Part Time Staff Nurse Band 5
Salary: £21,176 - £27,625 PA (pro-rata)
POST REF: N/034/11
As a suitably qualified first level registered nurse, you will have a genuine interest in
Care of the Older Adult. You will be able to assess individual patient care needs and the
planning, implementation and evaluation of care needed to ensure all forms of care
instructions are understood and carried out.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work effectively within a
multidisciplinary team with minimal supervision are essential. The post will provide an
excellent opportunity for you to enhance and further develop clinical skills.
Hours: 23 hours per week. (Day and Night shift rotation)
Informal enquiries to Anne McLean, Charge Nurse, Urquhart Ward, Biggart Hospital,
Tel: 01292 665673.
For an application form please contact the Department of O&HRD, 63A Lister Street,
Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, KA2 0BE. Tel. 01563 825703 or e-mail
Closing date: 13 July 2011
PLEASE QUOTE REFERENCE NUMBER ON ENQUIRY
INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
POST OF: Part Time Staff Nurse
BASE: Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock
REF NO: N/034/11
Thank you for applying for the above post with NHS Ayrshire & Arran. This information
sheet summarises the terms and conditions related to the post.
ABOUT THE POST:
JOB DESCRIPTION: A job description is attached.
PERMANENT: This post is permanent
SALARY: Band 5: £21,176 - £27,625 per annum (pro-rata
Your salary will be paid into your bank account on the
last Thursday of each month.
HOURS OF WORK: Part Time - 23 hours per week (Day and Night shift
ANNUAL LEAVE Leave year is from April - March. Annual leave
entitlement for full time staff on appointment is 202.5
hours (27 days), with 217.5 hours (29 days) upon
completion of 5 years NHS service and 247.50 hours
(33 days) after 10 years NHS service, based on 5
days a week at 7.50 hours daily.
Part time staff will be paid pro rata.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Entitlement is 60 hours based on the 8 designated
Public Holidays per annum, and on a 5 day week
working 7.5 hours per day. The 60 hours entitlement
is due to all whole time staff irrespective of work
For part time staff, this will be applied on a pro-rata
basis and also allocated in hours.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE: The conditions of service are those laid down and
amended from time to time by the appropriate
negotiating bodies e.g. NHS Staff Council/NHS Pay
KSF The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework is
essentially a development tool but will also contribute
to decisions about pay progression. It will promote
equality for and diversity of all staff, having the same
opportunities for learning, development and review. It
will promote effectiveness at work – with managers
and staff being clear about what is required within a
post. It will support effective learning and
development of individuals – with all members of staff
being supported to learn throughout their careers.
SUPERANNUATION: Employees are automatically opted into the NHS
(Scotland) Superannuation Scheme. Contributions
are at the rate of 6.5%. Employees may opt out by
completing Form SB34.
RETIREMENT: The normal Retirement age for employees is 65
years. Requests to work beyond this age under the
provisions of the Age Regulations 2006 will be
considered in accordance with the Retirement Policy.
DISABLED APPLICANTS: A disability or health problem does not preclude full
consideration for the job and applications from people
with disabilities are welcome. All information will be
treated as confidential. NHS Ayrshire & Arran has
been approved, by the Employment Services
Department, as an Equal Opportunities employer with
a positive policy towards employment of disabled
people. NHS Ayrshire & Arran guarantees to
interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the
minimum criteria for the post.
You will note on our application form we ask for
relevant information with regards to your disability.
This is simply to ensure that we can assist you, if you
are called for interview, to have every opportunity to
present your application in full. We may call you to
discuss your needs in more detail if you are selected
ASYLUM AND The Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and 2004
IMMIGRATION ACT 1996 requires employment checks to ensure that all
AND 2004 (Section 8) employees are legally employed in the United
Kingdom. Candidates will be asked to provide
relevant original documents prior to an offer of
employment being made. Any offer of employment
will only be made when the organisation is satisfied
that the candidate is the rightful holder of the
documents and is legally eligible for employment
within the United Kingdom.
TRAVEL EXPENSES Reasonable travel expenses incurred when attending
INCURRED WHEN for interview will be reimbursed. The travel expenses
ATTENDING FOR for the successful candidate will be paid when they
INTERVIEW: take up post and will be included in their first monthly
salary. Please note however reimbursement of
expenses shall not be made to individuals who refuse
an offer of employment on grounds which, in the
opinion of NHS Ayrshire & Arran, are inadequate.
RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses may be payable to the
successful candidate, in accordance with the Policy.
This is available on request from the Department of
O&HR Development. Candidates who require to
relocate to take up post, should discuss this with the
MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Any offer of employment is conditional upon a
satisfactory medical report from our Occupational
Health Services. You may be offered employment
conditional on confirmation that you are medically fit
for employment. A commencement date for
employment will only be agreed following this
POLICY RELATING TO STAFF Candidates for posts which involve exposure prone
WITH BLOODBORNE VIRUS procedures will not be allowed to commence
INFECTION: employment until they have been assessed as fit to
perform EPPs by Occupational Health. The pre-
employment screening must be completed prior to
any job offer being made. Where a candidate is not
able to perform EPPs, Occupational Health will notify
the appropriate manager that the candidate is ‘fit with
restrictions’ and is unable to perform EPPs. The
health status of the individual will not normally be
notified to management. Where the restrictions
recommended by Occupational Health are unable to
be accommodated due to the clinical duties of any of
the posts within the staff groups specified in the
policy, an offer of employment to the post will not be
Candidates who are not offered employment due to
being deemed unfit to undertake EPPs as an
essential requirement for a post, may be offered the
opportunity to apply for another advertised vacant
post and be considered with other applicants.
The pre-employment screening for EPP posts above
do not apply to staff undertaking non-EPP posts who
could have direct contact with blood, bloodstained
body fluids or patients’ tissue in the course of their
work activities. These staff will be offered and
strongly advised to be immunised against Hepatitis B
in line with the Immunisation Policy including recall for
boosters and further antibody checks.
DISCLOSURE SCOTLAND All employees who apply for posts which are
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
(Police Act 1997 Part V) and 1974 and who have access to patients in the course
Protection of Vulnerable of their employment will be required to consent to a
Groups Scotland Act 2007 Disclosure Scotland
Criminal Records Check or join the Protection of
Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Any offer of employment
is conditional upon a satisfactory check or
confirmation of scheme membership being received
and a commencement date for employment will only
be agreed following this confirmation.
REFERENCES Two satisfactory written references must be obtained
prior to any offer of employment being made. These
should include current and previous employers as
requested in the job application form. This is in line
with the Recruitment and Selection Policy.
APPLICATIONS: Please note that we no longer acknowledge receipt of
applications therefore, unless you are shortlisted to
attend for interview, you will not receive any further
INFORMAL ENQUIRIES: Informal enquiries are welcomed by Anne McLean,
Charge Nurse, Urquhart Ward, Biggart Hospital who
can be contacted on 01292 665673
CLOSING DATE: Your completed application form should be submitted
Department of O&HR Development
63A Lister Street
By Wednesday 13 July 2011
LOCATION - AYRSHIRE
Situated in attractive south-west Scotland on the Firth of Clyde coastline is the glorious
countryside of Ayrshire which you’ll soon discover is a very special corner of Scotland.
Ayrshire roads are quiet, the countryside peaceful but even so its easy to get here by
road, rail, or air.
Local attractions include country parks, museums - there’s Robert Burns and 1000’s of
years of history and heritage to enjoy, sports - sailing, watersports, swimming, riding,
golf to mention but a few.
Starting in the North at the family resort of Largs the coastal route runs south through
the seaports of Ardrossan and Saltcoats to Irvine - Scotland’s only New Town by the
sea. From Irvine you can take in the breathtaking beauty of the Ayrshire countryside -
visit Kilmarnock with its famous Dean Castle and Country Park then inland through the
lace making towns of Galston, Newmilns and Darvel. Further south and you are in
Doon Valley - the heart of Ayrshire’s industrial heritage. Back on the coastal route
south of Irvine is Troon, another popular resort and the start of Ayrshire’s famous Golf
Coast. On this stretch of Ayrshire Coast Ayr is the premier resort and is also the ideal
base for exploring the Burns Heritage Trail and visiting Burn’s birthplace in Alloway.
From Ayr the coastal route to Girvan includes the picturesque harbour village of Dunure
and the National Trust’s major attraction - Culzean Castle. Inland is the ancient capital
of Carrick - Maybole with its castle and tollbooth. Here in South Ayrshire the nearby
Carrick forests and hills offer superb walking country. The popular seaside town of
Girvan would be your last port of call or you could continue southwards to Ballantrae
along a spectacular rugged coastline notorious in the past as a haven for smugglers.
From North to South the countryside is very varied with something to suit everyone - we
like living and working here - and think you will too!
WITHIN EASY ACCESS TO GLASGOW:-
Most locations within Ayrshire are also within easy access of Glasgow by rail or road
with all the benefits and attractions found in a major city. These include the Theatre
Royal, Concert Hall, Burrell Collection, Citizen’s Theatre, Home of the Scottish Opera,
RSNO, Scottish Ballet, Glasgow’s famous street market - at the ‘Barra’s’ etc.
We aim to provide a no smoking environment for staff, patients and visitors with
smoking only permitted in designated smoking areas. Smoking Cessation Promoters
are appointed in key locations and actively encourage staff, patients and visitors
through the provision of information and access to support to give up smoking.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY
NHS Ayrshire & Arran operates an Alcohol and Drug Policy to protect the safety of all
patients, visitors and staff with the aim of promoting well being and reducing harm.
The Board has set up a staff lottery and the cost of a chance in each monthly draw is
deducted directly from your wage/salary if you decide to enter the scheme. Half the
proceeds of the lottery are paid out as prizes and the remaining half is used to provide
amenities, facilities and services for both patients and staff.
During the year bumper prizes can be won and in the past these have included large
cash prizes, luxury holidays and cars.
Medicash is a “not for profit” health insurance company which is owned by its members.
Benefits to members requiring NHS care include grants when admitted to hospital,
nursing home or day care and dental and optical grants.
To enable staff to benefit from membership of MEDICASH the Division provides
facilities for membership contributions to be deducted direct from pay. Details can be
obtained from your manager.
Information on Discounts given to staff by several local businesses will be available on
taking up employment.
JOB DESCRIPTION TEMPLATE
1. JOB IDENTIFICATION
Job Title : Staff Nurse Band 5
Responsible to : Charge Nurse
Ward / Dept : Urquhart Ward – Biggart Hospital
Directorate : Integrated Care & Emergency Services
Operating Division : Care of the Elderly and Reduction in A&E Attendance /
Job Reference: N/034/11
No of Job Holders :
Last Update : 10th December 2004
2. JOB PURPOSE
With minimal supervision and in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, the post holder
will be accountable for the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of
programmes of care for a defined caseload of patients working within the professional
standards held in the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
The post holder will act as shift leader on a regular basis and will assist in leading and
monitoring the performance and work of the nursing team
The post holder will be required to participate in audit and quality assurance programmes,
and contribute to the teaching and supervision of junior and student nurses and nursing
auxiliaries as appropriate
The unit is a thirty bedded unit, which caters for Elderly Assessment/ Rehabilitation. Fifteen
staff members report to the post holder indirectly through intermediate supervision. The post
holder will work within the Medical Directorate and be employed by NHS Ayrshire and Arran,
General Hospitals Division – making them accountable for all clinical decision making
undertaken and for all clinical assessment and treatment under their management. The post
holder will regularly co-ordinate the clinical area in the absence of more senior staff. The
post-holder has a responsibility to teach, supervise and assess student nurses and junior
staff, to plan and prioritise and to delegate work to other staff members.
4. ORGANISATIONAL POSITION
Ward Manager –
Senior Staff Nurse
Band 5 Staff Nurses
5. ROLE OF DEPARTMENT
The department operates as an integral part of the General Hospitals Division, promoting
patient centred services, based upon local and National strategies, taking account of the
Division’s clinical, corporate and staff governance agenda. Working collaboratively the
department assesses, plans, implements and evaluates individualised programmes of care.
The department works to promote a culture of openness and honesty and provide a learning
and stimulating environment where staff can flourish.
6. KEY RESULT AREAS
Assessment of individual patient care needs and the planning, implementation and
evaluation of care, ensuring all forms of care/ instructions are understood and carried
Perform a range of expanded roles applicable to area of responsibility e.g.
Actively participate in the patient’s journey from admission to discharge.
Raise and maintain patients awareness of health promotion.
Participate in care provision, acting as a named nurse with accountability for an
Co-ordinate care for a delegated caseload in the absence of the caseload holder.
Ensure safe storage and administration of medicines and treatments according to local
and National policy.
Support and supervise junior staff and nursing auxiliaries in the provision of safe and
effective nursing care
Frequently co-ordinate the clinical area in the absence of more senior staff.
Promote and adhere to all relevant General Hospital Division policies and procedures.
Maintain knowledge of current local and National guidelines.
Assist in the monitoring of nursing practice within the department.
Report all incidents as per incident reporting policy.
Respond to incidents / complaints and provide statements / reports as requested.
Ensure effective use of all service resources in the absence of senior staff, including
staffing levels, staff absence reporting, off-duty and staff deployment.
Ensure that the Code of Professional Conduct is adhered to at all times.
The maintenance of a high standard of conduct and dress to promote public confidence
Participate in the development and implementation of staff development programmes.
Participate in the teaching of nursing and non-nursing staff as appropriate.
Act as a preceptor to nurses in training.
Actively participate in and contribute to the professional updating of self and others.
Demonstrate an awareness of research and audit.
Participate in the orientation of new staff.
Establish and maintain effective communication with patients, relatives and the multi-
The maintenance of accurate nursing care plans and all relevant documentation for
Collaborate with other disciplines to ensure that good communications / relationships
are established and maintained
Ensure awareness of relevant safety action notices and other essential communication
within the department.
7a. EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY
The post holder is expected to have a comprehensive knowledge of all the relevant
equipment used in the ward / dept.
(According to area)
Highly specialised e.g., biometry, ventilator, renal
Specialised e.g. CPAP, blood gas analyser, Defibrillator, ECG Machine
Generic e.g. volumetric pump, hoists, Syringe driver, enteral feeding pumps,
glucometer, vital signs monitor, egerton bed, cryo cuff.
Maintenance of paper or electronic based patient record system.
Frequent ordering of supplies for the department using a paper based, stock control
Any other system relevant to speciality e.g. electronic communications, electronic
prescribing, time sheets, TSSU etc. Investigation requests, electronic results reporting.
8. ASSIGNMENT AND REVIEW OF WORK
Workload is generated by the clinical activity within the unit.
As shift leader, assign work to junior staff
Post holder is responsible for a patient caseload
Work may be delegated by the Charge Nurse or other senior members of staff
Work is generated by service developments and research.
Self directed within own limitations, being able to recognise these and seek
Locally agreed objectives.
Review will be annually by formal performance appraisal, personal development plan
and objective setting.
Peer group review.
9. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS
Assessment of patients complex needs (physical, psychological, social and spiritual) to
establish a change in condition, inform clinical decision making and plan care.
Provision of professional advice to junior registered staff, auxiliary nurses and students
and an ability to recognise own limitations and the requirement for appropriate referral.
The ability to quickly assess and respond to patient needs in emergency situations.
An ability to assess and respond to operational issues as they arise, to ensure patient
safety and service delivery
10. MOST CHALLENGING/DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE JOB
Effectively managing own workload while meeting ward/department demands when
Ability to prioritise own workload under continually increasing demands.
Ability to continually change and adapt to new situations and strategies.
Being responsive to new practices and communicate these to colleagues and junior
Accepting increased responsibility and clinical leadership in the absence of a more
senior nurse (often at short notice) within agreed parameters.
Effectively communicating with other wards / depts and related disciplines both
internally and externally, ensuring the needs of the patient are met.
Dealing with relatives, coping with challenging behaviours and high levels of public
11. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Post holder will be expected to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with the
multi-disciplinary team, colleagues, patients, relatives, carers and senior staff.
Ability to liase effectively with external agencies.
Participation at ward / department meetings.
Adhere to the Divisions policy on confidentiality, including Caldicott guidelines and the
requirements of the data protection act
The main purpose of communication would be regarding the patients’ conditions and / or
issues relating to patient care.
Frequent requirement to receive and communicate complex information tactfully.
The ability to handle sensitive information in a manner not liable to offend or antagonise.
Occasionally deal with situations where patients do not easily understand their care
packages due to cultural, language, physical or learning disability
Demonstrate empathy, sensitivity, support and reassurance when communicating with
patients, relatives and staff, particularly in relation to breaking bad news and dealing with
emotionally challenging situations.
Dissemination of relevant information to appropriate persons, including complex
discharge planning issues
Utilise communication skills to motivate others.
Use appropriate negotiation and persuasive skills to achieve optimum outcomes for
12. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
The post holder will be involved in mainly clinical activity and may frequently be required
to move between tasks at short notice to meet the needs of the service. There is a
requirement for flexibility of working patterns and for the ability to deal with situations as
they arise. Workload is unpredictable, with priorities changing constantly.
Frequently working in highly unpleasant working conditions such as having contact
with un-contained body fluids, foul linen,.
Possible exposure to hazards such as verbal and physical aggression.
Prolonged light to moderate physical effort, including bending, walking, lifting, pushing
and operating equipment is required on all shifts.
Frequent short periods of moderate physical effort, such a lifting patients with
mechanical aids or hoists, is required on most shifts.
The post holder will be required to work within areas of confined spaces, and will be
required to assist immobile patients.
The post holder will be required to be able to initiate appropriate emergency care.
The post holder will be able to adapt to the shift pattern required and may be required
to work a variety of shifts.
Maintain a supervisory role as shift leader, while having responsibilities for the
delivery of care to a defined caseload
The post holder will be required to use own judgement whilst observing patient’s
condition and should report any changes to the relevant disciplines.
There is a need for high levels of concentration and for absolute accuracy when
undertaking clinical tasks including the administration of medicines
At all times maintain safety of staff and patients.
There is a need for accuracy particularly when regarding the safe administration and
delivery of medicines and treatments.
Frequent requirement for concentration as the work pattern is unpredictable i.e.
dealing with frequent interruptions.
The ability to deal with distressed and anxious patients and carers by using excellent
communication skills to diffuse difficult situations.
There is an occasional requirement to work in a hostile and emotive environment,
which may result in the need for sudden intense effort and concentration
Frequent exposure to distressing and emotional circumstances.
The post holder will have the ability to handle and diffuse complaints as shift leader
13. KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB
Post holder will be a Registered Nurse with current NMC registration.
Working knowledge of General Hospitals Division policies and Procedures.
Ability to keep relevant skills / knowledge updated and documented.
Well developed written and verbal communication skills.
Be able to supervise and provide a mentorship role to students and junior staff.
A commitment to lifelong learning and demonstrates evidence of continuing
Staff Nurse, Band 5
Urquhart Ward, Biggart Hospital
Post Ref: N/034/11
Attributes Essential Desired
Qualifications and RGN Educated to degree or
Training working towards degree
Experience Experience from nurse Previous experience in
training or previous rehabilitation, stroke or
experience as a band 5 Parkinson’s, or Day Hospital
Knowledge To be able to assess To show evidence of the
individual patient care needs rehabilitation setting
and the planning,
evaluation of care needed to
ensure all forms of care
instructions are understood
and carried out.
Competencies / Skills Willing to further develop and recognise the need for
advanced role of the nurse
Extended role in venepuncture, cannulation and IV therapy
Personal Characteristics Post holder will be expected to be an effective
communicator who has a pleasant personality and mixes
well with others
Ability to work individually in a team setting
Ability to work effectively within multidisciplinary team
Ability to work with minimal supervision
Keen to develop and be involved in Older People’s
Other Flexibility in working hours
Full driving licence may be useful, but not essential