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Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity to develop on a specialist gastro/hepatology ward with an experienced team.

To work according to the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Professional Conduct and relevant professional guidelines to provide a high standard of patient care using a flexible patient centred care approach.

To provide an expert level of professional practice within nursing (speciality), and to be responsible for the management of a nursing team, providing advice, information and support. To actively support the sister/charge nurse, assisting in the safe, effective and efficient management of the ward/department and deputising in their absence.

To assume responsibility for undertaking tasks delegated by the sister/charge nurse including mentoring roles, auditing and clinical governance. To promote a ward/department environment that is conducive to learning, supporting and participating in the supervision/teaching of the more junior and/or new staff, both nursing and other members of the multidisciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

  • Act as a clinical expert providing specialist knowledge and advice to both nurses and junior medical staff working within the unit. Act as a resource to other areas within the Trust as required.
  • Work towards safe and timely discharge plans and ensure barriers to discharge are identified and acted on in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • To be proactive in supporting the nursing team and acting as a positive role model always promoting best clinical and professional practice.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and leadership skills. Be actively involved in recruitment and staff development reviews
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate evidence based, individualised patient care. Carry out planned care for a group of patients without direct supervision.
  • Manage patient care according to agreed policies and protocols, taking appropriate action, seeking advice from other members of the multi-disciplinary team as necessary. This will include identification of risk (clinical, health, safety and security)
  • Recognising & treating deteriorating patients in a timely manner is essential to the role.
  • Closely monitor patients' status, ensuring all relevant observations/patient assessment criteria are accurately recorded and interpreted to ensure appropriate and timely corrective action is taken in accordance with current protocols, e.g. sepsis.
  • Ensure that nursing procedures are performed in accordance with UHBW NHS Foundation Trust policies and local standard operating procedure

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • RGN.1st Level or relevant children's qualification
  • Current NMC Registration
  • 1st Degree in nursing or health related subject or working towards
  • Relevant accredited post registration qualification at level 3
  • Qualification in Teaching, assessing and Mentoring
  • Willingness to work towards Masters level academic study

Knowledge and Experience


  • Appropriate post registration experience in nursing and speciality
  • Appropriate proven leadership and management experience
  • Proven commitment and experience, evidence in teaching


  • Experience of undertaking research or audit projects
  • Evidence of commitment to research based practice or evidence of project work undertaken
  • Experience as preceptor / mentor

Skills and Abilities


  • Organisation and management skills
  • Teaching
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Flexibility, adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Ability to perform clinical activities specific to speciality
  • Competency in medication administration including intravenous medication
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to manage difficult situations
  • Able to influence other team members
  • Act as a role model and as a mentor/assessor
  • Innovative and participates with practice and policy change
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities to self and others
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high quality nursing care
  • Awareness of current national changes in nursing / NHS
  • General good health, Able to work on feet for long periods. Aware that the role can be stressful and emotional at times

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Ward A900, Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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