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Lead Ward Registered Veterinary Nurse London Vet Specialists Chancellor's Rd, London W6 9RS, UK

Practice Type: Referral Centre
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Min Offered: £ 40,000 per year GBP
RCVS Fees Assoc. Subs Funded CPD Discount for own pets Enhanced Paid Sick Leave Pension
Posted on: 21 Jun 2024

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Lead Wards Registered Veterinary Nurse 

REPORTING TO: Head of Nursing Services

START DATE: Summer/Autumn 2024 

SALARY: £36,000-40,000 DOE 


London Vet Specialists are recruiting for an enthusiastic Registered Veterinary Nurse with experience in a referral hospital wards to join the team as a Lead Wards RVN in our new hospital in Hammersmith in Summer/Autumn 2024. It’s an exciting opportunity to join LVS as your input will help create and shape our new multidisciplinary hospital.  


Company Profile 

London Vet Specialists originated as a boutique small animal referral centre in Belsize Park and in May 2024, relocated to a new state-of-the-art site in Hammersmith, West London. The hospital boasts an incredible location on the banks of the river Thames and nestled within the bustling and thriving Hammersmith & Fulham neighbourhood. We now have a complete compliment of specialist-led services, including soft-tissue surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, anaesthesia, cardiology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, neurology, orthopaedic surgery & emergency and critical care.

Linnaeus is a forward-thinking partnership of highly respected primary care and referral veterinary practices across the UK and Ireland, comprising some of the best clinicians in the profession. Linnaeus invest in quality practices who put patient care at the heart of everything they do. Together we provide a growing community of like-minded veterinary professionals who are passionate about what they do. 


Role Overview 

The Lead Wards RVN will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Head of Nursing Services (HoNS), Lead Nurses, Clinical Director and Clinicians across the hospital to ensure the efficient delivery of outstanding patient care within the wards, ICU & OOH (night) services. You will work enthusiastically with the nursing team to help maintain a happy and efficient working environment. This role requires strong, decisive, clear communication and the ability to inspire and motivate the team in order to deliver the Linnaeus nursing strategy and achieve the hospital’s goals.

Your work will remain primarily clinical, providing wards nursing and care for inpatients across all specialist disciplines at LVS; including regular monitoring, phlebotomy, nutritional management, fluid therapy, feeding tube, central line, urinary catheter & drain maintenance & care, assisting with diagnostic procedures, emergency nursing & intensive care. The Lead Wards role will also oversee hospitalisation records in the SmartFlow system to ensure our inpatients are appropriately managed. As a focused role, we recognise and appreciate your area of special interest & expertise and so your work will be scheduled and prioritised within the wards area; though may be required to help in another area within the capabilities of an RVN on occasion.

Your leadership responsibilities will include providing line management and training to team members, conducting performance reviews, SOP development and coordination for all relevant personnel working within your team.

As this role provides leadership to our night nursing team, the rota pattern will consist of a variety of shifts to ensure crossover with your team. A fully twilight rota pattern could be considered if to the preference of the candidate, where shift times can be discussed. This position will also share patient flow responsibilities to schedule and coordinate case throughput across all departments of the hospital alongside the other lead nurses.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Provision of a high and sustainable quality of patient care by you and your team, primarily within the wards & ICU

  • Provide leadership to those working within the wards & night teams. 

  • Demonstrate an excellent work ethic and capability in all nursing duties, including a high level of hygiene and the ability to recognise and undertake relevant actions with regards to infection control.  

  • Maximise efficiency for the wards to prevent delay in procedures and cases through the hospital, including sharing patient flow responsibilities across all services such as scheduling of diagnostics, liaising with anaesthesia, theatre and imaging use and adapt as required.     

  • Oversee and support all inpatient care and the implementation of nursing care plans. 

  • Ensure equipment is appropriately maintained and serviced. 

  • Ensure effective communication is maintained within the wards & night teams.  

  • Work with the Lead Nurseand HoNS where required to help develop a skills matrix for nursing requirements within the wards.

  • As a cat-friendly clinic, you will support the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) cat-friendly standards across the hospital. 

  • As a dog-friendly clinic, you will support the Dogs Trust and British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA) dog-friendly standards across the hospital. 

  • Use VetSafe reporting to reflect on incidents or near misses where patient care can be improved and encourage its use within your team.

  • Seek opportunities to maintain competence in other areas of nursing to ensure a strong level of general nursing capabilities are still achieved. Where suitable take part in role swaps to preserve this competence. 


  • 5 weeks Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays

  • Additional Birthday Leave 

  • RCVS & VDS Fees Paid 

  • Enhanced Sickness Pay

  • Enhanced Equal Family Leave

  • Life Assurance 

  • Employer Contribution Pension Scheme

  • External CPD Funded

  • Extensive Free Online Linnaeus CPD Program

  • Career Progression Opportunities

  • Generous Staff Social Calendar 

  • Employee Assistance Program 

  • Eyecare Voucher Scheme 

  • Free Annual Flu Jab

  • Cycle-to-Work Scheme

At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available for everyone.

If you would like to apply for this role, please click the Apply Button or for more information, please feel free to reach out directly to our Referral Nursing Talent Acquisition Business Partner – Becca Thompson at

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