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Staff Nurse - Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Ward (Ward C14A)

Band 5

Main area
Surgery & Anaesthetics
Band 5
Full Time 37.5 Hours Per Week
Job ref
Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
£23,023 to £29,608 pa
30/08/2019 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.

Clinical Speciality: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Conditions

Ward: Ward C14A

Locality: Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, Blackburn


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Staff Nurse to work on a 17 bedded Surgical ward, primarily taking patients with a hepatobiliary condition with nursing ratio of 1-6 on the day shift and 1-9 on the night shift.

As the regional centre for patients requiring elective management of pancreatic and liver disorders, including cancers, you will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of the surgeries and associated investigations and interventions required.  The ward also takes emergency patients with a wide variety of general surgical diagnoses, for example; appendicitis, cholecystitis, hernia repairs, as well as colorectal disorders. 

General duties will include pre and post- operative care for general surgical patients, administration of medication, including controlled drugs, by various routes, recording of physiological observations, wound care, management of complex patients with multiple issues, escalating care when needed, management of pain management systems such as PCA’s and epidurals, as well different methods of delivering nutrition including TPN, NG and NJ feeding.  Documentation is also an essential part of the role, with accurate, legible recording of nursing interventions and completion of electronic nursing risk assessments.  We aim to involve our patients in their care to improve nursing outcomes and ensure the patient’s journey through their time with us is a satisfactory one.  Delivering safe, personal and effective care to our patients must be at the centre of all we do.

As a new ward we are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic nurses to really drive the ward vision.  Experience within this area is desirable but not essential.  You must have excellent communication skills, be punctual, flexible and hard working with a desire to deliver a high standard of nursing care in keeping with the Trust’s vision in delivering safe, personal and effective care at all times.  The ideal candidate will be friendly, empathetic and patient with a keen desire to ensure that the care delivered is of the best quality standard.  This is a rotational post, which includes night and weekend working.

Potential candidates are welcome to contact myself and arrange a visit to look round.  Please contact Ward Manager Carla Barnes on 01254 735212 for any enquiries.


Please note that the salary advertised is for full time hours. If this post is less than 37.5 hours per week, the salary will be pro-rata.

This vacancy may close before the closing date if the recruiting manager deems sufficient applications have been received.  Therefore it is advised to complete your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application.

Please note, that shortlisting is completed anonymously with candidates being assessed against the essential criteria for the post.  Therefore only persons, who can clearly demonstrate how they meet our person specification criteria in their application, will be short-listed.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application. 

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer, committed to improving the working lives of our staff and operates a 'Zero Tolerance' policy to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment. In addition, our aim is to help protect children and vulnerable adults by providing a first-class service to the recruitment of people into positions of trust. 

Reasonable Adjustments: Support is available to candidates with disabilities when applying for vacancies. For more information on reasonable adjustments please contact our Recruitment Team by any of the following methods: 
By telephone 01254 732075 
or email 
or write to Employment Services, Parkview Offices, Haslingden Road, Blackburn, BB2 3HH

This job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested. 

Dear Potential Applicant,

It is important you are made aware of the changes which East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has implemented with regard to charging for the cost of undertaking Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) Checks (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau or CRB) and how this may impact upon you.

As this position is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and involves work that is identified as a regulated activity as defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006), any offer of employment is provisional upon a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.

The cost of an Enhanced Disclosure will be £48.00, which includes a small handling fee.

In line with other NHS organisations in the North West Region, the Trust is now passing the charge for undertaking a DBS check on to candidates in the event they are successfully appointed into the post for which they have applied.  Candidates can choose whether to pay this over 1-3 months as a deduction from the monthly salary.  By applying for this vacancy you are agreeing to this undertaking in the event you are successfully appointed.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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