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Registered Nurse - Interventional Radiology Labs - Band 5

North Bristol NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an opportunity for Registered Nurses looking to join our committed nursing team for the Interventional Radiology Labs in Gate 19, Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

This is a busy department incorporating 4 Interventional Radiology rooms. This area manages a wide variety of procedures which includes outpatient, inpatient and emergency cases. We are part of the major trauma and vascular service for the South West.

The techniques and treatment used are continually evolving to ensure we are at forefront of patient treatment and care.

There is an opportunity to assist with cases such as vascular, neuroradiology, gastroenterology, musculoskeletal and urology.

You will be trained in scrub procedures, assisting (circulating) and caring for patients in the Interventional Radiology Labs. The work is very variable, challenging and exciting.

We currently have opportunities available for:
  • Experienced Registered Nurses with current NMC Registration
  • Newly Qualified and Newly Qualifying Nurses

If you are a nurse with lapsed NMC registration, looking to return, we may be able to host your placement whilst you complete the Return to Practice course at the University of the West of England. To find out more, please email .

Main duties of the job

Working within our department, your main duties will include:
  • Working with patients who will be undergoing a wide variety of Interventional Radiology procedures from different specialties.
  • Being responsible for coordinating and providing complete care to patients and working as a part of the team as well as independently.
  • Working closely with members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • To be actively involved in their own development and supporting junior members of the team in their development
  • To strictly adhere to Local and Trust wide Infection Control policy and procedures.
  • To participate in assisting the radiologists as the scrub nurse for a wide variety of procedures.
  • Circulating within the lab assisting the radiologist/scrub nurse by providing the appropriate equipment.
  • Caring and monitoring the patient throughout the procedure and maintaining good communication throughout.
  • Participate in on call duties during nights, weekends and bank holidays, on top of your contracted hours.

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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.

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, our Trust is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales (such as Portishead or Chepstow). For band 5 Registered Nurses and ODPs, relocation support may be available. Please email for more information.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a full overview of the Job Description, please refer to the PDF Job Description attached as an additional document to this advert.

Knowledge, Training Experience and Skills Required
  • Registered General Nurse (RGN)
  • Current Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registration
  • Experience an acute hospital setting, including theatres. Experience in in Radiology Nursing is desirable but not indispensable.
  • A recognised Teaching and Assessing qualification.
  • Must have an understanding of relevant Health & Safety at work and Welfare issues, including the Ionising Radiation Regulations
  • Must have an understanding of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposures) Regulations 2017.
  • Must have evidence of completed and planned Continued Professional Development.

Main Duties and Responsibilities (In addition to the duties listed earlier in the advert):
  • Undertake a wide range of more complex nursing procedures requiring applications of specialist expertise and knowledge and act as a source of reference.
  • Ability to motivate the nursing team
  • Ability to undertake first line management duties in the absence of Senior staff.
  • Able to assess, implement and evaluate individual patient care needs.
  • Able to recognise adverse complications or medical conditions and react promptly and appropriately.
  • High level of co-ordination and dexterity to enable manipulation of clinical radiological equipment in performing clinical tasks.
  • Build and promote inter-professional understanding and networks with peers and colleagues.
  • Able to communicate to a broad range of individuals in a professional and caring manner including those whose first language is not English, or who may, for whatever reason, have difficulty understanding. These individuals include patients, visitors, clinical, technical and other staff.
  • Build confidence and trust with patients in a potentially frightening, technical environment by applying a professional and empathetic approach
  • Able to identify problems, understand complex situations and information and take appropriate action
  • Able to plan and prioritise own workload appropriate to grade and keep accurate patient records and documentation.
  • Recognise potentially aggressive and abusive situations and deal with them appropriately.
  • Promote an image of high professional skill and competence to all department users and to impress the public with attitudes and service provided by the Trust in general and by Radiology Nurses in particular.
  • Provide holistic, specialised nursing care in all areas of Radiology Nursing.
  • Work within multidisciplinary departmental teams.
  • Act as team leader when assigned to that role
  • Responsible Nurse for specific designated tasks i.e. link persons for (e.g. resuscitation, infection control), Point of Care Trainer (POCT), student placements, rotas etc.
  • Provide skilled assistance to Consultants and Clinicians within Interventional Radiology. Assisting in sterile procedure (scrub), circulating, and in the care of sedated and anaesthetised patients.
  • Provide assistance for radiological endoscopic procedures in all aspects of maintenance and decontamination of flexible scopes.
  • Take responsibility for care, custody and administration of pharmaceuticals
  • Provide and maintain accurate documentation e.g. record patient observations, care plans and electronic records.
  • Utilise advanced nursing/clinical practices in accordance with the training provided e.g. cannulation, administration of Intravenous pharmaceuticals as per departmental protocol.
  • Rotate through imaging modalities and Radiology departments as required.
  • Lead Radiology nursing cover outside the department, e.g. Theatre, wards as required.
  • Observe and maintain the safety and comfort of patients at all times during their waiting, examination and post examination stay in the department. Adhering to the highest possible professional standards and maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Liaise with Consultant Radiologists, Clinicians, Radiographers, and nursing colleagues in scheduling and assisting with appropriate radiological procedures.
  • Liaise with Radiologists, Radiographers, Clerical and Portering staff within the department and with Medical and hospital staff of other wards and departments to ensure a smooth, efficient service to department users.
  • Effectively communicate with all users of the service using available means e.g. verbal, written, electronic etc.
  • Ensure appropriate information is provided for the patient prior, during and after the examination.
  • Ensure any compliments and complaints from any source, are reported immediately to their Line Manager.
  • Form and maintain good working relationships with all linked professionals and colleagues in the department.
  • Adhere to the Trust and Departmental policies, procedures and guidelines. These will include:
    • Health and Safety
    • Quality Assurance
    • Infection Control
    • Major Incidents,
    • Dress Code,
    • Sickness Absence,
    • Punctuality etc.
  • Participate in Annual Appraisal reviews with a nominated appraiser and act as an Appraiser when appropriate.
  • Co-operate fully in the introduction of new technology and of new methods of working as appropriate to the work of a Radiology Nurse e.g. new equipment, new processes etc.
  • Participate in practice education of students
  • Participate in the induction of new staff.
  • Assist and undertake audit and research.
  • Report all incidents of injury to themselves or patients to a line manager and complete appropriate incident form.
  • Maintain correct documentation and record keeping using appropriate information systems.
  • Participate in the provision of the 24-hour 7 day per week service
  • Comply with Departmental Ionising Radiation Local Rules and Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017, (IR(ME)R 2017 ).
  • Act as a professional role model and observe the rules and regulations of their professional body (Nursing and Midwifery Council)

Working Conditions/Effort
  • Frequent concentration due to variable and busy daily clinical workload and activity.
  • Frequently assist Radiologists and clinicians during highly stressful and intricate interventional procedures.
  • Assess patient mobility and identify correct manual-handling techniques accordingly.
  • Frequent requirement to manoeuvre patients of various sizes for their examination in a safe and competent manner
  • Escort patients on trolleys and beds to Daycase or wards
  • Frequent direct involvement in dealing with potentially emotional or distressing circumstances.
  • Frequently stand for long periods wearing heavy lead protective clothing
  • Frequently working directly with patients with multi-trauma and/or terminal illness.
  • Frequent contact with body fluids, blood, body tissue and odours.
  • Exposure to potentially aggressive and verbally abusive situations.
  • Use of computer screens at regular intervals.
  • Working in an area utilising Ionising Radiation and chemical substances falling under the Control of Substances hazardous to health (COSHH) regulations.

Person Specification



  • Must hold current NMC registration


  • Evidence of recent CPD

Work experience


  • Acute hospital setting


  • Experience in Radiology or theatre setting

Knowledge and skills


  • Teaching and Assessing qualification

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital

Southmead Road


BS10 5NB

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