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NHS AfC: Band 5
Permanent: Substantive
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Up to 37.5 hours per week)
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North Bristol NHS Trust
Employer type
Southmead Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 £27055 to £32934
Salary period
14/12/2022 23:59

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Registered Nurse - Major Trauma 25A - Band 5

NHS AfC: Band 5

Please note that if you apply for a position with this Trust, you may be contacted via Trac or via email. This includes invites for job interviews. We therefore recommend that you regularly check your Trac Account and email accounts.

Please note that this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.


Job overview

North Bristol NHS Trust is one of two designated Major Trauma Centres in South West England, servicing the Severn region. The Major Trauma Centre, supported by six acute trusts as designated trauma units, helps increase chances of survival and recovery for seriously ill patients

  • The Severn Major Trauma Network is committed to reducing avoidable deaths & life limiting injuries. We aim to improve care for seriously injured patients across the whole patient pathway from point of injury to rehabilitation
  • Southmead Hospital, is equipped with a helipad and a major specialty for Neurosurgery, Burns, Plastics, Pelvic Surgery, Open Fractures.
  • We also care for Chest trauma injuries and are one of the only wards at North Bristol Trust to care for epidurals, chest drains, ketamine infusions and patient controlled analgesia
  • As a Major Trauma Centre we will ensure that patients have access to specialist equipment and a full range of trauma specialists, including orthopaedics, neurosurgery & radiology teams. This will help improve patient’s chances of survival & help them recover faster; it is estimated that survival rates are increased by up to 30%
  • In addition to clinical teams we have a team of experienced nurses & therapists who are available specifically to coordinate the care of seriously injured patients & provide support & information to patients and families both during and after their stay at the Major Trauma Centre
  • We offer the opportunity for specialist Ortho and Neuro courses

Main duties of the job

Working within our division, your main duties will include:


  • Organising and participating in the delivery of high standards of evidence-based nursing care.
  • Taking responsibility to carry out required planned, direct patient care to a high standard without direct supervision, in accordance with established nursing procedures and policies.
  • Contributing towards the health promotion for all patients by provided education, support and advice as necessary, ensuring referral to appropriate professionals or agencies as required.
  • In the absence of senior staff, taking responsibility for the delegation and supervision of appropriate work to other qualified staff, healthcare support workers and students.
  • Where relevant, be responsible and assist in the co-ordination of discharge planning in partnership with the multidisciplinary team.
  • Taking personal responsibility for treating all patients with courtesy, respecting their individual needs and maintaining confidentiality at all times.
  • Ensuring provision of a safe and therapeutic environment for all patients, relatives, visitors and colleagues.

Working for our organisation

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead.  We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.


North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.


Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local, national and internal holidays, and it has a rich history. If you prefer country, village or smaller town living, our Trust is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales (such as Portishead or Chepstow). For band 5 Registered Nurses and ODPs, relocation support may be available. Please email for more information.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

North Bristol NHS Trust currently recruits overseas Nursing staff through an NHS Trust Supplier and we adhere to the NHSE Code of Practice in relation to applicants from Red List countries. We are therefore unable to accept any direct applications from candidates who are not already based in the UK.

For a full overview of the Job Description, please refer to the PDF Job Description attached as an additional document to this advert.

Knowledge, Training Experience and Skills Required

  • A wide range of skills are required and taught on the ward, such as:
    • VAC therapy
    • Central line care
    • Insertion of naso-gastric tube
    • Collar care for spinal injuries
    • Male and female catheterisation
    • Care of an epidural, ketamine infusions and patient controlled analgesia
    • TPN – total parenteral nutrition
    • Treatment of alcohol withdrawal
    • Post operative care
    • Triple therapy intravenous antibiotics
    • Chest drain management
    • Application of skin traction

25A has introduced an exciting new simulation room to ensure training can be done on the ward. This is a unique opportunity to easily expand your trauma orthopaedic knowledge in a controlled educated environment 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RGN


Essential criteria
  • Teaching and assessing course


Essential criteria
  • advanced communication skills

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)

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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