Staff Nurse

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for a dynamic member of staff to join our team, who is enthusiastic to take on a very demanding but satisfying roll in colorectal nursing. Duties will include medication, wound dressing, care of the patients with PCA and Epidurals, nutrition including parental nutrition, post operative care of the patient, supporting Junior staff and students.

The ward also caters for ENT and Ophthalmology patients and a wide range of skills will be gained.

For more information or to have a guided tour of the ward please contact Nicola Lennon on or 01793 606280

Main duties of the job

Meldon ward is a 39 bedded general surgery ward primarily caring for patients who have bowel surgery, we also look after ENT patients, ophthalmology Patients and short stay general surgery patients. The team has an excellent team work ethic; providing an excellent learning environment for students.

The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of high quality care to a defined patient group either within the acute hospital or community based setting.

They are responsible for the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of evidence based individualised patient care within the boundaries of their role.

The post holder will contribute to the continuing development of standards of care including developments of nursing standards and monitoring of outcomes.

The post holder will be expected to continue with their own professional development.

About us

We will expect your values and behaviours to reflect the STAR Values of the organisation:
  • Service - We will put our patients first
  • Teamwork - We will work together
  • Ambition - We will aspire to provide the best service
  • Respect - We will act with integrity

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Plan, deliver and evaluate compassionate nursing care to meet the patients individualised needs.2. Ensure the highest standards of care and safety are maintained.3. To support the nurse in charge with the day to day planning, the delivery of a high quality nursing service and the continuous improvement of that service.4. To ensure effective communication is achieved and maintained of sensitive information, with regard to the patient assessments and clinical details.5. To act as a role model, ensuring high quality, professional standards are maintained and delivered at all times.6. To document observations, assessments, results, decisions and actions. Effectively in patients notes and communicate these effectively to appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team and as appropriate, to carers.7. Provide legible and comprehensive patient records to agreed Trust and NMC standards and guidelines8. To develop and maintain effective communication links with all levels of staff within the Trust and external agencies.9. To participate in the audit cycle of clinical practices and procedures including infection prevention & control initiatives.10. Assist in the monitoring and protecting of groups and individuals whose health and well-being may be at risk e.g. vulnerable adults.11. Promote and maintain the dignity and privacy of patients at all times.12. To participate and contribute appropriately in research, service modernisation, clinical governance and National Service Frameworks.13. To be responsible for developing and sustaining own knowledge, clinical skills and professional awareness in accordance with re-evaluation requirements and to maintain a professional portfolio with evidence of reflective practice.14. Actively encourage service users & carers for feedback and work with the outpatient team to develop action plans to address issues.15. To promote best practice and monitor support workers practice.16. To assist in the orientation and support of new staff and students to the unit, working together as a team.17. To act as a role model and promote the Trusts STAR values.18. The Staff Nurse will assist in the provision of support to patients and staff in the delivery of individual nursing care in accordance with the Trust policies and procedures.19. Promote and maintain a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for the patients, carers, relatives, visitors and staff.20. Assist in the implementation and delivery of the Trust Carers strategy.21. Actively participate in the delivery of nurse led clinical interventions.22. Participate in the delivery of speciality patient health assessment programme and pre-operative investigations as per agreed protocols.23. Listen and respond appropriately to consumer feedback in conjunction with Patient Advice Liaison Services (PALS).24. Participate in effectively managing complaints as per Trust policy.25. The Staff Nurse will participate in the efficient and effective use of resources to ensure the quality and cost effectiveness of service provision.26. Assist the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse in effective budget management.27. Participate in the appropriate staffing of the clinical area in accordance with agreed staffing model.28. Maintain knowledge of current best practice guidelines and research.29. Ensure own compliance with mandatory training and re-validation requirements.30. Maintain active status on NMC Register.31. Act in accordance with NMC Code of Conduct and guiding documents.32. Maintain a professional portfolio.33. Ensure that the correct methods of moving / manual handling of patients and equipment is utilised.34. Ability to deal with distressed patients / clients on a regular basis.

Person Specification



  • First Level Registered Nurse
  • Current/live registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Diploma/Degree qualification
  • Teaching/Assessor Qualification e.g. ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Qualification or experience in teaching and assessing
  • Leadership qualification



  • Recent experience nursing patients in an acute / community setting or recently completed a Return to Nursing course
  • Able to demonstrate effective consolidation of nursing knowledge and practice after qualification and Preceptorship
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Experience within a range of patient/client care groups



  • Excellent written and verbal communication. ? I.T. Literate. ? Ability to document details clearly and accurately. ? Good interpersonal skills and is able to deal with difficult/sensitive situations. ? Ability to prioritise and organise own workload. ? Willingness to undertake training and assessment for further clinical skills. ? Able to undertake audits


  • An understanding of the structure for the delivery for Community and social care services

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