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Staff Nurse - Thoracic Surgery

Band 5

Main area
Thoracic Surgery
Band 5
37.5 hours per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Guy's Hospital
£29,056.80 - £36,134.40 p.a inc HCA
17/09/2019 23:59
Interview date

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the UK’s busiest and most successful NHS foundation trusts. We provide a full range of hospital and community services for people in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, as well as specialist care for patients from further afield including cancer, renal, orthopaedic and cardiovascular services.

Guy’s is home to the largest dental school in Europe and a £160 million Cancer Centre opened in 2016. As part of our commitment to provide care closer to home, in 2017 we also opened a cancer centre and a kidney treatment centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. St Thomas’ has one of the largest critical care units in the UK and one of the busiest emergency departments in London. It is also home to Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

The commitment of our 17,100 staff is key to our success. We are one of the largest local employers and we aim to develop and support all our staff so they are able to deliver high quality, safe and efficient care. The 2018 NHS staff survey results show that we have one of the most engaged and motivated workforces in the NHS. We know this has a positive impact on the care provided to our patients.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a highly renowned and innovative multi-disciplinary team at one of the UK's leading teaching Hospitals in the heart of London.

Dorcas ward is a 28 bed cardiothoracic surgical ward, caring for a varied spectrum of patients, often with complex health needs. Our patient’s require complex physical care, both pre and post operatively, alongside emotional and psychological support not just for undergoing surgery but also the potential diagnosis / outcomes of treatment. The majority of our patients are elective admissions however we accept a large number of transfers from other Trusts to administer specialist care and surgeries that may not be available locally.

Dorcas ward accepts patients who have had major lung surgery straight from recovery, including Pneumonectomies. As a nurse on Dorcas Ward you will gain skills in intensive respiratory support devices and cardiac monitoring. To assist in your development in caring for the acutely unwell thoracic patient there is a tailored training programme, including Intermediate life support, bespoke thoracic training days and advanced pain management.

Dorcas ward prides itself on delivering excellent individualised care which is reflected in our patient feedback surveys. Upholding the trust values and striving to always enhance the patient’s clinical journey is the centre of care delivery. The dynamic team on Dorcas ward have a broad collective knowledge and experiences which is enhanced and continually developed through individual study days, links roles and group in-house study days. The nursing staff are always helpful and keen to support and promote new staff and their development on Dorcas ward.

Due to the nature of the ward and the surgeries performed, Dorcas is predominantly fast paced and sometimes acute in nature which is actively supported by the multidisciplinary team, such as specialist registrars, consultants and physiotherapists. Our multidisciplinary team offer a collective wealth of knowledge, with informal training / information sharing between professionals a daily occurrence offering fantastic personal development opportunities and career enriching knowledge.

Please email Julie, Ward Sister on for an informal visit.

Closing Date               17th September 2019

Assessment Date     25th  September 2019

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sister Julie Downer on 020 7188 8840 or email:

The main telephone number for recruitment is 0207 188 1700.

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