Chemotherapy Unit Ward Sister / Charge Nurse | Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 27-Mar-23

Closing Date: 26-Apr-23

Location: Newport, PO30 5TG

Salary: Not specified

Chemotherapy Unit Ward Sister / Charge Nurse | Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Are you an experienced Chemotherapy Nurse? Have you previously provided a haematology, oncology and chemotherapy service at an advanced level, if so then we could have the perfect opportunity here at the IOW NHS Trust.

If successful you will be based at St Mary’s Hospital but able to work within the Isle of Wight Trust sites.

The post holder will be pivotal in driving quality and safety, providing active and visible clinical leadership and reassurance for our service users and staff.

There is an expectation that the post holder will be available to rotate to the chemotherapy ward if required.

The overall job purpose of the Chemotherapy Unit Sister / Charge Nurse is to provide clinical and managerial leadership to the Chemotherapy unit staff and multidisciplinary team. This includes acting as a Clinical leader and expert practitioner liaising, guiding and advising the Multidisciplinary team in the provision of optimum patient care.

This will require the Sister / Charge nurse to regularly review the clinical records of patients under their sphere of responsibility, to evaluate the effectiveness of the standard of care, planning and delivery of treatments. This will be achieved using an audit process. The results will be fed back to the team and used to improve patient outcomes.

Within their leadership role they will be responsible for providing feedback on the evaluation of good and poor practice to the team members ensuring effective role modelling, ongoing management and clinical supervision, and mentorship to the team.

The Sister / Charge nurse will be expected to play a proactive role in the quality and service improvement and working closely with the Head of Clinical Services; Oncology Clinical Lead and the Multidisciplinary team, assisting in auditing of clinical standards within the Chemotherapy area. This includes ensuring a good working environment in which all patients receive a high standard of clinical care.

We are thrilled that you are thinking of joining us.

We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services that we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users. Every day brings a fresh challenge to our staff and being part of our Island gives you the opportunity to work as one cohesive team.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. There is a regional airport at Southampton, with flights to many European destinations as well as UK mainland cities. The Island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year round events and award winning attractions.

At the IOW NHS Trust we are committed to putting the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues and therefore we would recommend that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 and that you understand that we are treating COVID-19 positive patients within our services.

Communication and Relationship

Provide effective clinical leadership in conjunction with the Consultant Cancer Nurse, Multidisciplinary Teams and visiting Oncologists from UHS/PHT.

In collaboration with the Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse, take a lead role in ensuring the delivery of high quality holistic care, the achievement of safe, professional and competent nursing practice.

To work as a senior member of the ward nursing team and act as a role model for the more junior staff members and student nurses.

To ensure that relationships and own behaviour is managed in line with the Behavioural Framework competencies.

Attend appropriate meetings maintain an organised and structured workforce.

Develop and maintain a communication strategy with the ward/department team to ensure the staff are kept up to date with initiatives at department level, Directorate level and Trust wide and ensure the views of the ward/department are fed up to the Chief Nurse.

To promote the ward to other departments.

Work collaboratively with the other members of cancer services team to facilitate the development of the service. Ensure compliance with Service Level Agreements within the region.

Follow the Trust’s Complaints Policies and Procedures and promote a positive customer care orientated approach to patient outcomes following exposure to our Services.

Report any areas of concern relating to clinical practice to the Modern Matron; Head of Clinical Services or Chief Nurse as soon as reasonably possible.

Communicating Information – identify and use the most effective means of communication, appropriate to the situation and individuals involved.

Self Management – manage own behaviour to achieve results and develop and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Teamwork – be motivated to work together with others in a variety of different team settings.

Managing Meetings – facilitate and contribute to meetings effectively, so that the purpose of the meeting can be achieved.

Analysis and Judgement

Prescription management and management of specialised medicines and other prescribed medicines as required.

To ensure safe control and custody of drugs at all times within the ward as per the Trust’s policy.

Maintain up to date record. Ensuring that confidentiality is respected and that the NMC standards for “record keeping” are met.

To provide information as required, including notification of incidents and accidents to Head of Clinical services and Chief Nurse.

To act up for Deputy Lead Cancer Nurse in their absence and to delegate ward management as appropriate to the Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse.

To observe the requirements of the Trust’s policies particularly those in respect of Disciplinary, Grievance and Disputes, Appeals, Attendance management, Health and Safety, Fire regulations, Capability, Equal Opportunities (including Harassment), Standards of Business conduct, Notifiable diseases including HIV and Hepatitis B, Standing Financial Instructions and Standing Orders.

To observe complete confidentiality of all information including awareness and adherence to the legal requirements of the Date Protection Act.

To undertake any other duties and responsibilities as determined by the Chief Nurse, Head of Clinical Services and Modern Matron within the parameters of the post.

Planning and Organising

To organise and participate in monthly departmental meetings and help to promote new ideas and methods for the delivery of care and assist in their implementation through liaison and cooperation within the multidisciplinary team.

Managing Tasks (Organisational Skills) – plan, organise, prioritise and control work, ensuring effective use of time, money and resources.

Patient and Client Care

To take responsibility and accountability for maintaining the required high quality standards of patient centred care.

In conjunction with senior clinical staff, lead nurse, set monitor and evaluate standards of care for patients.

To liaise closely with members of the multidisciplinary team on the patients condition, investigation results, treatment and nursing priorities.

To ensure that all patient care is documented accurately and legibly and that information systems are maintained in a timely manner.

Service and Policy Development

The development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care without supervision.

Maintain and audit the environment cleanliness in line with the IPCC policies.

Innovation and improvement – show creativity and innovation in developing new wats of working.

Managing Financial Resources

Managerial responsibility and accountability for the ward/department team, the delegated budget and environment.

To check departmental equipment is correct and in working order, ensuring cleanliness after use and reporting defects promptly to the relevant department, ensuring that the repairs are undertaken.

To exercise a cost-effective, high-quality approach to patient care, cleanliness, and service delivery.

To be responsible for the ordering, controlling, and monitoring of resources within the ward, keeping within the agreed budgetary and establishment figures.

People Management and Development

To support/supervise staff and identify their development needs.

To be wholly accountable for his/her own actions in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Professional Conduct.

Participate in setting and maintaining standards of professional competence/current nursing practices in accordance with the NMC code of practice.

A duty to maintain own personal professional development and competence including active participation in clinical and management supervision.

Professional leadership of the ward/department team.

Participate in setting and maintaining standards of professional competence/current nursing practices in accordance with the NMC code of practice.

Monitor the performance and standards of care within the nursing team. Induction of newly appointed staff, including bank staff.

Report gaps in clinical competence/take responsibility for remedial actions to address identified gaps.

In conjunction with the Consultant Cancer Nurse/Deputy Lead Cancer Nurse provide clear and consistent leadership to a team of nurses, achieving and maintaining high morale, based on sound organisation and clear relationships.

To act as a role model, giving guidance, counselling and support staff and students.

To ensure that new staff are fully introduced to their duties and to actively participate in staff induction programmes.

To allocate staff effectively making the best use of resources for effective and cost-efficient service provision.

To assess own educational needs and to keep up to date with clinical and nursing developments in line with requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Oncology Services.

Ensuring the educational needs of the ward/department team are met, to enable staff to provide safe high-quality care.

Work collaboratively with the other members of cancer services team to facilitate personal development of all nursing staff within the clinical area of responsibility.

To facilitate the development of nursing staff within the ward to develop clinical skills through mentorship, regular individual performance review and personal development plans.

In accordance with the Nursing & Midwifery Council Scope of Professional Practice continue to develop and expand your nursing role.

To act as a preceptor to newly qualified staff and mentor to student nurses in accordance with Trust and Nursing & Midwifery Council requirements.

To contribute to local and directorate teaching programmes and staff development initiatives including clinical supervision, for qualified and unqualified staff and students.

To maintain a positive learning environment for all grades of nursing staff and students.

Maintain own professional portfolio.

Professionalism – set and maintain a high personal and professional standard.

Development and training – learn from experience and continually improve.

Managing others – inspire and motivate teams and individuals to achieve the business objectives.

Information System use and management

Responsible for ensuring the electronic staff record system is maintained and data quality standards are adhered to.

Involvement is Surveys and Research

Take the lead on audits and projects as appropriate. Develop action plans to address areas for improvement via clinical audit.

To ensure that nursing care is based on sound and current research and will initiate, participate and promote nursing research and evidence based practice.

Freedom to Act and Autonomy

This role is required to work with standard procedures and on occasions is required to review national policies and provide guidance to the Trust on how these should be implemented locally.

This advert closes on Monday 10 Apr 2023

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