Ward Sister/Team Leader

Working at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital offers a comprehensive range of services and facilities in a comfortable and relaxed environment to patients in Kent, East Susses and West Sussex and the south east. The hospital is staffed by a valued team of highly skilled professionals offering a wide range of specialities. We employ over 180 staff including nurses, theatre staff, radiographers, physiotherapists, medical secretaries, administrators, housekeepers and porters. 

This is an exciting time to join our growing team at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, as building work is nearing completion on an exciting £4.7 million development that is set to benefit about 20,000 patients from the local area. The project includes an expansion of the hospital’s outpatients department and the addition of state of the art static CT and MRI scanners, heralding a new era for the hospital.   

Nursing in Spire

Our impressive track record in patient safety and infection control demonstrates our commitment to clinical excellence and patient service delivery. Our Ward Sister/Team Leaders play an important role in maintaining these standards and ensuring patient satisfaction by providing the essential clinical care and judgement to patients to enable them to recover from their surgery or procedure.

Your role will include promoting the delivery of effective patient care by providing clinical leadership within our inpatient and day case areas. You will work alongside the Clinical Nurse Manage,r constantly seeking to improve services and support the efficient use of resources. You will participate in the day to day management of the team whilst supporting the management and development of individuals. In liaison with the Clinical Nurse Manager, you will strive to improve clinical effectiveness, acting as a role model in quality improvement offering advice and support to your team members. 

The wide range of clinical procedures provided at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital means that you will be exposed to a diverse range of nursing surgical and medical specialisms such as orthopaedics, general medicine, bariatric, ophthalmology, spinal, ENT, breast and gynaecology.

A key part of working at Spire is team work. As a Ward Sister/Team Leader you will interact with a wide range of clinical colleagues in pharmacy, theatres, physiotherapy and radiography as well as nursing. You will work closely with colleagues in housekeeping, food service and administration to ensure service to patients is synchronised and appropriate. A key part of your effectiveness will be in the way you prioritise and manage demands from your colleagues and patients.

Training and development

As you would expect of a premium private healthcare provider, we invest heavily in your training and expect your full commitment to continual professional development.

Your Spire training starts on the day you join with a comprehensive induction programme, and leads on to mandatory training including infection control, health and safety, core clinical and medical devices competencies.

You can look forward to further training in acute illness management, critical care competencies and where appropriate advanced life support.

We offer a fast track clinical BSc (Hons) degree programme for those that wish to add to their current professional qualifications. You will be offered accredited modules in law, research, specialist clinical skills, service development, work based learning, reflective practice and management development

Your career prospects

You can consider studying for further specialist qualifications in nursing, eg, gynaecology, orthopaedic, cosmetic and breast care or in other education skills, such as NVQ assessment or professional teaching and assessing of students and colleagues.

We are keen to promote from within the Spire network so studying for supervisory and management qualifications can help you progress within the company. We offer an excellent in-house management development programme.

What we are looking for

You will be a qualified registered nurse with experience of working in teams and working with minimum supervision. You will also have experience at a senior registered nurse level within an acute environment. Experience in working in a Critical Care Environment and an ALS certificate would be desirable. You will be able to demonstrate that you are motivated to support others and provide a high quality service. You will be able to apply clinical reasoning skills to a range of complex and varied patient case mixes. Importantly, you will be passionate about patient care, high clinical standards and looking for ways to improve the way we run our business. Your collaborative and positive approach to team working will mean you fit in well with our culture. We really value people who are organised and efficient, and who combine this with a genuine empathy for vulnerable and sick patients which is clearly perceptible. We need you to be willing to be flexible in your working patterns and processes.

A satisfactory disclosure and barring service check is essential for this role.

Spire benefits

We offer a range of benefits which include private medical cover, pension, and 25 days' holiday.

We are often able to offer flexible working arrangements to fit in with your personal circumstances.

You will work in very pleasant surroundings with easy access to free parking. An attractive and comfortable uniform is provided, as well as low cost staff meals.

For more information or to apply, email your CV or query to tunbridgewellshosprecruitment@spirehealthcare.com  or contact Sian Edwards on 01892 741102

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