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Job summary

Main area
Accident & Emergency
Band 5
37.5 hours per week (37.5 per week - full time and part time considered)
Job ref
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Horton General Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 per annum
Salary period
08/02/2023 23:59

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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Staff Nurse

Band 5

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.


The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.


Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families. For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit


Job overview

  • Provide exceptional patient care which is underpinned by evidence based practice.
  • Involve and work in partnership with the patients’ family and friends to be actively involved 
    in the caring process on behalf of the patient where agreed.
  • Manage, direct and evaluate the nursing care for a defined caseload of patients.
  •  Communicate effectively information to patients/relatives/carers/ and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Maintain and develop high standards of nursing care, reflecting the beliefs about professional nursing practice and patient care commensurate with The Oxford Model for Exemplary Professional Nursing and Midwifery Practice.
  •  Develop and maintain specialist knowledge of nursing practice relevant to the clinical area 
  • Undertake the responsibilities associated with being a mentor and preceptor reflecting the beliefs about professional nursing practice and patient care commensurate with the Oxford 
    Model for Exemplary Professional and Nursing and Midwifery Practice. 
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner and be a role model to less experienced/non registered and new staff at all times.
  • Develop skills to provide senior nurse cover for the department in the absence of the Sister or Charge Nurse and Team Leader.
  • Work proactively to ensure every hospital visit meets the needs of the patient and that they are discharged in a timely manner ensuring effective communication with the family and/or 
    relevant agencies as agreed. 

Main duties of the job

This is a full-time post, if you have any shifts/hours restriction please let us know during your interview. Applicants who can't work the required hours will have their offer withdrawn.


We currently have  vacancies for qualified nursing staff within our busy Emergency department.  Would you like to be part of a team of highly skilled medical and emergency nurses delivering high standards of acute emergency care? 

The Horton  Emergency Department are recruiting for nurses to join their team of skilled practitioners. Ideally qualified applicants would have 6 months post graduate experience in an acute setting, however applications from new graduates will be considered.

The assessment unit has recently undergone a transformation and is now a single front door, acute care setting with the emergency department. Each emergency area will offer the opportunity to expand knowledge and skills across a range of emergency presentations, working as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary teams


Working for our organisation

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is a world renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the 
largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK. We became a Foundation Trust on 1 October 2015 and 
believe that this will enable us to work more effectively in partnership with our patients and our 
local community to provide high quality healthcare. We employ 12,558 staff (including 4,154 nurses 
and 2,024 doctors)
The Trust is made up of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital (which includes the Children's 
Hospital, West Wing, Eye Hospital, Heart Centre and Women's Centre), the Churchill Hospital and 
the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, all located in Oxford, and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, 
north Oxfordshire.
We provide a wide range of clinical services, specialist services (including cardiac, cancer, 
musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation and a full range of children’s’ services including 
critical and new born care) medical education, training and research.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This job description outlines the core requirements expected of a Band 5 nurse. As such the list below is not exhaustive. Specific requirements related to any specialist area of practice will be outlined with the prospective post holder and included as an addition to these generic descriptors as role specific prior to employment. 
Patient Care

  • Demonstrate and promote a patient and family centred style of clinical practice. 
  • Be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care from admission to discharge.
  •  Accurately document and report to other members of the nursing team and multi disciplinary team information regarding the care given to patients, communicating changes as they occur. 
  • Respond to emergency situations with composure, maintaining patient safety and seeking immediate support, and supporting the patient, family and other staff as required.
  • Identify and discuss patient needs with the team/staff, patients, carers and the multi disciplinary team. Be able to plan own workload.
  •  Demonstrate a problem solving approach to effectively execute planning, implementation and evaluation of individualised plans of care based on a holistic model of care.
  •  Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events
  • Maintain patient dignity and confidentiality at all times.Professional Practice
  • Ensure clinical practice is evidence based or peer reviewed “best practice”.
  • Develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide holistic, evidence based nursing care. 
  • With supervision and assistance, take on increased responsibility (for example being a named nurse), recognising own limitations and seeking help appropriately. 
  • As negotiated with Sister/Charge Nurse set and maintain standards of practice, conduct and decision making.
  • Be competent in the use of all relevant Trust IT systems including the use of electronic patient records, (EPR) , email and associated professional media ensuring that data is entered in an accurate and timely fashion, in accordance with Trust policy and procedure.
  • Engage in and promote a paper light approach to information management. 
  • Maintain regular use of email and other modes of communication in order to keep abreast of information disseminated across the Trust 
  • Adhere to the NMC Code at all times and practice within the NMC Scope of Professional practice, maintaining patient confidentiality at all times. 
  • Adhere to the Data Protection Act.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of Accountability, Responsibility and Duty of Care and work towards the provision of support and education for less experienced and non-registered staff on the implications for practice                                                               Leadership and Management
  • Undertake the responsibilities associated with being the Team Co-ordinator (in rotation with other staff) to manage allocated resources effectively and efficiently. This includes inputting into electronic patient acuity and dependency and safe staffing tools on a daily 
  •  Ensure that prescribed treatments and plans are in the patient’s best interests and are carried out as appropriate, and that multidisciplinary team members are informed of changes in the patient’s condition.
  • Ensure compliance with the Health and Social Care Act regulations 2010 by adhering to the Care Quality Commission standards at all times raising concerns to Sister/charge Nurse or an appropriate senior person. 
  • Contribute toward projects and audits being undertaken in the department, as directed by Ward Manager or deputies.
  • Ensure the appropriate management of clinical and general waste and that staffing resources are used appropriately when prescribing and implementing care and treatments.
  • Report near misses and untoward incidents, complaints, clinical emergencies, injury or medicine administration errors as detailed in departmental and Trust protocols and procedures, assist the Sister / Charge Nurse Manager in investigating incidents as required. Be proactive in seeking a response to the issues raised in order to disseminate the actions identified and provide own account of events if asked to support an investigation. 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and compliance with Health and Safety Regulations that apply to staff and patients. To escalate concerns to senior staff in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Be familiar with the Oxford Model of Exemplary Nursing and Midwifery Practice and ensure that key performance indicators are met. 
  • Maintain and contribute to the development of standards of practice, conduct or decision making in conjunction with team leaders/ward manager/unit co-ordinator.
  • Discuss personal and professional development needs during an annual appraisal, developing, agreeing and documenting action points in the electronic recording and personal development plan.
  • Ensure that a smart, professional image that enhances the public perception of the Trust and the professionalism of its staff is portrayed.
    Education and Training
  • Be actively involved in, and support departmental education programmes.
  •  Complete or be working towards any local and Trust competency frameworks within a time frame agreed with the Sister/ Charge Nurse and with the support of a named mentor.
  • Take all opportunities to contribute to the education and practical training of learners and less experienced staff in order to provide uniformity and promotion of professional standards.
  • Develop the skills to supervise, mentor, support and educate less experienced and non registered staff in the clinical practice setting 
     Undertake all relevant Statutory and Mandatory (SME) training using the Trust E-Learning packages and study opportunities.
  •  Demonstrate a commitment to research based practice and clinical excellence and play an active part in the introduction of research-based change to improve patient centred care. 
  • Undertake the responsibilities of a mentor participating in induction and orientation programmes, guiding practice, assessing competence, enabling and supporting learning. Improving Quality and Developing Practice.
  • Comply with PREP (in full) requirements for NMC Revalidation, identifying own learning needs and ensuring own professional development is maintained by keeping up to date with practice developments.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to evidence based practice and clinical excellence. Using these skills works collegiately to promote innovation and work within the nursing team in the 
    provision of an excellent standard of patient care in line with Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) values and The Oxford Model of Exemplary Nursing and Midwifery Practice.
  • Develop and share own clinical knowledge with other members of the multi-disciplinary team and as relevant with practitioners both locally and nationally.
  • Act as a role model for the nursing/midwifery team promoting consistent professional and clinical excellence.
  • Provide support to less experienced staff.
  • Engage in Clinical Supervision in order to gain an appreciation of its value in clinical practice.
  • Identify own development needs, aligning these to service requirements and personal aspirations. Proactively develop and improve own practice using all available resources.
  • Understand and contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies/protocols/guidelines relevant to the specialist area.
  • Participate in the OUH culture of audit and research in practice 
  • Keep up to date with professional issues that influence nursing practice relating to the area of clinical practice, management education and research.
  • Promote and practice, evidence based nursing care, embracing new ideas and changes for the benefit of patient care.
  • Openly question and challenge nursing practice in a constructive way so that standards of patient care are continually evaluated and improved.

Person specification

Values and Behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Able to deliver a high standard of care for patients and always striving to improve on what you do through change and innovation.
Desirable criteria
  • NA

Education, training and quali

Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse (Part 1. 8. 12 or 15 of register depending on area of practice).
  • UK recognised Degree in Nursing relevant to post.
Desirable criteria
  • Hold a recognised NMC qualification in teaching and mentoring.

Clinical Practice

Essential criteria
  • Able to document observations, results, decisions and actions etc. effectively in patient’s notes and communicate these effectively to appropriate members of the multi-disciplinary team.
Desirable criteria
  • Competent to administer intravenous medicines
  • Competent in central venous access management

Leadership and Management

Essential criteria
  • Able to effectively and appropriately escalate concerns to reduce risk and promote patient safety.

Improving Quality and Develop

Essential criteria
  • Able to identify own learning needs and ensure own professional development is maintained by keeping up to date with practice developments
Desirable criteria
  • Able to contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies/protocols/guidelines relevant to area of practice.
  • Demonstrates ability to question and challenge nursing practice in a constructive way so that standards of patient care are continually evaluated and improved.

Personal Qualities and Physica

Essential criteria
  • Motivated and able to articulate reasons for desire to work in the specific practice area
  • Being self-aware and able to accept constructive criticism
  • Positive enthusiastic character
  • Resilient under pressure
Desirable criteria
  • NA

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantFair Train work experience quality standard - gold standardApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleDisability confident employerArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Embracing Equality Diversity Inclusion

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Job title
Senior Sister
Email address
Additional information

Ruth Lewis, Senior sister ED,, 01295 229416


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