Band 5 Nurse - Trauma and Orthopedics

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Trauma nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen on our Surgical Trauma and Orthopedic ward for a caring, compassionate Band 5 Nurse who is dynamic, innovative and motivated.

Do you like to be challenged, provide quality care, and work within a dedicated Multi-disciplinary team? Then Trauma and Orthopedics at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is the place for you

You will be responsible for delivering quality nursing care that supports our department to provide a quality service that responds to the needs of our Trauma and orthopedic patients. We offer a pathway for efficient, safe and effective management of patients with a fractured neck of femur, and work with a variety of different trauma cases. We have a full multidisciplinary approach to our care with ward-based physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and daily multi-disciplinary team meeting.

you will gain experience in caring for many aspects within the specialty, and completion of our local competency-based training programme, which focuses on aspects of orthopedic nursing care, including pain management, orthopedic emergencies and the management of the acutely ill patient.

If you are interested in applying for these posts and feel that you possess the relevant qualities and skills to complement our existing team and improve services for patients we look forward to hearing from you. Candidates considering applying are strongly advised to arrange an informal visit with the Ward Manager.

Main duties of the job

  • To promote and deliver patient centred care aligned with the Trust vision and Nursing and Midwifery strategy.
  • To take a lead role in the absence of the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse/Deputy Sister.
  • To deliver all aspects of care and may be required to demonstrate procedures and supervise qualified and/or unqualified staff.
  • Responsible for the patient's clinical journey along agreed patient care pathways, supported by evidence based practice.
  • To provide the highest standard of safe, effective and compassionate care through the effective use of evidence based practice in line with agreed local and national standards and the NMC Code.
  • To support a continuously improving service, in line with the clinical governance framework, Trust objectives, and the NHS performance framework.
  • To provide clinical advice and support to the nursing and multi -professional team to facilitate the effective delivery of care to patients at all times.
  • To continually develop professionally to ensure the post holder has the appropriate level of skill, knowledge and competence to meet service/specialty requirements.
  • To participate in Preceptorship/ mentorship and development programmes.

About us

Based in the North East of England we provide a range of hospital and community health services from our leading facilities, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blaydon urgent care centre and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead.

Established in 2005, we were one of the first foundation trusts in the country and since then have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for patients.

We now employ around 4,800 staff and currently provide 444 hospital beds across the Gateshead region.

Our values should be the 'golden thread' which runs through everything we do - they are the core of who we are. Our five values can easily be remembered by the simple acronymICORE Innovation, Care, Openness, Respect, Engagement.

We have a number of staff networks including the BAME network, D-Ability network, LGBTQ+ Network and the Women's Network, to challenge us and help us to constantly improve. Our armed forces network is one of our emerging networks.

The health and wellbeing of our staff is one of our highest priorities, and we offer a range of support and initiatives as part of our 'Balance' programme to cater for our diverse workforce, so that your individual needs can be supported, allowing you a happy and healthy working experience with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Participate with senior nursing staff to support in practice service developments, audit and benchmarking against agreed standards.
  • Have a vision for the area/service and be able to work collaboratively with others and implement the vision in practice
  • To participate in Clinical Supervision.
  • To promote and support an environment through a multi-disciplinary approach and facilitate the development of staff.

To participate actively in all aspects of SafeCare.
  • Applies effective communication/leadership skills in clinical practice with a caring and compassionate attitude at all times.
  • Establishes and maintains effective communication with individuals, the wider nursing team, and other health professional regarding patients conditions, care planning and treatments.
  • Be part of the nursing team to ensure effective communication with patients relatives and carers, explaining medical conditions, progress and investigations taking into consideration level of understanding, culture and background.
  • Develop and maintain effective channels of communication within the team, engaging, staff at all levels.
  • Actively manages barriers to communication across all areas of responsibility to ensure positives outcomes.
  • Effectively responds to dealing with difficult and/or complex communication situations e.g. breaking bad news, dealing with concerns and complaints and appropriate escalation where further support is required.
  • Actively participate in professional groups and forums within, and where appropriate external to the organisation eg recruitment open events/ nurse conference.
  • Produces accurate and complete records of communication consistent with legislation policies and procedures.
  • Communicates regularly and effectively with the senior nurse team regarding all aspects of clinical care and service delivery, including environmental issues.

Communicates with a range of stakeholders and key links e.g. nursing and medical colleagues, ward sisters, matrons, allied health professionals and voluntary organisations. Across primary and secondary care, professional and technical support staff, PPF, Social Services, Facilities, Administrative and Technical staff
  • Analyse and make clinical decisions based on clinical information through detailed Nursing assessment and evaluation.
  • Ensure that patient care is planned and delivered to meet individual patient need
  • Make clinical judgements involving a range of facts and situations which require analysis or comparison of a range of options.
  • Respond to situations and plan short and longer tem adjustments to own workload and that of the team to ensure safe delivery of care.
  • Respond to information gained from audit and research in area of practice to implement change where necessary to ensure best practice.
  • Take an active in role risk assessment, ensuring incidents and accidents are reported as per Trust policy and that appropriate risk management structures are in place.
  • In the absence of the senior nurse team ensure safe staffing and skill mix within the ward/dept is adhered to i:e efficient and safe rostering.
  • Support the senior nurse team with the planning and implementation of audits to meet the needs of reviews, service development and improvements in specialist area of practice.
  • Deliver clinical care which may involve a range of expertise in physical skills e.g. IV cannulation and phlebotomy, drug administration, manual handling, delivery of personal care, recording and interpreting vital signs,
  • Competence in the use of all medical devices.
  • Competent in the use of specialist equipment relevant to the role e.g non-invasive ventilation equipment,
  • Accurate IT skills required for e-mail, report writing, presentation and use of end user software such as SMART, Medway.
  • Contribute to the provision of individual patient care by personal participation in order to maintain skills as health care professional and provide an effective role model for the nursing and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills through nursing practice of the highest standard in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct and registration, and local and national policies and guidance.
  • Act as patients advocate in all matters relating to his or her care, treatment and welfare acknowledging and incorporating cultural preferences, health beliefs and behaviours.
  • Facilitate an environment where health promotion and informed patient choice is encouraged and developed to its maximum potential within the available resources.
  • Be part of a team that evaluates clinical practice within the area by monitoring standards of care and ensuring that nursing practice is evidence based and audited regularly in order to provide a continually improving service in accordance with the clinical governance agenda.
  • Promote and maintain a culture where staff actively contribute to the clinical governance agenda.
  • Ensure accurate clinical records are kept in line with current NMC guidelines on records and record keeping and Trust Policies
  • Respond to enquiries from relatives, carers, deal with concerns, formal complaints, including PALS concerns, and actively problem solve to improve the patients experience, escalating to seniors where further support is required.
  • Be pro-active in risk assessment and clinical incident reporting and participate in root cause analysis where required,
  • Constantly promote the importance of the patient experience within the team, and actively seek the views of patients and carers in the process of evaluating and developing care delivery on the ward/dept.

Person Specification



  • Degree / Diploma in Adult Nursing
  • NMC registration


  • excellent communication skills
  • experience in Trauma and orthopaedic/surgery

personal qualities


  • team working skills
  • compassionate

Employer details

Employer name

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Ward 14a

Queen Elizabeth Hospital



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