Staff Nurse - Preoperative Assessment

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently direct hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses.

The Preoperative Assessment Department at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) manages clinics for the elective surgical patient and from multiple specialities covering planned admissions to the PRH in Haywards Heath, the Royal Sussex County in Brighton and the Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre (which is GIRFT accredited) in the grounds of the PRH. You will be based in the PRH.

This is a dynamic, nurse-led department where the staff nurses role is to provide high-quality care through a comprehensive, individualised assessment of the elective surgical patient. Initiate and follow through investigations and referrals to other health care professionals according to agreed protocols.Commence necessary planning for perioperative care and maintain close liaisons with staff concerned with planning and scheduling patient admissions.

The department provides an excellent opportunity to develop skills and knowledge across a variety of specialities with support from unregistered members of staff.We are proud to offer an in-house training programme to develop physical assessment skills. We positively encourage professional development.

(Please note we are not theatre-based).

Main duties of the job

Establish and develop effective communication verbally and via formal documentation and electronic sources with:
  • All disciplines of staff including - schedulers, surgeons, anaesthetists, patients and relatives.
  • Have the ability to provide and receive complex and sensitive information.
  • Communicate with senior colleagues regarding changes in circumstances, which may affect safe practice.
  • Ensure that accurate records and information systems are maintained.
  • To competently receive sensitive information concerning patient's medical condition and provide information using persuasive, reassuring skills as required, where barriers exist e.g. bereavement / special needs / learning disabilities / where English is not the first language.
  • Be aware of the legal implications of accurate record keeping.
  • Adhere to the NMC code of professional conduct with regard to patient confidentiality and data protection.
  • Work in partnership with patient/ family and colleagues to develop and maintain effective working relationships within the clinical area.
  • To influence and prioritise the development of knowledge, ideas and work practice in self and others
  • To encourage others to seek advice and solutions.

About us

Join us at UHSussex , every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ability to concentrate and focus on tasks, managing unforeseen interruptions as they arise.
  • Ability to use initiative and determine what action(s) required.
  • Support and assist the POA team in case-managing preop patients by liaising/trouble shooting with multiple departments to ensure relevant results and letters are available.
  • Ensure own compliance and compliance of others with regard to mandatory training and professional development requirements.
  • Using judgment and diagnostic skills involving a complex range of facts or situations, which require analysis, or comparison of a range of options.
  • To ensure a high standard of care provision by initiating and supporting the POA team in liaising with all disciplines such as the G.P, with regards to abnormal results and optimising.
  • Initiate diagnostic procedures and interpret results within their sphere of practice. (E.g. - physical assessment skills, ECG diagnostics, phlebotomy and blood result interpretation).
  • Work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals for the benefit of patient care. I.e. theatre admission staff and schedulers.
  • Ensure that clinical practice accurately reflects unit and Trust policies.
  • Have an interest in Pre-Op Assessment. Provide advice /support to junior colleagues.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered
  • Substantial post registration
  • Previous Surgical or theatre experience
  • Superb communication skills written and spoken English
  • Evidence of recent CPD


  • Preoperative Assessment experience
  • Practice Assessor or teaching qualification
  • Venepuncture skills
  • Personable
  • ECG

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Princess Royal Hospital

Lewes Road

Haywards Heath

RH16 4EX

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