Head Veterinary Nurse

Location
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Posted
17 Mar 2021
Closes
17 Apr 2021
Sector
Practice
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full-time

As Head Nurse, you will spend most of your time clinically, working a mixture of inpatient shifts, theatre shift and consulting shifts. This is a full time position (40 hours a week) with 1 in 9 Saturday mornings. We can offer a flexible shift pattern to suit you. No out of hours. You will also take an active role coaching all members of the nursing team, but parti-cularly our student nurses. Some of your time will be spend on more administrative tasks; organising nursing rotas, ensuring nursing proto-cols are up to date, liaising with vets. You will also be part of the Practice Management team with an active role to play on the ongoing structure and progression of the practice.

We are a busy, progressive small animal practice composed of three sites (our main hospital in High Wycombe and two branches in Hazlemere and Watlington) with 11 vets, 14 nurses and a wonderful team of patient care assistances and receptionists. We are fortunately situated within an easy 40 minutes of central London, but surrounded by the beautiful Chilterns countryside.

We are a VetsNow host practice, so out of hours are patients are looked after 24/7 on site. We also have a visiting cardiac specialist and orthopaedic specialist who can provide in house diagnostics and care for our patients.

We place a high emphasis on learning and development, and are lucky to have a range of vets from new graduates to Advanced Practitioners in Small Animal Medicine. We also have members of staff studying for their certificates in medicine and surgery. We are a nurse training practice, so have had the pleasure of nurturing many nurses from students to RVN.

We encourage the development of interests within the practice, and part of your role as Head Nurse would be to continue supporting the team and feeding these interests back into further improvement of practice standards. We believe we can all learn together to improve animal welfare each day.

In non Covid times, we take an active role in the community, organising charity fundraisers and attending local fetes. We also work very closely with both local and national animal charities, such as Stokenchurch Dog Rescue, the Blue Cross, the RSPCA and Cats Protection.

Patient welfare is at the heart of everything we do at Crossroads, and we are looking for a driven, passionate Head Nurse who can lead by example and continue to develop our wonderful nursing team. A love of the clinical RVN role is mandatory and clinical coaching qualifications are preferred. A successful candidate would be organised and interested in being involved in the wider management of the practice alongside the Directors and Practice Manager, to always keep the practice progressing.

Benefits (subject to pro rata):

  • 4 weeks paid holiday not including bank holidays
  • 3 days paid CPD leave
  • £550 CPD allowance per annum
  • RCVS Membership paid
  • Service based holiday entitlement increases
  • VDS cover
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption, shared parental leave and surrogacy pay
  • Enhanced paternity pay
  • Birthday leave
  • Discounted veterinary fees
  • My Benefits - various discounts including retail & gym memberships
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Pension
  • CPD/training support
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Company sick pay
  • Employee opinion survey
  • Free uniform in a number of roles
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Social events
  • Academy & Leadership courses
  • Focus on employee well-being
  • Relocation packages
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Free flu jabs

As a BAME and LGBT+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long term health conditions, and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.

If this position is of interest to you then please get in touch.

To apply, please email your CV to Paige by clicking the apply button or call 07545923277 for more information.

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