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Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Nov 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 Major Trauma Ward (8AEast) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital are excited to offer the opportunity to apply for a Band 5 Staff Nurse post at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Our patients have sustained multiple complex injuries from road traffic collisions, falls from a height, accidents at work and home, sports injuries and sometimes injuries as a result of violence and self harm. Our specialist care includes spinal injuries, complex orthopaedic and plastics injuries, skin grafts and complex wound care. Chest traumas, including multiple rib fractures and chest drains for lung injuries and patients requiring complex pain management.

We are a friendly 22 bedded, mixed sex ward. A busy ward catering for a variety of complex injuries ranging from major lacerations to complex road traffic trauma patients offering nurses a chance to develop skills in high dependency nursing. We offer an excellent experience in basic nursing care, specialist trauma skills, rehabilitation and complex discharge planning.

Main duties of the job

A kind and compassionate manner, with an interest in providing an excellent standard of care are essential.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, caring nurse with recent acute experience or newly qualified to join our team. We are a very supportive team and can offer a structured Orientation Programme and are happy to give you help and guidance to develop. There are a variety of study days and specialist courses held within the Trust and with Brighton & Sussex University to support your learning.

University Hospitals Sussex is transforming so its is an exciting time to join us. We are a highly progressive, teaching hospital and regional centre for a wide variety of specialist services. The Trust's strategic ambitions, include a �420m redevelopment and transformation of the Trust's estate, the Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary (3T) Care infrastructure and introduction of our new Helipad. We are situated in the city of Brighton and Hove located on the South Coast with the beach moments from the hospital and the South Downs National Park to the North, an area of outstanding natural beauty, with superb links to London and Gatwick just 50 minutes away.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, 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

  • Develop an understanding of all elements of the nursing process and be able to assist the registered nurse in the on-going assessment, planning, management and evaluation of care.
  • Support individuals with all aspects of care including daily living, providing person-centred care and promoting health and independence through awareness raising and care navigation to other professionals as appropriate.
  • Perform and record clinical observations as per NEWS2 and Trust policy and escalating as appropriate
  • Administer oral medications safely and in a timely manner following successful completion of the medications administration competency (excluding controlled drugs)
  • Undertake clinical tasks including venepuncture, cannulation,, ECGs, NG feeding, Collar care, Pin site care, Traction care etc.
  • Accurately record nutritional and fluid intake
  • Ensure the privacy and dignity and safety of individuals is maintained at all times
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognise changing priorities. Seeking advice from the registered nurse or other registered care professional as appropriate
  • Report back and share information with the registered nurses on the condition, behaviour, activity and response of individuals
  • Recognise issues relating to safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and report any problems or concerns to the appropriate registers care professionals
  • Assist in the assessment of and contribute to the management of risk across several areas within the environment where care is being administered.
  • Assist in the implementation of appropriate action to meet the specific physical, emotional, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs of individuals and carers
  • Assist in the delivery of complex care as prescribed by the registered nurse
  • Develop an understanding of caring for individuals with particular conditions specific to your area of practice.
  • Develop skills in relation to coaching / teaching and delegating to individuals / carers / other staff
  • Assist in the implementation and monitoring of clinical standards and outcomes
  • Develop a working knowledge of other providers resources and referral systems to ensure individuals needs are met
  • Engage in reflective practice including management of self and reflection on own reactions, asking questions and reflecting on answers given
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of principles of consent and ensure valid consent is obtained prior to undertaking nursing and care procedures
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act / Deprivation of Liberties and applies principles to everyday practice seeking advice / guidance from the registered nurse or registered care professional
  • Ensure the safe custody of patients valuables and property

  • For full details, please see the attached Job Description.

    Person Specification

    shortlisting criteria


    • Registered General Nurse
    • Acute Nursing Experience


    • Pain management training (PCA/epidural)
    • Wound Care Management
    • Surgical Experience

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


    Royal Sussex County Hospital

    Eastern Road


    BN2 5BE

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