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Staff Nurse

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a staff nurse to join our respiratory medical ward based at UHND. We are a 41 bedded ward who care for patients with a range of respiratory conditions.

We are a very strong, efficient team that take pride in the high standard of care we deliver.

We use treatments like non invasive ventilation, BIPAP and CPAP, and also use high flow nasal oxygen. These patients are level 2 care and any new starters, within time will become respiratory trained to care for these patients.We currently have 8 high dependency respiratory beds that are used for those patient with greater need for respiratory support, i.e. high flow nasal oxygen, non-invasive ventilation

If you are passionate about high standards of care, are interested in respiratory medicine and like to make a difference to patients and their families, apply now.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be reposonsible for delivering a high standard of care to patients and their loved ones. They will oragnise and plan care, depending upon the patients needs ensuring all care needs are met. They will be accountable for their care and supported by colleagues.

Within time, the post holder will be respiratory trained which will mean they can deliver treatements like BIPAP and CPAP, they will increase their knowledge base around blood gases and be able to interpret them, responding to them appropriately.

The post holder will be supported to develop their continuing professional development by attending appropriate training and encouraged to increase their knowledge base. In line with the NMC revalidation, the post holder will be supported in order to attain all the criteria to revalidate.

We care for a variety of patients with both acute & long term respiratory conditions including:

COPD,Cystic Fibrosis,Type 1 & Type 2 Respiratory Failure,Pulmonary Fibrosis,Pneumothorax ,Bronchiectasis,Lung Cancer,Pleural Effusions,Asthma. We offer great opportunities to develop advanced nursing skills and abilities.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities


- To assess patients needs and develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care.

- To organise the delivery of nursing care, deploying staff effectively.

- To be aware of, and communicate to team members, changes to patient information and treatment plans, both verbally and in writing.

- To adhere to NMC standards of record keeping.

- To assist the Ward Sister in setting, monitoring and maintaining standards of care.

- To participate in nursing audit and service improvement activities eg Essence of Care

- To be aware of resource constraints and the importance of working within budget.

- To provide advice and act as role model to other members of the team.

- To be proactive in managing risk and maintaining patient safety.

- To supervise the work of nursing support staff, ensuring tasks undertaken have been delegated appropriately.

- To contribute to the day-to-day management of the Directorate, co-operating with colleagues to provide an appropriate level of nursing service and to address bed management issues.- To participate in education and training of junior staff.

- To involve patients/carers in the planning and delivery of care.

- To participate in clinical supervision.

- To assist in resolving conflict and defusing situations where appropriate.

- To promote a positive and professional image of nursing at all times.

We offer great opportunities to develop advanced nursing skills and abilities. You will gain competencies in the following clinical skills:

Tracheostomy care

Non-invasive ventilation

Chest Drain Management

Oxygen therapy

End of life care

The ward can be an extremely busy and challenging environment however it is a friendly, supportive place to work and we are proud of our team and of the care we deliver. The ward team has excellent support from the Consultant Respiratory Physicians and has a good working relationship with the Respiratory Nurse Specialists.

Dont worry if you are newly qualified as we will support you in developing your Respiratory knowledge & skills through our team of supportive staff & formal education programme with Consultant Respiratory Physicians, Specialist Respiratory Nurses and the wider multi-disciplinary team

Person Specification



  • NMC registrant, diploma or degree.
  • Evidence of ongoing continuing professional development.


  • Respiratory modules / training

Statutory Registration


  • NMC


  • Time management skills

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Qualified nurse


  • Trachy care
  • NIV
  • HFNO



  • Staff nurse experience
  • Respiratory care
  • Palliative care
  • Audits

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospital Of North Durham

North Road



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