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Adult Surgical Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
6 Oct 2023
This is a dedicated short stay surgical ward, supporting our other specialist surgical wards and assisting with timely and safe discharges for our patients. This ward is a crucial part of the recovery plan for elective surgery to enable the trust to reduce waiting list for elective surgery.

We offer plenty of support to our new staff, in terms of training, guidance and mentorship from nursing colleagues and the whole multi-disciplinary team. This is a great place to develop your clinical examination and pain management skills, problem solving ability, discharge planning, and shift co-ordination experience.

Main duties of the job

  • In partnership with other professionals and disciplines, develop measurable patient care plans/goals. The process should include assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care from admission to timely transfer or discharge.
  • Take charge of the clinical needs of a group of defined patients on the ward /department prioritising workload according to changing clinical need over a 24 period.
  • Take charge of the clinical needs of a group of defined patients on the ward /department prioritising workload according to changing clinical need over a 24 period
  • Work towards regularly taking charge of the ward/department on occasion prioritising workload according to changing clinical need over a 24 period.
  • Delegate tasks and activities to a range of team members in relation to patient care (for example when taking charge or as link nurse)
  • Ensure nursing documentation is maintained, accurate and timely in line with the Trust standard To demonstrate awareness and compliance with Trust policies, procedures, guidelines and standards. To work towards promoting this to others. Promote and maintain a safe environment for patient: Administer medicines in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Promote a clean environment and the prevention of hospital acquired infection

This is an inpatient ward and our staff are expected to work a range of shifts across the whole week, including nights, long days and weekends.

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

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

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • RGN.1st Level
  • Current NMC Registration


  • Training Qualification or equivalent experience
  • Relevant post registration course



  • Supportive
  • Respectful
  • Collaborative
  • Innovative

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of caring for sick patients in a variety of settings - this could be as a student
  • Previous experience of speciality
  • Experience of taking charge

Skills and Abilities


  • General good health, Able to work on feet for long periods. Aware that the role can be stressful and emotional at times
  • Flexible working practices to meet needs of the service
  • Recognition of own limits
  • A team player
  • Self-motivated
  • Awareness of audit & research
  • Able to manage difficult situations
  • Able to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to develop teaching skills
  • Interpersonal skills - Calm - Supportive - Motivated - Professional
  • Ability to take the lead, initiate and ensure appropriate action in response to the deteriorating patient
  • Basic IT skills (e.g. Microsoft packages)
  • Competency in medication administration including IV drug administration or willingness to undergo training
  • Ability to develop own clinical skills and a willingness to participate in continuing professional development
  • Ability to solve problems and use initiative
  • Good basic level of English language demonstrated through effective written and verbal communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Marlborough Street



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