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Nurse Practitioner in Trauma and Orthopaedics

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Trauma nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A post has arisen within our Trauma & Orthopaedic directorate for an Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and hard-working member of staff to join our Upper Limb team. The post holder will provide specialised orthopaedic care within the hospital setting for patients with chronic and acute orthopaedic conditions.

Please note that the salary for this post is conditional. Where the post holder does not hold the appropriate Non-Medical prescribing and Surgical First Assistant qualifications the commencing salary will be Band 6, with the expectation that the post holder will work towards these qualifications over a specified period of two years or less. Upon attainment of both qualifications salary will be uplifted to Band 7.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will undertake follow-up clinics as part of the Consultant team and nurse led follow-up clinics for selected patient groups, see new patients and present complex cases to the supervising Orthopaedic Consultant, undertake the role of Surgical First Assistant in the operating theatre and undertake the role of Non-Medical Prescriber, within national and trust guidelines.

The post requires an appropriately qualified and experienced registered nurse to perform the range of duties outlined above. The individual will act as a valuable resource within the multi-professional team. The individual will monitor the patient pathway in relation to the care and management of orthopaedic patients and be in a position to influence the work of other professional groups. They will work collaboratively with other health care professionals in primary and secondary care to ensure a high quality easily accessible service for all orthopaedic patients.

About us

All new colleagues can expect to receive a warm and friendly Wirral welcome from the very first time they make contact with us. We are described as competent and caring staff by our patients.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is situated on The Wirral peninsula which has a stunning coastline and beautiful countryside surroundings, with great activities for its residents.

We are one of the largest and busiest acute Trusts in the North West of England, comprising of the Wirral's only Emergency Department. We provide a high quality range of acute care services and employ over 6,000 staff, who serve a population of approximately 400,000 people across Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Neston, North Wales and the wider North West footprint.

We have approximately 855 beds trust-wide and our financial turnover is in excess of �337m.

The Wirral is easily accessible with excellent transport links including motorway, train, bus or ferry and within easy reach to the major cities of Liverpool, Chester and Manchester as well as neighbouring North Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful applicant should have significant and relevant recent experience at Band 5 level within the speciality of Trauma and Orthopaedics and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, acting as a role model to other staff. The successful applicant is expected to be flexible and be able to work cross site to deadlines. The working hours are currently Monday to Friday, however there may be a need in the future to work some evenings and weekends.

We are well on with our journey of improvement and making a clear commitment to engaging with and investing in the whole of our workforce to support them to lead and improve their services.

There has been a focus on our future road map and what our improvement journey needs to looks like.

WUTH is a great place and we need to be recognised as an organisation that has quality improvement and supporting all staff to deliver the very best care at its heart.

One of the key steps in moving successfully is to bring to life our organisational vision and values. Were currently in the process of updating these, and something we would like you to be a part of.

Please see the attached Job description for further information about the post of Nurse Practitioner in Trauma & Orthopaedics available with WUTH.

Person Specification

Qualifications, Specific Experience & Training


  • Significant and relevant recent experience at Band 5 level within the speciality of Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • Degree in Nursing or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of relevant continuing professional development activity
  • Holds Non-Medical Prescribing qualification or willing to work towards
  • Holds Surgical First Assistant qualification or willing to work towards
  • Registered nurse with current registration


  • Recognised qualification in clinical examination
  • Teaching/mentoring qualification
  • Recognised qualification in diagnostic skills

Personal Attributes


  • Must willing to undertake further academic study to Degree level in specified areas including non-medical prescribing, surgical first assistance in operative procedures, clinical examination, diagnostic skills and teaching/mentoring, over an agreed time period.
  • Highly motivated & enthusiastic
  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills and the ability to form effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels and across a range of disciplines
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise workload
  • Must be able to work cross-site to deadlines
  • Ability to keep professionally up to date

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge and understanding of the limitations of autonomous practice of the Nurse Practitioner role and individual accountability in relation to this, including the ability to recognise own limitations
  • Ability to recognise and act upon situations which may be detrimental to patient health and well-being and to manage risk effectively
  • Excellent record keeping skills
  • Strong IT skills, including the ability to use spreadsheets, databases and word processing packages


  • Knowledge of Cerner Millennium IT systems
  • Participation in nurse-led clinics
  • Ability to access, critically appraise and implement research findings

Qualifications, Specific Experience & Training


  • Operating theatre experience

Employer details

Employer name

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge


CH49 5PE

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