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Registered Nurse - Acute Surgical Unit

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
General Surgery
NHS AfC: Band 5
37.5 hours per week (Full time 37.5 hours per week)
Job ref
Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum pro rata
Salary period
04/08/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

As part of the surgical divisions commitment in developing its services we also have an Emergency Surgery Ambulatory Care service on the ward.

We are looking for a Staff Nurse that is keen to take change initiatives forward and support the further development of this service.

As a staff nurse you will:

- Be able to work as an effective team member
- Have the ability to work flexibly
- Demonstrate effective communication skills
- Be able to deliver high quality patient focused care
- Be motivated and dedicated to improving clinical practice
- Be committed to personal and staff development
- Participate in the provision of high quality patient care.




Main duties of the job

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated nurses to work on the Acute Surgical Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The ASU provides care for all types of surgical patients including general, urology, ENT, Max Fac, orthopaedics and colorectal specialties.

You will work closely with all members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure safe service delivery for patients and staff; participating in all aspects of wards duties.

Full support will be given for you to achieve your developmental needs. We expect staff to work together as a team to achieve the best outcomes; you will be encouraged to work with your manager to identify any individual learning needs relevant to the area.
You will be required to participate in providing 24 hour cover.

Newly qualified Band 5 nurses are welcomed to apply; you can work towards Band 5 competencies & develop extended roles. Full support for Preceptorship given.


Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals-Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community healthcare premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre. 

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services. 

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses. 

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading.

You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/  

Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • 1st level Registered Nurse
  • Willingness to undertake Teaching Qualification, Mentoring / assessing qualification, NVQ Assessors Award
Desirable criteria
  • Post registration clinical course appropriate to area
  • ECDL or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Evidence of recent professional development.(2)
  • Experience of establishing effective communication.(2)
  • Experience of implementing change.(2)
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience within designated area.(2)
  • Experience of mentoring and assessing junior staff.(2)
  • Experience as shift team leader.(2)

Skills, ability and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable/ willingness to undertake specific clinical skills appropriate to speciality
  • Understanding of current NHS issues
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written & verbal.
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance
Desirable criteria
  • Effective teaching skills and /or mentoring skills.
  • IT skills – use of email, word processing, internet searching
  • Effective leadership skills.
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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sharon Atkinson
Job title
Unit Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01524 512379
Additional information

Helen Baines 
01524 512379