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Critical Care
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Employer type
Maidstone Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pa pro rata
Salary period
21/04/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Staff Nurse

Band 5

Job overview

We are a 9 bedded mixed unit caring for both intensive care and high dependency patients in at Maidstone Hospital. We have a vacancies  for a staff nurses with recent acute care experience. You should have good communication and interpersonal skills along with an ability to work as part of a team. This is the ideal opportunity to extend your clinical skills in this area.

Please note that due to the demanding pressures on the ICU department at the moment we are unable to support Supervised Practice Nurse applications at this time. 


Main duties of the job

We are a friendly supportive team, committed to delivering excellent patient care. Support of the clinical education team and a competency based induction program are available. Close links are maintained with the local universities and continuing professional development is actively encouraged.

Internal rotation to night duty and a mixture of long days  are worked.


Working for our organisation

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust’s core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites:  Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients – the first of its kind in the country.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be expected to attend the Trust’s Induction Programme for RNs, RMs and ODPs (which starts on the first day of employment).  The programme is full-time (please contact the programme lead if this is problematic:, lasts for two weeks and will involve travelling to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area and classroom-based study days which run from 9am to 5pm.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at enhanced level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

We are passionate in supporting our staff to develop and have great opportunities for career progression. We take equality and diversity seriously and seek to empower all diverse groups within our trust. We seek to develop a culture where diversity in all its forms is celebrated. We are committed to ensuring that women are empowered to work at all levels of management and that working patterns are as flexible as possible giving all members of staff opportunity to flourish in using their skills for our patients. We work across our trust to enable those who consider themselves to have a disability both visible and invisible to have access to all they need to thrive in their work environment. We work with Stonewall to embed an inclusive and accepting culture for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff. We have 78 nationalities working in our trust and we are proud of this. We are active in embracing the ethnic and cultural diversity in our trust. We work to empower people with any protected characteristic to have opportunities to work in an environment that helps them to contribute to the best of their ability, recognizing and valuing the unique contributions each of us brings for best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to supporting the delivery of the Equality Act with zero tolerance for any discrimination, harassment or victimization of applicants and staff with these protected characteristics

Interviews:  To be confirmed 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse with the NMC
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • • Accredited Intensive Care Course/HDU course.
  • • IV drugs
  • • Epidural study day
  • • Preparation for Mentors Course or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Acute care experience
Desirable criteria
  • 6 months post registration experience ideally within Intensive Care
  • • Previous placement in Critical Care area


Essential criteria
  • • Understand the importance of positive Interpersonal skills
  • • Ability to think logically
  • • Adaptability and flexibility
  • • Evidence of assertiveness
  • • Ability to use own initiative
  • • Ability to deal with distressed relatives, care for the terminally ill and deal with the emotional consequences of critical/terminal illness for patients/relatives
  • • Understand the importance of being a good team player
  • • Ability to reflect, accept constructive criticism and act accordingly
  • • The ability to maintain a continuous concentration, and be flexible and adaptable, to the complex and unpredictable needs of the patient allocated to their care during the shift.
  • • IT Keyboard Skills
  • • Reliable and honest
  • • Be highly motivated


Essential criteria
  • • Be approachable
  • • Demonstrate a professional manner
  • • Clarity of speech
  • • Dexterity and co-ordination to enable manipulation of intravenous injections, syringe drivers, volumetric pumps, infusions, endotracheal suctioning, insertion of urinary catheters and other similar procedures
  • • The ability to participate in moderate physical effort (moving patients/equipment with the assistance of manual handling aids) frequently during a shift
  • • The ability to work in conditions where frequent exposure to body fluids is common. These may include (but are not limited to) blood, sputum, faeces, urine and vomit
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

Maria Crittenden
Job title
Ward Manager
Telephone number
Additional information

Maria Crittenden 01622 24726/ 07710854485