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Stroke Hyper-acute Unit and Rehabilitation Ward
NHS AfC: Band 5
37.5 hours
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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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£22,128 - £28,746 per annum
24/09/2017 23:59
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Staff Nurse Stroke Hyper-acute Unit and Rehabilitation Ward

NHS AfC: Band 5

If you are an NHS At Risk applicant, please state this in your supporting information section of your application form.

"Be part of the team that delivers "Excellent patient care in world class hospitals"

The Trust has 5 Values as defined by the Star Chart. Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with these Values which can be found by clicking on the 'About Us' pages on the Trust internet site. 

Our latest achievements include:

  • St Helens Hospital rated outstanding (CQC 2016)
  • Whiston Hospital rated good with outstanding features (CQC 2016)
  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)
  • Best in the NHS in the Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE 2014 and 2015)
  • Cancer services rated 4th best in the country by Macmillan Cancer Support 2014
  • Ranked one of the highest in the country for extremely positive feedback received from patients (Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked highest in Cheshire and Merseyside for staff recommending the hospitals for the care of their friends and relatives (Staff Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked in the top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal 2014)
  • Top in the North West and 7th nationally for staff recommending the Trust as a place to work (Staff Friends and Family Test, NHS England 2014 and 2015)

Stroke Hyper-acute Unit and Rehabilitation Ward

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Staff Nurse on Ward 5C at Whiston Hospital; we are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual, with a passion for excellence within the delivery of patient care.

Ward 5C is currently undergoing a transitional period as it merges both Medicine for Older People and the Stroke Service into one dynamic team.

The successful candidate will be part of a happy, friendly, forward thinking team. We are in the process of becoming the main provider for Hyper acute and Acute services for Warrington and St. Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, which is due to be completed by April 2018.

Recent unit development has resulted in a hyper-acute and rehabilitation unit running side by side achieving positive and effective patient experiences.

The department has a high profile within the Medical Care Group with a very successful Stroke service, Orthogeriatrics and Frailty service.

Stroke services have a comprehensive, highly motivated multidisciplinary team comprising 8 specialist nurses, dedicated physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy which offer a 7 day service, with access to othoptics, dietetics and psychology.

We have an excellent training package, that is compromises of simulation training and we have recently linked with UCLAN that has provided Stroke specific competency framework.

The stroke team were also awarded the Trust Team of the year in 2016, an accolade we are very proud of.

Whether you are newly qualified, about to qualify or experienced nurse, making the transition from community nursing to acute care you will be supported by the Trust, to make the transition as a Registered Nurse, into whatever acute setting you are offered a position in the department’s skills mix and complex patients are the premises for enhancing your career and acquire transferable skills for most of the nursing specialities.

The clinical teams are there to support you in your new role and there is a 12 month Preceptorship Programme; that provides you with additional training, support and a competency based workbook to help you in your development.

The Trust has a combined bed capacity of approximately 875 beds at Whiston and St Helens hospitals and provides a full range of acute in-patient, out-patient, day case and emergency services to the local communities of St Helens, Knowsley, Halton and Liverpool, extending to Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales and the Isle of Man with the Regional Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit.

Why choose a Nursing Career with us?

• "Outstanding” (St Helens Hospital) and “Good with outstanding features” (Whiston Hospital) by the CQC 2016
• “One of the BEST performing Trusts in the country”(Chief Inspector of Hospitals 2016)
• Best Patient Experience in NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals 2015)
• Best Acute Trust in the NHS (PLACE 2014 and 2015)
• Best Acute NHS Trust in England (PLACE 2017)
• Top 100 Best places to work in the NHS (HSJ 2014 and 2015)

At STHK, your professional development is very important to us, as this key element enables you to offer the best care to our patients and it is also essential for your career progression. The support and development package covers:

-comprehensive induction and a 12 month preceptorship with dedicated Practice Education facilitators based on site
-supernumerary period for all newly qualified nurses at the beginning of their nursing career
-access to funded CPD courses
-support with revalidation
-dedicated support from the senior nursing team
-supernumerary period; in specialised areas for all nurses at the beginning of their employment with us.

The role will give you the opportunity to up-skill and be ready for further challenges in your nursing career.

In addition, all our staff benefit from access to a subsidised restaurant and on-site car park at both our hospitals, conveniently located between Liverpool and Manchester, close to the countryside and easily accessible by all transport links. Childcare vouchers and a car lease programme are also available.

The Trust has excellent management, robust systems and innovative processes; all of which have underpinned a period of sustained and improved performance as it moves towards Foundation Trust status.
This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (with barred list for vulnerable adult’s and children’s disclosure).

Closing Date: Sunday 24th September 2017
Short listing Date: Monday 25th September 2017
Interview Date: to be arranged

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information/arrange an informal visit, please contact Ward Manager Karen Attwood via
01512904275 or

If you have problems applying, contact

0151 676 5491