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Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Is your passion giving excellent care? Are you career minded with drive and enthusiasm? Do you enjoy playing a key role within the multidisciplinary team in acute care? Can you makeeveryone feel welcomed, respected, cared for and reassured that they are always in safe hands because you are communicating clearly and offering excellent person centred care?

If you answer yes, then we are looking for you to join us at Newhaven Ward.

The post will be based at Newhaven Community Ward, which is on the site of the old Newhaven Downs Hospital. The unit is for patients who no longer require acute hospital care but need further skilled nursing and therapeutic support such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy before leaving NHS inpatient care altogether. A team of nurses, therapists, doctors and support staff will care for 34 patients in the ward, supporting them to recover before they move on.

We are a stand-alone unit and part of University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. We work closely with the wards and departments at RSCH and PRH.

We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently direct hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses.

Main duties of the job

Applicants for this role will have a keen interest in patient rehabilitation and promoting independence, combined with an ability to provide care in a compassionate and dignified manner.

The successful applicant will be numerate and literate, with excellent communication skills.

The ideal candidate would be expected to deliver the highest standards of care to our patients and have a keen interest in falls prevention, dementia care, tissue viability, nutrition and hydration.

You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in complex discharge planning. The post holder needs to work well within a team and be able to work with a wide variety of staff to maintain standards in line with Trust and NMC guidelines.

You will be supported by the senior nursing team. You will be given a local ward induction, a trust induction and access to a robust preceptorship programme aimed at supporting you to develop within the first few months of starting. There is also ongoing support through regular appraisals, competency based learning, and relevant study days.

Continuing education and professional development are strongly encouraged and opportunities will be made available for the successful applicant as we work closely with our Higher Education partners to support nurses reach their full potential. The department actively encourages continued professional development.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Is responsible for the assessment, planning and implementation of care and assists in the interpretation of data relevant to the patients condition and progress
  • Assists in the identification of patient problems and needs with the patient, their carers, senior nursing staff and other staff as appropriate
  • Identifies the priorities of care for patients
  • Identifies realistic goals for patients in care plans
  • Gives skilled care to patients and provides support to their carers
  • Administers drugs and treatments as prescribed according to the NMC guidelines and the Trusts Guidelines for the Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines
  • Changes care plans and goals according to evaluation and discussion with the multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrates an understanding and skill in the care and management of the ill patient
  • Works closely with all members of the care team to ensure the needs of patients are met
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the care of CVP lines and the administration of IV Therapy in accordance with Trust Policy.
  • Participate in the smooth and effective discharge planning for patients
  • maintains accurate documentation to facilitate the continuity of care for patients transferred to other areas
  • Ensures that discharge review documentation is completed and reimbursement material is communicated to relevant body in timely fashion
  • Liase with nursing and clerical staff to enable efficient administration of ward work

  • Professional
  • Demonstrate a professional approach to work in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct at all times
  • To have knowledge of and adhere to ward and Trust policy and professional standards.
  • To maintain confidentiality, privacy and dignity surrounding the patient/clients admission and treatment at all times
  • Ensure that documentation is complete and up to date, in line with NMC and Trust guidelines
  • To meet PREP requirements. To identify own learning needs and ensure own professional development is maintained by keeping up to date with practice developments
  • Ensure that mandatory and statutory training needs are met.
  • Participates in Clinical Supervision

  • Person Specification



    • Registered General Nurse with current NMC registration or soon-to-qualify


    • Mentorship module / or similar/ i.e. NMC Supervisor/Assessor (ENB 998)
    • Evidence of professional development since qualification
    • Knowledge of rehabilitation and the Band 5 role

    Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


    • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
    • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


    Newhaven Community Ward

    Church Hill


    BN9 9HH

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