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Staff Nurse

Job Description

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services and community health services across Wiltshire. We have approximately 5,200 staff who pride themselves in delivering an outstanding service to patients and users.

Staff Nurse

Band 5 Staff Nurse - Orthopaedic Wards

Are you looking for a new challenge in a modern healthcare environment?

We are recruiting motivated, enthusiastic and patient care driven Staff Nurses to work within Planned Care on our Orthopaedic wards at The Great Western Hospital in Swindon. We have a bright modern hospital and fantastic state of the art facilities. Ideal candidates will have the relevant skills that are required for elective and emergency surgical wards and be committed to on-going development.

What can you do for us?

It’s an exciting time to be a nurse and we are looking for compassionate and caring nurses to work with us to provide the best care we can for our patients. Compassion, commitment, enthusiasm and excellent communication skills are also essential attributes for our teams.

What can we offer you:

  • Competitive rate of pay including unsocial hours enhancements
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme
  • Training and development opportunities driven by our nurse-run Academy

Our service objective is to deliver high quality care to our patients, through individualised care services that will promote independence, rehabilitation and enablement. Our Surgical Wards are friendly places to work and we are keen to welcome new team members willing to contribute to the on-going development of our integrated services.

Where are we recruiting?

The Great Western Hospital in Swindon has vacancies for Staff Nurses across Orthopaedic wards. Both wards are situated in our modern dedicated surgical treatment center adjacent to the main hospital building.

Aldbourne Ward: A 24 bedded Elective Orthopaedic ward for patients undergoing planned surgery (major joint replacements, spinal surgery and other Orthopaedic surgery).

Trauma: A 28 bedded ward for patients that have Orthopaedic injuries as a result of Trauma

If you are excited at the opportunity of being part of the Planned Care Team then we would love you to apply. For further information please contact Matron Sue Harmsworth on  ( Phone number removed ) .

Please note this vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, so please apply as soon as possible if interested. We will endeavour to contact all applicants within four weeks, but if you do not hear from us, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful this time.

All new starters with the Trust will be subject to a six month probationary period. The probationary period works alongside the induction process to help create a positive and supportive working environment that allows new staff to learn the key elements of the role within a reasonable and realistic timescale.

Current employees should be aware that this position is advertised as a GWH position and appointment ends any TUPE protection.

All candidates that are offered a position after the 1st July 2016 will be required to pay for their own DBS checks if one is required for the post they are offered. For standard DBS checks the cost is £26 and will recovered from the first months pay; for enhanced DBS checks the cost is £44 and will be split over the first 2 months pay. (£22 each month)

If you are offered a bank post that requires a DBS you will need to pay for this prior to commencing.

GWH NHS Foundation Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The organization is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team.

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