Staff Nurse in Lewes (Community/Community Hospitals)
Job title: Staff Nurse
Grade: Band 5
Directorate: Adults Coastal
Service: Community Hospitals
1. Sussex Community NHS Trust’s Values
At Sussex Community NHS Trust we believe in excellent care at the heart of the community. We encourage and expect all staff to actively promote and adhere to the Trust’s values in every aspect of their work.
- Care - Caring for people in ways we would want for our loved ones
- Achieving Ambitions - For our users, for our staff, for our teams, for our organisation
- Working Together - As a team forging strong links with our patients, the wider public and our health and care partners, so we can rise to the challenges we face together
- Delivering Excellence - Because our patients and partners deserve nothing less
2. Job Summary
a) To deliver multi-professional high quality care, 24 hours a day, working with patients towards rehabilitation, self-management and independence throughout the continuum of care.
To lead a team of nurses supporting evidence based care, facilitating staff learning and development.
3. Communication and Working Relationships
a) Working in partnership, the post-holder communicates effectively with patients and their carers, the multi-disciplinary team and other key stakeholders on a range of complex health care matters, issues, ideas and situations.
b) Acts as an information resource for patients, multidisciplinary colleagues and other stakeholders. Responsible for signposting and referring individuals, families, carers and communities to the most appropriate agencies/services to support their needs.
c) The post-holder may experience challenge in gaining concordance with the patient, families, or carers for any treatment plan. They may also experience resistance from other colleagues to an agreed action, or treatment option. Strong negotiating and influencing skills may be required.
4. Key Responsibilities
a) Holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care whilst working in an integrated manner with the multi-disciplinary team, ensuring patients reach their rehabilitation potential.
b) Empower patients to work as partners in their care respecting individual choice and difference and encouraging self-care where able.
c) Identify significant change in patient’s physical, psychological and social status acting on findings seeking guidance and/or reporting to the appropriate member of the multi-disciplinary team as well as the Ward Manager.
d) Demonstrate effective time management by prioritisation and delegation of patient care, promoting continuity whenever possible and working in collaboration within the multi-disciplinary team.
e) Demonstrate commitment to continual professional development, participating in clinical supervision and working within NMC code and Sussex Community Trust policies demonstrating awareness of personal accountability for own actions.
f) To monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others, reporting actual or potential problems that may put health, safety and security at risk.
g) To contribute to the improvement of services by discussing potential ideas with senior staff and supporting other staff in understanding the need for and making agreed changes.
5. Main Tasks
a) Holistic assessment and care planning.
b) Individualised care and the promotion of self-care.
c) Safe and effective review and referral to the appropriate member of the multidisciplinary team.
d) Effective delegation and prioritisation of workload.
e) Professional development as required to maintain area of practice, and as negotiated in supervision.
f) An awareness of health, safety and security risks
g) Engagement in service provision and change.
6. Organisation Chart
- Manager’s manager
- Post-holder’s manager
- Post-holder’s direct reports
- Post-holder’s indirect reports
a) This job description is intended to provide a broad outline of the role. The post-holder may be required to carry out other duties commensurate with their banding and competence.
8. Policies and Procedures
a) The post-holder is required to familiarise themselves with all Trust policies and procedures and to comply with these at all times.
9. Confidentiality and Data Protection
a) The post-holder must maintain the confidentiality of information about patients, staff and other health service business and meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act (1998) at all times.
b) The post-holder must comply with all Trust information and data protection policies at all times. The work of a NHS Trust is of a confidential nature and any information gained by the post-holder in their role must not be communicated to other persons except where required in the recognised course of duty.
10. Health and Safety
a) Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and must follow these in full at all times, including ensuring that they act in line with all agreed procedures at all times in order to maintain a safe environment for patients, visitors and colleagues.
11. Equality and Diversity
a) Sussex Community NHS Trust is working towards equality and has policies relating to the equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery. All staff are expected to comply with these policies.
12. Use of Technology
a) The Trust is making increased use of computer technology. The majority of employees (both clinical and non-clinical) should expect to use automated information systems in their work in order to improve quality and co-ordination of services, and to enable faster and more certain communication within the Trust. Necessary training will be provided.
13. No Smoking Policy
a) Sussex Community NHS Trust operates a no-smoking policy, in line with Government legislation. This applies to all staff, visitors and patients. It is a condition of employment for staff that they do not smoke whilst on duty or in uniform or anywhere on Trust premises. This includes electronic cigarettes.
b) Whilst we do not discriminate against employing smokers, they are expected to adhere to this policy and all prospective employees should be aware of this.
14. Professional Registration
a) All employees who are required to be a member of a professional body are required to hold relevant registration and must comply with the standards and guidelines of their professional practice, education and conduct and must act at all times within the boundary of the code of conduct.
15. Infection Prevention and Control
a) Infection Prevention and Control is everybody's responsibility. All staff, both clinical and non clinical are required to adhere to the Trust’s Infection Prevention and Control policy and make every effort to maintain high standards of infection prevention and control at all times thereby reducing the burden of Health Care Associated Infections.
16. Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
a) Sussex Community NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Rigorous recruitment checks are carried out and successful applicants may be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
a) Excellent care at the heart of the community is our Trust vision. To make sure our care meets this high standard all staff must ensure that the three themes of quality care are provided in every encounter they have with our patients. The three themes are safe care, effective care and patient-centred care.