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Registered Nurse - Linden Ward

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, supportive and caring environment?

We currently have opportunities for Registered Nurses to come and work within the Department of Ageing and Health on the newly created Frailty Assessment Unit (FAU) at Darent Valley Hospital. Whether you are a newly qualified nurse, or an experienced registered nurse with current professional registration, we want to hear from you.

The FAU is part of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust’s strategy to provide an equitable gold standard of care to older people requiring an acute admission to hospital. As an RN on the FAU you will be part of a specialist multi-disciplinary team providing a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment to patients aged over 65 who have been assessed as having a degree of frailty. The FAU aims for rapid assessment and treatment of patients to ensure they return to their place of residence at the earliest opportunity to prevent hospital acquired harms and aid faster recovery. The FAU provides registered nurses the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population and will provide experience in managing many acute and chronic medical conditions. The FAU is well supported by a team of Frailty Nurse Specialists as well as the trust’s Older Persons Nurse Specialist and Dementia Practitioner. The FAU aims to provide care in line with recommendations from the Royal College of Physicians and British Geriatrics Society on caring for frail older people. The care delivered on the FAU is constantly striving to excel and working here will be an opportunity to be a part of this evolving transformation in the way older people are cared for in hospital.

Individuals must be compassionate and committed to improving the experiences of older people with excellent communication skills and a flexible approach to work. In return we will provide training and support and a generous package including on-site parking, on- site gym and exercise sessions with a personal trainer, complementary therapies and many more.

Darent Valley Hospital was built in 2000 and remains one of the most modern hospitals in Kent. The Trust offers patients the latest technology for treatment in safe, comfortable and clean surroundings. The Trust has 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.

For more information, or to arrange an informal visit, please contact:

Matron Polly on  ( Phone number removed ) , Bleep 107.

Interview date to be confirmed.

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)

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