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Band 6 Sister/Charge Nurse - Enhanced Recovery (Secondment/Fixed Term)

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per anum
Closing date
3 Oct 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Obstetrics and Gynae Directorate for an enthusiastic Band 6 nurse to join our successful Enhanced Recovery After Surgery(ERAS) team.

The role of an ERAS nurse is to help develop and improve perioperative care using evidenced based practice. The main aim is to reduce the risk of surgical complications which in turn helps to reduce complications and length of stay(LOS)

The successful candidate will help implement the programme into obstetrics and further support the ongoing programme in gynae.

This requires close working relationships with relevant health care professional.

Recent or current experience within the midwifery/gynae or surgical directorate would be beneficial. If you have knowledge and understanding of the ERAS principles. and an interest in education of both patients and staff, the ability to be able to work on your own, however also part of a team this could be the role for you.

Please speak to your Line Manager if you are applying for a secondment and visit your Trust's Secondment Policy. This role is being offered as an 12 month fixed term or secondment.

Main duties of the job

To implement the ERAS programme into obstetrics for elective caesarean sections

See patients pre op to manage patients expectations

New mums on the ward helping them to achieve their safe discharge criteria

Joining on ward rounds

Teaching relevant health care professional (HCP)on the principles of the programme

Support discharged patients , follow up phone calls answering any questions to help reduce the risk of readmission

Collecting relevant data ,and analysing

Basic computer skills

,Use of excel spreadsheets, training can be given for the right candidate.

Presentations ,posters and abstracts making this a very varied role

MDT meetings including use of a voice recorder to prepare the minutes

We have a great team who will support you in this exciting role.

We actively encourage you to come see for yourself, so informal visits are welcome.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Being heavily involved with ERAS multi disciplinary meetings(MDT)

Cross covering other specialties as required when needed.

You will work autonomously however also as part of the wider team . . This position allows for a more one to one approach with patient centred, holistic care encouraging structured pro active post op recovery.

Please see detailed Job Description and Person Specification attached for further information.

Person Specification



  • Registered with the nursing and midwifery council(NMC)
  • Proven track record of supervising and teaching health care professionals


  • Recognised post registration teaching qualification



  • Experience in a clinical area at band 5 or equivalent.


  • Experience of working in an obstetric environment



  • Knowledge of Enhanced Recovery Programmes
  • Good clinical knowledge and skills in a surgical environment.


  • Experience in assisting and implementing guidelines ,protocols and pathways

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton and Dunstable

Lewsey Road



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