Registered Nurse (Shand Stroke Unit)

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year PA
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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The ward consists of 32 beds and is led by approachable Ward Manager supported by four Ward Sisters. The ward is mixed speciality ward with two Consultants specialising in Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation (20 beds) and Acute Medicine (12 Beds).

The care delivered is of a very high standard and the whole team work closely to ensure all patient experience is positive, which includes .

Although we have a very strong learning and development function, we appreciate you will need to have acquired some skills and experience from your career you will require in order for your time with us to be a real success.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the sister/charge nurse at the Shand Stroke Unit in the management and delivery of patient centred care to patients admitted to the unit. The role incorporates assessing needs, developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of care, supporting and facilitating appropriate rehabilitation opportunities, safe discharges and promoting patient independence.

The role will:

Support the senior sister/charge nurse to ensure that the unit to maintaining a safe and effective service at all times.

Communicate and work well within a multidisciplinary team.

Deliver person centre care to meet the assessed needs of patients and significant others.

Willingness to expand your Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation knowledge and best practice initiatives.

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 familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main responsibilitiesTo use skills and knowledge to contribute to the assessment, implementation and evaluation of patient care.

To use skills and knowledge to identify subtle changes in condition and to take appropriate clinical actions, including informing the multi-disciplinary team including medical cover of any concerns.

To ensure care is delivered in a safe and effective manner and as far as is practicable is based on an evidence of good practice.

To be familiar and efficient with emergency procedures pertaining to community inpatient settings.

To handover work to the multi-disciplinary team, in an efficient manner, prioritising workload effectively and using appropriate and agreed tools.

Taking blood samples

Recording observations

Medication administration

Wound care management Risk assessments Safeguarding alerts

Education and training of junior staff o Involvement in rehabilitation programs

To maintain up to date knowledge of services which are appropriate to the overall well-being of the patient and to act as liaison between agencies as required.

To assist in the preparation of high quality written reports and any other written documentation as necessary to support this patient group.

Person Specification



  • Experience within the health care environment


  • Experience in a medical and/or stroke/neurological setting



  • Registered Nurse or equivalent


  • Recognised training in caring for patients after stroke
  • Evidence of continued professional development

Knowledge & Personal Skills


  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrate an ability to prioritise own workloads and to work on a stressful environment
  • Enthusiastic and self-aware

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Shand Ward Bedford Hospital

Kempston Road


MK42 9DJ

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