white board in place. The hospital is currently in the process of scanning patient records into an electronic format.

The ideal candidate would ideally have prior hospital based experience as a registered nurse. Preceptors may also be considered. Training and development will be provided to successful candidate.

For further information or an informal visit, please contact Sinead Upton (Acute Hub Matron) on  ( Phone number removed )  bleep 327.

A numeracy and literacy test forms part of the interview process, which means all candidates will be invited to attend this at the same time. After this assessment, those passed, will go through the next stage on the same day.

Interview panel : Sinead Upton Matron

Claire Yates ( Senior Sister HAHT and ACU)

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

Interview date tbc

The Trust is committed to ensuring that flexible working policies are in place to promote a healthy work life balance. This enables the Trust to consider and support applications for flexible working; such as term time, part time and job sharing.

Please note this vacancy may close earlier than stated to aid efficient processing of applications. To ensure your application will be considered, please submit it at your earliest convenience.

If you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We wish to stress that no discourtesy is intended in following such a procedure, and you should not let this deter you from future applications.

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If you have any difficulties submitting your application on-line, please contact:-

Medical Staffing on  ( Phone number removed )  for recruitment of doctors
Recruitment Office on  ( Phone number removed )  or  ( Phone number removed )  for nursing, AHP, Scientific and administration posts

Please note, that due to the limited number of car parking spaces, car parking permits will be allocated subject to compliance with the Trusts eligibility criteria and availability of spaces. Permit holders are not guaranteed a car parking space.

For further details about car parking, please refer to the Trust’s Parking Policy.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

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