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Nursing Associate/Associate Practitioner

Band 4

Main area
Trauma Assessment Unit
Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£21,892 - £24,157 per annum
Salary period
22/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We’re looking for Associate Practitioners to join our trauma and orthopaedic care group at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). T&O serves a diverse range of patient groups, from treating the acutely unwell to expert falls management and dementia care, and we support our staff to deliver effective high standard care at all levels. Join a team of dedicated staff working cohesively and always in the best interest of our patients.

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


Duties will include but not restricted to:

  • Contribute to the provision and monitoring of high quality individualised nursing care in accordance with agreed policies and procedures.
  • Work in a collaborative and co-operative manner.
  • Develop personally and professionally to undertake all aspects of the Band 4 role.


We are looking for highly motivated, trustworthy, professional & reliable Assistant practitioners with an interest in trauma and orthopaedics. Previous experience is not an essential requirement; however a devotion to develop & learn is paramount.  There will be specific in house training to develop specialised trauma and orthopaedics knowledge & skills.

If you have a strong focus on patient care then we are keen for you to join our teams. You will be required to provide a high standard of compassionate care to patients, which is individualised and promotes their dignity. All applicants would need to be flexible, empathetic, and passionate and work well within a team and independently.


Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 5th May

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Register Nursing Associate on the NMC register
  • OR Associate Practitioner with a health-related Foundation Degree e.g. Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.
  • OR Overseas nursing qualification without NMC registration
  • Evidence of numeracy, literacy and IT skills – minimum national qualification level 2.
Desirable criteria
  • Acute apprenticeship units as appropriate to UHS Care Group/Divisional requirements.
  • Assessed as competent to administer medications
  • Extended clinical skills e.g. venesection/cannulation
  • Care Certificate.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working under appropriate supervision as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of providing and receiving complex, sensitive information
  • Knowledge of nursing procedures and practices in an acute hospital setting
Desirable criteria
  • Supervision training e.g. TAQA

Aptitudes and skills

Essential criteria
  • To work within a team, delegate and escalate in line with role and scope of practice
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own delegated workload.
  • Ability to deal with non-routine and unpredictable nature of workload and individual patient contact.
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Ability to develop effective and appropriate relationships with people, their families, carers and colleagues.
  • Ability to support, supervise, assess (if appropriate) and act as a role model to nursing associate students, other learners and health care support workers as required within the clinical setting.
  • Able to use IT facilities/information retrieval.
  • Ability to take part in reflective practice and clinical supervision activities

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Understanding of the scope of the role of the Band 4 in context of the nursing and interdisciplinary team and the organisation, and how the role may contribute to service development
  • Knowledge of when to seek advice and escalate to the appropriate professional for expert help and advice.
  • Understanding of the importance of following procedures and treatment plans.
  • For Registered Nursing Associates: Understands and acts in line with NMC professional standards for practice contained within The Code & Understand requirements for NMC professional Revalidation.

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Linda Collins
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