Who's Who on the ward
Who's who on the ward
These are the staff you are likely to meet as a patient or visitor to our wards.
Chief Nursing Officer
There is only one chief nurse in the organisation and they are an executive member of the trust board. The chief nurse spends time in the clinical areas to see patients experiencing the services provided within the trust, but also likes to be visible and accessible for the staff who are delivering those services to ensure that they are being appropriately supported to deliver a quality service.
Deputy Chief Nursing Officer
Associate Chief Nurses and Divisional Directors of Nursing and Midwifery
These members of staff are very senior operationally, clinically and managerially within the organisation. Their roles cover all clinical areas within the trust with a particular focus on quality, patient experience, strategy, governance, performance and development of the workforce.
These are very senior specialist clinical nurses/midwives that provide expert opinion to patients under their pathway of care. The lead nurses / midwives spend their time providing education, specialist advice, promoting the service and raising awareness, being seen as the clinical specialist in their chosen field.
Ward/Department Manager, Sister or Midwife
Lead their respective nursing teams in their clinical practice to provide safe, quality, patient focused care to patients. Lead the timely assessment of patient’s needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and treatment. They act as a role model and provide professional, being seen as the clinical advisor and educator to the teams. They will work hard to ensure that all members of the team work collaboratively respecting and valuing the contribution made by others. They will ensure that the environment is maintained in a clean, safe way, ensuring staff follow excellent infection control practice, dress code and all other trust policies and procedures.
These specialist nurses are the true experts in their field. They will have worked in the specialty area in a variety of roles ensuring that they have all round knowledge, skills and expertise in their field. They spend their time influencing clinical practice by expert delivery, influence and engagement with users of their service.
Senior Staff Nurse
The senior staff nurses and midwifes are qualified healthcare professionals who work in a variety of settings in the community and in hospitals. Nurses and midwifes at all levels are relied upon to listen to patients, recognise their needs and respond in a way that puts the individual first. The role supports the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse to lead their respective nursing teams in their clinical practice to provide safe, quality, patient focused care to patients, and to lead the timely assessment of patient needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and treatment.
The staff nurses and midwifes are qualified healthcare professionals who work in a variety of settings in the community and in hospitals. Nurses and midwifes at all levels are relied upon to listen to patients, recognise their needs and respond in a way that puts the individual first. A combination of people skills and initiative is essential for the hands on care that nurses and midwifes are required to provide.
Healthcare assistants (HCAs) and maternity support worker (MSW) in hospital or community settings under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. The role can be varied depending upon the healthcare setting. Some of the types of duties that you will see HCA’s MSW s performing are washing and dressing, serving patients meals and assisting with feeding when necessary, helping people to mobilise, toileting, bed making, generally assisting with patients’ overall comfort, monitoring patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight. Senior HCAs/MSWs wear red epaluettes.
Worcester University Student Nurse/Midwife
Student nurses/midwives are on a structured training programme affiliated with a university. Student nurses/midwives are completing a course in adult nursing, children’s nursing or midwifery. The course lasts for three years if they are studying full time. Once they have completed their studies they will then qualify to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (known as the NMC) and will be allowed to work as a registered nurse / midwife. Around half of the students training are carried out at university and half in the clinical environment.