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Band 5 staff nurse

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and enthusiastic nurse to join a new Nursing Team at Bedford Hospital. We are looking for a reliable, motivated and enthusiastic Staff nurse to join Richard Wells Ward.

A proven record and evidence of CPD would be an advantage.

The applicant will have energy, commitment and the desire to develop as a surgical nurse. The role involves clinical input ensuring that high quality standards are set out and to maintain a high standard of holistic, quality care within a multi-disciplinary setting.

The applicant will be expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills along with the ability to sensitively manage change.

The individual will also need to provide evidence of continuous professional development.

Main duties of the job

Act as a professional role model to junior staff and demonstrate leadership qualities.

Work with the ward manager and nursing team to develop and promote best nursing practice. Work as part of the ward team to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care in line with best practice.

Maintain accurate and clear documentation of all nursing care and communication with the multidisciplinary team.

Communicate with patients and relatives in a sensitive manner, providing information regarding care and progress as required.

Liaise with the multidisciplinary team to ensure clinical care is optimised from admission to discharge.

About us

Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos Every Patient Matters.

Because of our unique position, Bedford has a great community spirit and working environment and can provide a great platform for you to continue to grow as a professional. We are also very passionate about furthering your potential by creating different pathways, whether that being further education and supporting you on your MSc, through to providing varied experience via Rotation or even a specialist provision, the choice is yours!

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder is responsible for direct clinical care for individual patients and groups of patients within their area of work. This includes the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care from admission to discharge.

The post holder is expected to take charge of a ward, following an agreed development period and also be responsible for staff and resources in the absence of the ward manager or deputy. The post holder is expected to supervise junior staff and be able to teach qualified and unqualified staff, including pre and post registration students.

The post holder will be required to work in rotation in all ward areas within the division of surgery and anaesthetics for clinical development or service needs. This includes allocation to the admission and discharge facility. The post holder will be required to work shifts throughout the 24hour period

Person Specification



  • oRegistered Nurse (NMC Registration)


  • oDiploma or Degree level education
  • oSurgical Continued Professional Development
  • Practice Supervisor or Assessor or equivalent



  • oDemonstrate some knowledge of surgical treatments


  • Previous experience in a surgical ward setting

Knowledge and Skills


  • oExcellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • oDemonstrates an awareness of organisational and clinical issues from admission to discharge
  • oBasic IT skills- use of PiMs, MS Word, Outlook
  • oDemonstrate an understanding of clinical governance and risk management


  • oAwareness of and ability to effectively manage clinical resources

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

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Kempston Road


MK42 9DJ

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