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Staff Nurse

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa
Closing date
20 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic nurse to join our friendly team on the Cardiac Cath suite at Bedford Hospital as a Band 5. We are looking for an enthusiastic and competent individual preferably with experience of working in cardiology department or Cath Lab assisting with procedures with good communication and collaborative skills.

The purpose of the job is to work in conjunction with the cardiology team to deliver high quality nursing care to cardiac patients. The post holder carries responsibility for the assessment of care needs, developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of care.

The successful candidate will work with an established multidisciplinary team in a busy area encompassing the Cardiac Catheter Laboratory and a Day Ward. The post holder will have the opportunity to develop into the role which will include assisting with procedures in the lab, being involved in the pre and post procedure care of patients and nurse led preadmission clinics. The Post holder will be required to work a variety of shifts including 7.5 hours, 10 hours - short/long days and late shifts.

The post holder will on agreed occasions be designated to take charge of the shift in absence of the nurse who has continuing responsibility. The post holder is expected to supervise junior staff and be able to teach qualified and unqualified staff, including pre and post registration students.

On Cardiac Cath suite, we have a high standard of care and aim to achieve excellence

Main duties of the job

To provide skilled nursing care, demonstrating a high standard of practise for the whole experience for every cardiac patient.

To demonstrate a high standard of practice in assessing, implementing and evaluating patient care.

Acts as scrub nurse in diagnostic and interventional procedures such as Angiography, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Permanent and Temporary Pacemakers. Moreover, to assist in other procedures like TOE (Trans oesophageal echocardiogram) and DC Cardioversions.

To promote evidence based practise for the cardiac patient from admission to discharge.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

General responsibilities
  • Responsible for organisation, delivery and evaluation of nursing care for cardiac patients within the department in the absence senior nurse.
  • To work within the recovery area, pre-assessment clinics and the cardiac Cath lab.
  • To be utilised as a resource by the ward staffconcerning any aspect of cardiac procedures and individual patient care.
  • To ensure accurate collection of patient data is maintained as per informationgovernance policy.
  • To facilitate clinical audits and research within the unit
  • Responsible for the ordering, stock levels and security of drugs kept in the department.
  • Be able to communicate basic care information and answer queries to patients, their relatives/carers and the multidisciplinary team members.
  • To be able to help with the nursing care in other wards when necessary.

  • Person Specification



    • Current NMC registration
    • Evidence of continuous professional development


    • Mentorship



    • Experience in an acute setting or substantial ward experience
    • Positive attitude to change


    • Experience of caring for cardiac patients

    Knowledge, skills and abilities


    • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
    • To work well within a multidisciplinary team
    • To work autonomously in the absence of a band 6
    • Demonstrate team leadership and motivational skills
    • Flexible internal rotation


    • IT skills

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust




    MK42 9DJ

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