Our small but perfectly formed animal hospital in Hammersmith, has a high caseload, with two consulting rooms, a prep area and theatre, Xray, ultrasound and lab. We are incredibly well equipped, including multiparameter monitors and drip pumps for our anaesthetised and critical patients. We provide free or discounted vet care to pets whose owners receive certain means-tested benefits and live within the catchment area. This is a fast-paced environment where our nurses have a lot of autonomy and scope to develop their skills.
Your responsibilities as Nurse Manager will include duties such as:
- Managing the nursing team
- Liaising with your team to ensure all nursing duties are covered daily
- Taking part in the clinical nursing rota and dealing with issues which arise “on the shop floor”
- The recruitment of new team members
- Ensuring regular servicing and repair of veterinary equipment within the hospital
Weekend shifts are approximately 1:6 for full time staff and we cover around 1-2 bank holidays per year at our Victoria hospital where you can put your emergency and ward nursing skills to good practice.
Very occasionally, where cover may be needed, our nurses cover weekday shifts at our Victoria or Merton hospitals.
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As an integral team member, the ability to work as part of a team and effective communication skills are really important, often you will be the first point of our clients, forming strong bonds with them to ensure improved animal health and welfare.
It goes without saying the Nurse Manager role is rewarding and provides lots of opportunities for job satisfaction and happy outcomes but there are often times of sadness, so it is important you have the
resilience and ability to adapt to different situations.
Knowledge, skills, and experience
- Fully qualified Veterinary Nurse
- Registered with RCVS
- Demonstrable veterinary nursing experience
- Significant leadership, management or supervisory experience
- The ability to demonstrate, understanding and apply our Blue Cross values.
It would be great if you also 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
How to apply
Click the apply button below and complete the online application process before the closing date on Sunday 27 August 2023.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.
Blue Cross benefits
Our people are the most important part of delivering our purpose. If it were not for their amazing efforts and commitment, we would not be able to make the difference that we do today.
In return, Blue Cross wants to ensure we provide you with the best working environment we can. We want you to be happy working for us and will do everything we can to make sure you are.
Our generous benefits package includes:
- Enhanced annual leave entitlement: 30 days plus bank holidays
- Claim for professional fees
- CPD allowance and opportunities, with support, to develop skills
- Pension scheme with enhanced employer contribution
- Health cash plan
- Life assurance
- Unlimited access to an employee assistance programme
- Programmes for physical and mental wellbeing support
- Free access to GP via MetLife
- Recognition scheme
- Annual volunteer days
To read more about the benefits Blue Cross has to offer, please visit the ‘why work for us’
page on our website.
About Blue Cross
Blue Cross is a national charity that has been helping sick, injured and homeless pets since 1897.
Every month we help thousands of pets and their people by providing veterinary care, expert behaviour advice and find homeless pets loving families. We also offer education for future generations plus pet bereavement support for those who have lost their beloved pet companion.
We love the ways that pets can make such an amazing difference to the people they live with and we offer lifelong support and advice to help that unique relationship thrive. With your support we can give back to more pets and their families who need our help.
Pets change lives. We change theirs.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion
We believe that every pet should enjoy a healthy life in a happy home, and we always seek to recruit the best people who share our values and commitment so we can continue to help and support pet owners across the UK to achieve this.
At Blue Cross, we want you to feel that you belong, without the need to hide any part of who you are.
Diversity and inclusion at Blue Cross means creating a workplace where all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, nation or country of origin, disability, age, and socioeconomic backgrounds are welcome, respected, supported, and have access to equal opportunities.
We are working hard to reflect the world we live in and the communities we serve at every level of our organisation. As much as we have made positive advances, we consider diversity and inclusion to be a work in progress – a continual commitment that remains a priority for all of us.
If you would like to talk to us about any reasonable adjustments or changes to our recruitment process to support you to be your best, then please get in touch either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
, via telephone on 01993 825515 or if you would prefer a video call then we can arrange this using Microsoft Teams.
Our values define the way we do things. We use them every day to guide us, and to make sure we put people and pets at the heart of everything we do.
Compassionate: We listen, we are non-judgmental, we are kind and caring to the pets and people we encounter, and we offer support in difficult times
Courageous: We make brave decisions, embrace change, and encourage innovation, ensuring we always act with integrity – doing the right thing even when no one is looking
Inclusive: We value all our relationships and work in an open and positive culture where we celebrate our diverse talents and empower you to be you
Contract: Permanent, full time