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Registered Nurse Pre-Assessment

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
Depending on experience pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
These exciting fixed term posts are a great opportunity for any Registered Nurses who want to develop their knowledge and skills and become part of the expanding Pre-Assessment Team. We offer flexible working hours across two locations (Hayle and Truro) and are in the process of designing an electronic system that will hopefully support remote working in the future.

We have our own Practice Educator within the department who will support you to learn the skills and a multidisciplinary team who are dedicated to supporting you to become an effective Pre-Assessment Nurse. These posts have been created as part of the Elective Recovery Plan to help us provide greater capacity to Pre-Assess more patients so that they can proceed on their elective pathway to safe surgery. There are a number of posts available and part time hours from 20 hours a week to full time hours can be supported.

Main duties of the job

The main duty of these posts is to conduct pre-assessments by telephone or video. This will include preparing the patient for what to expect delivering health promotion to them, along with medication plans specifically for anticoagulants, biologics and diabetes. You will need to decide if an anaesthetic review is required and make decisions about tests to arrange and then follow up. Once competent, nurses work autonomously .

Triage of referrals to the department into Pre-Op assessment not required, telephone or video assessment.

Follow up of results and autonomous discharge of patients that are fit to proceed to surgery with no further intervention.

About us

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is the biggest provider of healthcare services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Our three main sites are Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro, St Michael's Hospital Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital Penzance, our staff and services are available across the region.

The Trust employs 5,000+ staff, has a budget of �380 million and 750 beds. We work with health and social care organisations -including NHS Kernow and NHS England- to ensure local healthcare needs are met. We provide acute medical, surgical and specialist services to around 500,000- which can increase significantly during busy holiday periods.

The Trust has teaching hospitals status as part of the University of Exeter Medical School. Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we continually develop clinical services and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care offered locally.

We can offer you a rewarding career in a supportive working environment. We have extensive educational links to help you realise your full potential and develop skills to provide outstanding healthcare to the local community.

Enjoy an outstanding quality of life in a place that offers surfing beaches and fishing harbours to beautiful countryside and historic towns. With clean air, plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and excellent schools, colleges and universities (including adult education) it is the ideal place for families and for you to develop your own career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more information regarding this position.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • On the NMC register


  • Anaesthetic, Surgical. recovery or theatre related qualifications



  • Ability to work independently and manage own workload
  • Strong verbal, written and communication skills


  • Good IT skills

Knowledge and Experience


  • Current medical and surgical experience
  • evidence of enthusiasm to learn


  • Familiarity with PAS, BEA, MAXIMS, eNotes, Nervecentre

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital

Penventinnie Lane



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