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Staff Nurse - Band 5 - Emergency Department

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, A&E nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for experienced Band 5 Staff Nurse to join the Emergency Department, to support a wide range of shifts.

WSH Emergency department have recently undertaken a major expansion project and we now have our own Majors Assessment Area. This together with a Rapid Assessment Area means we can ensure we meet all our patients needs and ensure optimised service delivery. It doesnt stop here! We have a dedicated and enthusiastic ED work force that includes Acute Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) and Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) who can see, treat and discharge their own patients, assisting the medical ED team in delivering excellent care.

The post holder will prioritise, assess, plan, evaluate and deliver all relevant aspects of care to an agreed and expected high standard. Work closely with the multi-disciplinary team and contribute to the clinical governance process. Act as a mentor/preceptor to junior staff, with specific responsibility for pre-registration students. Participate fully in a structured competency based programmes, as required while working in all areas of the Emergency Department.

Following a CQC inspection in 2019, our Emergency Department received an overall rating of Good. We are passionate supporters of our nursing team at every grade, but recognise the unique skills and experience that our Band 6 staff bring to the team. As our ideal candidate you must have a strong desire to deliver high quality ED nursing care as part of a motivated team.

Main duties of the job

What will be your main responsibilities? The role will involve, but not be limited to you performing the following:

Take overall responsibility for a number of patients and safe effective management of the clinical area on a shift-by-shift basis as delegated by the Ward Senior Sister/Charge Nurse.

On a shift-by-shift basis, be responsible for the delivery clinical expertise in all aspects of patient care in the relevant clinical setting

Ensure that patient documentation is accurate and defensible in accordance with Trust and NMC policies, disseminating all relevant changes in the patients condition to the MDT

Undertake, perform and assess enhanced skills within the clinical area, to improve the patient experience and journey (i.e. venepuncture, cannulation, etc)

Be competent in the correct use of all equipment used in the clinical setting in accordance with instructions and department procedures, reporting any faults as necessary.

Be actively involved in all aspects of admission and discharge process

Act as a support to the Senior Sister/ Charge Nurse and deputise when necessary to ensure continuity of the delivery of a high standard of care.

Perform nurse led pre-assessment for client group as part of the multi skilled practitioner role within the department.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

Were a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and childrens ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description for full detail.

Staff Nurses are responsible for the delivery of care and the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of individual programmes of care. They are expected to take delegated responsibility in a given shift for a group of patients. With experience, they may be expected to take charge of the department in the absence of the Sister/Charge Nurse or Floor coordinator. Staff Nurses need to be aware of the required Government Targets and their contribution to achieving these.

Person Specification

Skills and Abilities


  • IT skills
  • IV drug administration
  • Cannulation
  • Venepuncture
  • Ability to mentor
  • Ability to assist in creating a good learning environment
  • Identify and escalate to senior staff member if a patient is deteriorating.



  • Research aware
  • Awareness of current political/professional and operational issues


  • Previous acute experience within the NHS
  • Previous mentorship experience
  • Experience in audit/research activities



  • NMC Registration
  • BLS
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development


  • ALS / PILS
  • ILS
  • Triage training

Personal Qualities


  • Willingness to share knowledge
  • Team player
  • Communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Calm under pressure
  • Committed to delivering a high-quality service
  • Ability to show empathy and compassion to patients and relatives
  • Flexible approach to working hours to meet the needs of the service
  • Time management skills

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospitals Nhs Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St. Edmunds


IP33 2QZ

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