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Bank Acute Staff Nurse, Band 5

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
20 Jul 2024
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust are excited to welcome new bank applications to support our nursing teams at Musgrove Park Hospital & Yeovil District Hospital.

We are looking for compassionate nurses who are reliable and flexible to join our bank team. If you have good interpersonal and organisational skills, enjoy a challenge and have a passion to deliver a high standard of patient care, then this is the opportunity for you!

We can also offer payment for your bank shifts weekly! Bank Pay is an easy way to automatically get paid a percentage of the money you've already earned from any bank shifts completed the previous week. It means you don't have to wait until the end of the month for your bank shift pay, giving you more flexibility.

We welcome applications from all aspects of society, however we particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities, LGBT+ community and younger people who are under-represented in Somerset.

*Please note, you must have completed your preceptorship to be considered for this role. If you are currently employed by our trust get in touch with for more information on how to join our Bank Team. Please do not reapply if we have received an application from you in the last three months*

Main duties of the job

  • To provide and maintain a high standard of evidence based, patient centred care.
  • To demonstrate good interpersonal skills and to develop practical skills required within the speciality, whist reflecting the philosophy of care, and greater involvement of patients and their relatives/carers by using the Trusts patient and public involvement strategy.
  • To demonstrate Trust values whilst delivering safe and compassionate person centred care, treating patients, service users and their family with consideration andrespect.
  • The post holder will be required to work flexibly and in other areas of the Trust to meetservice needs.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:

Multicultural Network

Women's Network

Armed Forces' Network

LGBTQ Plus Network

Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities

Autistic Colleague Network

We offer a form of weekly pay via Wagestream. Bank Pay is an easy way to automatically get paid a percentage of the money you've already earned from any bank shifts completed the previous week. It means you don't have to wait until the end of the month for your bank shift pay, giving you more flexibility.

Don't worry - the remaining portion of your pay is set aside to make sure your tax contributions are paid in full and if your tax contributions amount to less than the money set aside you'll receive it all back at the end of each month.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and ResponsibilitiesCommunication and Key Working Relationships

- Communicates with patients, relatives and carers sensitive clinical information in a way that takes into account the level of understanding and any barriers that may have an impact on the individual receiving and understanding the information, face to face and via the telephone on a frequent daily basis.

- Communicate in an empathetic way giving reassurance and developing cooperation in achieving good outcomes on a frequent daily basis.

- Contact with multi-disciplinary team, Matrons, A.D.N, support service staff.Planning and Organisation

- Manage own time an plan and organise workload effectively.

- Contribute to the planning and organizing of any service improvements or developmentsAnalytics

- Makes judgement when dealing with enquires, to resolve problems for patients and staff.Responsibility for Patient / Client Care, Treatment & Therapy

- Works in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Conduct at all times.

- Plans, implements, carries out and evaluates care given by self and other support nursing staff to patients and their relatives.

- Make decisions, following discussion with a senior member of the nursing or medical staff with regard to the clinical intervention required, based on the analysis and interpretation of complex clinical facts (such as blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, temperature and fluid balance)on a daily basis and in crisis situations.

- Take responsibility as an individual that the Trust policy for clinical incident reporting is followed. Support the senior Ward Sister/Matron to use the learning from incidents in a positive way to develop or change practice.

- Provide statements in response to formal complaints or resolve with patients or relatives any verbal complaints or if necessary pass on to the senior nursing staff/matron/PALS services any that cannot be resolved.

- Support the senior nursing staff to use the learning as a result of incidents and complaints and take action in a positive way to develop or change practice.

- Respond frequently to requests for information on patient conditions, bed state, and requests from Medical staff and other enquires relating to the ward from internal and external sources, via the telephone, and assistance in emergency situations and when more junior staff requires support with clinical observations.

- Maintain and develop own clinical expertise and competence by working clinically as part of the team, undergoing training and updating by external or internal courses and by reading and keeping up to date with changes in practice.

- Responsible for infection control and cleanliness standards on a shift by shift basis by following National and Trust policy.

-As per the drug policy follow the safe ordering, storage and administration of medicines.

- Is visible and accessible to patients, visitors and users of the service.Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility

- Use local and national research, guidelines and policies to establish a model of evidence based care, which is patient-centred and ensure discharge planning is commenced on admission by staff and that patients are discharged without unnecessary delays, according to the Trust discharge policy.

- Maintain personal standards of hygiene and promote universal precautions to limit cross infection.

- Wear the correct uniform as agreed by the Trust.

- Read and adhere to all Trust policies including clinicalgovernance/COSHH/Health and Safety/Clinical Waste/Manual Handling/PEAT.Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources

- Responsible for the repair and maintenance of ward equipment on a shift by shift basis and shared responsibility for the safe keeping of patient property.Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management

- Responsible, on a shift by shift basis, for the supervision, performance and management of staff comprising nurses, health care assistants and other relevant staff.Information Resources & Administrative Duties

- Use the Trust computer system to update patient information and respond to emails on a daily basis.

- Maintain accurate clinical observations and records, interpret the significance of these and ask for advice on appropriate care from senior nursing and medical staff.Working Environment

- Will have exposure to death and distressed patients and relatives in emergency frequently.

- Need to have a general awareness of activities going on around, being able to respond to and clear areas in an emergency.

- Work in other areas/Wards as required according to service/patient needs when requested.

- Frequent daily contact with bodily fluids.

- Required to move patients, push hoists and trolleys exerting moderate physical effort for short periods throughout the shift.

- To work in unpredictable demands on time, physical and mental effort.

- Manipulation of clinical equipment, accuracy and concentration in the administration of drugs and when undertaking core clinical nursing procedures such as bathing, catheterisation, injections, wound dressings, handling of infusions and vascular access devices working within own limitations at all times.

Person Specification



  • - Up to date registered nurse qualification
  • - Willingness to undertake training and develop competencies in the acute clinical area


  • - Speciality courses relevant to an acute clinical area



  • - Experience as a Registered Nurse in a Clinical setting
  • - Analytical skills to deal with interpreting complex clinical information


  • Experience in an acute clinical/hospital setting

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Musgrove Road




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