Band 6 Registered Nurse – Felixstowe – Felixstowe, Suffolk

Band 6 Registered Nurse – Felixstowe

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Felixstowe, Suffolk


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

Talk to us about our range of flexible working opportunities, apprenticeships and staff benefits

Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a committed, enthusiastic and highly motivated Band 6 Registered Nurse to join us at Felixstowe Community Hospital. The ward specialises in the rehabilitation of patients and facilitating the safe and effective discharge of patients to various destinations following the Discharge to Assess Model.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and well-motivated Band 6 Registered Nurse. You will work as a member of the multi professional team and will assist with patient assessment to determine patient need and help to implement patient care. Ensuring the highest standard of clinical care and discharge planning to meet the needs of the patient. Provide day-to-day supervision and management of safe practice; supporting and deputising for the line manager in their absence. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with other professionals in the community.

You will possess excellent communication skills and the ability to demonstrate recent professional development.  We are a progressive forward thinking ward aiming to offer the highest standard of individualised care for our patients.

If you have an interest in developing your clinical knowledge and skills as well as welcome service development and innovation then we are interested in hearing from you.


Main duties of the job

To work within the framework for Clinical Governance to provide effective, high quality individualised nursing care to patients and relatives/carers and to contribute to the continuing development of nursing practice.

To work within the Trust’s Competency Framework for Registered Nurses, the Ward/ Department Philosophy and the NMC Code of Conduct/ Professional Standards for the Protection of Patients.

Works with others to improve service delivery, proposes changes to practice and takes further action to implement agreed changes.

Provide day-to-day supervision and management of safe practice; supporting and deputising for the line manager in their absence.

Actively promotes the workplace as a learning environment, manage resource issues affecting learning and support all learners as mentor, assessor or role model.

To support and implement the integration of clinical governance into all aspects of patient care delivery.

Maintain and develop a healthy and safe environment promoting effective and efficient teamwork that encompasses equality and diversity and respect for the individual.

Ensure training and development needs detailed in your personal development plan are followed up and the effectiveness of the acquired training and development evaluated in terms of self, patient and service.

Working for our organisation

One of the largest Trust’s in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients’ own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health & Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person specification


Essential criteria

Registered Nurse

Evidence of ongoing professional development

Desirable criteria

Relevant teaching and mentoring qualification



Essential criteria

Previous Leadership Experience

Experience of rehabilitation and discharge planning

Desirable criteria

Previous Experience of the Management Elements of the Role, including Datix, Healthroster and SafeCare.

Previous Community Hospital Experience


Essential criteria

Awareness and understanding of current Government/Trust initiatives/NMC Code of Conduct

Current practices / trends within Medical assessment nursing

Good knowledge of infection control procedures/initiatives

Desirable criteria

Leadership course

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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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

Michelle Fletcher
Job title
Modern Matron
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01394 338417