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Registered Nurse Endoscopy Unit - Band 5

Band 5

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Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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£25,655 - £31,534 PA
Salary period
03/12/2021 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

As part of our expansion to being the Regional Training Academy for the Southwest Region, we are seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated nurses ideally with at least six months experience in an acute setting and Newly Qualified nurses, with a commitment to team working and a keen interest in continuous improvement.  Experience in an endoscopy setting would be an advantage, but full training will be given to nurses from different backgrounds. 

We are very committed in staff training and development. All nurses will complete a bespoke induction programme which will be tailored to your specific needs. Newly qualified nurses will have comprehensive induction which involves rotational posts in Gastroenterology.  We offer in-house and external (fully funded) trainings as part of your development. Once completed, you will be expected to participate in the cross-county on-call rota providing out of hours emergency care.  Following induction you will be expected to undertake a number of specific endoscopy courses in line with your ongoing development programme.

Main duties of the job

  • To assess, plan, implement, evaluate and provide high quality nursing care.
  • To work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • To manage caseload of patients within defined clinical area.
  • To participate in the on call emergency bleed rota
  • To organise own time and that of junior staff and students (include WTE and headcount).
  • To support the senior members of staff in the management and supervision of the defined clinical area.

To be responsible for the coordination of the clinical area in the absence of a more senior nurse.

Working for our organisation

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital Trusts in the country and provides acute elective and specialist care for the local community across two sites in Gloucester and Cheltenham. Gloucestershire is a rural county with an historic past, combining picturesque areas such as the Cotswolds, together with excellent shopping centres, museums, schools, leisure activities, and restaurants.

The JAG accredited Endoscopy Units at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital are busy nurse-led units that serve as both a Regional Endoscopy Training Centre and National Bowel Cancer Screening Centre.  In addition to this, the unit encompasses a purpose built endoscope decontamination area. The unit handles emergency procedures as well as caring for routine inpatients/outpatients.  In addition to this, the unit also have specialist lists including: ERCP, Peg Insertion, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Enteroscopy, Complex Polyp lists, Bronchoscopy, and Thoracoscopy

Detailed job description and main responsibilities



  • Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council with appropriate teaching/assessing qualification.
  • Minimum 6 months experience within an acute clinical area.
  • Enhanced IT skills.
  • Enhanced levels of dexterity and accuracy pertaining to clinical skills. e.g. Admission of intravenous injections/cannulation.
  • Act as a resource for all staff disseminating clinical skills and knowledge.
  • Ensure personal and professional development is progressed through Individual Performance Development Review and PREP guidelines.
  • Demonstrate understanding of research based practice, and participate as required in audit.



  • Demonstrate ability to assess patient condition and implement appropriate care, within the multidisciplinary team.
  • To safely decontaminate endoscopes used within the department and other areas both manually and using the AER’S.
  • To accessorise in the Endoscopy theatre supporting the doctor and Endoscopy assistant.
  • To manage the patients airway/monitor condition during the endoscopic procedure.
  • To communicate effectively, especially where patient ability to do so is compromised.
  • Ability to disseminate contentious and delicate information appropriately.
  • To deliver safe care within a challenging and changing clinical environment, using nursing/Endoscopy equipment and resources safely and as appropriate.
  • To administer medication and treatment within Procedure for the Ordering, Prescribing and Administration of Medication Guidelines.
  • To deliver and receive information which may cause emotional distress to all parties.
  • Participate in mentorship and educational programmes for students and other members of the team.
  • To adhere to all Trust policies and procedures and professional code of conduct.
  • Regularly responsible for the supervision and mentorship for unqualified, qualified staff and students.
  • To input and retrieve patient and staff information from computer based systems.
  • Maintain accurate and contemporaneous patient records.



  • Multidisciplinary team.
  • General Public.
  • Community Support Services.
  • Education Organisations.




  • Ability to work under pressure and effective time management.
  • Dealing with difficult situations/people.
  • To gain the skills to providing emergency care for out of hours work.



  • Will be required to work within recognised Manual Handling guidelines.
  • May be expected to frequently manoeuvre patients/objects over 15kg using appropriate aids for short periods of time.
  • Will have frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions including the use of chemicals and will be required to follow Policies and Procedures pertaining to bodily fluids, infection control and COSHH regulations.
  • May be required to work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to work where the work pattern may be unpredictable, but there is also a requirement for concentration e.g. drug rounds.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse in an acute Trust environment
  • IV drug administration and cannulation
  • Trust role transition programme completed on qualifying
  • Demonstrates a history of continuing professional development
  • Willingness to undertake relevant gastroenterology course.
  • Show evidence of good written skills.
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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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