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Staff Nurse - Trauma & Orthopaedics

Band 5

Main area
Trauma and Orthopaedics
Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pa
Salary period
09/06/2021 23:59

Job overview

We’re looking for nurses 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.

Please review our about our teams doucments for more information about the different units. 

If you are currently an overseas nurse – please do not apply for this post and instead send your CV to nurserecruitment@uhs.nhs.uk

If you are a newly qualified nurse – please apply to our newly qualified nurses positions

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

Our trauma and orthopaedic unit provides an elective service for patients with conditions which have developed over time, and a trauma service for patients who have been injured in accidents. We have six  wards, one major trauma ward, one elective ward,  two trauma wards, a trauma Assessment unit, an outpatients department split over 2 sites and a step down ward at the PAH.

We have a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. We treat patients from across Hampshire, and provide second opinions and treatment for complex conditions for patients from a wider area.  UHS is a Major Trauma Centre (established 2012) and T&O house the Major Trauma ward in it’s footprint.

Our consultants are supported by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are also experts in their field of orthopaedic care.

Person specification


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

Aptitudes and skills

Essential criteria
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Able to use initiative
  • Analytical decision-making skills
  • Team player
  • Awareness of evidence based practice

Qualifications and training

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

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to deal with stressful situations
  • Ability to demonstrate practical judgement
Desirable criteria
  • Awareness of learning needs

Living the Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Flexibility to cover service requirements
  • Ability to clarify rationale for application for this post

Outside interests

Desirable criteria
  • Team work activities
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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Lisa Attrill
Job title
Recruitment Coordinator
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