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Staff Nurse - Surgery

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 pa
Salary period
26/04/2023 23:59

Job overview

Staff nurse opportunities within general surgery have arisen at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) where our multi professional team is leading the way in providing high quality educated care for the general surgical patient.

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Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents 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. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. 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. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As a band 5 surgical ward nurse you will be expected to

  • Plan, deliver and evaluate a high standard of care to our patients, families and carers using a systematic approach in accordance with agreed policies and within available resources.

  • Give and receive regular reports on the progress of patients

  • Liaise with all members of the multi-professional team

  • Recognise the deteriorating patient and escalate care needs

  • Maintain accurate records of observation, treatment and care.

  • Participate in the checking and administration of prescribed drugs

  • Demonstrate competence in administration of complex intravenous therapies.

You will need to demonstrate continuing professional development and have an understanding of how to improve and provide safe, quality care for patients and their carers/relatives. You must be an effective role model, adhering to the NMC code of conduct and trust policies and procedures, communicate efficiently advocating for your patients needs, escalating concerns as required and be able to exhibit your team ethic.

As the successful post holder you would be working closely with your ward leader, nurse practitioner, nurse specialist and consultant teams supporting the delivery of established patient pathways whilst supporting the development of new and innovative approaches to patient care.  

The position is fully supported with  clear band 5 development pathways, with access to MSC modules at Southampton University, allowing you to personally and professionally develop your nursing career.

If you believe you have the dedication and motivation to develop we would love to discuss this exciting opportunity with you further. Informal visits are strongly encouraged.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute health services
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Awareness of responsibilities for management of infection control
  • Mentorship experience (desirable)


Essential criteria
  • Qualified nurse
  • NMC registered or registration pending
  • Evidence of on-going personal development

Living the Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Working Together
  • Always Improving

Outside interests

Desirable criteria
  • Team work activities

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant Bronze 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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Graham Smith
Job title
Recruitment Coordinator
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