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Staff Nurse

Job Description

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West. With 8,000 staff, over 100 different clinical services, working in nine hospitals in the centre and to the south of Bristol, we offer a wide range of careers and jobs. Together we support the delivery of excellent care to the people of Bristol and beyond.

Our hospitals include: Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Eye Hospital and South Bristol Community Hospital.

The city of Bristol is an exciting place to live and work whether you are looking for culture, shopping, eating out or sport, it’s all here for you.

Trust values: Respecting everyone, Embracing change, Recognising success, Working together

Everyone at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is valued, whatever their role. We are looking for people that live our values to help us make a difference to the thousands of patients who come to us for treatment every year. Being a member of staff here means treating everyone with respect. It means working together and embracing change to achieve excellence in every part of the hospital. Most of all, it means encompassing a desire to take personal responsibility for ensuring our patients get the highest quality care they deserve.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce.

We are seeking experienced Registered to come and join us in the Division of Medicine as we continue to build our caring and compassionate workforce for the future. We offer a variety of specialties within the Division i.e Acute Medicine/Respiratory/ Hepatology/ Acute stroke/ gastroenterology/ CF/ caring for older people/ rehabilitation and out-patient services. Please find below our current opportunities for experienced Band 5 registered nurses. If you are unsure about coming to a large teaching hospital we do offer ‘taster’ sessions, spending time shadowing a Registered Nurse. If you wish to discuss any of these nursing opportunities, please contact: Sally Wilson, Matron, Divisional Recruitment Lead: ( Email address removed ) or  ( Phone number removed )  /

Older Person’s Assessment Unit (OPAU)- Our new purpose built 30 bedded OPAU has been designed on the same principles of a AMU, catering for the Older Adult. If patients require admission they will attend OPAU and be assessed within 24 hours. OPAU is a dynamic unit which has a strong multi-disciplinary working ethos with both internal and external stakeholders.

Hepatology / Liver Unit (Ward A522) - Ward A522 is a dedicated 24 bedded unit for patients with a variety of liver and Hepatology disorders that affects adults of all ages. Due to the nature of the patients’ condition nursing these patients acutely unwell and sometimes can be very challenging. This is a very busy ward with a highly motivated nursing and medical team in delivering high quality of care to patients with a variety of liver conditions. The unit is also supported by clinical nurse specialists i.e transplant, hepatology, alcohol nurses which is integral to the team. We would very keen to explore appointing dual Band 5 RN/RMN registration nurses.

Ward C808- Here at C808 we are always looking for new team players to join. Each day holds a new story as we care for some of the most interesting patients you will ever meet. Having the opportunity to meet and listen to some of their stories is one of the greatest pleasures about working with the elderly. Care of the elderly brings great diversity to nursing, with such a variety of skills needed. Clinical knowledge base can be improved upon due to the varying conditions our patients present with; Diabetes, Heart failure, Dementia to name a few. Ensuring the safety of our patients beyond their hospital stay is also a key part of our role. Communication skills can be improved upon greatly, not only with our patients but also working alongside our MDT team. Last but not least, the opportunity to bring dignity at the end of a patient’s life is another interesting and important aspect of nursing with the elderly. So if this sounds like your cup of tea, we would love to meet you and welcome you to the team!

South Bristol Community Hospital - We currently have an opportunity for a Band 5 Registered Nurse on Ward 100/200 at South Bristol Community Hospital. Working with a happy supportive team this post presents an excellent opportunity to enhance your assessment and communication skills at a busy community hospital specialising in rehabilitation. The role offers an excellent opportunity to work with the MDT in a less acute but more active environment and will prove an incredible stepping stone if you are considering pursuing a career in the community or Hospital setting.

Emergency Department (ED) - band 5 opportunities for Registered Nurses who have a strong desire to develop their emergency nursing knowledge and skills. We are keen to hear from RNs with previous emergency nursing experience who relish the challenges of working in an inner city adult department. In return we offer a dedicated departmental induction followed by regular educational opportunities to ensure you develop your competency in a range of emergency nursing skills. We are a highly supportive and dynamic team who strive to provide the highest levels of patient care. If you are enthusiastic, hard-working, passionate about the nursing care you deliver and have a strong desire to develop further as an emergency nurse then we would like to hear from you. We operate a long-day shift pattern with 1 in 2 weekend working and 50% day/night ratio pro rota. Please contact Charge Nurse Raoul Chandrasakara for more information or to arrange an informal visit on  ( Phone number removed ) .

For further details / informal visits contact:
Sally Wilson, Matron, Divisional Recruitment Lead: ( Email address removed ) or  ( Phone number removed )  or bleep 2475 (through BRI Switchboard  ( Phone number removed ) )


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7. All staff identified as AT-RISK who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly. Priority will initially be given to University Hospital Bristol employees.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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