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Senior Staff Nurse

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Staff Nurse - Same Day Medical Assessment

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse to join the Same Day Medical Assessment Unit. The unit continues to develop, expanding and extending its working to provide same day emergency care treatment for patients alongside rapid assessment also for those patients presenting with medical conditions who may require admission to hospital.

We are looking for a senior nurse who can lead, motivate and enthuse the team to deliver high quality care in what can be a very busy environment.

It is desirable that the post holder has experience in the setting of Same Day Medical assessment or similar unit. The post holder must have a good understanding of the dynamics of team work as they will be expected to work closely with multidisciplinary personnel across both areas of the Unit. The post holder must be able to demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills, leadership, enthusiasm and the ability to learn and develop new skills.

The post holder will be required to cover seven days a week therefore, applicants will need to be flexible with shift patterns. This is a full time role, part time hours would be considered.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical leadership to a designated nursing team and ensure the provision of high quality nursing care to patients and carers.

To act as a role model and expert clinical practitioner.

To assist in the safe, effective and efficient management of the department within allocated resources.

To promote a progressive attitude to the continual improvement of patient care through research and evidence based practice.

The Senior Staff Nurse will have delegated responsibility for running the unit in the absence of the manager.

About us

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is the biggest provider of healthcare services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Our three main sites are Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro, St Michael's Hospital Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital Penzance, our staff and services are available across the region.

The Trust employs 5,000+ staff, has a budget of �380 million and 750 beds. We work with health and social care organisations -including NHS Kernow and NHS England- to ensure local healthcare needs are met. We provide acute medical, surgical and specialist services to around 500,000- which can increase significantly during busy holiday periods.

The Trust has teaching hospitals status as part of the University of Exeter Medical School. Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we continually develop clinical services and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care offered locally.

We can offer you a rewarding career in a supportive working environment. We have extensive educational links to help you realise your full potential and develop skills to provide outstanding healthcare to the local community.

Enjoy an outstanding quality of life in a place that offers surfing beaches and fishing harbours to beautiful countryside and historic towns. With clean air, plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and excellent schools, colleges and universities (including adult education) it is the ideal place for families and for you to develop your own career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide the highest standard of nursing care.

To plan, assess, implement and evaluate programmes of care for individualpatients and to supervise other staff in this activity.

To ensure an ongoing welcoming, caring and safe environment is provided for the patient and their carers.

To act as an advocate for the patient and family, providing them with information and support and directing them to the relevant support services where appropriate.

To start planning discharges from admission, liaising with the multidisciplinary team, other departments and community services as necessary.

To develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide holistic, evidence based nursing care. This includes expanded role responsibilities, following appropriate training.

To be competent in the administration of medication. Hold the intravenous drug givers certificate.

To ensure clinical practice is evidence based or peer reviewed best practice.

To work as an autonomous (or willing to undertake training) within agreed protocols and guidelines. To assess patients and order appropriate investigations (including requesting x- rays), diagnose and treat within departmental guidelines and discharge those patients who are appropriate to be seen by a nurse practitioner without reference to a doctor.

Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways. Please talk to us at interview about any flexible working arrangements you would prefer or require. While we may not be able to fully accommodate all requests, such requests will not be referenced during the interview scoring process, and we will fully consider and try to accommodate them for successful applicants.

Person Specification



  • Registered General Nurse


  • Assessing & Mentoring qualification
  • ILS, ALS



  • Post-registration experience


  • Previous ward management experience
  • Previous experience in the relevant specialty

Knowledge and Skills


  • Understanding of professional and current issues in nursing
  • Understanding of the importance of research and evidence based practice
  • Cannulation and venepuncture
  • Ability to work well both in a team and on own initiative


  • Awareness of cultural needs
  • Basic knowledge of computer skills and IT systems

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust



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