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Senior Staff Nurse - Same Day Emergency Care Unit

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023
An exciting fixed term opportunity (6 months) has arisen to join the Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) team at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. SDEC recently expanded its service and is now open from 08:00-22:00 Monday-Friday and 10:00-22:00 on weekends. We are conveniently located in close proximity to A& E and emergency x-ray on the 3rd level of the BRI.

SDEC is the provision of same day care for emergency patients who might otherwise be admitted to hospital. Our service is based on rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment, ensuring patients receive a high level of care and are discharged home whenever safe to do so. We receive patients from a variety of pathways, including A& E, GP practices and direct referrals from the ambulance service.

As a B6 Senior Staff Nurse, the successful applicant will have opportunities to develop their leadership and clinical assessment skills, acting as Nurse in Charge and coordinating a small team. You will triage and assess patients with undifferentiated medical complaints, ensuring patients receive timely investigations and a high standard of care.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic nurse with a broad knowledge of medical/emergency nursing to work in an ambulatory setting. Nurses will work closely with doctors, ACPs, Physicians Associates, Clinical Site Managers and Health Care Support Workers. As a B6 senior staff nurse you will need to be proactive and show initiative, demonstrating excellent leadership and clinical skills to assess, investigate and treat patients. You will work many of your shifts as the Nurse In Charge, coordinating the care of patients, accepting referrals and managing the nursing team. Excellent communication skills are therefore essential. Experience of triage is also desirable.

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, main responsibilities, and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Current NMC Registration


  • Further education in patient assessment or similar
  • Intermediate Life Support Course or equivalent
  • Recognised teaching/mentoring qualification

Skills and Abilities


  • Evidence of recent relevant continuous professional development.
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise care to ensure high standards are maintained
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to identify problems and act appropriately to maintain an efficient service


  • Ability to direct, supervise and lead more junior staff
  • Competence in advanced skills such as cannulation
  • To take the lead on specialist areas of care
  • Evidence of the application of national strategies in clinical practice

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant Emergency/Acute Care experience in an Acute hospital setting
  • Demonstrate evidence of taking charge
  • Experience of undertaking patient assessment/triage


  • Ability to take the lead on innovative practice
  • Experience of teaching/mentoring/support staff

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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