Staff Nurse - Trauma & Orthopaedics

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Cross Site
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Trauma nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We would like you to come and join our exciting, vibrant world of Trauma & Orthopaedics at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. We are dedicated to delivering the very best in patient-centred care. We are also committed to providing the highest level of professional development for our multi-disciplinary, multicultural, dynamic workforce and dedicated, skilled nurses. All our wards are vibrant, friendly, modern, forward-thinking departments that promote evidence-based, high standards of patient care, treating our patients with dignity and respect. With the support of our Practice Development Team we are always looking for new initiatives to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Tunbridge Wells Hospital is a trauma centre, and part of South East London, Kent & Medway Major (SELKaM) Trauma Network. SELKaM has been rated the best performing trauma network in the country.

We have interesting and exciting opportunities for new talent and experienced nurses to step forward and apply for our Staff Nurse positions, where you will be welcomed by friendly and supportive teams as you begin or develop your career.

Main duties of the job

Our Specialities include:
  • Maidstone Orthopaedic Unit - Maidstone Hospital
  • Ward 30 - Tunbridge Wells Hospital
  • Ward 31 - Tunbridge Wells Hospital

So, what makes us special?......

Maidstone Orthopaedic Unit (MOU) - MOU is an Elective Orthopaedic Unit within Maidstone Hospital that currently has 12 beds. We are a self-sufficient unit with our own theatre that operates Monday - Saturday. We care for patients who are undergoing a range of orthopaedic procedures, but specialise in primary joint replacement. We are a small and dedicated team that are very proud of the care and service we offer patients. Our aim is to ensure that we treat our patients with dignity and respect.

Ward 30 - Ward 30 is based at Tunbridge Wells Hospital and is a 30 bedded Elective & Trauma Orthopaedic ward specialising in joint replacement surgery. We also receive patients with fractures from the Emergency Department the Fracture Clinic. All our patients at Tunbridge Wells Hospital have single rooms with an en-suite bathroom.

Ward 31 - Ward 31 is also based at Tunbridge Wells Hospital and has 30 beds. Ward 31 is a trauma ward providing care to patients who have experienced trauma requiring emergency surgery, e.g. patients with a fractured neck of femur, complicated dislocations, and neck and spinal injuries.

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

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)

We are passionate in supporting our staff to develop and have great opportunities for career progression. We take equality and diversity seriously and seek to empower all diverse groups within our trust. We seek to develop a culture where diversity in all its forms is celebrated. We are committed to ensuring that women are empowered to work at all levels of management and that working patterns are as flexible as possible giving all members of staff opportunity to flourish in using their skills for our patients. We work across our trust to enable those who consider themselves to have a disability both visible and invisible to have access to all they need to thrive in their work environment. We work hard to embed an inclusive and accepting culture for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary staff. We have 78 nationalities working in our trust and we are proud of this. We are active in embracing the ethnic and cultural diversity in our trust. We work to empower people with any protected characteristic to have opportunities to work in an environment that helps them to contribute to the best of their ability, recognising and valuing the unique contributions each of us brings for best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to supporting the delivery of the Equality Act with zero tolerance for any discrimination, harassment or victimisation of applicants and staff with these protected characteristics. MTW also has active Disability, LGBT+ and Cultural Ethnic Minorities Networks to bring staff together and in act positive change!

We would encourage all employees working for the NHS that you keep yourself protected against COVID-19. Please follow the link below to find out more information and to book your COVID-19 vaccine today

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Interview Date: Thursday 10th November 2022

Person Specification



  • First level registered nurse registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council


  • Evidence of further education since qualification
  • Mentorship/Preceptorship course (or equivalent)
  • Advanced life support provider



  • Thorough and up-to-date knowledge of nursing theory and best practice at the level of a newly qualified nurse.
  • Understanding of equality and diversity and how to apply it to self.
  • Understanding of NMC Code and requirements of it for own practice and behaviour.
  • Insight and understanding of current issues in nursing and the NHS
  • Acute Surgical Nursing experience


  • Experience at Band 5 level or equivalent in an acute setting
  • Proficient clinician and clinical role model
  • Understanding of audit and benchmarking processes
  • Acute Orthopaedic Nursing experience



  • Evident commitment to high standards of patient-centred care
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of own accountability, responsible and reliable
  • Utilises a problem-solving approach to work
  • Good communication skills


  • Commitment to teaching others
  • IT/Keyboard skills

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