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Nursing Associate - Older Persons Rapid Assessment/ (OPRA/OPU)

NHS AfC: Band 4

Main area
Medicine and Emergency Care
NHS AfC: Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 Hours Per Week)
Job ref
Royal Blackburn Hospital,
£23,949 - £26,282 Pro Rata
Salary period
17/04/2023 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 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

We are offering you the opportunity to join our nursing team as a Band 4 Nursing Associate on our 47 bedded Older Persons Rapid Assessment/ Older Persons Unit (OPRA/OPU). We specialize in frailty and aim to give a holistic rounded approach to caring for older people. 

Main duties of the job

 Calling all Trainee Nursing Associates who qualify at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust June 2020, or external Trainee Nursing Associates about to qualify in 2020, or current Registered Nursing Associates. We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated, and creative individuals who can be a role model to junior staff and demonstrate the Trust’s values.


 Please note this post is for a qualified position.

Working for our organisation

If you would like to work for  a forward thinking organisation who puts patients first, has safety and quality at the heart of everything they do, invests and develops their workforce, encourages innovation and supports positive change then you’re ready to join us at  East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

 You will be given a structured orientation program and preceptorship to further develop your skills, confidence and competencies in patient care. We look forward to meeting you and supporting you in your new role.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NMC Pin
Desirable criteria
  • To have knowledge of current research and evidence based practice applicable to the post’s specialist area

General Intelligence

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

Special Aptitudes

Essential criteria
  • Able to manage the care for a group of people and prioritise workload with minimal supervision
  • Able to write basic reports
  • Understand the principles of safe and effective administration and optimisation of medicines in accordance with local and national policies
  • Be proficient at calculating drug dose
  • Able to teach/ support less qualified carers/learners
  • Understanding of customer awareness
  • Basic Computer/keyboard skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Able to present reasoned discussion
  • Evidence of continuous development


Essential criteria
  • Able to work in a team
  • Be supportive of team members
  • Able to communicate effectively with patients, visitors and colleagues
  • Able to listen actively
  • Able to reflect on one’s own work
  • Have effective interpersonal skills
  • Be enthusiastic, conscientious and sympathetic


Essential criteria
  • Be able to fulfil; various shift patterns on the ward/Department including nights
  • Able to adapt to change. Proven ability to keep information confidential
  • Access to a vehicle for work

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Positive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleDisability confident committedCare quality commission - GoodStep into healthHappy to Talk Flexible Working

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

Lynsey Collinge
Job title
Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01254 732059
Additional information

For any further information or for an informal visit please contact ward managers Laura Ashworth or Lynsey Collinge on 01254 732059