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Bank Staff Nurse - Community Hospitals

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Various across Somerset
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

Job Details

Are you looking for a new challenge, additional hours or simply need more flexibility to manage your work life balance?

At Somerset NHS Foundation Trust we have exciting bank opportunities available across our various Community Hospital sites.

We are committed to delivering the safest possible patient care and the best possible experience for patients. We are looking for compassionate, enthusiastic and caring nurses, who are reliable and flexible, to join our bank team working across our community hospitals in Somerset. If you enjoy a challenge and are passionate about nursing, this is the role for you.

We welcome applications from all aspects of society, however we particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities, LGBT+ community and younger people who are under-represented in Somerset.

*Please note, you must have completed your preceptorship to be considered for this role. If you are currently employed by our trust get in touch with for more information on how to join our Bank Team. Please do not reapply if you have submitted an application in the last three months*

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality patient care and participate in the assessing, planning, implementation and evaluation of the care needs for the patient group.
  • To demonstrate Trust values whilst deliver safe and compassionate person centered care, treating patients, service users and their family with consideration and respect.
  • To provide relevant forms of care with minimal supervision and participate in the supervision, teaching and assessment of junior staff and students.
  • The post holder will be required to work flexibly and in other areas of the Trust to meet service needs.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

We offer a form of weekly pay via Wagestream. Bank Pay is an easy way to automatically get paid a percentage of the money you've already earned from any bank shifts completed the previous week. It means you don't have to wait until the end of the month for your bank shift pay, giving you more flexibility.

Don't worry - the remaining portion of your pay is set aside to make sure your tax contributions are paid in full and if your tax contributions amount to less than the money set aside you'll receive it all back at the end of each month.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Hospital Matron/Manager
  • Patients and Carers
  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Temporary Staffing Team
  • External contactsKEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • The post holder will be responsible for the assessment of patient care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment plans whilst working alongside other professionals within the multidisciplinary team. High quality care and effective communication will be maintained throughout.
  • This role will require the nurse to practice autonomously and make decisions under their own initiative using past professional judgment and drawing on their clinical expertise.

  • Practice in line with the NMCs Code at all times.
  • Deliver safe and compassionate patient centred care being responsible for the assessment, reassessment, implementation and evaluation of this care.
  • To be responsible and accountable for ensuring care plans are amended as patients care needs dictate and evaluated on a daily basis and when clinical need demands.
  • Ensure clinical skills remain up to date and evidence based recognising and escalating learning needs and seeking training when required.
  • Administer prescribed medicines and treatment in a timely manner in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Maintain accurate clinical observations and records, interpret the significance of these and action or escalate as appropriate.
  • Make decisions, following discussion with appropriate staff members with regard to the clinical intervention required, based on the analysis and interpretation of complex clinical facts on a daily basis and in crisis situations.
  • Be aware of what mandatory training is required for role and ensure mandatory training remains up to date.
  • Carry out and document all relevant assessments in a timely manner.
  • To ensure that patients are treated with dignity and respect.
  • To access and implement as necessary all Trust policies/protocols and guidelines.
  • To support and assist in audits / monitoring / collecting data / transferring data to other sources in collaboration with the ward manager & matron. To maintain Quality Assurance initiatives by playing an active role with self checks on equipment and attending annual training sessions.
  • To work in partnership with Multi-disciplinary team ensuring effective communication is maintained.
  • Share and cascade learnt knowledge to others where appropriate and support the development of other staff members.
  • Work safely and autonomously. To delegate where appropriate, prioritise, make decisions and communicate effectively with all levels of staff.

  • Continue to relevant projects in relation to the development of the Trusts business plan and organisational objectives as required.
  • Comply with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust policies and procedures where exercising the duties of the role.
  • Undertake any necessary skills training, professional updates/continuing professional development and mandatory training as appropriate to the post, in agreement with line manager.

  • The post will involve a combination of sitting, standing and walking. There will be frequent contact with bodily fluids when carrying out interventions and treatments.

Person Specification




Qualifications and Training

Registered Nurse.

Relevant degree or equivalent qualification.

Appropriately registered with the NMC as per post requirements.

Teaching /Assessor qualification.

Knowledge & Experience

Recent clinical experience in area relevant to role.

Experience post qualification.

Evidence of continuing professional development.

Recent rehabilitation experience.

Skills and Abilities

Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

Ability to communicate empathetically with patients, relatives and/or carers when discussing or explaining clinical conditions and potentially distressing and sensitive information.

Ability to role model/demonstrate leadership skills.

Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities for staff and patients.

Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner.

Able to take instruction and direction and work effectively as part of a team.

Demonstrates high standards of written communication skills with the ability to use email and internet.

Able to work flexibly.

Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients, carers and relatives (as appropriate) remaining sensitive and empathetic.

Listens to others views respecting and valuing individual needs.

Professional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members.

Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities.

Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner.

Able to take instruction and direction and work effectively as part of a team.

Ability to record and retrieve information on paper/electronic records as appropriate.

High standards of written communication skills with the ability to use email and internet.

Personal Qualities

Compassionate - Open minded, treats colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect.

Intuitive and caring nature.

Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients.

Ability to inspire hope, support recovery and make a difference.

Act in a ways that support equality and diversity.


Must be a car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service.



This post may be subject to changes/review as the needs of the service/department /unit change. Any changes will be made following consultation with the individual before the changes are made.

Person Specification

Qualification & Training


  • Up to date Registered Nurse Qualification
  • Willingness to under training and develop competencies in the clinical area


  • Speciality Courses relevant to the role

Skills & Experience


  • Experience as a Registered Nurse in a Hospital setting
  • Analytical skills to deal with interpreting complex clinical information


  • Experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting



  • Currently works at the trust via agency

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust



Various across Somerset


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