Nursing Associate 

 

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  • Responsible to: Lead Nurses
  • Accountable to: The Board, Healthwest Primary Care Network
  • Location: Bristol
  • Hours: 37.5
  • Remuneration: Band 4 (£24000 - £25000)
  • Contract Type: Substantive Post

Healthwest is a Primary Care Network made up of 4 practices (Pembroke Road Surgery, The Family Practice, The Students’ Health Service and Whiteladies Health Centre). Together the surgeries provide care to over 70,000 patients in our local area.

We are creating a new role for a Nursing Associate to enhance the care we deliver to our housebound and frail patients.

We are looking for a highly motivated, flexible, reliable and friendly individual who is passionate about patient care.

You will work as an active member of the multidisciplinary team supported by senior nurses and clinicians. You will deliver care within the boundaries of your role, focusing on monitoring of long-term conditions and the promotion of independence and health in the patient’s own home. To enable relationships to develop with the individual nursing teams and the surgeries your timetable will include working in the surgeries 1 or 2 days per week.

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Roles and responsibilities

  • You will have an understanding of the nursing process and be able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care to improve health and well-being and meet the healthcare needs of individuals and groups.
  • Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex scenarios.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work under pressure, prioritising workload effectively.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use a problem-solving approach within limits of your competence.
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide holistic patient centred care
  • Work in a solution- focused way as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Promote holistic healthcare and work in partnership with other agencies.
  • Access and participate in supervision.
  • Maintain an accurate diary in accordance with lone working policy and adhere to mobile working guidance.
  • Identify and take appropriate action/make appropriate referrals in any situation where there may be vulnerability, safeguarding or health concerns
 

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience 

  • Registered Nursing Associate on the NMC register.
  • Nursing Associate foundation degree qualification.
  • Understanding of the scope of the role of the Nursing Associate in context of the nursing and interdisciplinary team.
  • Understands and acts in line with NMC professional standards for practice contained within The Code.
  • Knowledge of when to seek advice and escalate to the appropriate professional for expert help and advice.
  • Understand requirements for NMC professional Revalidation
  • Experience of working with vulnerable patients

Skills and Competencies 

  • Computer literate with an ability to use the required GP clinical systems (desirable) and Microsoft office packages (essential) 
  • Has attention to detail, able to work accurately, identifying errors quickly and easily 
  • Ensure clear, accurate and up to date recording of information on EMIS as per local record keeping policy.
  • Has a planned and organised approach with an ability to prioritise their own workload to meet strict deadlines 
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, with the ability to adjust communication style and content to suit the audience 
  • An excellent understanding of data protection and confidentiality issues 

Attributes 

  • Calm, compassionate and caring
  • Polite and confident
  • Flexible and cooperative
  • Works effectively independently and as a member of a team 
  • Ability to use initiative and judgement
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Self-motivated and proactive 
  • Continued commitment to improve skills and ability in new areas of work 
  • Able to undertake the demands of the post with reasonable adjustments if required 
  • Full driving licence, own transport and the ability to travel between locations 
  • Adaptability, flexibility and ability to cope with uncertainty and change 
  • Excellent time keeping skills 

General

The postholder will:

  • Develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity. The postholder must be aware of and committed to the Equality and Diversity policies of the appointing GP Practice and comply with all the requirements of these policies and actively promote Equality and Diversity issues relevant to the post.
  • Ensure the principles of openness, transparency and candor are observed and upheld in all working practices.
  • The post holder will have, or acquire through training provided by the organisation, the appropriate level of safeguarding and knowledge, skills and practice required for the post and be aware of and comply with the organisation’s safeguarding protection policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that any infection prevention and control issues are reported to the line manager/Infection Prevention and Control Lead.
 

Equality and diversity

The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers and
colleagues, to include:

  • Acting in a way that recognises the importance of people’s rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with practice procedures and policies, and current legislation
  • Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues
  • Behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.
 

Personal/Professional development

The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the practice as
part of this employment, with such training to include:

  • Participation in an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development
  • Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work
 

Quality

The post-holder will strive to maintain quality within the practice, and will:

  • Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk
  • Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the team’s performance
  • Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients’ needs
  • Effectively manage own time, workload and resources