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Registered Nurse AMU - Band 5

Band 5

Main area
Acute Medical Unit
Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Cheltenham General Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 PA/PR
Salary period
17/12/2021 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

We are offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated and hardworking nurse to join our Acute Medical Unit (AMU) team in Cheltenham. AMU is involved in the assessment and treatment of patients with a variety of General Medical conditions.

Main duties of the job

You will be directly responsible for all aspects of care for your group of patients and show the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate this care. You will be able to prioritize your workload and delegate to junior members of the team as appropriate. You should be willing to work with all members of the Multidisciplinary team, to ensure the safe treatment and discharge of all patients.

Previous experience is not essential. You should however, be enthusiastic, motivated and hardworking and show the ability to work as part of a team.

Working for our organisation

We offer you the opportunity to be part of our friendly, hardworking team and gain/ develop experience in General Medicine. In order to further your knowledge and gain extended competencies, we provide Trust Mandatory training as well as opportunities to undertake courses and training pertinent to the speciality. In addition, we regularly have Student Nurses on placement and all trained staff are given the opportunity to supervise and participate in their education.

We care for our patients 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, so you will need to have the flexibility to take part in the full shift system including nights and weekend working.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Registered Nurse


Division:  Medicine

Department:      Acute Medical Unit

Responsible and accountable to: Ward Manager

Band:    5

Location: Cheltenham General Hospital


Job Purpose


  • To assess, plan, implement, evaluate and provide high quality nursing care in accordance with UK law, the NMC and Trust.
  • To work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • To manage a caseload of patients within a defined clinical area.




  • To organise own time and that of unqualified staff and students.
  • To support the senior members of staff in the management and supervision of the defined clinical area.


Organisational Chart



Ward Manager

Band 6 Sister/Charge Nurse

Registered Nurse

Health Care Assistant




Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Aptitude Required


  • Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Basic IT skills.
  • Able to act as a resource for junior staff, peers and students disseminating clinical skills and knowledge.
  • Ability to ensure personal and professional development is progressed through Individual Performance Development Review and NMC guidelines/ revalidation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of research based practice, and participate as required in audit.

Key Result Areas

  • Demonstrate ability to assess patient condition and implement appropriate care within the multidisciplinary team.
  • To communicate effectively, especially where patient ability to do so is compromised.
  • Ability to disseminate contentious and delicate information appropriately e.g. acutely/critically ill patients. To deliver and receive information which may cause emotional distress to all parties.
  • To deliver safe care within a challenging and changing clinical environment, using equipment and resources safely and as appropriate.
  • To administer medication and treatment within Procedure for the Ordering, Prescribing and Administration of Medication guidelines.
  • Participate in supervisory and educational programmes for students and other members of the team.
  • To adhere to all Trust policies and procedures and professional code of conduct.
  • To input and retrieve patient and staff information from computer based systems. e.g. Trakcare and EPR. Maintain accurate and contemporaneous records.


Communications and Working Relationships


Multidisciplinary team.


Patients’ relatives/companions/representatives

General public.

Community Support Services.


Most Challenging Part of the Job


  • Ability to work under pressure and effective time management.
  • Dealing with difficult situations/people.


Physical Effort and Working Conditions


  • Will be required to work within recognised Manual Handling guidelines.
  • Frequently expected to manoeuvre patients/objects over 15kg using appropriate aids for short periods of time.
  • Will have frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions and will be required to follow Policies and Procedures pertaining to bodily fluids, infection control and COSHH regulations.
  • Some exposure to hazards, e.g. violent and abusive patients.
  • 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. acutely/critically ill patients and administration of complex treatments/medication.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Basic I.T. skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Desire to learn and improve skills and knowledge in order to grow professionally and provide the best care.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience caring for acutely unwell patients.
  • Supervising/ assessing students/learners.
  • Ability to be adaptable in a busy, ever-changing environment
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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

Tony Galan
Job title
Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0300 422 3617
Additional information

Alternate contact number:

0300 422 4343