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RN- Burns and Plastics (Gate 33a)- Band 5

NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southmead Hospital. Brunel Building
Westbury on Trym
£27,055 - £32,934 per annum
Salary period
11/10/2022 23:59

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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

Are you interested in finding out more about nursing within our burns and plastics surgery team?

Here are some of the reasons we are unique.

  • We are a Regional Burns unit and the major trauma centre for plastic and reconstructive surgery for the Southwest of England. Our plastic reconstruction team is recognised as one of the best in the country.
  • We offer opportunities to work in our ward-based adults burns clinic with future opportunities to run the clinic.
  • We are proud of the learning opportunities available within our department, which includes ward and Trust based in house teaching, opportunities to attend

We currently have opportunities available for:

  • Experienced Registered Nurses with current NMC Registration
  • Newly Qualified and Newly Qualifying Nurses, ready to take the leap from theory to the clinical setting.

If you are a nurse with lapsed NMC registration, looking to return to practice, 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

Our department is a busy 28 bedded burns and plastic surgery ward, with 20 en-suite rooms and 2 four bedded bays along with an Adult Burns Clinic run on the ward.

Working within our team, your main duties will include:

  • Working with patients who have undergone emergency or elective reconstructive surgery for trauma related injuries, cancer, burns and other minor/major injuries
  • Being responsible for coordinating and providing complete care to allocated patients and work as a part of the team
  • Participate and or carry out small to complex dressing changes in wound management
  • Working closely with members of the multidisciplinary team, including Therapists and Psychologists, doctors and speciality nurses.
  • To be actively involved in their own development and supporting junior member s of the team in their development
  • Supporting patients and their families during their stay
  • To work in Adult Burns clinic
  • To strictly adhere to local and trust wide Infection Control policy and procedures

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

North Bristol NHS Trust currently recruits overseas Nursing staff through an NHS Trust Supplier and we adhere to the NHSE Code of Practice in relation to applicants from Red List countries. We are therefore unable to accept any direct applications from candidates who are not already based in the UK.

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.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Band 5 qualification
  • Current UK NMC registration
Desirable criteria
  • Venepuncture and cannulation skills. Willing to undertake training for the different IV therapies given.

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Applicant requirements

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Johanna Thomas
Job title
Senior Sister
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Additional information 

Tel: 0117 41 44550