Senior Staff Nurse (Band 6)

NHS Professionals - Fl
Competitive salary
08 Jan 2021
15 Jan 2021
Role Type
Start Date
This is a great opportunity to work in a small and supportive team at the University of Oxford 'Testing for COVID-19: Early Alert Service (EAS)' which has been established across two sites, to ensure that the University remains open to both teach its students and to undertake its renowned world leading research and we believe you may have the skills and expertise that can match this area and would like to offer you to express your interest.

The University's in-house COVID-19 testing service has been implemented to protect staff and students of the University and colleges, providing rapid access to free testing for those with coronavirus symptoms. The EAS service covers 45,000 students and staff, working in collaboration with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide a service that aligns to NHS and PHE requirements.

The role

We are looking for experienced and knowledgeable nurses with excellent communication and coordination skills to work and coordinate the clinical sessions. You will coordinate clinical staff, including nurses and possibly healthcare assistants, in delivery of the service, and you will provide leadership during the sessions in absence of senior nurses. As part of nursing leadership, you will deputise for the Team leader as in when needed (to ensure we can provide clinical sessions seven days per week) you will be responsible for providing operational oversight including monitoring rotas and ensuring a safe working environment for patients and staff, in adherence to NHS England, Public Health England and local guidance and advice.

Who are we looking for?

To apply, all we ask is that you will:
  • Clinical experience of working within the NHS, a community, practice or public health setting.
  • NMC Registration and post-qualification experience
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Experience of prioritising and working in a pressured clinical working environment
  • Excellent communication skills, (written and verbal) and dealing with sensitive issues relating to clinical practice
  • Knowledge of GDPR and its application within a clinical patient setting
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team and coordination of a team of nurses.

What you will be doing?

You will be working in the Covid-19 Early Alert Service, meaning that you can bring your vital skills to the fight and play your part, where you will:
  • To participate in the orientation, induction and training of a pool of regular staff (nurses, medical students and/or healthcare assistants) who will be available to staff the clinical sessions
  • To monitor staff rota for each clinical session, allocating appropriately qualified and trained staff to the testing units, according to demand, to maximise the use of resources.
  • To monitor appointment availability in order to maximise the use of the resources of staff, unit space and equipment. To participate in an effective process for following up with patients who book an appointment but do not arrive for it.
  • Assist in monitoring staff conduct, performance and competence through direct line management and evaluating junior staff performance through regular 1:1, team meetings and appraisals; ensuring that objectives are met and appropriate action is taken to improve performance where deficits are identified.
  • To attend to the individuals in each testing unit during clinical sessions with support from experienced infectious diseases clinicians and GP's.
  • To work as a member of the three person team who will be employed for each clinical session, as required
  • Ensure each test unit is in an appropriate state of cleanliness and has staffing and supplies in particular swabs and PPE prior to each clinical session.
  • To ensure the SOP quality standards are maintained for each of the three functions that will be undertaken in each testing unit i.e.
    • 1. To meet, greet and register patients and prepare patient specific labels for the testing service at the OUH
    • 2. To perform oral and nasal swabbing
    • 3. To provide safety netting advice to patients.
  • Abide by the policies, standard operating procedures and other departmental directives for the testing units and to participate undertake risk assessments as appropriate.
  • To establish close effective working relationships with the Senior nurse and the Nurse Team Leader to ensure that the testing units are fit for purpose, well maintained, appropriately stocked and secure
  • To work closely with the Early Alert Service - COVID19 Testing responsible clinicians, in providing best experience to patients.
  • To document and report incident and activities to senior nurse as appropriate and required.
  • Participate in effective data collection on all clinical sessions including regular staff activity and capacity as requested by the senior nurse.
  • Be responsible for the opening and secure closing of the testing units before and after each session.

Registering with NHS Professionals

By registering, you can tackle unfilled shift pressures by supporting last-minute shifts, while receiving several attractive incentives:
  • Competitive Pay Rates - work this week, get paid next week!
  • First choice of shifts at your Trust - Access to shifts before they are available to agency
  • Flexible working to suit your lifestyle - Take control of when you want to work
  • Build holiday allowance for every shift you work
  • Book and manage your shifts on the go - Access shifts anywhere, anytime online or through your smartphone
  • Support when you need it - 24/7 365 days - Call us anytime
  • Stakeholder pension scheme
  • Access: Car parking is provided


If you are looking for a different opportunity and wanting to make a significant contribution whilst working in a small and supportive team to the University of Oxford's efforts to manage and control COVID-19 please do get in touch.

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