Staff Nurse – Stoke Mandeville Renal Unit | Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 27-Mar-23

Closing Date: 26-Apr-23

Location: Aylesbury, HP21 8AL

Salary: Not specified

Staff Nurse – Stoke Mandeville Renal Unit | Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

We are looking for an enthusiastic Band 5 nurse to join our nurse-led unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Our Unit provides an Outpatient Service of Haemodialysis, Home haemodialysis, Renal and transplant clinics for patients in Aylesbury and surrounding areas and is a satellite unit of the Oxford Kidney Unit.

No Sunday duty as the unit is open Monday to Saturday, and no nights.

Join our highly motivated team who are committed to a high quality of service. The Unit has strong links with Northampton University which enable the educational and professional development of staff.

If you are committed to delivering excellence in patient care we would like to hear from you! Our unit encourages nurses who are interested in working in an area of excellent mix of technology, clinical expertise, building strong positive patient relationships and patient education. All applications from nurses who are keen to join this specialty will be welcome. Experience of renal nursing is helpful but not essential; most importantly, you should have an interest in renal medicine, be a team player, keen to learn and be able to demonstrate a commitment to delivering high quality nursing care.

For further information or an informal visit, please contact Eve Gicana, Unit Manager on 01296 316691/316997

1. To provide and maintain a high standard of care based upon and reflecting the beliefs of nursing practice outlined in the unit philosophy for patients receiving renal replacement therapy and patients attending outpatient clinics or the unit for other treatments related to their renal failure.
2. To be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for a named group of patients who are receiving maintenance haemodialysis.
3. To act as co-ordinator of the clinical area on a daily basis, sometimes in the absence of a more senior member of staff on site.
4. To supervise and teach new staff, renal course students, renal care assistants and pre-registration students and to assist in the development of junior staff.

If your join us, you’ll be working for a world renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK.

OUH is committed to ensuring that our staffs are proud to work at OUH and can give of their best and fulfil their potential.


1. To provide care for patients receiving maintenance haemodialysis as out-patients.
2. To maintain competence in:-

2.1. Operating the dialysis machines.

2.2. Cannulation of fistulas and grafts.

2.3. Care of central venous dialysis catheters

2.4. Operation of infusion devices.
1. To accept responsibility and be accountable for the total patient care for a named group of haemodialysis patients, monitoring health status and blood results. To adjust prescribed care in conjunction with the team leader.
2. To develop and maintain a high level of clinical knowledge in order to assess patients who become or present unwell, in the absence of medical cover on site. To be able, on occasions, to take appropriate action in referring patients when necessary to the GP, the Oxford Kidney Unit or Stoke Mandeville Hospital medical staff.
3. To take all measures to ensure the safety of the patient, relatives and other staff members, reporting all accidents and incidents and completing the relevant documentation.
4. To help and support patients who find it difficult to adhere to their treatment regime.
5. To liaise with members of the multidisciplinary team, in the hospital and the community, on behalf of the patient. To negotiate responsibility for different aspects of the patient’s care in the absence of senior nursing staff.
6. To ensure that agreed nursing policies are implemented.
7. To communicate effectively with the patients and their relatives both face to face and by phone.
8. To care for the needs of patients attending renal outpatient clinics, including venepuncture, dressings, drug administration and advice where indicated.
9. To develop and maintain a high level of knowledge of infection control issues, practising within the policies and guidelines recommended by the Trust and Unit, thus ensuring the safety of patients and staff at all times.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES1. To assist in maintaining and enhancing the safety of the Clinical area with particular emphasis on its environment, equipment and ward and unit practices, ensuring that all policies are adhered to.
2. To practice research based nursing care, maintaining professional development by contributing to development programmes and by reading and discussing as appropriate nursing journals and research papers.
3. To participate in a project or take on a ‘link role’ within the clinical area to enhance the development of nursing practice.
4. To maintain a professional attitude and observe the NMC Code of Conduct at all times.

1. To regularly coordinate the clinical area on a day to day basis sometimes in the absence of a more senior nursing staff member on site. To organise ward activity and communications with the Oxford Kidney Unit, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the community. To be able to make appropriate decisions regarding problems with patients or staff and know when to refer to senior management at Oxford.
2. Assess, prioritise and allocate workload to maintain safety at all times.
3. To maintain accurate records of care reflecting the process of the nursing care delivered, both on paper and electronically.
4. To abide by the Data Protection Act at all times.
5. To be responsible for the care, control and proper administration of drugs as required by the NMC and by the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.
6. To have a broad knowledge of all Trust policies and procedures with regard to Health and Safety including manual handling policies; infection control; fire; incident reporting; care of patients’ property; resuscitation; transport; admission and discharge of patients; security and complaints procedure.
7. To participate in annual updates for resuscitation, fire, health and safety, manual handling and control of infection.
8. To be aware of and monitor the safe and economic use of all supplies and equipment and to practise effective use of resources.
9. To be willing to cover for sickness and holiday periods when needed, providing flexibility in the clinical environment. To organise cover for sick leave in the absence of senior staff as far as possible.
10. Facilitate communication with community nurses, GPs and ward nurses in the host hospital.
11. To be prepared to learn new skills and implement change.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING1. To assist in the education and development of staff in clinical skills, unit policies and management.
2. To assist and teach patients and their families to learn the skills to become independent with renal failure at home.
3. To develop and maintain IT skills in order to carry out patient care.
4. To help provide a conducive learning environment by:
5. Being involved in an active teaching programme.
6. Use of planned teaching sessions.
7. Use of teaching in the clinical areas.
8. Being a mentor for more junior staff and students.
9. Actively seeking further education by reading journals and attendance at study days.

This advert closes on Monday 10 Apr 2023

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