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Urgent Care Practitioner / Emergency Nurse Practitioner

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, A&E nurse
Band 6
Part Time
This is band 6 fixed term, maternity cover post is for 12 months. it is ideally suited to a nurse or other registered HCP with relevant qualifications already working in urgent treatment centre / MIU / emergency dept / acute care as an autonomous practitioner with the ability to assess, diagnose, treat patients (adults and children) presenting with range of minor injury and illness. This will include working shifts from 0800hrs to 2100hrs, 7 days a week, including weekends & PH.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

Assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills for patients presenting with minor injuries / minor illness

Xray requesting and interpretation

Plastering and splinting

Wound closure including suturing

Use of PGDs

discharge and referral skills

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Work without direct supervision: assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions and care for patients presenting with an undifferentiated diagnosis
  • Clinically examine and assess patient needs from a physiological and psychological perspective, and plan clinical care accordingly
  • When appropriate prescribe medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice as directed by MIU protocols and patient group directives.
  • Provide information and advice on prescribed or over-the-counter medication and any possible side-effects
  • Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including initiation of effective emergency care
  • Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote healthy lifestyles, and apply principles of self-care
  • Follow the algorithm for conditions where there is no specific protocol requiring the post holder to use initiative and their specialist training.
  • Take charge during allocated shifts and assist with the smooth running and operational organization of the unit
  • Appropriately refer/signpost those patients attending the MIU whose conditions might exclude them from treatment as directed by MIU protocols
  • Support the collection of accurate data for legal and local requirements
  • Ensure own documentation is completed to the MIU agreed standard/protocol
  • Monitoring that personal NMC/HCPC registration is always up-to-date
  • Role model/mentor for junior staff, teaching basic and post-basic learners (nursing/ecp/medical students) and incorporating them into a safe and manageable working environment
  • Ordering pharmacy, monitoring stock levels, showing an awareness of budgetary restraints make maximum use of resources, time, and equipment. Ensure any defect is reported and monitor repairs
  • To be aware of and abide by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust approved policies, i.e. adult/child safeguarding, infection control, standards and quality initiatives
  • The post holder is required to take reasonable care for his/her own health & safety and that of other persons who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions.

Person Specification



  • Registered HCP
  • minor injuries / minor illness or equivalent course


  • non medical prescriber
  • educated to degree or masters level

interpersonal & clinical skills


  • ability to work rotational shifts
  • able to work within a team as well autonomously
  • demonstrate clinical expertise in injury and illness management
  • non medical referrer / IRMER
  • xray interpretation

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


UTC Cumberland Centre

Damerel Close



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