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Deputy Practice Development Nurse - Acute & General Medicine
Band 6
Secondment: 6 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Mon-Fri 9-5 but may need to flex to occasional LD/N/weekend shift if required)
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
St. Thomas’ Hospital
£40,448 - £47,965 p.a inc HCA
Salary period
05/12/2022 23:59
Interview date

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COVID-19 Vacancy Deputy Practice Development Nurse - Acute and General Medicine

Band 6

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 south London and as well as specialist care for patients from further afield including cancer, renal, orthopaedic, respiratory 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.

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 Guy’s 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 King’s Health Partners, one of eight accredited UK academic health sciences centres. In partnership with King’s 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

We are looking for an experienced Band 5 or 6 Registered Nurse who is driven, enthusiastic and innovative with excellent experience and expertise in the care and management of patients in the Acute & General Medical setting. You must have a love of teaching supporting and developing nurses to reach their potential.

This is an opportunity for a 6 month secondment  as a Deputy Practice Development Nurse.  You will be working within and supporting the Acute and General Medicine Practice Development Nurse Team within St. Thomas’ Hospital who provide an excellent service to our Newly Qualified Nurses and  Nursing Associates, as well as helping our Registered Nurses grow, develop and take on new roles

Closing date: 5th December 2022 @23:59hrs

Interview date: 12th December 2022

Main duties of the job

The post holder will need to have a passion for teaching, assessing and developing the nursing team.

In this role, you will be involved in all aspects of nurse training including:

  • Management and delivery of induction programmes for newly qualified nurses as well as those who are new to the Trust
  • Assistance in reviewing and planning courses & educational programmes
  • Delivering formal & informal teaching to the Nurse Teams
  • Provision of hands on clinical support for new starters and other learners in the department.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a level of motivation and commitment that will support the development of our nursing staff in order to achieve their professional goals.

You will be seen as a role model for best practice and should be able to lead, inspire and demonstrate this in the Acute Medicine setting as well as supporting others to achieve this.

The role requires you to have excellent communication skills and be confident to work under your own initiative. Data capture and gathering will be part of the role.

 All applicants must demonstrate within their application a strong commitment to teaching.  and must have relevant experience working within an acute hospital setting.

ALL applicants must have full registration with the NMC.

NB - If your NMC registration is not complete and you are awaiting an OSCE, please do not apply as we will not be able to shortlist you. 

Working for our organisation

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK’s best known hospitals – Guy’s, St Thomas’, Evelina London Children’s 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.

The commitment of our 22,000 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. 

At Guy’s and St Thomas’ we are committed to ensuring our staff feel valued and received the support they need. Our Showing we care about you programme offers a wide range of benefits and support to help our staff in their professional, personal and family life, to maximise wellbeing and ensure staff feel valued. Our award winning 5 ways to a healthier YOU, is the health and wellbeing strand of the programme. This includes self-referral for physiotherapy, dietetic and smoking cessation advice and referral to specialist psychological support. We have a wide ranging health and wellbeing (HWB) programme which includes mindfulness training, stress awareness training, and employee assistance programme alongside physical activity initiatives such as lunch time walks, Zumba classes, and bespoke wellbeing campaign events.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities
4.1 Education/Staff Development
To identify training and development needs of staff within the area in
accordance with local and national policies.
Support staff in the provision of regular local and relevant teaching and
training sessions including provision of ‘buddied’ clinical time to facilitate on the job learning.
To be a source of highly specialist clinical and educational knowledge
To 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.
To ensure that patients’ receive high quality clinical care and a good
patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and
Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and
wellbeing of the individuals.
 The post holder will also be required to deliver training as required
Tailor a programme of orientation for new staff members and arrange an
ongoing programme of training for qualified and unqualified staff and
overseas nurses requiring adaptation in the care and management of
patients within the speciality.
Provide support to staff completing clinical and legal nursing documents to
ensure they are completed accurately and legibly and that their relevance
is understood and confidentiality maintained in accordance with Trust
policy and NMC guidelines.
Works with Sister/Charge Nurse to contribute to standard setting for
nursing practice 
Participates in the training of staff to monitor the quality of care delivered
using clinical standards and takes necessary action to ensure excellence in
nursing practice. Bases standards upon relevant research where possible.
Participates in Individual Performance Review of staff when appropriate
using the Scope of Professional Practice.
Develop and implement training programmes for nurses to expand their
clinical skills in accordance with the Trust’s standards
4.2 Professional Responsibilities
To be accountable for care given and comply with the NMC Code of
Conduct, working within the framework of the UKCC’s scope of
professional practice.
To ensure compliance and implementation of Trust policies and
procedures, relevant legislation, Nursing and Midwifery strategy and
Clinical Governance standards are understood and practised by staff. Acts
according to the Health & Safety Act and manual handling practice
ensuring that all training of staff is documented.
Practises in accordance with the professional direction as stipulated in the
Trust’s Nursing & Midwifery strategy.
To take personal responsibility for promoting a safe environment and safe
patient care by identifying areas of risk and following the Incident, Serious
Incident and Near Misses reporting procedure.
Have a visible presence within the clinical setting.
Is responsible for own professional development and an awareness of
clinical educational developments. Agrees own personal, professional and
service objectives according to Individual Performance Review with
4.3 Research and Development
Actively disseminate research findings as a positive role model through
lectures, teaching and other appropriate communication methods
Assist in the bench marking of nursing practice and evaluate the impact on
new practices implemented.
4.4 Management duties
Communicates with staff in all areas of the Trust
Act all times to ensure that staff, practise Trust and Unit policies and
Responsible for monitoring performance against competency requirements
Facilitate the sharing of best practice both within the Trust and externally. 

Education/ Qualifications:

RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality. 1st Degree.  Specialist professional knowledge of mentorship, education and development practice. Evidence of continuous personal, professional and academic development.

Previous experience:

Significant post registration experience within a acute and community setting. Deliver training sessions / programmes. Experience of mentoring/ supervising/ assessing nurses and students in practice. Experience of managing a team.  Experience of involvement in educational initiatives. 

The full details can be found in the JD attached

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Awareness of Risk Assessment and Management
  • Experience of mentoring/ supervising/ assessing students in practice and giving feedback
  • Experience of managing a team/ supervising junior staff
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of delivering and evaluating training sessions / programmes
  • Experience sharing/ role-modelling best (evidence-based) nursing practice


Essential criteria
  • Nursing skills in care planning, implementing and evaluating care
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal & communication skills
  • Ability to influence and negotiate with others in Multi-disciplinary Team
  • Knowledge of a variety of teaching methods
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced practice skills relevant to area such as tracheosotomy care


Essential criteria
  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues in acute medicne.
  • Knowledge and experience of mentorship, education and developing practice
Desirable criteria
  • 1 st Degree
  • Sign off mentor
  • Additional specialist course eg Acutely Ill Adult

Value and Behaviour

Essential criteria
  • Value and Behaviour

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Nikki Helder
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Matron for Workforce & Education
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Additional information

We would encourage interested candidates to contact Nikki or

Practice Development Nurses Joyce Kakala or Dot Christian-Gavin

Tel 02071880520 or email or to find out more about this fantastic opportunity.