Registered Veterinary Nurse (Internal Medicine & Cardiology Focus) London 2024
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About the role
An exciting opportunity has opened at the beautiful central London referral centre for a registered veterinary nurse to join our team. This is an exciting time to join LVS as we are currently working through plans to move to a new state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary referral centre in West London in early 2024, where you will work alongside industry leading specialists and nurses to provide a high quality of care to patients. This is a full-time position of 42-hours weekly, which does not currently include OOH and weekends, but will be introduced in the future rota.
London Vet Specialists boasts advanced equipment, including an on-site CT scanner and minimally invasive surgery facilities. We provide unparalleled medical care to our patients and outstanding service to our clients. Your work will focus within the London Vet Specialists internal medicine and cardiology services. You will also be required to support other disciplines within your capabilities as an RVN, such as diagnostic imaging, soft tissue surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology and anaesthesia services, with the addition of orthopaedic, oncology and neurology services as per our future growth plan. A competitive salary, generous annual leave and CPD benefits are offered. As part of the Linnaeus group, you will have the opportunity to attend regular teaching rounds, journal clubs, and opportunities exist for clinical research. At London Vet Specialists, we hold fortnightly journal clubs and monthly nurse clubs for the advancement and education of the clinical team. Participation, as well as academic writing, is encouraged and supported.
A veterinary qualification that can be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is essential. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 1-years' experience working at a referral centre OR 2-years' experience in first opinion practice.
Main purpose & goals
- Managing your area of responsibility by working with the Head of Nursing Services to achieve this.
- Demonstrating an excellent work protocol in all nursing duties including high level of hygiene and the ability to recognise and undertake relevant actions with regards to infection control.
- Approximately 95% of the role will be clinical duties, to allow 5% for administration that may come with that role, including a full share of any on-call rota.
- Ensure that you and those working in your area of responsibility provide a high and sustainable quality of nursing care.
- Ensure effective communication within your area of responsibility, and the wider practice.
- Ensure that all patients in your area are dealt with in a timely manner, and that unnecessary delays are always prevented.
- Ensure that in your area of responsibility the team are implementing accurate patient record keeping and that all patient care instructions are followed by the nursing team.
- Work with the Head of Nursing Services where required to help develop a skills matrix for nursing requirement within your area of responsibility.
- Work with the Head of Nursing Services to help support the identification, prioritisation and implementation of learning, development and CPD for nurses in your team where required.
- Work with the Head of Nursing Services to ensure all new nurses entering the business are supported to complete their induction.
- Participate in external CPD appropriate to your role plus any training in-house, ensuring post-training feedback forms are completed/cascade of relevant information to appropriate team members.
- Implement the Practice Standards Scheme across the practice.
- Implement the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) standards across the practice.
- Implement the British Veterinary Behaviour Association dog-friendly standards across the practice.
- Use VetSafe reporting to target training where nursing care can be improved.
- Ensuring all equipment across the practice is appropriately maintained and serviced.
- Liaise with Linnaeus central office as necessary, attend Linnaeus nurse meetings and devolve any developments to the nursing team and Senior Leadership Team (SLT).
- Report and summarise critical incidents as part of Practice Clinical Governance Policy.
- Be fully aware of all Health & Safety issues and read all information supplied.
- 5 weeks Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays
- Birthday Leave
- RCVS & VDS Fees Paid
- Generous Staff Social Calendar
- External CPD Funded
- Extensive Free Online Linnaeus CPD Program
- Career Progression Opportunities
- Staff Discount Schemes
- Life Assurance
- Enhanced Sickness Pay
- Enhanced Equal Family Leave
- E-car Salary Sacrifice Scheme
- Employer Contribution Pension Scheme
- Wellness Program Including:
- Employee Assistance Program
- Eyecare Voucher Scheme
- Free Annual Flu Jab
- Cycle-to-Work Scheme
- Recruitment Referral Reward Scheme
At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Program which is available for everyone.