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General surgery
Band 5
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum
Salary period
27/01/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Staff Nurse Ward Enhanced Elective Surgical High Care/ Surgical High Care

Band 5

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients. We employ more than 6,500 staff, have approximately 900 beds and have a planned turnover in excess of £410m for 2017/2018.

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Our strategic vision for 2020 is:

As a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, we will provide high quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way, through our skilled and motivated workforce”.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as; part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored.  We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview


Surgical High Care is changing and we now have several full time band 5 positions available.

We are currently developing the Provision of  Enhanced Surgical High Care beds which will provide an interim level of Care between level 1 and level 2 creating a service for patients whose care needs fall into the gap between what can be provided on a normal ward and in critical care

We will have 6 Elective Surgical high care beds (3 of these will provide Enhanced care – where we will care for elective patients who previously may have been cared for in High Dependency), We will also have 6 emergency high care beds. We will continue to specialise in colorectal and ENT surgery, but we also care for a wide range of general surgical specialities both pre and post operatively. 

Going forwards there will be opportunities within this role to rotate across the surgical division and/or critical care as you will work closely with both these teams.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, dedicated, forward thinking nurse who will be committed to the role with a determination to ensure patients on the ward receive the highest standards of care. Our patients have varying degrees of dependency which will mean organising and prioritising care accordingly whilst being able to recognise and manage deteriorating patients.

The post is a rotational post consisting of days/nights & weekends and you must be punctual and flexible. You will need to have excellent communication skills and be able to liaise with patients, relatives and other members of the multidisciplinary team as well as you colleagues on the ward.

 We require you to be committed to undertaking ongoing training and development and we will ensure you receive a full induction period to the ward as well as full support from the ward and practice development sister.

For further information please contact Sister Halliwell on 01253 953029 (

Or Matron Smith on 01253 952422 (

Post registration experience is preferable but not essential.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • -Registered Nurse (1st or 2nd Level)
  • - Willingness to undertake teaching and assessing qualification
  • -Willingness to undertake conversion course to Part 1 of the NMC register
  • - Diploma/willingness to undertake Diploma
Desirable criteria
  • Post Registration qualification
  • Mentors qualification


Essential criteria
  • - Ability to teach peers within clinical area
  • - Evidence of continuous professional development
  • - Experience of team and ward management (either as Staff nurse or Student Nurse)


Essential criteria
  • - Ability to establish priorities
  • - Team Player & Team Leadership qualities
  • - Assertiveness
  • - Good time management
  • - Basic I.T. skills
  • - Decision maker
  • - Communicate at all levels
  • - Problem solver
  • - Lateral thinker
  • - Basic Life Support
  • - Ability to communicate effectively in English
Desirable criteria
  • - Venepuncture & Cannulation skills
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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Lisa Halliwell
Job title
Ward Manager
Telephone number
01253 953414
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