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Adult Staff Nurse - Pre Operative Assessment A606

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa OR pa pro rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023
Are you an experienced nurse after a better work/life balance?

Are you looking to develop excellent clinical assessment skills?

The nursing team in Pre-Op (A606) support patients and their families, through their hospital journey.

We are a close and supportive department making sure our focus is on both the patient's wellbeing as well as each other's.

We work alongside numerous Multi-Disciplinary Teams to provide pre and post-surgical care to both patients, and their families. We ensure our patients are well informed of their planned surgery, answering questions and making sure concerns are addressed appropriately.

We are close, supportive and welcoming department, and ensure that we focus on both, the patient's wellbeing and needs, as well as each other's.

We encourage informal visits for you to meet the team and have a look around. Please join us on our open afternoon on Thursday 28th September , to find out more details on our website:POD open day - University Hospitals Bristol and Weston (

Recent surgical ward or theatre experience would be an advantage, however, should you be newly qualified or hold acute nursing experience, full training is provided and you will be fully supported throughout your time in our department.

Please note - this vacancy is not suitable for Nurses that need to complete their OSCE exam.

Hours - full-time hours across 4 days
  • 7am - 5pm
  • 8am - 6pm

Main duties of the job

You will develop evidence based and patient centred assessment skills, to ensure our patients are fit for surgery. The role is crucial in preventing and minimizing procedure related complications and helping to avoid same day cancellations of surgery.

Day to day, you will carry out patient assessment and medical history to ensure that patient's preoperative care needs, both physically and emotional are met. Your role will require you to assess our patients' fitness for complex and minor surgeries, as well as admitting and preparing patients for theatre on the day of admission.

You will work with a wide variety of healthcare professionals across the Trust such as: Consultants, Anaesthetic Teams, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Prehabilitation Team, Enhanced Recovery Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialist and ENT Nurse Practitioners, making this the optimum opportunity to network and connect across UHBW!

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

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care and Pre-Operative patient care, and plan for safe and timely discharge following surgery.
  • Following training, to practice advanced nursing skills, for example: History taking, Physical Assessment, Diagnostic reasoning, Venepuncture, Cannulation, understanding ECGs. Utilise patient group directives (Medication) as required.
  • Communicate effectively and maintain confidentiality with patient carers and the multi-disciplinary team. Give written and verbal advice/teaching to patients and carers.
  • Provide accurate timely contemporary records of care and treatment in line with UBHT record keeping policy and NMC.
  • Work within Trust Nursing policies and procedures and professional boundaries undertake all appropriate aspects of Nursing Care required including specific relevant clinical skills gained following appropriate training instruction.
  • Promote and maintain a safe environment for patients: Administer medicines in accordance with Trust policy. Promote a clean environment and the prevention of hospital acquired infections.
  • Respond positively and act promptly to resolve problems/issues for patients/carers, utilising complaints procedures and PALs where appropriate.
  • Assist with the smooth running of the clinical area by carrying out other duties such as unpacking stores, tidying and cleaning up equipment.

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

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Broad knowledge and experience of clinical surgical nursing practice within a hospital environment
  • Interest in the clinical area


  • Experience of taking charge
  • Experience of teaching

Qualifications and Training


  • RN (NMC registered)
  • Current NMC registration


  • Work towards relevant university accredited post basic study programmes
  • Physical Assessment and History Taking post grad module and or experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrate competence in clinical skills relevant to the clinical area
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, able to communicate effectively with patients, carers and MDT
  • Computer skills
  • Competence in calculations for safe administration of medicines
  • Ability to take the lead, initiate and ensure appropriate action in response to the deteriorating patient
  • Clinical decision making ability
  • Teaching/supervisory skills
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Act in a professional manner
  • Self-motivated
  • A team player
  • Recognition of own limits
  • Flexible working practices for 24 hour service
  • Awareness of audit and research
  • General good health, Able to work on feet for long periods. Aware that the role can be stressful and emotional at times

Public Sector Language Competency


  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin St



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