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Trainee advanced nurse practitioner

Job Reference: 188-NM2060

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Trauma & orthopaedics
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£30,401 - £37,267pa

For several years now, trauma and orthopaedics has recruited a team of proactive, committed and dynamic practitioners who have developed the role of advanced nurse practitioners into a well-defined, structured and respected career pathway at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). We are now seeking to expand our team further within the field of trauma and orthopaedics to enable a 24/7 service; benefiting our patients in terms of continuity and quality of care, prompt admissions, enhanced inpatient care and discharges, improving patient experience and reducing length of stay.


The trauma and orthopaedic unit is a 126 bedded unit, comprising of a major trauma ward, elective surgery ward, two trauma wards, orthopaedic step down unit and dedicated trauma assessment unit. This provides the opportunity to experience a wide variety of trauma and orthopaedic conditions and gain variable experience with both acutely unwell patients and assessment of admissions.


  • To work as an independent practitioner under the supervision of the senior nurse practitioner / advanced nurse practitioner or designated medical practitioner (DMP)
  • This role involves undertaking competency based patient assessment and examination in order to formulate a management plan for specific groups of patients admitted to UHS for diagnosis and / or treatments.
  • The nurse practitioner is expected to undertake all preparatory work prior to the patient undergoing treatment or diagnosis which may include consent, request of any further investigations and to highlight any potential complications to the advanced nurse practitioner or relevant medical colleague.
  • As a trainee advanced practitioner you are expected to work in conjunction with the 4 pillars of advanced practice (HEE Framework Oct 2017, HEW Framework Oct 2016)
  • Expert clinical practice
  • Leadership and management, in order to improve and transform services.
  • Research – application of existing research and contributing to new research within chosen speciality.
  • Education and development of self and others.


You will have extensive post registration experience in trauma and orthopaedic nursing although acute medical or surgical experience will be considered, with an appropriate history taking and physical examination course. There will be the opportunity to complete an MSc advanced practice pathway under the support and guidance of our medical colleagues. With the support of the team and medical colleagues you will have the opportunity to become an expert practitioner within the field of trauma and orthopaedic care. Enabling you to become an autonomous clinician within the multidisciplinary team, offering support to both nursing and junior medical colleagues.

You are required to have completed all senior band 5 competencies and be able to provide evidence of post registration CPD and degree / MSc level study. You must be flexible and able to work within a small team with high demands on workload, energetic and forward thinking, as well as eager to develop clinical and leadership skills.

We pride ourselves in the provision of high standards of patient care and exemplary support to our employees. We have exciting plans in relation to workforce redesign and working in new ways to improve patient care pathways.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Friday, 06 September 2019.


If you enjoy the challenge of working in a busy environment and are looking for a position, which will challenge you and give you the opportunity to develop your leadership and clinical skills then we would like to hear from you. Informal visits are strongly encouraged.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Karen Wright

Advanced nurse practitioner


Joanna Sikora

T&O Nurse Practicioner

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies under any circumstances.


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