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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/08/2021.

Newly Qualified Nurses - Band 5

Job Reference: 179-386-20

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Medical & Surgical
Bury St. Edmunds
£24,907 to £30,615 pa

About the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

At the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, we want to tell your story. We want to help develop your career. With us, the opportunities are endless.

We strive to deliver the highest quality and safest care for more than a quarter of a million people. We aim to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time – whether in the hospital or community settings across west Suffolk.

We deliver high-quality services in a variety of settings including people’s own homes, care homes, day centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres, as well as the Newmarket Community Hospital inpatient unit and clinics, and our main site, the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Join us – what will you #BeKnown for?

Key achievements

  • For the last two years the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) have rated us as the top hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for meeting best practice criteria for patients treated for a hip fracture.

  • We’re among the top 10 hospitals in the country for hip, knee and joint replacement outcomes.

  • Our stroke services regularly achieve high ratings in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) scores.

  • We consistently achieve high early detection of cancer, and cancer survival rates in the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group area are the best in the east of England.

#BeKnown - By us. By our patients. By our community.

Newly Qualified Nurses

As an employee of the Suffolk health and care system, you will have an exciting and rewarding opportunity to grow a career that directly drives better health, better patient care and improved efficiency within the NHS. If this is something that excites you, and you are up for the challenge, then we would like to welcome you to our team at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

#hellomynameis Helen Vickery, Clinical Practice Facilitator and welcome you on behalf of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Trust has a number of Registered Nurse vacancies across Medicine, Surgery, Community Care  & Paediatrics and we guarantee you a Registered Nurse post within the Trust, (subject to a satisfactory interview and pre-employment checks) .


We are an award-winning hospital and our committed staff deliver safe, high quality care and strong operational performance. We are passionate and committed to achieving excellence in all we do. Our Patients First Standards apply to all our staff and are part of everybody's job. They help us ensure our patients consistently feel safe, cared for and confident in their treatment.


We will provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment in which you can develop and actively participate in the delivery of a high standard of patient care. As newly qualified practitioners, you will receive a period of Preceptorship and the Band 5 Registered Nurse Core Competency Framework (available in all areas) will detail the core competencies required to fulfil the Band 5 nursing role in any area within the Trust.

We are proud of the support we provide our newly qualified staff and receive positive feedback; ‘Good working as a multi-professional team. Very useful listening to other professionals deal with a real situation. Amazing opportunity to learn these things in a multi-disciplinary group

As a newly registered professional within the Suffolk and North East Essex health and care system, your first year in the organisation will be supported by a comprehensive preceptorship package including:

What you can expect from us?

  • A multi-professional preceptorship period of 12 months

  • An appropriately trained preceptor from day one and a minimum of 12 days direct working time with your preceptor

  • Opportunities to complete a transitional learning needs analysis

  • Access to four bespoke sessions for your continuing professional development (CPD) on the subjects of resilience, communication, professionalism, and integration

  • Opportunities to network with other newly registered professionals in your locality

  • Opportunities to undertake inter-professional shadowing across organisations.

    To help us to find the right place for you please state in your supporting statement your 1st and 2nd choice of areas you wish to work in.


    A little something extra


    If you’re making a big move and relocating to join us we promise you won’t be disappointed. We provide a relocation package of up to £2,000 to those appointed to band 6 roles and above, and band 5 staff nurses.

    We have three new purpose-built accommodation blocks nestled in the woodland at the back of the West Suffolk Hospital. There are 160 quality furnished en-suite single occupancy bedrooms with modern communal living areas available to rent for all staff at competitive rates.


    Book a place and join us for a virtual open day of the 12th August at either 10am till 11am or 2pm till 3pm.

    Please contact Helen Vickery, on 01284 712507 or via email at

    Tips for completing your application
    To view the job description and person specification for this position, please click on the link to the right. Use the additional information section of your application to state how you meet the requirements of the person specification.

    You can download top tips for completing your application in the ‘additional documentation’ section also to the right.

    All applicants should click on the link entitled ‘How will my application be processed?’ prior to submitting their application form.

    Closing date
    The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

    Car parking
    This post does entitle you to apply to park on the West Suffolk Hospital site.

    Correspondence via NHS Jobs email
    All correspondence relating to this vacancy, including invitations to interview will be by email only, via NHS Jobs. Please ensure you check your emails on a regular basis.

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

    Disclosure and Barring Service
    The successful candidate for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure at enhanced level.

    For posts at band 3 and above, the cost of the DBS will be met by the appointed employee and deducted in instalments from their salary over a period of three months. If the employee leaves the Trust within three months of commencing their post, any outstanding payments will be deducted from their final pay.


We will endeavour to notify you on the progress of your application. Please note that this could be via email or post; therefore you should ensure you regularly check your email account for new messages.

We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

Key Worker Living Housing Initiative available to applicable staff groups.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces community.

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