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Job summary

Main area
Care of Elderly
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
£27,055 - £32,934 PA
Salary period
03/02/2023 23:59

Employer heading

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Registered Nurse Band 5

NHS AfC: Band 5

Job overview

The ward consists of 29 beds and is led by  approachable Ward Manager supported by three Ward Sisters. The ward is a Dementia friendly with one Consultants specialising in different aspects of care for frail and elderly with complex discharges. The care delivered is of a very high standard and the whole team work closely to ensure all patient experience is positive. The ward received a national award of the ELDER FRIENDLY QUALITY MARK in recognition of the support the whole team provides to older people. This mark puts Harpur ward in a group of only 40 wards across the country to have achieved the recognition.

Although we have a very strong learning and development function, we appreciate you will need to have acquired some skills and experience from your career you will require in order for your time with us to be a real success.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the sister/charge nurse on  the ward  in the management and delivery of patient centred care to patients admitted to the unit.  The role incorporates assessing needs, developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of care, supporting and facilitating appropriate rehabilitation opportunities, safe discharges and promoting patient independence. 

The role will:

•    The role will support the senior sister/charge nurse to ensure that the unit to maintaining a safe and effective service at all times. 1 Communicate and work well within a multidisciplinary team.
•    Deliver person centre care to meet the assessed needs of patients and significant others.
•    Willingness to expand your elderly and frail knowledge and best practice initiatives.


Working for our organisation

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton.  Both hospital sites offer key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career. 
We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main responsibilities 
•    To use skills and knowledge to contribute to the assessment, implementation and evaluation of patient care.
•    To use skills and knowledge to identify subtle changes in condition and to take appropriate clinical actions, including informing the multi-disciplinary team including medical cover of any concerns.
•    To ensure care is delivered in a safe and effective manner and as far as is practicable is based on an evidence of good practice.
•    To be familiar and efficient with emergency procedures pertaining to community inpatient settings.
•    To handover work to the multi-disciplinary team, in an efficient manner, prioritising workload effectively and using appropriate and agreed tools.
•    Taking blood samples  
•    Recording observations  
•    Medication administration  
•    Wound care management  Risk assessments  Safeguarding alerts  
•    Education and training of junior staff  o Involvement in rehabilitation programs 
•    To maintain up to date knowledge of services which are appropriate to the overall well-being of the patient and to act as liaison between agencies as required.
•    To assist in the preparation of high quality written reports and any other written documentation as necessary to support this patient group.

Person specification

Personal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Open/ Warm/ Reflective
  • Enthusiastic and Self aware


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of professional development
  • Basic life support up to date


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of caring for cardiac patients
  • Evidence of good clinical skills


Essential criteria
  • Work well within a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Modern Slavery ActApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyAge positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Carol Banerji
Job title
Ward Manager
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Additional information

Harpur ward - Extension 5660

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