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Staff Nurse - Surgical Assessment Unit

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Jul 2024
Are you looking for a new challenge and to be involved in the development of a new service to improve the quality of care for emergency surgical patients? An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the new Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. The SAU will be a significant development in improving the quality of care and experience for our patients and will provide a dedicated clinical space and team for the rapid assessment and treatment of patients with a confirmed or probably surgical condition across a number of key specialties. The new unit will include both trolley assessment areas and a dedicated chaired area to support ambulatory care and hot clinics, and will see patients referred by our ED or via their GP. Patients admitted to the SAU will receive rapid assessment and treatment plans depending on their condition and needs, and will either be treated and discharged directly from the unit or admitted to an inpatient ward.

We are therefore seeking enthusiastic and highly-motivated Staff Nurses to join our team and play a key role in developing this new service in a friendly and supportive environment.

Main duties of the job

Successful candidates will be responsible and accountable for delivering professional, evidence-based nursing care to patients on the Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU), ensuring that patients and their families/carers receive the highest quality, and most effective and compassionate care whilst on the unit.

The SAU will be a fast-paced unit in which patients present with a variety of surgical conditions and care needs, giving rise to a range of different learning and development opportunities. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in an exciting new initiative to improve patient care and experience in a dedicated environment, whilst expanding your existing skills and experience.

In addition to roles exclusively based on the SAU, there will also be the opportunity for registered nurses at both Band 5 and Band 6 to participate in a developmental rotation programme covering Adult Major Trauma, the Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AAU) and the Emergency Ambulatory Care Unit (EACU), and the SAU. If you are interested in finding out more about the roles that we currently have available, please contact either Aneela Aslam, Matron for AAU and EACU, at or David McKenna, Head of Nursing for the Acute Floor, at

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 Programme for 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

Key responsibilities include
  • Providing effective, safe and evidence-based patient care.
  • Involvement in the admission, assessment and treatment of surgical patients and responsibility for the triage of patient referrals, timely interventions and the management of admissions and discharges.
  • Ensuring effective communication with a wide range of stakeholders and individuals, including health and social care professionals, and patients, relatives and carers.
  • Contributing to the overall effective management of the SAU and to maintain a clean and safe working environment.
  • Acting as a role model, ensuring effective staff supervision and communication with the SAU team.

Post holders will be expected to work a variety of shift patterns, including night duties.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details and information about the role.

Person Specification

Professional Registration


  • Registered Nurse (Nursing and Midwifery Council, UK)

Experience and Qualifications


  • Experience working in an acute hospital setting or the ability to utilise pre-registration experience to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant settings


  • Commencement or completion of ECA level 1 competencies



  • Administration of medication and/or treatments as prescribed according to the NMC guidelines and Trust policies
  • Ability to communicate unpleasant news sensitively and provide reassurance


  • Proficient in IV therapy administration
  • Proficient in venepuncture
  • Proficient in cannulation

People Management


  • Demonstrate kind, caring and compassionate behaviours in line with Trust values


  • Evidence of development in a role
  • Management experience

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


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

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


The Royal Sussex County Hospital



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