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Hyper- Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) & HASU Step Down Unit
NHS AfC: Band 5
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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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Whiston Hospital
£24,214 - £30,112 per annum pro rata
26/06/2019 23:59
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Staff Nurse Hyper- Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) & HASU Step Down Unit

NHS AfC: Band 5

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trusts in England for the THIRD year running!

The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of nine in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Our latest achievements include:

  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC – Inspection August 2018
  • Best in the NHS, Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment 2017 and 2018
  • The Trust achieved top marks in the country for areas including; cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity, facilities for patients living with dementia and disabilities, conditions, appearance and maintenance of the hospital buildings.
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in England (NHS Staff Survey 2017 and 2018)
  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2018 the Trust scored the highest marks in the following areas;

  • Positive organisation culture of safety
  • Quality of care
  • Staff engagement
  • Staff morale
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Providing a safe environment for staff

Our staff rated our Trust as the best place to work and receive treatment. The Trust has also been recognised, for the third year running, as being the top acute Trust in the entire country for staff engagement, staff motivation, and pride in the quality of care we provide to patients.

If you are an NHS At Risk applicant, please state this in your supporting information section of your application form.

Staff Nurse

Whiston Hospital

Hyper- Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) & HASU Step Down Unit


Full & Part time Hours Available

Band 5

£24,214 - £30,112 per annum pro rata 

Due to the expansion of the Hyper-Acute Stroke Service along with an increase in our acute stroke bed base we are looking to recruit additional Band 5 Registered Nurses who are dynamic, highly motivated and who have a passion to deliver high quality stroke care and patient safety. 

We are looking for individuals with the enthusiasm to support current developments and expansion of the stroke service and who want to learn in a structured and supported ward environment. 

You will be working closely with a highly skilled Multi-disciplinary team, who have a real passion for delivering stroke care and taking our service forward.

Dependant on your experience, you will be given a protected preceptorship period along with bespoke training and personal development plan, this will be supported by our Education Lead for the Stroke Service. 

The successful candidate will be part of a happy, friendly, forward thinking team.

The stroke unit consists of a 16 bed HASU and 16 bed HASU step down. Along with a 25 bed Acute Stroke Unit (ASU) that provides rehabilitation by a highly skilled and motivated multidisciplinary team, for stroke patients from the Knowsley, St Helens, Halton and Warrington area. We currently see approximately 900 confirmed strokes per year and provide a 24/7 thrombolysis service for circa 150 patients a year. Due to our collaboration with Warrington Hospital, from the 1st April 2019 we will be the single Hyper acute Stroke unit and will take ALL acute strokes from the St Helens, Knowsley, Halton and now Warrington catchment area.

Our stroke service is fully resourced; a high standard of care is provided 7/ 7 days a week by a highly motivated multidisciplinary team comprising of 8 Stroke Physicians, 8 Stroke Specialist nurses who work 24/7, stroke specific Physio and Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language therapy, along with dedicated access to othoptics, dietetics and psychology on the unit. We have a stroke specific research nurse and are proud of the high number of trials the unit is part of; we have also recently recruited into a Prevention of Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation Specialist nurse. We have a long standing relationship and collaboration with our commissioners and clinicians in Primary care who provide stroke services

The stroke service has been consistently one of the highest performing teams in the country on the Stroke Sentinel National Audit for the last 2 years and continues to improve and develop its breadth of service and innovative working practices.

If you are the individual for this role and ready for an exciting new experience. 

This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (with barred list for vulnerable adult’s and children’s disclosure). 

Advertising Date: 12th June 2019

Closing Date : 26th June 2019

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Katie Batie Ward, Matron, 0151 426 1600 ext. 2842  

Ian Topping, Ward Manager, 0151 426 1600 ext 4360 

Kathryn Pendlebury, Ward Manager, 0151 426 1600 ext 6259