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Staff Nurse - Orthopaedic Trauma Ward

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
20 Jul 2024
The Purbeck Ward team are known for their welcoming nature, they are enthusiastic and work incredibly hard to ensure that every patient receives the care they need and deserve. Purbeck is proud to support the FERF initiative, this is favourable event reporting and each month celebrates all the wonderful things that have been accomplished and the hard work and dedication that goes into working on a trauma ward.

The successful applicants must be a qualified nurse with experience working within the acute hospital setting. Applicants must have the ability to work well as a part of the multidisciplinary team as well as individually and be able to adapt to frequently changing situations.

Main duties of the job

Purbeck Ward is a GOLD accredited trauma unit, specialising in acute Orthopaedic trauma and working within the wider scope of the Wessex trauma network. The fast paced and unpredictable nature of trauma nursing, in turn with its success in achieving good patient outcomes in a friendly, supportive ward environment are positives which we celebrate as a team.

Successful applicants will be supported to complete their Level 1 Adult Ward Nursing for the Major Trauma Patient competencies as well as attend TCAR training and the trusts Orthopaedic Nursing Study day. We also offer a wide range of educational opportunities at Dorset County Hospital which applicants will be encourages to attend.

The Orthopaedic unit provides an ideal environment for successful applicants to learn about the complex and rewarding nature of Orthopaedic nursing, both trauma and elective. We care for predominantly Orthopaedics however, we also cater at times for outliers of other surgical and medical specialties.

The successful applicants will be able to demonstrate an ability to provide high quality, safe nursing care which is driven by patient experience and evidence-based best practice.

Safe and timely discharge planning is an essential aspect of this role, which is paramount to promoting effective utilisation of the beds on the unit.

About us

At DCHFT, we pride ourselves on the care we provide for our patients, and on the culture, we are creating for our staff. We work hard to create a fair, inclusive environment for our staff.

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them, and our vision is Dorset County Hospital, working with our health and social care partners, will be at the heart of improving the well-being of our communities.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our DCHFT Job Description and Person Specification (attached) tells you all about this role, what to expect and what is needed to succeed. When completing your application please make sure to tell us how your experience and skills fit the person specification.

Please contact us at if you are unable to view or download the attachment.

For all our roles, we are looking for staff who hold our Trust Values of Integrity, Respect Teamwork and Excellence, and who are passionate about providing the best patient care. To read more about our Trust and our Values search Dorset County Hospital online.

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications & Training


  • Registered Nurse.


  • Evidence of CPD.

Knowledge and Experiance


  • Acute hospital experience preferred.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of accountability.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of confidentiality.
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its requirements.
  • Understanding of professional nursing issues.
  • Surgical experience desirable

Skills & Abilities


  • Evidence of ability to practice as competent practitioner
  • Evidence of ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, patients and visitors.


  • Evidence of an ability to manage time effectively and prioritise workload

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Purbeck Ward

Dorset County Hospital



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