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Pre-operative assessment Specialist Nurse

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Surgical Pre-admission Assessment is a great way to develop your nursing career.

The post involves screening and pre operative assessment of a diverse group of patients undergoing a wide range of elective surgical and orthopaedic procedures. The role requires an inquisitive nature & provides a varied and interesting workload where two days are never the same.

It is expected that the candidates for the band 6 post will have experience and knowledge of surgical procedures and pathways, good critical decision making skills & communication skills. A formal qualification in advanced History taking would be advantageous.

We pride ourselves on being a close and supportive team which consists of Anaesthetists, a Clinical Lead Nurse, Specialist nurses, Staff nurses, health care assistants and administrative staff, who would provide the successful candidate with the support required to become an integral member of our close team

Bournemouth Hospital is part of University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust since our merger with Poole Hospital. It is an exciting time for our department as we are in the process of roll out of our digital pre-assessment service, changing and shaping the way the department runs to improve patient care.

Base Location: Bournemouth

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

Assessment of patients undergoing surgical procedures, to include taking of full health history, utilising GP records and historic notes, to ensure optimal pathway through to safe surgery. With advanced training, the band 6 role includes physical assessment of patients.

Coordination of the department on a daily basis to ensure flow of patients through the department & best utilisation of staff.

Ordering of investigations to include, but not restricted to, blood tests, ECG's, swabs & urine samples as per NICE guidelines & UHD protocols.

Referral to MDT where appropriate, to include anaesthetist, Anticoagulant clinic, Respiratory function team.

Communication with MDT to include admissions teams

Coordination of patient follow up as integral part of role

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

There is a planned move for this service anticipated during end of2025, when thisrole and base of work will relocate to Poolesite. Upon relocation of the role/service, excess mileage allowance / reimbursement will not apply, and any travel between the post holder's home and work base will be classified as a commute. Any other changes unrelated to this, will be handled in line with Trust/National terms and conditions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered Nurse
  • Advanced Physical examination of the Adult qualification


  • Learning & assessing qualification



  • Broad surgical /Anaesthetic Nursing experience.
  • Ability to work at an autonomous level


  • Evidence of supervision of staff to ensure standards of care

Technical Skills Competencies


  • IT literacy using a range of current and relevant packages


  • Venepuncture
  • ECG recording

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust



Castle Lane East



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