Registered Nurse – Emergency Surgical Ward (Stowupland Ward) – Ipswich, Suffolk

Registered Nurse – Emergency Surgical Ward (Stowupland Ward)

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Ipswich, Suffolk


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

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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

Ipswich Hospital are looking for dynamic, motivated and experienced nurses with acute hospital experience to join our Stowupland Emergency Surgical Ward.

Registered nurses are a key part of our ward teams and support the senior team in providing high quality care.

This is an excellent opportunity to join our friendly and busy teams who are motivated in promoting the delivery of a patient-centred, clinically effective and dynamic service to our patients undergoing a surgical procedure. We are dedicated to developing our staff and there are various opportunities to continue to develop skills and a career pathway with the NHS.

Stowupland Ward is a busy surgical ward consisting of 27 inpatient beds. Patients are taken from our Surgical Assessment Unit. They are managed predominately under urology, general surgery, ENT and head and neck specialties. We work very closely with our therapy team to assess and re-able patients to provide safe and timely discharge. We also admit patients from Critical Care and work closely with the Critical Care Outreach Team to provide safe step down from ITU to ward care. 

If you have acute hospital experience and are committed to providing high quality care, we want to hear from you!

Main duties of the job

The ward works very closely with many members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure that we are equipped to meet our patient’s needs. You will undertake patient assessment to determine patient need, plan and implement their care. It is therefore essential you can demonstrate a commitment to effective team working and have excellent communication skills. We are committed to upholding the Trust values and strive to enhance the patient’s clinical journey by ensuring the patient is at the centre of their care.

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 almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people. 

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services. 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

To meet the needs of the Trust with regard to Induction, mandatory and statutory training

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 ensure high standards of patient care at all times, in line with Trust policies and guidelines

To work as an effective member of the nursing and wider multi-professional healthcare team

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.

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

Person specification


Essential criteria

Registered Nurse Level 1 or 2

Evidence of continuing professional development

Desirable criteria

Coaching qualification

Willingness to undertake further education


Essential criteria

Worked within the healthcare setting

Desirable criteria

Experience in acute setting

Undertaken preceptorship

Participation in research/audit

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

Carole Burbery
Job title
Ward Sister
Email address
[email protected]

If you have problems applying, contact

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