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Staff Nurse Older Persons Rapid Assessment Unit (OPRA) C1

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

Job Details

The Older Persons Rapid Assessment Unit is a purpose built Frailty village which address the needs of frail older people within East Lancashire. The unit has nine assessment areas, nineteen in -patient beds for patients not expected to be in hospital longer than 72 hours and a further nineteen beds for patients admitted requiring a longer stay. The purpose of the unit is to ensure that all patients are comprehensively assessed and treated prior to being discharged home whenever possible. Assessments are completed using the full MDT approach, allowing for the delivery of holistic care and an individualised discharge plan incorporating partner agencies if needed

Main duties of the job

The unit can actively support the development of newly qualified staff, as well as those looking for a change of area in order to further increase individual knowledge and skill base

The Medicine for Older People Directorate have recently appointed a Practice Educator who is keen to promote learning and development this would be an ideal time to join the team as peer support and learning opportunities are readily available.

About us

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personaland effective care. We currently provide high quality servicesand treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashireand the surrounding area. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renownedand have won awards for their work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The OPRA unit is looking to recruit enthusiastic, compassionate and motivated band 5 staff those who share, and will actively promote the core values of the Trust, and wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the exciting area.

Person Specification



  • Registered 1st Level or equivalent as verified by NMC


  • To have knowledge of current research applicable to the post's specialist area.

Special Aptitudes


  • Able to take on board new ideas, skills and knowledge.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Able to manage the care for a group of people and prioritise workload with minimal supervision
  • Be proficient at calculating drug dose
  • Able to write basic reports
  • Able to train less qualified carers/learners
  • Moving and handling, customer awareness, computer/keyboard skills


  • Able to present reasoned discussion
  • Evidence of continuous development

Personal Attributes


  • Be able to work in a team
  • Be supportive of team members
  • Able to communicate effectively to patients, visitors and colleagues
  • Able to reflect on one's own work
  • Have effective interpersonal skills


  • Be able to work with minimal supervision within the job description



  • Be able to fulfill various shift patterns on the ward, inc. nights
  • Proven ability to keep information confidential

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Royal Blackburn Hospital,

Haslingden Road,



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