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Staff Nurse Older Persons Rapid Assessment Unit (OPRA) C1

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Medicine and Emergency Care
NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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Royal Blackburn Hospital,
£27,055 - £32,934 Pro Rata
Salary period
06/04/2023 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

The Older Persons Rapid Assessment Unit is a purpose built Frailty village which address the needs of frail older people within East Lancashire. The unit has   nine assessment areas, nineteen in -patient beds for patients not expected to be in hospital longer than 72 hours; and a further nineteen beds for patients admitted requiring a longer stay. The purpose of the unit is to ensure that all patients are comprehensively assessed and treated prior to being discharged home whenever possible. Assessments are completed using the full MDT approach, allowing for the delivery of holistic care and an individualised discharge plan incorporating partner agencies if needed

Main duties of the job

The unit can actively support the development of newly qualified staff, as well as those looking for a change of area in order to further increase individual knowledge and skill base

The Medicine for Older People Directorate have recently appointed a Practice Educator who is keen to promote learning and development; this would be an ideal time to join the team as peer support and learning opportunities are readily available.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The OPRA unit is looking to recruit enthusiastic, compassionate and motivated band 5 staff; those who share, and will actively promote the core values of the Trust, and wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the exciting area.

Person specification


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

Special Aptitudes

Essential criteria
  • Able to take on board new ideas, skills and knowledge.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Able to manage the care for a group of people and prioritise workload with minimal supervision
  • Be proficient at calculating drug dose
  • 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

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Be able to work in a team
  • Be supportive of team members
  • Able to communicate effectively to patients, visitors and colleagues
  • Able to reflect on one’s own work
  • Have effective interpersonal skills
Desirable criteria
  • Be able to work with minimal supervision within the job description


Essential criteria
  • Be able to fulfill; various shift patterns on the ward, inc. nights
  • Proven ability to keep information confidential

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lynsey Collinge or Laura Ashworth
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Email address
Telephone number
01254 732059
Additional information

 Laura Ashworth's email is



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