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Registered Nurse - Medicine Division - Band 5

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Permanent: Substantive
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Up to 37.5 hours per week)
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Southmead Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 £25655 - £31534 per annum pro rata
Salary period
03/10/2022 10:00

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Please note that this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.


Job overview

So, you’re eager to learn more about our Short Stay Medicine Ward at North Bristol NHS Trust. Here are some of the reasons we’re unique... 

  • Gate 26B is a 32 bedded ward consisting of 8 step down Cardiology beds and 24 bed general medicine, we look after a broad range of medical issues of all ages so this will give you a great opportunity to widen your knowledge. We receive patients direct from Admissions unit Cardiology
  • Our ward is fast paced, led by a dynamic multidisciplinary team which all work closely together. It consists of a permeant Medical Consultant, different Specialist Cardiology doctors, Heart Failure  Nurse Physiotherapists, Occupational staff, discharge team to help with the quick turnaround of patient discharges.
  • New staff will have great support from the experienced Band 6’s and 7 working on the ward, as well as the friendliness and helpfulness of all the other nurses on the ward.
  • As a ward we believe in great team work, you will always be encouraged to further Professional development and opportunity  for expand your  knowledge  base .We  are  happy  to  support  you  what ever  your  background  is  and support  you  to  achieve  your clinical  excellence .   

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

At NBT we commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

 In this vital role, you will: 

  • The post holder will be designated on a regular basis to take charge of the ward/department in the absence of the ward manager or senior nurse after two years in post and on an occasional basis within the first two years in post. 
  • The post holder will work within and lead a clinical care team. 
  • The post holder will take personal responsibility and accountability for ensuring that Trust and local policies and procedures are known and followed and will ensure duties are carried out in accordance with the advisory guidelines and practice set out in the NMC code of Professional conduct. 
  • The post holder will be responsible for assessment, planning, provision, maintenance and evaluation of patient care. 
  • The post holder will take responsibility for the supervision and guidance of other staff including health care assistants and students on a daily basis. 
  • The post holder will actively contribute to the provision of a good learning environment by taking on the role of mentor/assessor for learners eg. Student nurses and support worker roles.



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.

We commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

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, NBT is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales (e.g. Portishead, Chepstow)

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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.  

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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