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Staff Nurse Medical Short Stay Unit, WRH

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
28 May 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join us and work within a friendly, supportive and innovative team on Medical Short Stay Unit (MSSU) at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

We currently have opportunities for Band 5 nurses, with scope to progress as Senior band 5s and Band 6 Sisters, this is in response to recent expansion and in preparation for future exciting developments in acute medicine care delivery.

The primary role of MSSU is to provide investigation and treatment for medical conditions as well as providing on going care and facilitating safe transfer and discharge out of the Departments. We work closely with the A& E department and Medical Assessment Unit in order to improve and maximise patient flow.

We are passionate about improving our service and delivering high quality, individual care to our patients. Our staff are at the centre of everything we do. We engage with, and invest in, our nursing teams, creating an environment where all staff feel valued. We offer support throughout your time with us, with regular personal developmental reviews and individual objectives to support professional and personal development within the department.

Main duties of the job

The unit admits patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the A& E department and Medical Assessment Unit. Patients will stay on MSSU for up to 72 hours before being transferred to the most appropriate environment for their continued care or they will be discharged home.

No two shifts are the same and you will be supported on every shift by senior nurses, who will help to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills.

We offer an extensive training and development package, supporting our nurses to gain their mentorship qualification. We give our nurses access to in-house training portfolios and tailored study days and support opportunities to undertake university accredited modules to further your professional development.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is over 7,000 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Duties:

1. Operational responsibilities

1.1 Responsibilities for establishing and maintaining communication and relationship both.

Internally and externally.

1.2 Establish and maintain effective communication and foster good working relationships with all multidisciplinary teams, both internal and external.

1.5 Make use of electronic internal / external mail and Internet systems as appropriate and


1.7 Bring to the attention of the Ward Managers any factors which may adversely affect patient care or service provision.

General Duties:

2.1 Be knowledgeable about the specific care requirements of patients who may be admitted to the unit.

2.2 Be knowledgeable about current infection control procedures and policies and ensure all staff and visitors always adhere to these.

2.3 Be knowledgeable about the risks of infection and take responsibility for minimising cross infection within the clinical environment.

2.4 Be knowledgeable about all aspects of Acute Medicine.

3. Planning and organisation skills.

3.1 Participate in Directorate/Departmental meetings.

3.2 Be involved in practice development and patient experience issues.

4. Responsibilities

4.2 Ensure that safe and effective nursing care is delivered, this to be in accordance with Trust policies and best practice guidelines, also Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Codes of Practice and guidelines.

4.3 Act as a role model when carrying out and demonstrating nursing care and procedures.

4.10 Contributing in training and development programmes of staff and supporting

the clinical placements of student nurses.

4.13 Supporting the team manager to ensure mandatory and statutory training are.

up to date for all staff.

4.17 Contributing to service development through awareness and engagement with

trust policy and wider national standards of care.

4.19 At all times act in accordance with Trust policies, procedures, and guidelines and NMC Codes of Practice standards and guidelines.

4.20 Be aware of and support policies and procedures existing and being introduced throughout the Trust.

Person Specification



  • Can demonstrate a specific interest in area of work
  • Experience of working in Acute Medicine

Personal Qualities


  • Able to work in a team
  • Ability to think clearly under pressure
  • Enthusiastic & assertive
  • Motivated
  • Able to work under own initiative within boundaries of role.



  • Ability to undertake manual handling and movement tasks
  • Prepared to work to the needs of the Units
  • Awareness of self-presentation
  • Due to the nature of our work, all posts are deemed to require DBS clearance
  • All posts working with children or vulnerable adults are required to be checked against ISA Vetting and Barring lists and will require ISA registration



  • Registered Nurse on sub part 1 or 2 of the professional register.
  • First degree or willingness to undertake/equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of continuing education/training


  • Teaching and Assessing
  • Qualification
  • Completed leadership & management programme

Skills and knowledge


  • Good organisational/time management skills
  • Ability to record and deal with accurate facts, figures and information
  • Able to interpret and adhere to Trust and departmental policies protocols, procedures and guidelines
  • Effective communicator both written and verbal
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to prioritise work
  • Flexible to change in demands of service
  • Willing to learn new skills
  • Ability to maintain own personal development needs and support others
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to support unregistered staff/student
  • NMC Code ,its application to practice and requirements of it for own practice and behaviour
  • Knowledge of person centred care
  • Understands actions necessary to promote peoples equality, diversity & rights
  • To ensure actions contribute to quality
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Understanding of the organisations values and Nursing Strategy and behaviours.

Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Charles Hastings Way




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