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Registered Nurse - Complex Care- Band 5

Band 5

Main area
Complex Care
Band 5
Permanent: Substantive
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Up to 37.5 hours per week)
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Southmead Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 per annum pro rata
Salary period
26/10/2022 23:59

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Job overview

Are you looking to join our expanding Complex Care team at North Bristol NHS Trust. Here are some of the reasons to join us…
We are opening a new 34 bedded ward within our State of the Art Brunel Building. This new ward will be set up in a traditional Nightingale layout with 3 bays of beds
We give our nurses the opportunity to directly impact a patients’ journey and gain control over their health and life, leading to a rewarding and compassionate culture across our wards.
Our opportunities offer excellent exposure to acute care, and through our rotational package we can give an introduction to Acute nursing and carve out an exciting pathway toward emergency or major trauma nursing.
As a nurse, your leadership team will offer training tailored to your career aspirations, internal development sessions, and monthly education workshops focused on a particular topic.
We currently have opportunities available for:
• Experienced Registered Nurses with current NMC Registration
• Newly Qualified and Newly Qualifying Nurses
• An experienced Registered Nurse working in a non-acute setting (i.e. nursing home) looking for a supportive environment to make the move into the acute setting
If you are a nurse with lapsed NMC registration, looking to return, we may be able to host your placement whilst you complete the Return to Practice course at the University of the West of England. To find out more, please email .

Main duties of the job

Working within our department, your main duties will include:
Organising and participating in the delivery of high standards of evidence-based nursing care.
Taking responsibility to carry out required planned, direct patient care to a high standard without direct supervision, in accordance with established nursing procedures and policies.
Contributing towards the health promotion for all patients by provided education, support and advice as necessary, ensuring referral to appropriate professionals or agencies as required.
In the absence of senior staff, taking responsibility for the delegation and supervision of appropriate work to other qualified staff, healthcare support workers and students.
Where relevant, be responsible and assist in the co-ordination of discharge planning in partnership with the multidisciplinary team.
Taking personal responsibility for treating all patients with courtesy, respecting their individual needs and maintaining confidentiality at all times.
Ensuring provision of a safe and therapeutic environment for all patients, relatives, visitors and colleagues.

Working for our organisation

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead.  We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.   

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups. 

Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local, national and internal holidays, and it has a rich history. If you prefer country, village or smaller town living, our Trust is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales (such as Portishead or Chepstow). For band 5 Registered Nurses and ODPs, relocation support may be available. Please email for more information. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For a full overview of the Job Description, please refer to the PDF Job Description attached as an additional document to this advert.


For a full overview of the Job Description, please refer to the PDF Job Description attached as an additional document to this advert.
Knowledge, Training Experience and Skills Required
Registered nurse with current NMC licence to practice.
Evidence of continued professional development i.e. a professional portfolio and participation in appraisal and development review.
To have achieved a recognised teaching & assessing qualification.
Completion of training for additional clinical skills required in the ward/department i.e. IV drug administration/cannulation & venepuncture/male catheterisation/training to monitor and change syringes for epidural & PCA syringe drivers. ECG training.
Green card training for the use of pumps or machinery relevant to the ward or department.
Evidence of attendance at mandatory training appropriate to the role.
Competence in the use of computers and electronic communication systems or expectation to develop existing skills further as the needs of the service dictate.
Evidence of an ability to critically appraise and utilise research to maintain and improve patient care.
Sound knowledge of health promotion issues to ensure junior staff, patients and carers are provided with education, support and advice as required.
Evidence of experience and knowledge of the importance of resource management including protocols for staff utilisation, equipment and products for clinical care
Main Duties and Responsibilities (In addition to the duties listed earlier in the advert):
Organise and participate in the delivery of high standards of evidence-based nursing care.
Take regular responsibility to carry out required planned, direct patient care to a high standard without direct supervision in accordance with established nursing procedures and policies.
To report to the appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team any significant changes in a patient’s condition or situation.
Responsible for taking charge of the ward/department on a regular basis in the absence of the person who has continuing responsibility.
Take personal responsibility as a team leader for the delivery of care of patients in a defined area.
To contribute towards health promotion for all patients by providing education, support and advice, as necessary Ensure referral to appropriate professionals or agencies as required.
Ensure the safe ordering, administration and custody of patients’ medication according to Trust policies and procedures.
In the absence of senior staff be responsible for delegation and supervision of appropriate work to other qualified staff, health care assistants and students
Where relevant to be responsible for and assist in co-ordinating discharge planning in partnership with the multidisciplinary team
Where relevant, responsible for the admission, assessment and preparation of patients undergoing treatment or investigations.
Escort patients to other wards or departments as required.
To take personal responsibility for ensuring that patients are treated with courtesy at all times, the individual needs of patients are respected and confidentiality is maintained at all times.
Liase effectively with other disciplines or departments as appropriate.
To be able to act in emergency situations and to be familiar with emergency procedures including fire and resuscitation.
To be responsible for the support and direction of junior staff in such situations according to Trust policy.
To be responsible for ensuring provision of a safe and therapeutic environment for all patients, relatives, visitors and colleagues.
Ensure the readiness for use of special equipment and the availability of nursing supplies in conjunction with the senior ward nurses.
Ensure the safe custody of patients’ valuables and property according to Trust policies.
Report to nurse in charge/line manager all complaints, incidents or accidents involving self, staff, patients, visitors and complete relevant documentation according to Trust procedure.
Be responsible for reporting and documenting any broken or damaged equipment according to Trust policy.
To have detailed knowledge of Manual handling regulations particularly with regards to the moving and handling of patients.
To be responsible for ensuring that assessment of patients’ manual handling needs are carried out and ensure junior staff and students follow these requirements in the course of care delivery.
Ensure safe storage and disposal of substances hazardous to health in accordance with Trust policy. Ensure availability of facilities for disposal of sharps, toxic/cytoxic waste in accordance with trust policy.
In support of senior staff or ward manager assist with monitoring and report to ensure stock levels are maintained and that the correct quantities are in supply.
Monitor the use of supplies by junior staff to promote efficient use of all supplies.
To be aware of the directorate bleep holding function.
To have an awareness of the requirements for staffing the ward or department.
Undertake aspects of ward administration as agreed by the ward /department manage.
Report reliably any episodes of sickness for self or that are reported to you to the Registered nurse in charge to enable skill mix to be maintained.

Person specification

Education & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • RGN/Paediatric Nurse, with current live Registration
  • Teaching and assessing qualification (998 or equivalent) or willing to undertake after 2 years post registration (secured a position on this type of course)


Essential criteria
  • Expectation to undertake training for extended roles required by the ward / department. i.e. IV drug administration, Cannulation, venepuncture, ECGs, male catheterisation, PCA and Epidural training
  • Ideally, currently working in a hospital setting, as a Qualified Nurse or a Qualifying Student


Essential criteria
  • Advanced communication skills, verbal & written, to include report writing and record keeping.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Sound knowledge of Trust Policies & practices including manual handling, health & safety and infection control.
  • Basic computer / IT skills and expectation to develop these in line with the needs of the service i.e. IHS, Acis, Email use.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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