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Nurse Practitioner, Minor Injuries Unit - Fixed Term Maternity Cover

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023
We are looking to recruit a Nurse Practitioner to support out Minor Injuries Team in delivering a high quality service to patients.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

  • Having undertaken additional approved training and assessment as part of the role, the post holder will work autonomously as a Band 6 Practitioner within agreed Trust guidelines and local policies and protocols for the best outcome of nursing care. In excess of 35,000 patients with classified minor injuries per annum attend UHP UTC & MIUs per annum.
  • To assist in the development and implementation of Directorate policy and nursing strategy and Band 6 Practitioner competencies
  • To act as an expert resource and facilitator to educate and train other healthcare professionals as required.
  • Will contribute positively to the development of the service process under the leadership and guidance of the UTCs Lead Practitioner and MIU Modern Matron.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission.

We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, s diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Practice
  • Works as a competent practitioner, utilising specialist knowledge and decision-making skills to demonstrate clinical skills, to promote clinical excellence and ensure an optimum standard of nursing care is delivered from admission to discharge in a timely manner
  • To carry out highly developed medical procedures such as suturing wounds, manipulation of minor bone dislocations and application of Plaster of Paris as part of treatment that includes management of children and vulnerable adults.
  • To promote, maintain and monitor the best possible standards of care within the resources available, commensurate with Trust and Department policies and within the framework of their governing bodys Professional Code of Conduct and the emergency nurse practitioner competency framework.
  • To administer medicines under Patient Group Directives as appropriate.
  • To request and interpret appropriate radiographs/laboratory tests as required as part of ongoing patient care.
  • Identifies and manages child protection issues and raises awareness with medical and nursing staff.
  • Identifies and manages issues related to mental health and vulnerable adults, raising awareness with medical, AHP and nursing staff.
  • Work in areas subjected to frequent highly unpleasant conditions such as odours/body fluids and patients showing aggression.
  • Liaises with appropriate agencies and members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure care in managed for at risk patients on leaving the emergency department and/or hospital.
  • To undertake the use of moderate physical effort in controlled restraint of patients undergoing procedures with learning disabilities, the manoeuvring of patients in confined spaces and patients presenting with decreased level of consciousness due to trauma, drugs, alcohol.
  • To work closely with members of the multi-disciplinary team both within the department and beyond to ensure care is delivered to the patient both effectively and efficiently.
  • To independently refer patients to other professionals such as clinical specialities, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
  • To update other staff appropriately on clinical conditions of patients and maintain accurate documentation and computer records for patients in the department and on discharge.
  • Provide written, as well as verbal specialist advice in relation to the care of patients on discharge home from the emergency department.
  • To provide health promotion advice to patients and their families/carers to support the maintenance of their health and well-being.
  • To act as a mentor and resource for more junior colleagues, supporting and assisting them to provide care of the highest quality.
  • To supervise the maintenance of accurate, legally acceptable records, both in written format and on the departmental computer system in accordance with governance policies.
  • To ensure patient confidentiality is maintained in accordance with the Data Protection Act and governance policies.


    Establish and maintain effective communication with the following:
  • Patients and their families/carers
  • The Modern Matron
  • MIU Lead Practitioners
  • Clinical Lead
  • UHP ED Duty Consultant
  • Directorate managers and Service Line Lead
  • Chief Nurse
  • Director of Operations and Site management team.
  • All grades of hospital staff
  • Support Staff (clerical, porters, domestic)
  • External agencies (police, prison service, social services etc)

  • OTHER:

    Leadership and Management
  • Assist Modern Matron and UTC/MIU Lead Practitioners in the development and review of emergency nurse practitioner competencies.
  • Assist in the orientation, training and development of trainee emergency nurse practitioners to include clinical supervision, ensuring that identified training needs are conveyed to the Modern Matron and MIU Lead Practitioner.
  • Contributes to the planning and development of the service.
  • Coordinates patient journey across divisions and organisational boundaries
  • Works in close collaboration with Consultants and Modern Matron and across organisational boundaries to ensure the service is responsive to the needs of patients.
  • In conjunction with Modern Matron, participates in the review of vacancies and appoint staff in line with current practice, ensuring appropriate grades of staff are appointed and taking into account financial constraints.
  • Manage staff leave/absence and any disciplinary/grievance issues that may arise in line with Trust policy.
  • Ensure safe and secure custody and administration of drugs and monitor the maintenance and safe use of equipment.
  • Support and enhance the continual quality initiative programme ensuring a quality first approach to all aspects of work within the ward.
  • To promote a professional, safe, and happy environment conducive to high patient and staff morale, achieved through robust leadership, personal example, and direct involvement in the activities of the department.
  • To have a working knowledge of the major incident plan with the ability to implement and activate when necessary.

  • Professional development and educational role
  • Assists in developing in-house specialist educational and training programmes
  • Provides clinical supervision, support and mentorship to other staff as required
  • Recognises junior colleagues development requirements and provides an environment in which knowledge and skills can be developed in a supportive way without compromising the safety and care of patients.
  • Develop a learning environment, which meets the needs of the pre and post registration students and staff members, working within the area of emergency care.
  • Assist in training health and non-health care professionals in related speciality.
  • Maintain own personal continuous professional development - to meet targets identified by personal development review in order to maintain professional and current emergency nursing knowledge.
  • On a shift basis undertakes workforce planning to facilitate time for training and development.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current advances and changes in clinical practice and initiate change accordingly.

  • Research and Audit
  • Initiates and contributes to clinical audit and research to ensure development of knowledge within specialist field of practice
  • Undertakes evidence-based practice and ensures dissemination of relevant research and best practice.

  • Person Specification

    Knowledge & Experience


    • Demonstrable experience in minor injuries.
    • Proven knowledge of nursing and emergency care issues, NHS reforms and NSF's.


    • Proven evidence of experience/competency in form of professional portfolio



    • Current qualification with their Professional Governing Body.
    • Degree/evidence of relevant experience.


    • Teaching and management qualification

    Aptitude & Attitude


    • Communication skills, written and verbal, with ability to demonstrate fluency, clarity and effectiveness at all levels.
    • Demonstrable teaching and mentoring skills.


    • Good organisation skills, management and team building skills.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    UTC Cumberland Centre

    Damerel Close


    PL1 4JZ

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