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Band 8A - Lead Nurse, Endoscopy

Job overview

To support the clinical lead in the effective management of the Endoscopy department.  To carry out the day-to-day management and co-ordination of the Endoscopy Unit. To provide expertise and leadership in the delivery of a safe high quality patient centred endoscopy service.

The Lead Nurse for Endoscopy together with the service manager for Gastroenterology is responsible for the day to day running of both Watford and Hemel Hempstead Hospital Endoscopy Units.

The Lead Nurse Endoscopy will oversee and ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and effective care focused on improving outcomes and experiences for patients, families and carers. Ensure that the patient experience is of the highest quality inspiring patient and public confidence.

Safety to both patients and staff is paramount. 18000 patients are seen in endoscopy per year and each patient is always treated with respect and dignity. Maintaining JAG accreditation is a key part of the role ensuring that all 19 GRS standards are not only maintained but evidenced on a yearly basis through annual uploads, and 5 yearly visits.

The Lead nurse will be responsible to ensure that endoscopy equipment is safe for use and service contract are in place. The procurement and leasing of equipment must be maintained to ensure endoscopy is safe and keeping up to date with technological advances. Key relationships with the finance department to ensure that any equipment needs for the for each year are submitted within a timely manner.

 Main duties of the job

Working closely with decontamination team and ensuring that the correct scopes are available for the endoscopy lists, this may require arranging transfer of scopes across site to avoid patient cancelations. Liaising with consultant microbiologists when TVC counts are high.

The Lead Nurse for Endoscopy will be responsible for designated nursing budgets and effective management of resources. The role has overall responsibility for nursing staffing including the out of hours bleed rota and managing the specialist gastroenterology nurses. Training and professional development for all staff within the area of responsibility including appraisals. External endoscopist basic skills courses and nurse training days run from the department and require close working relationships with the medical education centre to co-ordinate the days.

The post holder will monitor and assess clinical areas against JAG, CQC standards and key line of enquiry, ensuring appropriate timely action if improvement is required. The post holder will lead on delivery of governance and quality, ensuring all endoscopy audits are completed, presented at clinical governance and actioned.

The Lead Nurse will be developing and implementing a range of operational policies and protocols, guidance and leaflets in line with Trust-wide needs for specific field of responsibility.

Working for your organisation

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are due for completion by 2025 or soon after. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained ‘teaching hospital’ status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Will be required to support the senior nurse on call rota
  • Working Monday – Friday , hours can be flexible depending on the needs of the service.
  • To support in the management of the endoscopy service, ensuring that the highest quality of patient centred care is delivered through effective organisation,
  • maintenance of professional/clinical standards and collaborative working
  • To plan and provide quality care across the whole endoscopy patient pathway.
  • To provide a safe environment and act on any discrepancies or issues that may affect patient safety.
  • To ensure appropriate staff, patient ratio and clinical skill mix are maintained.
  • To provide specialist advise and support as required. To ensure equipment and recourses are available for upcoming endoscopy sessions.
  • To participate in the care and decontamination of endoscopes. Including accurate records of traceability of the endoscopes and accessories.
  • To maximise utilisation of endoscopy time whenever possible.
  • To liaise with the bookings teams, patient co-ordinators and all relevant staff to ensure that patients are booked for the correct procedures.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name - Angela Wellman

Job title - Head of Nursing

Email address -

Telephone number - 01923 217481

Additional contact information - Mobile: 07554114516

Band 8A - Lead Nurse, Endoscopy

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Hertfordshire, UK

Published on 25 Nov 2022

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