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Head Nurse in Inpatient Care

Due to ongoing expansion and increased case load we are looking to recruit an RVN with experience of nursing management to lead our Inpatient Care nursing team. You will work collaboratively with our other discipline Head Nurses in addition to our Head of Nursing Services to deliver exceptional and compassionate service to our patients and their owners.

Our brilliant team of talented multidisciplinary nurses work closely with our specialists, residents and interns in our mission to deliver the best small animal referral care in the North West. We are a true multidisciplinary referral hospital with departments in orthopaedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, neurology, internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging.

Each of the clinical disciplines is staffed to European Diplomate or RCVS Specialist standards. The hospital is well equipped and provides excellent inpatient facilities with qualified RVNs and veterinary interns on-site 24/7. Imaging includes computed radiography, fluoroscopy (with digital subtraction and road-mapping), ultrasonography and on-site MRI and CT.

As a market leader in small animal referral care we offer a supportive and friendly working environment with a network of like-minded and highly skilled professionals.

We are committed to investing in our people as well as our facilities and so offer an excellent package and benefits including:

  • a competitive salary
  • holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays and birthday leave
  • professional memberships paid
  • Annual personal CPD allowance of £500 and 2 days study
  • Opportunities to complete further advanced qualifications

If you would like to join our happy, professional team and share our passion for delivering outstanding nursing and care, then we would love to hear from you.

For informal enquires or applications please email

Please include your CV and a brief covering letter with your application

We are always happy to discuss flexible and part time working options, and are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Closing Date: Friday 10th September


Job Title:

Head Nurse of In-Patient Care


Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Reports to:

Head of Nursing Services

Job Purpose:

To organise and manage the IPC nursing team, and to provide operational support as part of a Head Nurse team in the running of the hospital to ensure an efficient and professional service. Assist the clinicians in their clinical duties and ensure that the hospital operates efficiently and that high standards of clinical care are maintained.

This role will combine clinical and non-clinical work and in addition to the accountabilities below the holder will be confident in the nursing of complex cases and have the ability to multitask to provide constantly exceptional standards of in-patient care.

Key Accountabilities – Technical

• Ensure that a high standard of nursing care is maintained in the Wards, and throughout the hospital.
• Allocate nurses throughout the Wards and facilitate the efficient operation of all departments in working closely with the Head Nurse team and Head of Nursing Services
• Manage, support, and coach the nursing team so that each individual nurse is able to strive towards achieving their full potential.
• Maintain the highest professional and ethical standards.
• Working closely with clinicians and the administration support team to maximise the efficiency of the hospital.
• Work collaboratively with the Learning & Development Lead to actively support the nursing teams in achieving the individualised targets detailed in their development plans.
• Actively participate in governance strategies including the maintenance of appropriate SOP’s / policy in your discipline

Requirements for the Role


Skills and Knowledge:



  • Experience working in a multi discipline referral hospital or Tier 2 hospital (PPS)
  • Currently registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a qualified veterinary nurse
  • Experience of successfully managing and leading teams within busy wards environment
  • Comfortable using Microsoft IT packages


  • Sound knowledge of structured professional development for practice colleagues
  • Experienced clinical coach
  • Advanced nursing qualification

Personal Attributes:

  • Self-motivated and dynamic individual
  • Enjoys the challenge of building the performance of the Wards teams
  • A team player
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Flexible
  • Enthusiastic, positive and determined
  • Authentic and straight forward
  • Articulate and confident
  • Flexibility to meet the changing needs of a growing and dynamic organisation

This job description reflects the overall scope and responsibilities of the role. However it is not an exhaustive list and the jobholder is expected to undertake any other reasonable duties that might be requested. All jobs change or evolve over time in order to meet business or local needs and this job description will therefore be subject to periodic review and change if required.