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Staff Nurse - Short Stay Surgery Unit

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

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Due to a reconfiguration of services as part of the Trusts restart program an opportunity has arisen to work within our Short stay Surgical Unit at Maidstone Hospital

We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic nurses who want to be part of a large highly skilled multi-disciplinary team delivering a high standard of care. You must be flexible, approachable, compassionate, motivated, and hardworking and be able to use your own initiative whilst also having the ability to work under pressure. Post-registration experience in a surgical /acute setting is desirable.

Main duties of the job

The short stay surgical unit working alongside our surgical admissions lounge is a, fast turnover unit providing care to patients undergoing day surgery , covering all specialities: ENT, Orthopaedics, gynae and general surgery

You will be responsible for coordinating patient care on the wards, completing thorough nursing assessments, patient feedback surveys, participating in audits, supervising Trainee Apprentices, Trainee CSW's, and students and acting as a role model; as well as supporting the ward manager with length of stay and delivering and improving the quality of care on the wards. You will be working closely with a large multidisciplinary team; good communication skills are essential to ensure the patient's journey from admission to discharge is smooth and efficient.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ over 6,500 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: TBC

Person Specification



  • First level registered nurse registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council


  • Evidence of further education since qualification.
  • Mentorship Qualification

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Knowledge of role of Band 5 registered nurse.
  • Proficient clinical practice.


  • Previous experience of working in surgical or orthopaedic setting.



  • Ability to reflect on practice, accept criticism and act constructively
  • Effective organisational skills
  • Ability to reflect on practice, accept criticism and act constructively


  • Understanding of audit and benchmarking process

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