Staff Nurse

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Acute Assessment Unit at Bedford Hospital for a band 5 staff nurse to join our ever-expanding team.

Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) is responsible for creating flow for patients from ED through AAU to the base wards. On the patients journey they will arrive to AAU from ED for further assessment/ investigations/ treatment. AAU care for a whole variety of patients from various specialities including, Medical, Surgical, Gastro, Gymae, Otho, Neuro, Mental Health and more.

Nurses on AAU work within a team to deliver our patients a high standard quality of care. AAU has 30 beds and has a very high turnover, requiring nurses to be on the ball, alert, organised and able to prioritise their workload.

We are a friendly bunch to work with and we are always looking to improve and better our service. We would welcome all applicants for a tour of the ward if required to learn a little more about the services we provide.

Main duties of the job

We are inviting applications for Band 5 qualified nurses who are experienced nurses or newly qualified/due, to qualify in the coming months, who are seeking to expand their knowledge and skills within the Acute Medicine Specialty. As a member of one of our teams, you will work as an integral member of the multidisciplinary teams and be continually supported in your professional development.

Candidates will need to be able to demonstrate a passion for Acute Medicine.

You will need to be an excellent communicator, organizer, creative thinker, problem solver, team player and be willing to deal with complex and difficult situations and competing demands.

The role will involve the assessment, co-ordination, and effective management of patient care.

Our Clinical Educator in the Acute Medicine Service Line will also support you. Education and further professional development are encouraged within the team. We will also facilitate the necessary clinical and professional skills/competencies for you to meet the needs of the role. In addition, pastoral support will be provided to ensure your ongoing development as a registered nurse.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assess, plan and evaluate patient care.

Work within a team and be a role model.

Have excellent communication skills both with patients and members of the MDT.

Deliver all requirements as per NMC Code and work within the limitations of your role.

Be able to escalate concerns to senior staff.

Be open and enthusiastic about ongoing development and learning opportunities.

Be able to delegate tasks to other members of the team where appropriate.

Care for patients with a holistic approach that is person specific.

Maintain excellent medications management.

Clear and thorough documentation skills, both in the nursing notes and care plans/ assessments.

Person Specification



  • Current NMC registration
  • Evidence of professional development
  • Basic life support up to date


  • Mspp (willing to undertake)
  • Venepuncture and Cannulation
  • Male and female Cauterisation



  • Knowledge of patient conditions from different specialities
  • Evidence of good clinical Skills
  • Ability to work within a team and work effectively with others
  • Demonstrates understanding of the importance of audit/quality
  • Knowledge appraisal process



  • Demonstrates sound knowledge of infection control standards
  • Aware of national nursing agendas
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • To work well within the multidisciplinary team
  • Understand the requirement to safeguard adults and children

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