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Staff Nurse - ED

Band 5

Main area
Emergency Department
Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 pa
Salary period
11/09/2022 23:59

Job overview

We’re looking for nurses to join the emergency medicine care group at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).. Join a team delivering services to over 1.9 million people as both a designated major trauma centre, and one of only two places in the south of England to offer adults and children full onsite major trauma care provision. 

Please note that this vacancy is for experienced nurses – if you’re a newly qualified nurse you should apply through our dedicated newly qualified adult or child nurse adverts.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

What you’ll do:


The ED is a major trauma centre providing care to approximately 320 patients a day with a mixture of major trauma, majors assessment and treatment area and minor injuries. The department also has an enhanced care suite dedicated to those patients experiencing a mental health crisis. The ED prides itself on delivering high quality patient centred care in a fast paced environment.

The ED is an exciting place to work, great team work and multi-disciplinary working ensures that all new starters are made to feel supported and welcome. As you progress through your induction a vast array of learning opportunities are available such as triage competency, suturing, dementia champion, ALS, cannulation and venesection and trauma ILS.

The department has been recently rated “Outstanding” in both ‘Effective’ and ‘Caring’ categories by the CQC and “Good” overall as a department.


Within a large teaching hospital we’re also the regional children’s major trauma centre. The children’s emergency and trauma centre is anticipated to see approximately 30 000 children and young people. The purpose build service is a standalone department offering the following facilities – an 11 trolley acute illness and injury service, a safe room, eight bedded children short stay, children’s X-ray within the service, a treatment/procedural room.

This service streamlines and improves the experience for children requiring emergency care. The service is part of the Southampton Children Hospital strategy to ensure children’s nursing standards are maintained.

Flexibility to work the full range of shifts within a 24 hour shift pattern is essential.

What we’re looking for:

The emergency medicine care group has a reputation for innovation and are committed to developing our staff. The care group has a strong leadership network of matrons, consultant nurses and advanced practitioners who will be able to guide and support your learning.

You’ll be given the opportunity to develop both clinically and professionally to enhance your skills in acute care. As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC Register.
Desirable criteria
  • Desire to become trained in the specialty of Emergency Nursing
  • Acute children’s nursing experience


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute health services
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Experience in the acute care setting
  • Teaching experience

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Good communication skills
  • Clear written communication
  • Able to use initiative
  • Understands the importance of working within the Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Can work within protocols
  • Manual dexterity, good hand eye co-ordination
Desirable criteria
  • Recognises stress in self and others
  • Keyboard skills

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Flexibility.
  • Able to commit to shift work / internal rotation

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

Documents to download

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