Guys and St Thomas is among the UKs busiest and most successful NHS foundation trusts. We provide a full range of hospital and community services for people in south London and as well as specialist care for patients from further afield including cancer, renal, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiovascular services.

Guys 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 Marys 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 Childrens Hospital.

Evelina London cares for local children in Lambeth and Southwark and provides specialist services across south east England including cardiac, renal and critical care services. We lead a number of specialist service networks aiming to ensure children are treated locally where possible, but have access to specialist expertise when they need it. Our community services include health visiting, school nursing and support for families of children with long-term conditions. 

Our adult community services teams deliver care at the heart of the local communities we serve, working in partnership with GPs, local authorities and other healthcare and voluntary sector organisations. Working with our partners in Lambeth and Southwark, we are focusing on new ways of working to improve care for local patients.

In February 2021 the Royal Brompton and Harefield joined Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, bringing together world-leading expertise in the care and research of heart and lung disease. Our merger provides a once in a generation opportunity to build a lasting, world-renowned heart and lung centre, providing the highest quality care for patients and conducting world-leading research.

We have a reputation for clinical excellence and high quality teaching and research. We are part of Kings Health Partners, one of eight accredited UK academic health sciences centres. In partnership with Kings College London we have dedicated clinical research facilities and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre.

Patients are at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves on ensuring the best possible patient experience as well as safe, high quality care. We are proud to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the NHS. Following a comprehensive Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in 2019 we maintained our overall rating of good. Our adult community services achieved a rating of outstanding.

The commitment of our 23,500 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 2019 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.

We have one of the most ambitious capital investment programmes anywhere in the NHS.

Job overview

The Amputee Rehab Unit – ARU Kennington Rehabilitation and Therapies Directorate are seeking a full time Band 6 registered nurse. The successful candidates will have an amazing opportunity to work alongside some of the most experienced and innovative clinicians in the field of rehab and Therapy.

The post requires applicants to be able to work under pressure, demonstrate excellent clinical nursing and communication skills, willingness to learn and develop new skills and strive to provide the optimum care for patients.

Along with the ability to lead and teach junior staff the applicant must have the ability to coordinate a shift, have good problem solving skills and ability to identify how to improve the service. The post will play a key role in forging links with our local Vascular and diabetes team. 

If you are hardworking, keen to develop your skills and have a positive attitude towards patient care and team working in the field of community rehab then we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Closing Date: 22 December 2022

Interview Date: 06 January 2022

Main duties of the job

ARU is a twelve bedded inpatient unit based within walking distance to St Thomas Hospital. We care for patients following surgical Amputation of limbs and who will require intensive rehabilitation care and treatment prior to discharge home. We are a friendly and supportive team who are resourceful and strive to always deliver a high standard of patient care. We are proud of the excellent feedback we have from our patients.

We are looking for a senior team leader to assist in leading the team in ensuring a high standard of care is delivered consistently.

The post holder will be responsible for contributing to the ongoing development of clinical practice, research and standards of care within the service, including the development of policies, protocols and guidelines and contributing to service developments in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues.

The post holder will also ensure the safety and well-being of service users, and always works in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person centered care principles.

You will have opportunities to enhance existing skills in shift co-ordination, mentoring junior staff and colleagues, and to help develop a team in this specialty, whist performing managerial duties for the team. You will be expected to carry out audits, quality rounds on the ward.

Working for our organisation

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UKs best known hospitals Guys, St Thomas, Evelina London Childrens Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UKs busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and as part of Kings Health Partners we are one of Englands eight academic health sciences centres bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. 

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Independently manage a group of patients within the specialty whilst
working as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised and
personalised direct patient care.
 Demonstrate appropriate practice and specialist advice in the assessment,
planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. This includes requesting and ordering bloods and results and escalating results when action is required. 

Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication.
Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in the speciality.

To interpret information and take appropriate action and to lead others to do the same.

 Act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure a patient
orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within
the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.

Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient
experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.

 Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.

To provide leadership, support and guidance to staff in monitoring the planning delivery and evaluation of individualised care.

 Is wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC code of
professional conduct and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain
and improve his / her knowledge and professional competence.

 Ensure safe and effective care for complex patients requiring advance
clinical skills and responsible for carrying out specialist nursing procedures in line with the GSTT trust policies

 To be responsible, for maintaining a safe environment for patients, visitors
and other staff within the clinical environment.

Ensure that sensitive patient records are stored appropriately.

Ensures the cultural and spiritual needs of patients are recognised and accommodated within resources available.

*Please see detailed Job Description attached*

Person specification

Qualification / Knowledge

Essential criteria

  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality.
  • Evidence of professional/clinical knowledge in area supplemented by specialist clinical, managerial training and CPD Post registration qualification in or demonstrate relevant experience and competence (appropriate area of speciality)
  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Registered Nurse on the NMC register.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Skills and Mentorship/SSSA&P or equivalent
  • Skills and Experience

    Essential criteria

  • An understanding of audit and research based nursing practice.
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues.
  • Knowledge of evidence based practice.
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate specialist care delivered to patients/clients and give relevant advice/information to patients and relatives.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Post Op surgical experience, Wound care and Diabetes management.
  • Values and Behaviour

    Essential criteria

  • Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of specialty
  • Desirable criteria

  • Wound management / Diabetic care and IV skills
  • Guys and St Thomas celebrates, respects and values the diversity of its staff and patients. We review our policies, procedures and practices to ensure that all employees, patients and carers are treated equitable according to their needs. We are actively committed to ensuring that no one who applies for a job, works or studys at the Trust, or accesses our services is discriminated against on the grounds of race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, religion or belief, age, gender identity , gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity/paternity, or marital/civil partnership.