Arran War Memorial Hospital, Isle of Arran
Band 5: £21,176 - £27,625 PA
Post Ref: N/131/11
The Isle of Arran, often described as „Scotland in miniature‟ is an island some 20 miles long
by 10 across, separated from mainland Ayrshire by an hour long ferry crossing from
Ardrossan to Brodick, and in summer, by a shorter ferry from the Mull of Kintyre to
Lochranza. Arran‟s stable population of just over 5,000 increases approximately 4 fold
during the summer months.
Arran War Memorial Hospital is a 19 bedded hospital providing care to a diverse patient
population on an inpatient and outpatient basis, including Accident and Emergency services,
endoscopy and outpatient clinics. Patient care services are provided by a wide range of
clinicians from both Primary and Secondary care settings.
We require first level registered nurses who will be able to provide evidence of work
experience in a variety of care settings, to join our team of staff providing care to clients within
all of the hospital settings.
Hours: 37.5 per week. Staff will be required to work on all shift patterns and provide
care in all general areas within the hospital.
Informal enquiries to Mrs Ailsa Weir, Senior Charge Nurse, Tel: 01770 600777.
For an application form please contact the Department of O&HRD, 63 Lister Street,
Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, KA2 0BE, Tel: 01563 825716 or email
Closing Date: 18 August 2011
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INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
POST OF: Staff Nurse
BASE: Arran War Memorial Hospital, Isle of Arran
REF NO: N/131/11
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 where
Your salary will be paid into your bank account on the last
Thursday of each month.
HOURS OF WORK: Full Time - 37.5 per week. Staff will be required to work on
all shift patterns and provide care in all general areas within
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 pattern.
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 Negotiating Council.
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 for interview.
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
INCURRED WHEN attending for interview will be reimbursed. The
ATTENDING FOR travel expenses for the successful candidate will be
INTERVIEW: paid when they 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 interview panel.
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 made.
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
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 Ailsa Weir, Senior
Charge Nurse who can be contacted on 01770 600777.
CLOSING DATE: Your completed application form should be submitted to
Department of O&HR Development
63A Lister Street
By Thursday 18 August 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
Information on Discounts given to staff by several local businesses will be available on taking
1. JOB IDENTIFICATION
Job Title: Staff Nurse Band 5
Responsible to (insert job title): Senior Charge Nurse
Department(s): Arran War Memorial Hospital
Directorate: Communities & Partnerships
Operating Division: Integrated Care and Partner Services
Job Reference: N/131/11
No of Job Holders: Sixteen
Last Update : June 2011
2. JOB PURPOSE
As part of a multidisciplinary team the post holder will have responsibility for assessment of care
needs and the development of programmes of care, and/or the implementation and evaluation
of these programmes ensuring the delivery of high quality care to patients.
As part of Communities and Partnerships North Ayrshire has a population of approximately
This area is coterminous with North Ayrshire Local Authority and has facilities in various
2 Community hospital on the islands of Arran and Millport
23 General Medical Practices with 109 GPs
17 Community Nursing Teams with over 200 members of staff
23 Dental Practices with 59 GDPs
35 Community Pharmacies with 37 Pharmacists
10 Health Centres
Isle of Arran
The Isle of Arran has a resident population of approximately 5250 which expands greatly during
the summer months.
On island facilities include
1 Community Hospital in Lamlash
7 General Medical Practices with 11 GPs
2 Community Nursing Teams
2 Dental Practices
3 Community Pharmacies
Social Services / Local Authority
The post holder will work within a team of 26 trained and untrained nursing staff plus
administrative, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and hotel services staff.
4. ORGANISATIONAL POSITION
Clinical Manager (Remote & Rural Communities)
Charge Nurse / Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Senior Staff Nurse
Band 5 Staff Nurse(16 staff)
Band 3 Nursing Assistant
Band 2 Nursing Assistant
5. ROLE OF DEPARTMENT
Arran War Memorial Hospital is a 19 bedded community hospital providing treatment and
nursing care to a wide variety of inpatients and outpatients. Inpatient admissions are
approximately 500 annually.
The hospital accommodation includes 4 wards, two side rooms, Accident Unit, Theatre,
Out Patient Services, x-ray facilities and rehabilitation services.
The Staff Nurse supports the Charge Nurse/ENPs/Senior Staff Nurses and colleagues in
the assessment, delivery and evaluation of high quality, safe and supportive nursing care
to patients within all general areas of the hospital, meeting the identified physical and
6. KEY RESULT AREAS
1. Responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and
evaluation of programmes of care for all patients to ensure delivery of a high standard of
2. To maintain effective communications with patients, relatives and other members of the
multidisciplinary team to ensure that appropriate information is shared allowing the
development of adequate packages of care that meet the patients agreed needs.
3. To provide and monitor standards of care within the defined policies, procedures, standards
and protocols of the Hospital and Division to ensure adherence to, and delivery of, a high
quality service taking action to report deficits whilst maintaining a safe environment while
acting in accordance with the NMC code of professional conduct.
4. To supervise junior staff/students who are providing care to patients and act as a source of
advice to ensure their educational needs are met. To undertake teaching of non-registered
nursing staff, including basic and post-basic students, and participate in the implementation
of staff personal development plans to facilitate ongoing development.
5. After delegation, organise own workload to ensure that safe nursing care is provided and the
needs of patients/clients are met.
6. Responsible for maintaining patient records within agreed standards to aid communications
and patient care. To work in such a way as to ensure confidentiality and data protection of
patient information. Taking into account Divisional guidelines and policies, Caldicott and the
Data Protection Act.
7. To support and monitor systems for checking, monitoring and locating drugs, sundries and
all ward based equipment to ensure their safety and security. Ensuring drugs and sundries
are in date and safely stocked.
8. To develop the nursing role and ensure high quality nursing care by using evidence-based
practice and continuously improve own knowledge, following PREP guidelines.
9. Participate in clinical audit as required.
10. Participate in health promotion initiatives.
7a. EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY
Semi automated Defibrillator, Blood warmer, ECG, Glucometer,
Baxter pump. Suction, cardiac monitor, Pulse oximeter,
Hoist, Standaid. Electric profile beds.
Reflotron. Sphygmomanometers, wheelchairs, Electric chairs. Bathing equipment.
Accessing patient laboratory results via computer web site.
Recording of patient related information in case notes/ care plans/ computer as appropriate.
Nurse verification of death.
8. ASSIGNMENT AND REVIEW OF WORK
The Staff Nurse will be responsible to the Senior Staff Nurse / Charge Nurse for clinical
guidance and professional management.
The post holder will set annual objectives in conjunction with the Charge Nurse or deputy.
These will be compiled through an annual performance review meeting, with regular reviews
taking place there after. A personal development plan for the post holder will be developed
through the appraisal system.
The Charge Nurse or deputy will assign workload, however the Staff Nurse will have
responsibility for managing a defined workload within professional guidelines.
9. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS
Assessment of patient condition to establish any change.
Telephone/ A&E triage and fact finding from highly emotional clients. Making action judgements
from caller information and evaluating alternative courses of action.
Nurse verification of death as per protocol.
10. MOST CHALLENGING/DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE JOB
Delivering high quality nursing care to a diverse patient group requiring complex care
Assisting with the first point contact for all emergencies arriving at the hospital, triage and
emergency treatment within A&E department prior to medical attendance.
Dealing with psychiatric and mentally ill patients while carrying out routine work.
Maintaining up-to-date clinical skills and knowledge.
11. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Internal – Nursing Colleagues, Medical Colleagues, Managerial
Colleagues, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Podiatrist and
Radiographer. -Patient Clinical care issues.
Hotel Services staff. – Housekeeping issues.
Administrative Staff. – Clerical/clinical appointment issues.
Colleagues from within the Trust. Community Nursing Colleagues, Health Visiting
Colleagues and Public Health Nursing Colleagues. -Continuing and discharge
External – Scottish Ambulance Service,-Admission and condition update
information. Arranging transfers and discharge.
Police and Fire personnel. – Direct contact during emergencies.
Local Authority personnel. Colleagues within the Acute Trust. Patients and Voluntary
agencies.- Developing care packages.
12. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
Manual dexterity is required to administer intra-muscular injections and for the use of syringe
pumps and infusions.
Manual dexterity is required for the insertion of urinary catheters.
High level of manual dexterity is required for the removal of sutures/ clips.
Care of PICC lines; Hickman lines; PEG feeding tubes; Peritoneal dialysis; Tracheostomy as
Patient movement with use of mechanical aides, manoeuvre patients
Push trolley‟s, wheelchairs
Stand/walking for the majority of shift.
Maintain competency in wide variety of “specialities”
Concentration required when checking documents/patient notes.
High levels of concentration are required when assisting with calculations of drug dosages,
whilst subject to frequent interruptions from patient/relatives/team members.
Concentration required when observing patient behaviours, which may be unpredictable.
Communicating with distressed/anxious/worried patients/relatives. Including Telephone/ A&E
triage and fact finding from highly emotional clients. Making action judgements from caller
information and evaluating alternative courses of action.
Caring for the terminally ill patient .
Caring for patients following receipt of bad news.
Living and working within a close island community.
Exposure to body fluids, faeces, emptying bed pans/urinals, catheter bags throughout shift.
Occasional exposure to verbal aggression.
13. KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB
First level Registered nurse
Evidence of further education/Continued Professional Development
Evidence of team working skills with ability to work using own initiative.
Effective communication, listening and interpersonal skills.
Time management skills.
Problem solving skills.
High degree of flexibility.
Self-confidence and ability to motivate and influence others.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Post Title: Staff Nurse
Post Reference Number: N/131/11
Selection Factors Criteria
QUALIFICATIONS & Essential 1st Level Registered Nurse
EXPERIENCE Essential Providing nursing care within an „acute‟ general nursing environment
Desirable Providing nursing care for „elderly‟ people
Evidence of continuing professional development
COMPETENCIES & Essential Effective communications including listening and interpersonal skills
SKILLS Demonstrable team working skills
Good time management skills
Desirable Demonstrate good problem solving skills
PERSONAL Essential High degree of flexibility and motivation.
CHARACTERISTICS AND Confident and proactive in delivering patient care
OTHER Demonstrable ability to work within a multidisciplinary team