Position title
Staff Nurse-Pre-operative Assessment
Description

ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT TRUST

At the Healthcare Management Trust we are committed to delivering the highest quality healthcare and understand that our well-trained, passionate team of employees lie at the heart of delivering the service our patients and residents expect.

Our team of employees share our vision to provide world class healthcare, and we continuously improve the skills within our workforce to ensure we maintain our position within the healthcare sector. We know our team have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and by working together we develop an exciting and innovative workplace.

JOB PURPOSE

  • To ensure a high standard of evidence-based nursing care is consistently delivered to patients.
  • To ensure that a safe, cost effective service is provided.
  • To act as a role model and patient advocate, ensuring a positive patient experience for all.
  • To be responsible for Information Governance standards.
  • Assist the Ward/ Outpatients & Pre-Op Manager in the development and implementation of the pre-operative assessment service.
  • Perform pre-operative assessment as a proficient practitioner
  • Evaluate and maintain the standards of care delivered
  • Assist in the development of protocols, guidelines and patient information

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Clinical

  • To provide excellence of customer service to patients, other external and internal users, which positively contributes to patient/user satisfaction.
  • A demonstrable empathetic and sensitive approach to the delivery of care to patients and relatives.
  • Demonstrable evidence of a commitment to patient focussed, evidence based nursing practice.
  • Carry out and demonstrate as required extended nursing procedures as per Best Practice Guidelines and procedures and protocols.
  • Ensure that a complete nursing and anaesthetic assessment is performed using the appropriate verbal and physical examination skills, documenting your assessment findings.
  • Discuss with Ward/ Outpatients & Pre-Op Manager appropriate referrals to the relevant member of the multidisciplinary team i.e. Anaesthetist, Surgeon, GP, where patients are found to be unfit for surgery at the pre-assessment clinic.
  • Perform and maintain the practical skills necessary for patient assessment e.g. venepuncture, ECG
  • Ensure the patient at all times receives a high standard of care to ensure a good patient experience having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.
  • Educate patients appropriately (written and verbally) regarding their surgical procedures, associated risks and general health education.
  • Maintain accurate patient records Request appropriate Pathology and Radiology investigations according to NICE and Best Practice guidance taking into account each individual patients’ needs.
  • Ensure pathology and radiology results are discussed with the relevant teams.
  • Demonstrate a robust knowledge and understanding of patient early warning systems, with a commitment to supporting the education of and use by junior staff of such systems in relation to assessing individual patient’s clinical condition where observations fall outside given parameters, and supporting the response of junior staff in such circumstances.
  • To participate in continuous service improvement, demonstrating an ability to utilise research and a willingness to participate in the development of nursing policy and care pathways.
  • To contribute to the process of Corporate and Clinical Governance.
  • The ability to demonstrate clear and concise communication skills both verbal and written.
  • The ability to form and maintain productive working relationships with all levels of staff and third party users of the Hospital and to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary colleagues to achieve appropriate research centred patient focussed treatment and care.
  • Demonstrative analytical skills, both clinical and non-clinical and a common sense approach to problem solving.
  • The ability to participate in the formulation of departmental clinical/business plans and to achieve financial budgets, to lead and manage within agreed clinical / business targets and to achieve clinical/business and financial outcomes which contribute positively to the achievement of the Hospital’s overall objectives both clinical, business and financial.
  • To act as a positive role model to staff throughout the Hospital and in particular to the professional nursing and support staff within the Senior Nurse Practitioner’s own clinical area.
  • The ability to be adaptive, flexible and responsive to the changing clinical and business needs of the Hospital.
  • To promote the ethos of the Healthcare Management Trust and St Hugh’s Hospital.
  • To act at all times in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Professional Conduct.
  • A working knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Care Standards Act.

Communication

  • Communicate effectively with the multidisciplinary team in order to promote efficient patient care and maintain effective channels of communication.
  • To be courteous and polite at all times to patients and colleagues.
  • Report all accidents and untoward incidents to the nurse in charge of the area and complete a Datix in accordance with HMT policy.
  • Maintain accurate patient records.
  • Communicate with and provide support for patients’ relatives, carers and visitors.
  • Be aware of the need for confidentiality both within the written and spoken word and ensure correct storage of patients’ records at all times.
  • Liaise with other clinical areas as necessary for the co-ordination of patient care and the smooth running of the service.
  • Actively support equality and value diversity.

Managerial

  • Assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of departmental protocols.
  • Assist in the audit and monitoring of the pre-assessment service and participate in the implementation of changes to improve service delivery
  • Work closely with other departments to ensure the service develops to meet the needs of the patients.
  • Ensure clinic notes and all relevant test results are available for their admission date.
  • Support a culture of teamwork within the clinical area.
  • Collaborate with all members of the clinical area to ensure efficient running of the service.
  • Use resources effectively in order to provide quality patient care whilst having an awareness of budgetary issues.
  • Assist the Ward/ Outpatients & Pre-Op Manager in introducing new members of staff to their duties.
  • Supervise registered and unregistered staff as appropriate.
  • Take all reasonable steps to ensure the safekeeping of patients’ property in accordance with Hospital policy.
  • Ensure where appropriate that the programmes of training for learners, both student nurses and support workers are completed.
  • Undertake formal and informal teaching sessions as required and undertake training to act as a mentor to students/trainees.
  • Contribute to the monitoring and control of expenditure and use of resources.
  • Contribute to the improvement of services where appropriate.

Financial

  •  To help effectively manage the service in order to meet the financial targets.
  • To ensure that stock levels are adequate and controlled.
  • To help ensure that all the departments revenue is identified and that any economies are highlighted and discussed.
  • To be involved in the preparation of the department’s budget and be conversant with the monthly departmental performance reviews.

Staff Management

  • To help exercise fair and firm leadership, establishing and maintaining high morale in the department.
  • To help monitor the level and standard of work produced by the staff, and guide, coach and advise them as appropriate.
  • To help facilitate the professional development of all staff to ensure that they are competent to provide the service required.
  • To help identify the training needs for staff ensuring that mandatory training requirements are met and documented.
  • To maintain sound and effective working relationships and communication with all hospital staff and consultants.
  • To help ensure that staff are complying with all policies that are relevant to their role and area of working.
  • To help produce staff duty rotas to meet the activity of the pre-assessment service, ensuring that staffing levels appropriately reflect case mix and dependency levels.
  • To assist in the selection and recruitment process, ensuring that all new staff receive an appropriate and completed induction to the hospital and department that is documented.
  • To help ensure that all staff participate in appraisal reviews as per St Hugh's Hospital’s policy.
  • To participate in regular staff meetings that take place.

In addition to the key job responsibilities detailed in this job description all employees at St Hugh’s Hospital are expected to comply with the following standards:

Infection Control

To maintain a clean, safe environment, ensuring adherence to the Hospital’s standards of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control.

Health & Safety

To take reasonable care to prevent injury to themselves or others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

To co-operate fully in discharging HMT policies and procedures with regard to health and safety matters.

To immediately report to their manager any shortcomings in health and safety procedures and practice.

To report any accidents or dangerous incidents to their immediate manager and safety representative as early as possible and submit a completed accident / incident form.

To use protective clothing and equipment where provided.

Whilst the aim of the hospital is to promote a co-operative and constructive view of health and safety concerns in the organisation, all staff must be aware that a wilful or irresponsible disregard for safety matters may give rise to disciplinary proceedings.

Equality & Diversity

Be aware of need for own personal development and be prepared to attend and undertake any necessary training, being aware of the need to develop oneself and to strive to increase personal knowledge.

Contribute to making the clinical environment conductive to learning and development where individuals feel able to discuss ideas and action as well as showing initiative.

Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults
St Hugh’s Hospital is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  All staff are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment.

Information Governance

All staff have an individual responsibility for creating accurate records of their work and for making entries into and managing all patient records effectively in line with all the Health Record Keeping Policies and Procedures in order to meet the Hospital’s legal, regulatory and accountability requirements.

Governance

To actively participate in governance activities to ensure that the highest standards of care and business conduct are achieved.

General Policies, Procedures and Practices

To comply with all HMT and Hospital policies, procedures and practices and to be responsible for keeping up to date with any changes to these.

Freedom to Act

The post holder will be accountable for their own actions, using own initiative, acting autonomously within their designated area but working within HMT policies and procedures.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

25 Statutory days’ holiday plus bank holidays, contributory pension, private medical insurance.

We regularly review our employee benefits package, which includes our group personal pension plan, private medical cover, free car parking and a range of retail and entertainment discounts.

All staff have the option to opt into our flexible benefits programme offering substantial savings on items such as childcare vouchers, bicycles, mobile phones and computers.
We encourage our employees to have a positive work-life balance and to consider HMT ‘a great place to work’.

NOTES

The job holder will work primarily within the hospital with occasional visits to and meetings at other hospitals or centralised function offices.

This is an outline job description setting out general responsibilities and tasks the post-holder may be required to undertake. It is not comprehensive and the post-holder may be required to carry out other duties and responsibilities from time to time as determined by HMT. The job description will also be subject to change in-line with the needs of the Hospital and the Organisation.

Staff will be expected to carry out their duties in line with their terms and conditions and contract of employment, the standards stated in the staff handbook and will be required to follow HMT policies and procedures and as stated in the NMC Code of Conduct 2015.

Staff have a contractual duty to ensure that mandatory training is current and will be expected to participate and undertaken further developmental training specific to their role.

Industry
Healthcare
Employment Type
Part-time
Duration of employment
Permanent
Job Location
Peaks Lane, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 9RP
Working Hours
20
Valid through
August 27, 2021
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