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Registered Nurse - Orthopaedic and General Surgical Wards

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

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

We are looking for Registered Nurses for the following 3 wards:

  • Cherry, the ward for elective orthopaedics. This unit has 24 beds, including 12 single rooms.

The person in charge of this ward is Tabiso Mahlambo, who is being supported by 3 sisters. The team mainly cares for elective orthopaedic patients, but also trauma and surgical patients as the need arises.

We follow the Enhanced Recovery Programme.

  • Maple, the orthopaedic trauma ward which has 27 beds, including 4 single rooms.

The person in charge of Maple Ward is Sue Law, Senior Sister, who is being supported by 2 sisters.

The team mainly cares for patients after acute trauma, e.g. fractured neck of femur, fractured femur, ankle etc. The patients with a fractured neck of femur follow the Fractured NOF Pathway.

The ward has enhanced numbers of staff, reflective of the needs of the patients. A large proportion of the patients are elderly, therefore the ward is being supported by, the Ortho-geriatric team, The Trauma Nurse Specialist, an Activities Coordinator and the Dementia Buddies.

  • Rowan is a general surgical ward with 27 beds; including 5 single rooms.

The person in charge is Maggie Bray Senior Sister, who is supported by three Junior Sisters.

The team cares for patients who have had major abdominal and general surgery. The elective patients in this group follow the Enhanced Recovery Pathway.

The units are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; therefore your role might include night and/or weekend shifts.

Your shift patterns will be agreed with you in conjunction with the Senior Sister or Senior Charge Nurse of your ward to meet the needs of that Ward. In general the working time for the Registered Nurses is during the day 0700 – 1930 and at night 1900-0730. You will have a supernumery period to facilitate understanding our care pathways, documentation, Trust processes and systems.

Please indicate on your application which area you would prefer to work. Placement will take into account wishes, skills and experience.

You have at least done your preceptorship as a Registered Nurse in an acute hospital. However, if you are currently doing or are about to start your preceptorship you will be considered.

We offer you a supportive environment in which you can enhance your clinical skills and management skills, and includes many training opportunities (e.g. HDU course, Mentorship Training and degree courses as required). What we would like from you is enthusiasm, compassion, professionalism and dedication. You take responsibility for your own actions, ensuring high standards of care with an eye for detail.

For further information or an informal visit, please contact either one of the following staff via the hospital switchboard on tel.  ( Phone number removed )  and ask for the appropriate extension:

  • Cherry Ward (Elective Orthopaedics) – Tabiso (Tabi) Mahlambo, Senior Sister extension 8879 or 8874 or 8875

  • Maple Ward (Orthopaedic Trauma) - Sue Law, Senior Sister, extension. 8958 or 4992

  • Rowan Ward (General Surgery and Colorectal) – Maggie Bray, Senior Sister,

    extension 8695 or 4361

Alternatively please call Gerard Visser, Matron Surgery & Orthopaedics, bleep 211.

Please feel free to call the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse of the ward you are interested in, to organize an informal visit.

A mathematics 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.

Interviewers may include: Maggie Bray, Sue Law, Tabi Mahlambo and others.

Closing date for completed applications: Tuesday 1st November, but might be sooner if sufficient numbers apply.

Interview dates will be arranged as and when candidates have applied to avoid candidates waiting.

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.

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