Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Stroke Specialist Deputy Sister

Band 6

Main area
Ward 6B
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£26,565 to £35,577 per annum
29/05/2018 23:59

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes use values-based interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significance difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit  http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values/default.aspx


 Take a fresh look at Stroke care. Over the last 11 years there has been a significant change in the way people who have had a stroke are managed. The onset of stroke is now recognised as a medical emergency. Patients can now receive ‘clot busting’ treatment, clot retrieval and surgical intervention for haemorrhage.


The Hyper Acute Stroke Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford is looking for motivated and enthusiastic Registered Nurse to join us.  We would love to hear from nurses who are willing to develop or have a keen interest in Acute Stroke. The successful applicant will be responsible for delivering and role modelling high standards of care within an MDT setting. In addition to the 10 Acute Stroke beds, we have 8 Hyper Acute monitored beds, taking patients directly from ED. There will be opportunities to look after patients post thrombolysis, post thrombectomy and hemi-crainectomy as well as building on knowledge and skills in acute rehabilitation.


The unit specialises in the acute care and patient’s ongoing rehabilitation is delivered in a different location. Our average length of stay is around 5 days. We have a nursing ratio of 1 Registered Nurse to 4-5 patients.


As a band 6 Stroke Specialist Deputy Sister not only will you have the opportunity to get involved in management and leadership opportunities such as:

·         audit

·         appraisals

·         interviewing

·         sickness management

·         unit development

·         Mentoring students – we recently won placement of the year for adult nursing (Oxford)


You will also spend time developing your advanced nurse practitioner skills:

v  holding the Stroke Specialist nurse bleep and thrombolysis/mechanical thrombectomy pager on average 1 shift per week;

v  managing the stroke pathway to ensure we meet our agreed best practice and Stroke Sentinel National Audit Programme (SSNAP) targets;

v  liaising closely with the Emergency Department, neuro radiology, CT, MRI and vascular lab;

v  developing skills in mechanical thrombectomy;

v  developing skills around rapid assessment and management of TIA and Minor Stroke.


There are opportunities to undertake further training at Masters level such as The Stroke Management module and Advanced History Taking module


If you have high standards with excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to work in an innovative and progressive environment, this is the opportunity for you!



Full and part time applicants will be considered


Closing Date:    29.05.2018

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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

Christine Barker Christine.barker@ouh.nhs.uk Tel: 01865 221180

Matron Sarah Wheeler on sarah.wheeler@ouh.nhs.uk Tel 01865 272512


If you have problems applying, contact

01865 231629