Team Lead
– Emergency And Critical Care Registered Veterinary Nurse


Job Description

Southfields Veterinary Specialists are currently recruiting for a clinically experienced RVN to support and lead a team of highly skilled Registered Veterinary Nurses in our newly established ICU, as we haved moved to our brand-new purpose-built referral hospital.

This is an exciting full-time role and will ensure the candidate is an integral part of planning as we prepare to open our new state-of-the-art ICU department.

We are seeking an experienced ECC RVN to work with the leadership teams to build the infrastructure, recruit supporting teams and develop operating processes within the ICU and wider teams that will support our patients and colleagues across all our services 24 hours a day.

An exciting time to join Southfields

This is a unique opportunity to join Southfields Veterinary Specialists and help us build and lead the team that will deliver emergency, critical and intensive care in our brand-new centre.

As SFVS has moved into our brand new 42,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art facilities, you will be part of a team that has been provided with some of the most advanced equipment and facilities in a supportive working environment.

What the role involves

You will be committed to developing the centre and providing high standards of care to both our patients and referring veterinary surgeons. You will join an excellent multi-disciplinary specialist-led team that provides the opportunity to work with some of the most exceptional and dedicated veterinary professionals in a supportive environment.

You will work as part of the senior and nursing team to co-ordinate and deliver gold standard patient care alongside our specialist-led emergency and critical care team.

Your duties will include the creation and management of departmental rotas to ensure the provision of nursing care and department preparation to accommodate an increasing caseload.

You will liaise with all disciplines to facilitate the effective management and co-ordination of critical cases. Your excellent clinical skills will allow you to participate in day-to-day nursing duties.

As a member of the senior Nursing team, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of standard operating procedures and continual enhancement of our commitment to excellence.

You will report directly to the Head of Nursing Services and support the wider senior Nursing team as our services, team, facilities, and equipment continue to enhance and grow.


Opportunities for career development

This is a unique opportunity to join Southfields Veterinary Specialists and help us build and lead the team that will deliver emergency, critical and intensive care in our brand-new centre.

This is an exciting role will allow you to build upon your existing leadership skills with the support of the Head of Nursing Services and the Linnaeus Central Professional Development Team.

You will be the first port of call for departmental line management for the ECC nursing and support team.

You will liaise with the Head of Nursing Services to identify recruitment needs and take an active role in the recruitment selection process.

You will be required to:

  • Demonstrate excellent practical nursing skills, allowing you to lead by example
  • Work with the team for the development of the SFVS Emergency and Critical Care service
  • Support and develop your team
  • Work collaboratively with all other services and foster good relationships
  • Develop new ways of working and SOPs within our new centre
  • Demonstrate professional standards that will advance patient care
  • Be an ambassador for the team

The position is suited to an experienced ECC RVN, with exceptional communication skills and the ability to work efficiently and effectively within a large 24-hour multi-disciplinary team.

The successful applicant will be solution focussed and be able to work collaborative.


What kind of person you need to be

  • You will need to be highly motivated self-starter able to demonstrate leadership qualities to co-ordinate, support and motivate your team.
  • You will have experience of, and a passion for, mentoring and training colleagues and be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills to assist in managing conflicting priorities.
  • As a member of our senior nursing team, your desire to provide the best clinical service to our patients will allow you to demonstrate a proactive approach to developing and shaping a growing service.


Specific experiences / qualifications / status / citizenship requirements

You must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have proof of your right to work in the UK
  • Be a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN), with a minimum of 1-year post-registration experience
  • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Have strong communication skills and maintain a professional and caring approach in all aspects of your work
  • Experience of working in an ECC/ICU/OOH environment

Why Southfields?

Southfields is the new name in referral services. It’s a very exciting time to join a forward-thinking and highly motivated team that has the support of the Linnaeus Group, providing significant investment in providing new innovative services, a contemporary state-of-the-art working environment and commitment to personal and career development. With an excellent support team in place, you’ll be able to concentrate on what you do best in a friendly and supportive practice.


What's on Offer?

  • Up to £34,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)
  • A full-time, 40 hpw position
  • A generous benefits package including private medical insurance, supported CPD, life insurance, registration fees and pension scheme
  • A good work-life balance
  • Opportunities for progression and to develop your career
  • Excellent location – only 30 minutes by train from central London, within easy reach of the beautiful Essex countryside and extremely well positioned for international travel links by air and train.

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