Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse – Guildford

Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse – Guildford


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TITLE: Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse – Guildford


This is a key role, assisting the Head Nurse in providing strong leadership to the Nursing and Auxiliary teams.

Acts as a role model to all clinical staff, demonstrating clinical and leadership credibility.

Assists the Head Nurse in all aspects of the nursing and auxiliary teams’ management to include, but not be limited to: recruitment and selection, development, performance management, appraisal and absence management in line with Company policy.

Mainly clinically based, supervising, educating and mentoring all nursing and auxiliary staff, ensuring they are competent and confident in the delivery of their duties.

Ensure a culture of high-level customer service is instilled in all members of the nursing and auxiliary teams.

The post holder will be part of the nursing rota covering out of hours and weekends.

Together we will demonstrate safe, clinical decision-making and expert care together with compassionate communication for patients referred to us. You will be care driven, have excellent communication skills, exceptionally organised, thorough and be able to operate in a 24/7 team environment


Professional responsibilities:  Maintain professional nursing standards in accordance with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) guidelines  Responsible for the supervision and management of the nursing team in accordance with professional and RCVS standards  Manage nurses and nursing services (inc auxiliary team) by organising the duty rota according to activity/departmental need, anticipating when clinical activity increases/decreases, managing the forward planning of absences and the effective use of temporary staff, ensuring the correct skill mix is in place to deliver care.  Clinically based, working alongside junior nurses, auxiliaries and other clinical staff, ensuring the highest level of patient care is delivered.

 To provide consistent, clear, clinical and professional leadership and act as a mentor for all staff demonstrating professional awareness and accountability in care.  Work with the Head Nurse to ensure clinical floor efficiency and a seamless flow of patients through the hospital.  Instil an inclusive culture of teamwork across the hospital  Input into all new staff (clinical and non-clinical) induction to the hospital  Undertake clinical audits as requested by the Head Nurse, drawing up rectification and training plans to address discrepancies.  Attend patient ward rounds and constructively contribute to enhance patient care plans   Attend M & M meetings and action improvements identified  Check and close patient accounts for finance team and in advance of patient discharge  Ensure pain scores sheets and early intervention sheets are compliant and effectively used.   Work in accordance with the FR protocols and policies.   Ensure completion of CPD log / on line tracker in accordance with RCVS requirements.

Management Responsibilities:  Assist the Head Nurse in developing and implementing a nursing strategy, reflecting the innovative ethos of FR and the challenges nursing faces.  Identify service and policy development changes needed to ensure a continuing excellent service level and ensure implementation   Ensure all nursing staff receive regular feedback on their performance, conducting annual appraisals and ensuring regular follow up on objectives throughout the year for all team members.  Identify training needs of new and current team members, proposing appropriate resources to address these training requirements  Understand and contribute to the improvement of the financial performance by implementing any required improvements and controls  Attend and in the absence of the Head Nurse, plan, facilitate and deliver regular nurse/clinical meetings and ensuring actions are completed in a timely manner by all team members.  Assist the Client Services Manager and Head Nurse to respond to all client queries and complaints in a timely and efficient manner as per FR policy.  Ensuring through the Auxiliary team, effective stock management and control and the undertaking of stock takes in accordance with FR policies.  Work with the Hospital Director and Head Nurse to ensure nursing budget is reflective of needs and well managed.  Lead by example and be instrumental in creating excellent working relationships both internally and externally.  Contribute to plans for future growth.  Support and participate in all local marketing and promotional events  Liaise and communicate with suppliers and company representatives.

Health & Safety  Be aware of, and conversant with, the Health and Safety At Work Act (1974) and comply with the regulations set down to ensure safety to patients, staff and visitors   Ensure a robust Infection Prevention and Control policy is in place and adhered to by all staff and visitors.

This is a fantastic role for someone looking to handle responsibility and take a step up in their career under the banner of one of the Countries finest and most reputable referral hospitals.


**TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION** You must be RCVS registered and be eligible to work in the UK. Please email all applications to  with your most recent CV and a cover letter explaining your location and circumstances.

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