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Registered Nurse

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

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and enthusiastic nurse to join Howard ward Nursing Team at Bedford Hospital.

We are looking for a reliable and motivated Staff nurse to join our team.

A proven record and evidence of CPD would be an advantage.

The applicant will have energy, commitment and the desire to develop themselves and other nurses in this particular area of healthcare. The role involves clinical input ensuring that high quality standards are set out and to maintain a high standard of holistic, quality care within a multi-disciplinary setting.

The applicant will be expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills along with the ability to sensitively manage change.

The individual will also need to provide evidence of continuous professional development

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 you will require in order for your time with us to be a real success. These can be found in the Person and Job Description attachment.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder is responsible for direct clinical care for individual patients and groups of patients within their area of work. This includes the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care from admission to discharge. The post holder is expected to take charge of a ward, following an agreed development period and also be responsible for staff and resources in the absence of the ward manager or deputy. The post holder is expected to supervise junior staff and be able to teach qualified and unqualified staff, including pre and post registration students.

The post holder will be required to work in rotation in all ward areas within the division of surgery and anaesthetics for clinical development or service needs. This includes allocation to the admission and discharge facility. The post holder will be required to work shifts throughout the 24hour period.

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

Howard is a 24 bedded fully functional ward with surgical patients largely focused on vascular , colorectal , breast upper gastrointestinal and intestine , and general surgery patients .

Ensure that self and other professionals adhere to infection control best and planning and delivering care to patients.

Maintain accurate and clear documentation of all nursing care and communication with the multidisciplinary team.

Communicate with patients and relatives in a sensitive manner, providing information regarding care and progress as required.

Liaise with the multidisciplinary team to ensure clinical care is optimised from admission to discharge.

Facilitate discharge of patients to enable safe, appropriate and timely discharge with suitable ongoing arrangements for care needs.

Communicate effectively with the matron, bed management team and discharge coordinators to optimise use of inpatient beds.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (NMC Registration)


  • Practice Supervisor or Assessor or equivalent
  • Surgical Continued Professional Development



  • Demonstrate some knowledge of surgical treatments


  • Previous in a surgical ward setting

Knowledge/ Skills


  • Demonstrates an awareness of organisational and clinical issues from admission to discharge
  • Demonstrate an ability to prioritise own workloads
  • Ability to deliver high quality nursing care
  • Basic IT skills
  • Knowledge of NHS policies and its application to clinical practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bedfordshire hospitals NHS foundation trust

Kempston Road


MK42 9DJ

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