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Staff Nurse - Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge Wells
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Whether you are a newly qualified Staff Nurse or a Nurse with experience, we have an opportunity for you within our Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust are proud to own two acute hospitals. Maidstone hospital, Kent's home oncology centre, has a wide range of complex and routine surgical and medical services and has the latest in diagnostic facilities. Tunbridge Wells Hospital is the first NHS Hospital in England to provide en-suite single rooms to all in-patients in ward environments. The hospital is seen nationally as an example of best practice in the design of patient-safe facilities and has attracted widespread international interest. It provides a range of complex and routine surgical and medical services and is a recognised Trauma Centre with state of the art facilities.

We are looking for dedicated and passionate Band 5 Registered Nurses to work with our Pre- Operative Assessment Team at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital site.

Main duties of the job

Do you have good communication and interpersonal skills along with an ability to work as part of a team? Are you used to liaising with a wide variety of members from the multi-disciplinary team and have a passion for improving the patient's surgical pathway? Then this could be the role for you!

Pre-assessment nursesplay a pivotal role in deliveringsafe and efficient pre-operative care by optimising patients for surgery. You will be working with the multi-disciplinary teams, including GP's and Anaesthetists to provide effective assessment to ensure our patients and their families/carers receive excellent preparation for surgical procedures.

The Pre-operative assessment clinic has recently initiated a state of the art innovative digital preoperative assessment programme and our aim is provide all our patients with the highest standard of surgical care

Our pre-assessment nurse will play an important role in assessing patients for specialities including ENT, Orthopaedics, Urology, Gynae, Breast and Surgical procedures.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please emailmtw-tr.professionalstandards@nhs.netif this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check atEnhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

We support our staff with disabilities to ensure they have the adjustments they need to be the best they can be in the workplace. Collaborating with Access to Work means that our staff are assessed by experts in the workplace and we ensure that their recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible. You can find out more here: Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition: What Access to Work is - GOV.UK (

Interview Date: 12th August 2024

Person Specification



  • First level registered nurse OR professional registered with the HCPC such as Operating Department Practitioner, Paramedic, Physiotherapist etc
  • Basic Life Support provider
  • Mentorship / preceptorship course or equivalent


  • Evidence of further education since qualification e.g. diploma or degree
  • Intermediate advanced life support
  • Preoperative Assessment experience



  • Experience as a Band 5 in an acute setting or equivalent
  • Proficient clinician and clinical role model
  • Insight and understanding of current issues in nursing
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development


  • ITU / anaesthetic / preoperative assessment experience
  • Understanding of audit and benchmarking processes
  • Insight and understanding of current issues in nursing and the NHS



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of commitment to patient centred care
  • Understanding of own accountability


  • Advanced clinical skills
  • Commitment to teaching others
  • IT/keyboard skills

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Tonbridge Road

Tunbridge Wells


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