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Staff Nurse - AMU

Band 5

Main area
Medicine and Emergency Care
Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Various hours available)
Job ref
AMU Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 Pro Rata
Salary period
12/07/2022 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

Do you fancy a challenge with support, education and reassurance? Yes, then this could be the Unit for you.

The Acute Medical Unit is looking for highly motivated Registered Nurses to join our team. Our Unit has received the prestigious award as a Silver SPEC area, where our commitment to deliver Safe, Personal and Effective Care continuously has been recognised. We have pledged to maintain these high standards of care at all times by working in partnership with patients and all members of the multi-disciplinary team.

We are a dynamic, well led Acute Medical Unit caring for acutely unwell medical patients.  We have 73 beds, 10 of these beds are Higher Observations beds.

These beds are used for patients that are transferred from the Emergency Department earlier in their pathway - in the acute phase of admission, they will require higher skilled care and treatment, therefore applicants are required to have skills in Emergency or Acute Medicine / Critical Care.The beds are supported by a designated team highly trained professionals including our Clinical Lead nurses. Level 1 training and opportunity to undertake Advanced Life Support will be available to support development.


Main duties of the job

Our patients will be assessed, triaged and treated to identify whether to stay on the assessment unit , be discharged or require a longer stay Specialist bed . Our length of stay will be up to 72 hours.

Our area will provide excellent experience for newly qualified nurses , we offer a substantial in house training programme, along side the Perceptorship programme provided by the Trust and 6 weeks Supernumerary experience. You will work with your own allocated HCA in a bay of no more than 6 patients . We have multiple senior nurses on each shift to work alongside and support and the medical team are available 24/7 to assist with unwell patients.

For more Senior band 5's there is the opportunity to consolidate knowledge and care for level 1 patients with support and training, and develop in preparation for a band 6 role.

We require enthusiastic individuals with a can do attitude that have the ability to work within our friendly units and teams.  You must also be committed to undertake ongoing in-service training and further development is essential. You should be motivated, keen to learn and ready to embrace change and service improvement.   Our commitment to you is to provide the environment for this to happen and ensure that you are part of our ongoing development programmes.



Working for our organisation

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom have won awards for their work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

ASSESSOR of nursing
1.1 Takes nursing history of patients through interviewing and observation.
1.2 Maintains accurate clinical observations of the patient's condition.
1.3 Interprets the significance of data to the patient's condition and progress.
1.4 Identifies and discusses nursing problems or needs with the patients, relatives and other staff.
2. PLANNER of nursing
2.1 Identifies the priorities of nursing care for patients.
22 Identifies realistic goals in care plans.
2.3 Organises time, equipment and the staff to deliver nursing care.
3. PRACTITIONER of nursing
3.1 Gives skilled care to patients and relatives.
3.2 Administers drugs and treatments as prescribed with safety, accuracy and intelligence within the Trust.
3.3 Communicates effectively with patients, their relatives and co-workers.
3.4 Liaises with medical, para-medical staff and social workers in the delivery of care.
3.5 Ensure that individual patients are assessed and that care is planned to meet their handling and moving needs.
3.6 May be required to act as a Trainer or Risk Assessor in Moving and Handling.
4. EVALUATOR of nursing
4.1 Contributes the setting of standards for nursing care.
4.2 Evaluates the quality of care given to patients.
4.3 Measure goal achievements with patients and relatives and co-workers.
4.4 Changes care plans and goals according to evaluation, under the direction of the Primary Nurse.
5.1 Seeks out new knowledge of nursing and health by reading, enquiring and partaking in continuing education programmes.
5.2 Seeks to develop new skills.
5.3 Applies research findings to nursing practice.
6. TEACHER of nursing and health
6.1 Assesses the learning needs of patients, relatives and staff (including learners).
6.2 Instructs patients, relatives and staff (including learners) about nursing.
6.3 Demonstrates nursing skills to patients, relatives and staff (including learners) and support workers.
6.4 Reflects on learning experiences with patients, relatives and staff (including learners).
6.5 Assist with assessing the progress of individual learners, junior staff and support 
6.6 Advises members of the public on the promotion of health and prevention of illness -
promoting ward activity 
6.7 Offer recognised training, and participate in the training and assessment of support workers.
7. MANAGER of nursing
7.1 Assesses work to be carried out.
7.2 Organises staff (according to competence), time and equipment for completion of work.
7.3 Supervises the delivery and quality of care given.
7.4 Praises and corrects team members as appropriate.
7.5 Reports and receives reports of work activity.
7.6 Assists with the identification of training needs of junior and untrained nursing staff.
7.7 Co-ordinates the care given by nurses, medical, paramedical staff and social workers.
7.8 Handles complaints by patients, members of the public and staff in accordance with the Trust's Policies.
7.9 Assist the Sisters to maintain safe systems of work, including COSHH and manual handling of loads.
8.1 Abides by the legal requirements and statutory rules relating to practice, e.g. NMC. Code of Conduct.
8.2 Takes responsibility for personal development and education including in-service training.
8.3 Discusses personal development and progress with ward sisters through internal informal appraisal.
8.4 Maintains standards of conduct and dress to sustain the public confidence in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and the Trust's Policies. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered 1st Level or equivalent as verified by the NMC
Desirable criteria
  • To have knowledge of current research applicable to the post’s specialist area.


Essential criteria
  • Able to take on board new ideas, skills and knowledge.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Be numerate


Essential criteria
  • Able to manage the care for a group of people and prioritise workload with minimal supervision.
  • Be proficient at calculating medication doses.
  • Able to write basic reports.
  • Able to train less qualified carers/learners.
  • Moving and handling, customer awareness, computer/keyboard skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Able to present reasoned discussion.
  • Evidence of continuous development.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Claire Adams
Job title
Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01254 734018

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