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Registered Nurse Band 5

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

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced professional with good communication and collaborative skills. You would need to be a committed individual able to work within the multidisciplinary team. Archer unit is a 20 bedded Physical Rehabilitation Unit. You will be providing care for mainly elderly patients with wide range of medical / surgical conditions.

Due to the nature of our patient's conditions, they all require complex discharge planning. There will be regular liaison with therapists, social workers and the palliative care team when necessary providing advocacy for vulnerable patients with dementia and other cognitive impairments. The role incorporates supporting and facilitating appropriate rehabilitation opportunities, safe discharges and promoting patient independence. You will be required to rotate shifts across days, weekends and nights.

Although we have a very strong learning and development function, we appreciate you will need to have acquired some skills and experience from your career so far.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the unit in the management and delivery of individualised care to patients admitted to the unit. supporting and facilitating appropriate rehabilitation opportunities, safe discharges and promoting patient independence.

The role will:
  • The role will support the senior sister/charge nurse to ensure that the unit to maintaining a safe and effective service at all times. Communicate and work well within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Deliver person centre care to meet the assessed needs of patients and significant others.
  • Willingness to expand your elderly and frail knowledge and best practice initiatives.

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 familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main responsibilities To use skills and knowledge to contribute to the assessment, implementation and evaluation of patient care. To use skills and knowledge to identify subtle changes in condition and to take appropriate clinical actions, including informing the multi-disciplinary team including medical cover of any concerns. To ensure care is delivered in a safe and effective manner and as far as is practicable is based on an evidence of good practice. To be familiar and efficient with emergency procedures pertaining to community inpatient settings. To handover work to the multi-disciplinary team, in an efficient manner, prioritising workload effectively and using appropriate and agreed tools. Taking blood samples Recording observations Medication administration Wound care management Risk assessments Safeguarding alerts Education and training of junior staff o Involvement in rehabilitation programs To maintain up to date knowledge of services which are appropriate to the overall well-being of the patient and to act as liaison between agencies as required. To assist in the preparation of high quality written reports and any other written documentation as necessary to support this patient group.

Person Specification

Personal Skills


  • Open/ Warm/ Reflective
  • Enthusiastic and Self aware



  • Evidence of professional development
  • Basic life support up to date
  • Current NMC registration



  • Knowledge of caring for cardiac patients
  • Evidence of good clinical skills



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

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bedford Hospital NHS Trust - Archer Unit

John Bunyan House, Archer Unit, 3 Kimbolton Road.


MK40 2NT

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