Head Nurse

Location: Guildford  |  Surrey  |  England
Sector: Vets
Consultant: Leon Steed
Job Reference: 34560
Job Status: Permanent / Full Time

Head Nurse – Surrey

We are seeking a Head RVN for a world class establishment in Surrey.
This would suit an enthusiastic, organised individual, with a particular emphasis on excellent communication skills. An interest in running clinics and surgical nursing is essential, as well as an aptitude for teaching, and Clinical Coach status is an advantage. Previous experience in overseeing/managing other staff is an advantage, but not essential.

The practice requires an immediate start and the contract is on a permanent basis. The salary will be negotiated as per experience and the right candidate for the position will have at least a years’ experience working within a Small Animal Practice.

Summary of role

  • Responsible and accountable for leading the Nursing and Auxiliary teams.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the nursing and auxiliary teams management to include, but not be limited to: recruitment and selection, development, performance management, appraisal and absence management in line with Company policy.
  • To act as a role model to all clinical staff, demonstrating clinical and leadership credibility.
  • Ensure a culture of high-level customer service is instilled in all members of the nursing and auxiliary teams.
  • Acts as the Health and Safety Lead for the hospital
  • Professional responsibilities:
  • Maintain professional nursing standards in accordance with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) guidelines
  • Responsible for the supervision and management of the nursing team in accordance with professional and RCVS standards
  • Manage nurses and nursing services (inc auxiliary team) by organising the duty rota according to activity/departmental need, anticipating when clinical activity increases/decreases, managing the forward planning of absences and the effective use of temporary staff, ensuring the correct skill mix is in place to deliver care.
  • To provide consistent, clear, clinical and professional leadership and act as a mentor for all staff demonstrating professional awareness and accountability in care.
  • To occasionally participate in the direct nursing care of patients as clinical leader and expert.
  • To provide clinical training and mentoring to nursing and auxiliary staff.
  • Ensuring clinical floor efficiency and seamless flow of patients through the hospital.
  • Instil an inclusive culture of team work across the hospital
  • Create a clear and effective two-way communication within the nursing team ensuring all team members are kept up to date.
  • Develop and implement a structured induction programme for all new staff, ensuring that they have a named mentor (and deputy) available from the first day with whom they work closely
  • Ensure the maintenance of the hospital in a safe and hygienic condition with effective monitoring procedures.
  • Responsible for effectively creating, implementing and ensuring compliance to FR medicines management policies, including the undertaking of dangerous drugs audits.
  • Ensure pain scores sheets and early intervention sheets are compliant and effectively used.
  • Work in accordance with the FR protocols and policies.
  • Ensure completion of CPD log / on line tracker in accordance with RCVS requirements.

Management responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a nursing strategy, reflecting the innovative ethos of FR and the challenges nursing faces.
  • Identify service and policy development changes needed to ensure a continuing excellent service level and ensure implementation
  • Ensure all nursing staff receive regular feedback on their performance; conducting annual appraisals and ensuring regular follow up on objectives throughout the year for all team members.
  • Identify training needs of new and current team members, proposing appropriate resources to address these training requirements
  • Ensure there is appropriate management, reporting and monitoring of sickness and absence in line with FR policy and that all the team have a full understanding of the policy (including return to work interviews).
  • Lead the recruitment of nursing and auxiliary staff, ensuring establishment appropriately reflects the needs of the business.
  • Understand and contribute to the improvement of the financial performance by implementing any required improvements and controls
  • Responsible for the management of performance related issues and assisting in the resolution of grievance and disciplinary issues.
  • Responsible for the planning, facilitation and delivery of regular nurse/clinical meetings and ensuring actions are completed in a timely manner by all team members.
  • Assist the Client Services Manager to respond to all client queries and complaints in a timely and efficient manner as per FR policy.
  • Assist with the effective implementation and embedding of projects, initiatives and policy developments at the hospital within the required timescales
  • Responsible for ensuring through the Auxiliary team, effective stock management and control and the undertaking of stock takes in accordance with FR policies.
  • Ensure through the Auxiliary team that an up to date register of all equipment within the building is maintained, to include service contract information and that all maintenance is carried out on time and in line with manufacturers’ guidelines
  • Work with the Hospital Director and Finance Manager to ensure nursing budget is reflective of needs and well managed.
  • Lead by example and be instrumental in creating excellent working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Contribute to plans for future growth.
  • Support and participate in all local marketing and promotional events
  • Liaise and communicate with suppliers and company representatives.

Health & Safety

  • Act as point of contact for Health and Safety within the hospital and with external advisors.
  • Be aware of, and conversant with, the Health and Safety At Work Act (1974) and comply with the regulations set down to ensure safety to patients, staff and visitors
  • Ensure a robust Infection Prevention and Control policy is in place and adhered to by all staff and visitors.
  • Implement Health and Safety/Infection control audits, producing rectification plans as needed.
  • Ensure all incidents and untoward occurrences are recorded according to Hospital Policy
  • Be aware of, and conversant with, the Hospital Fire Policy and be fully aware of the position of fire alarms, emergency equipment and exits.
  • Ensure Fire Marshalls and First Aiders are identified and fully trained and that a rota is compiled covering 24/7, 365.
  • Governance
  • Assist the Clinical Director in ensuring compliance with risk assurance processes including; health and safety; security; clinical governance, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) guidelines, and data protection.
  • Effectively create, implement and embed a culture of prevention through education
  • Assist in the completion of clinical audits; e.g. audits of inpatient notes.
  • Ensure compliance to standards in respect of all legislative requirements, including but not limited to RCVS, Fire, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Basic Life Support, Infection Control and Display Equipment.
  • Infection Control
  • Infection prevention and control is an essential aspect of patient care. All post holders have a personal obligation to act to reduce Hospital Acquired Infections. Post holders must be familiar with the Hospital’s Infection Control Policies, including those that apply to their duties such as the Uniform Policy. Post holders must incorporate into their clinical activities up to date evidence that supports safe infection control practices and procedures, for example, the use of aseptic techniques and the safe disposal of sharps.
  • Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information
  • During the course of your work, you will come into possession of confidential information concerning patients, their families, Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Hospital and its staff. This information should be treated confidentially and in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and European Regulations.
  • Data/Security
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring he/she maintains the integrity and quality of both computerised and manual data

You will be working alongside the fastest growing recruitment company in the UK, who provide an unrivalled service to all of their clients and candidates across the United Kingdom. Seven currently offer the best pay rates in the UK for veterinary employees, making us the best option for maximising your earning potential and career fulfilment. Seven consultants are passionate about placing you in the best possible role, for the best possible rate, so why not get in contact with us now.

If interested please do not hesitate to contact Leon on 07520 634907