Band 5 Staff Nurse - High Dependency Unit / PACU

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
21 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We care for a fascinating and diverse cohort of medical and surgical patients including hepatology, infectious disease, cardiac, rheumatology and we are a specialist surgical centre for Hepatobiliary, Vascular and Renal surgery.

The Royal Free Hospital is looking to recruit highly motivated band 5 staff nurses to join our Critical Care Team on a new 8 bedded High Dependency Unit (HDU) and PACU, post anaesthetic care unit, which is an 8 bedded area at the Royal Free Hospital. The HDU will admit adult surgical patients from a variety of specialities including hepato-biliary, vascular and colorectal.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop and consolidate your Acute Care skills with the support of an experienced senior team. Critical Care has a team of designated Clinical Practice Educators who support the learning and development needs of all staff, providing them with the essential knowledge and skills to work within this department.

Successful candidates will undertake our clear development pathway leading to career opportunities within the HDU and critical care, which involves the current development of an in-house, accredited HDU course.

We support flexible working.

Main duties of the job

The main duties for this role are described in detail in the job description and person specification document, that is attached to this vacancy. Please ensure to read through to further your understanding of the role.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A&E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities


To be responsible for the unsupervised assessment of patient care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of plans of care, ensuring high standards of evidence based care using a defined model of care.

To undertake all nursing procedures in accordance with Trust policies and ensure that these procedures and policies are understood and adhered to by all staff, within own management responsibility.

To communicate with patients and significant others with empathy and reassurance regarding, assessment, care and treatment.

To maintain accurate and comprehensive nursing records using appropriate documentation.

To facilitate early discharge planning enabling appropriate arrangements to be in place for patients leaving hospital, making referrals and providing information to community services, as required, in order to achieve a safe and timely discharge from hospital.

Ensure safe custody and administration of drugs according to The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust policy and procedures, including intravenous medication where appropriate.

Supervise junior staff, or unqualified staff, in all aspects of care. Ensure that staff has the knowledge, skills and resources to carry out care delegated to them.

To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to promote good communication and a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.

To participate in the audit of the principles of the Essence of Care benchmarking process, and implement the action plans as required.

To ensure that the departmental co-ordinators are updated with clinical developments.

Implement safe working practices as required by the Health & Safety at Work Act.

To work with Lead and Senior Nurses, Bed Managers, Admissions and Infection Control to ensure optimal bed utilisation.

Person Specification

Royal Free Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & qualifications


  • 1st Level Registration



  • 1st level registration
  • Acute Nursing experience
  • Six months acute ward experience after qualifying

Skills and aptitudes


  • Manage total patient care with support
  • Team work and personal skills
  • Ability to recognize/handle stress

Personal Qualities & attribute


  • Approachable
  • Behave in a professional manner at all times
  • Be a team player
  • Supportive to all the members of the team



  • To act as an effective role model
  • Evidence of recent self-development

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