Are you looking for the opportunity to work in a culture of active encouragement to pursue your interests and of non-blame, with managers who are visible and approachable, and a team that enjoys working together? Are you looking for a great work/life balance with support from an excellent, well-structured organization offering a huge range of employee benefits?
This is a fantastic opportunity to lead the nursing team at one of our busy charity hospitals in London. You will have overall responsibility for maintaining a high standard of nursing care at the hospital and directly line manage nursing staff.
With significant nursing experience post qualification and proven experience of directing and supervising nursing and support staff, you will have good interpersonal skills, a caring attitude towards animals and owners, and the confidence to communicate effectively with people at all levels both internally and externally.
You will take an active role in the daily nursing responsibilities, supporting and guiding the team in providing an efficient and effective service, with time allocated for line management of the nursing and auxiliary staff.
Our friendly, supportive team provides free and subsidised veterinary care to those in receipt of means-tested benefits. We offer a good quality first-opinion veterinary service focused on welfare, pain relief and a good quality of life, and have fantastic equipment including digital x-ray, ultrasound, capnography, ventilator, Bair hugger and infusion pumps.
As a team we hold regular clinical governance discussions. The Blue Cross has developed an award-winning set of clinical guidelines to assist our vets in pragmatic, evidence-based decision making, where patient welfare is a priority. High standards are important to us but so is the ability to discuss openly where lessons have been learnt, within a safe, non-judgmental environment.
We recognise that we work within a profession where compassion fatigue is a risk to us all. We have wellbeing champions and Mental Health First Aiders at all hospitals, coordinating a range of initiatives and promoting a culture of openness and support within the team.
This is a full time role of 42 hours per week with occasional weekend shifts at our 24 hour hospital in Victoria, for which time off in lieu will be granted.
What is required?
We are looking for people with the following:
• Fully qualified Veterinary Nurse
• Demonstrable veterinary nursing experience
• Significant leadership, management or supervisory experience
It would also be great if you had:
• Dealing with a variety of management issues
• IT literate with MS Office and databases
• Coaching/ mentoring staff – eg clinical coach qualification
• Experience of managing rotas
Why work for Blue Cross?
• 38 days annual leave (including bank holidays & increases with length of service)
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Life assurance protection
• Income protection
• Pension scheme with 6% employer contribution
• Holiday exchange & enhanced parental leave
• Annual volunteer days
• Long service awards, starting from 5 years
• Huge range of discounts across high street stores, insurance services & more
To read more about the benefits Blue Cross has to offer, please visit the ‘why work for us’ page on our website.
Salary: £28,440 – £40,000 plus £3,954 London Weighting Allowance per annum
Closing date: 2nd November 2022
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.
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