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Registered Nurse - Elective Surgical Ward - 26B - Band 5

North Bristol NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year £28,407 - £34,581
Closing date
22 May 2024
So, you're eager to learn more about our Elective Surgical Ward at North Bristol NHS Trust. Here are some of the reasons we're unique...
  • Gate 26B is a 32 bedded ward consisting of Elective Surgical patients predominantly Urology and General Surgery. We look after a broad range of Post operative patients of all ages who are likely to be discharged with in 24 to 72 hrs. This will give you a great opportunity to widen your knowledge in managing post-surgical patients, no matter what surgery they had. We receive patients directly from Medirooms and stepdown from other surgical wards, mainly Urology
  • We look after stable Medical patients who are transferred to our ward from other Medical wards
  • Our ward is fast paced, led by a dynamic multidisciplinary team. It consists of a various Specialty Consultants and Urology and General Specialist nurses, to help with the quick turnaround of patient discharges.
  • New staff will have great support from the experienced Band 6's and 7 working on the ward
  • As a ward we believe in great team work, you will always be encouraged to further your Professional development and opportunity to expand your knowledge base . We are happy to support you what ever your background is and help you to achieve your clinical excellence through providing training

Main duties of the job

At NBT we commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

In this vital role, you will:
  • The post holder will be designated on a regular basis to take charge of the ward/department in the absence of the ward manager or senior nurse after two years in post and on an occasional basis within the first two years in post.
  • The post holder will work within and lead a clinical care team.
  • The post holder will take personal responsibility and accountability for ensuring that Trust and local policies and procedures are known and followed and will ensure duties are carried out in accordance with the advisory guidelines and practice set out in the NMC code of Professional conduct.
  • The post holder will be responsible for assessment, planning, provision, maintenance and evaluation of patient care.
  • The post holder will take responsibility for the supervision and guidance of other staff including health care assistants and students on a daily basis.
  • The post holder will actively contribute to the provision of a good learning environment by taking on the role of mentor/assessor for learners eg. Student nurses and support worker roles.

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead. We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

We commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.

Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local, national and internal holidays, and it has a rich history. If you prefer country, village or smaller town living, NBT is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales (e.g. Portishead, Chepstow)

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities (In addition to the duties listed earlier in the advert):
  • Organise and participate in the delivery of high standards of evidence-based nursing care.
  • Take regular responsibility to carry out required planned, direct patient care to a high standard without direct supervision in accordance with established nursing procedures and policies.
  • To report to the appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team any significant changes in a patients condition or situation.
  • Responsible for taking charge of the ward/department on a regular basis in the absence of the person who has continuing responsibility.
  • Take personal responsibility as a team leader for the delivery of care of patients in a defined area.
  • To contribute towards health promotion for all patients by providing education,supportand advice, as necessary Ensure referral to appropriate professionals or agencies as required.
  • Ensure the safe ordering,administrationand custody of patients medication according to Trust policies and procedures.
  • In the absence of senior staff be responsible for delegation and supervision of appropriate work to other qualified staff, health care assistants and students
  • Where relevant to be responsible for and assist in co-ordinating discharge planning in partnership with the multidisciplinary team
  • Where relevant, responsible for the admission, assessment and preparation of patients undergoing treatment or investigations.
  • Escort patients to other wards or departments as required.
  • To take personal responsibility for ensuring that patients aretreated with courtesy at all times, the individual needs of patients arerespectedand confidentiality ismaintained at all times.
  • Liaseeffectively with other disciplines or departments as appropriate.
  • To be able to act in emergency situations and to be familiar with emergency procedures including fire and resuscitation.
  • To be responsible for the support and direction of junior staff in such situations according to Trust policy.
  • To be responsible for ensuring provision of a safe and therapeutic environment for all patients, relatives,visitorsand colleagues.
  • Ensure the readiness for use of special equipment and the availability of nursing supplies in conjunction with the senior ward nurses.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • RGN/Paediatric Nurse, with current live Registration
  • Teaching and assessing qualification (998 or equivalent) or willing to undertake after 2 years post registration (secured a position on this type of course)



  • Expectation to undertake training for extended roles required by the ward / department. i.e. IV drug administration, Cannulation, venepuncture, ECGs, male catheterisation, PCA and Epidural training
  • Ideally, currently working in a hospital setting, as a Qualified Nurse or a Qualifying Student



  • Advanced communication skills, verbal & written, to include report writing and record keeping.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Sound knowledge of Trust Policies & practices including manual handling, health & safety and infection control.
  • Basic computer / IT skills and expectation to develop these in line with the needs of the service i.e. IHS, Acis, Email use.

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital


BS10 5NB

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