At DaVita UK, we provide dialysis care for over 2,000 patients across 26 clinics in the UK. We’re part of DaVita International who are focused on transforming care and improve quality of life for people receiving dialysis treatment globally. We are an independent nurse-led provider working in partnership with the NHS to deliver the highest level of care in state-of-the-art clinics with the most technologically advanced equipment.
The role of the Associate Practitioner is to assist and support the registered dialysis nurse practitioner in ensuring optimal care for patients on dialysis and to provide care within agreed competencies under the supervision of the registered nurse.
- Prepare the patient for dialysis treatment.
- Monitor and record patient vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature), identifying and reporting abnormalities promptly.
- Prepare and programme the dialysis machine as per the dialysis prescription for haemodialysis (HD) or haemodiafiltration (HDF).
- Connect the patient to the dialysis machine and commence treatment as prescribed.
- Obtain blood samples via dialysis access or blood glucose.
- Monitor the patient throughout treatment, recognising and reporting changes promptly to a registered nurse.
- Administer saline/online fluid bolus (appropriate to treatment type) as per patient needs and under the supervision of a registered nurse.
- Discontinue dialysis including wash back and removal of needles as per vascular access competency assessment pack.
- Promptly report any concerns regarding the patient’s treatment or changes in the patient’s condition, behaviour or appearance to registered nurse and recognise sepsis.
- Document all actions and interventions clearly, accurately and comprehensively in the patient records.
- Follow evidence-based infection control practice and procedures.
- Support and help motivate the team to consistently deliver high quality, safe and compassionate care alongside optimal patient, carer and staff experience.
- Always act a manner that promotes a positive image of DaVita.
- Communicate and support patients and their carers in understanding their care and treatment, identifying potentially difficult and challenging situations and seeking appropriate and timely advice as required.
- Liaise and communicate effectively with a range of people on a range of matters within the multidisciplinary team. Effectively use different methods of communication to support the delivery of care.
- Competently assess capacity and gain valid informed consent, and understand the legal framework with patients who lack capacity and might be vulnerable.
- NVQ level 3 qualification (healthcare specific) or NVQ level 3 equivalent, or a foundation degree in nursing, or overseas qualified nurses.
- Experience working in a haemodialysis unit, with knowledge and experience of caring for renal/dialysis patients (desired, not essential).
- Basic computer skills (desired, not essential).
What We Offer
- Competitive salary based on experience
- Day shifts only
- Monday to Saturday working pattern
- Flexible timings
- Flexible contracts
- Full training
- 35 days’ paid leave per annum, including bank holidays
Job Type: Full time
Salary: £24,336.00 to £26,372.00 per year, depending on experience