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Staff Nurse Respiratory Ward

Band 5

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Staff Nurse
Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum excl HCA
Salary period
28/02/2021 23:59

Job overview

Do you want to develop your acute care skills in a vibrant and supportive environment? Do you want to be an integral part of a specialist respiratory care team? Are you passionate about delivering high quality compassionate care? Come and flourish as part of our committed team on Nightingale Ward.

Nightingale ward is a 21 bedded respiratory ward which incorporates high dependency beds for patients with acute and complex respiratory disease, step down patients from ICU and patients requiring non-invasive ventilation. We work together as a multidisciplinary team from the hospital and community to provide specialist respiratory care for our patients.

As an integrated care organisation we bring high quality services closer to home and speed up communication between community and hospital services, improving our patients’ experience.


Main duties of the job

We offer you the following opportunities:

  • A wide mix of clinical exposure and experiences to develop your knowledge and skills
  • On-going learning and development opportunities including leadership courses and clinical skills training
  • Individually tailored career development pathways
  • Internal transfers
  • A supportive, friendly and forward-thinking team
  • A North Central London location with superb travel links
  • Flexible working opportunities

For newly qualified nurses we have a 12-month preceptorship programme in which you will be supported by excellent clinical placement educators and the preceptorship lead. We know how important this transition time is for you and we will support you all the way.

If you are a committed and dynamic nurse with excellent communication skills and above all a real desire and passion to work with patients who require specialist respiratory care, then we would love to meet you.







Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. 

We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.

  The Trust  believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will uphold and display the Trust values of Innovation, Compassion,
Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
 Plan the delivery of patient care and take responsibility for implementing and evaluating
that care, using an appropriate nursing model.
 Be accountable for own nursing practice and work unsupervised and on own initiative, but
to be responsible to the Ward/Team Manager for all aspects of their work.
 Deliver a high standard of comprehensive skilled and evidence based nursing care to
 Be able to prioritise their own workload and of those working with them, such as learners
and Healthcare Assistants. When in charge of the ward/team, know how to delegate what
staff to what duties and ensure the smooth running of the ward/team.

 Know how to impart news of a distressing nature to patients and relatives. This will include
passing on news of a patient’s death or helping a patient/relative understand a diagnosis
such as cancer.
 Assist patients, carers and their families to identify health and well-being goals.
 Support and empower patients, carers and their families to achieve their health and well
being goals.
 Accurately record observations and changes in patients’ conditions and report back to the
responsible nurse in charge.
 Assist in planning and implementing methods of rehabilitation for patients and their carers.
 Liaise with colleagues and other agencies, including Social Services, to ensure continuity
of patient care.
 Contribute to the integration of Whittington Health and Social Services.
 Extend their nursing knowledge/skills by undertaking further professional training that may
be required in addition to keeping up to date with professional developments.
 Attend staff meetings and other relevant meetings.
 Participate in research projects and/or innovations, including health promotion and chronic
disease management activities.
 Maintain accurate, contemporaneous records are kept that ensure safety and continuity of
patient care.
 Be computer literate.
 Utilise appropriate resources in the provision of total patient care.
 Be aware of, and act in, accordance with agreed policy procedures legislation and NMC
 Participate in the orientation of new staff and nursing students, and act as a practice
supervisor/assessor to nursing students, nursing associate students, other learners and
healthcare assistants where appropriate.
 Demonstrate practice to nursing students and other staff.
 Undertake other relevant duties arising from the work of the Primary Health Care Team as
requested by the Team Manger and/or Lead Nurse and/or Nurse Manager (Community)


 Participate in managing and co-ordinating the work of the junior staff, offering support and
development as appropriate.
 Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff for the team and participate in induction and
orientation programmes as appropriate.
 Promote good communication, employment practices and relationships within the team.
 Participate in team meetings.
 Liaise with the bed manager and discharge co-ordinator to ensure effective bed
management on the ward, including admission of patients, planning of bed usage and
timely discharge planning (hospital site only).
 Be aware of and utilise appropriate resources within the team and in the provision of totalpatient care.
 Ensure that all equipment is maintained and any faults immediately reported.
 Act as a link nurse to GPs, Social Services and other relevant professional areas as
 Be aware of, and act in, accordance with agreed policies, procedures, legislation and NMC
 Act at all times in accordance with NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
 Adhere to Whittington Health policies and procedures at all times.
 Ensure that records are kept and maintained in line with NMC guidelines, Trust record
keeping and information governance policies.
 Adhere to national and local infection control procedures and standards at all times.
 Be willing to expand nursing knowledge/skills by undertaking further professional training,to keep up to date with professional developments and maintain a professional portfolio which supports revalidation.
 Set appropriate objectives and review them regularly with the Ward/Department Manager

 Meet regularly with the Ward/Department Manager in order to review own performance.
 To know how to deal with people with challenging behaviour and to know when to call for
assistance when needed.

 Take part in clinical supervision on a regular basis according to Whittington Health
 Participate in clinical audits in order to promote the development of patient centred
evidence based practice
 Apply a problem-solving approach to practice, seeking resolution to problems with an
awareness of own personal limitations of knowledge and practice.
 Maintain high professional standards acting as a positive role model for the profession and service.
 Be courteous and respectful to patients and colleagues including adhering to a dress code appropriate to the work situation. Whittington Health is an integrated care organisation and there may be occasions where staff are required to rotate between clinical environments to meet service need. This could be on a long or short term basis.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse (RN 1ST Level Registration) – Adult trained
  • Evidence of recent training and development
  • Up to date PREP portfolio
  • Evidence of work based learning and ability to meet competencies
Desirable criteria
  • Further postgraduate certification
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Paula Foley
Job title
Ward manager
Email address
Telephone number
0207 288 5221
Additional information




If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 5919