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Assistant practitioner

Job Reference: 188-NM2061

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Medicine for older people
Southampton, Southampton
£21,089 - £23,761 per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic band 4 associate practitioner to come and work with our team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). Based within the medicine for older people care group, you will support the registered nurses to provide excellent care to our elderly patients.

If you have a strong focus on patient care then we are keen for you to join our team. You will be required to provide a high standard of compassionate care to patients, which is individualised and promotes their dignity whilst on our wards.


You will be working in a supportive, inclusive environment to develop your acute and dementia care skills, learn how to manage complex patients and work with members of the extended older person’s mental health and enhanced care teams.

The medicine for older people care group delivers high quality compassionate care to the ever increasing elderly population. We are busy, highly challenging care group that manages patients with a variety of medical conditions and social needs.


You will be an integral part of the ward nursing team and you will provide support in the delivery of high quality care. As part of your role and your development you will have the opportunity to support junior staff and enhance their experience and skills development.

In conjunction with the registered nurse you will,

  • receive patients and their relatives in a calm, courteous and reassuring manner, providing appropriate information and support
  • participate in patient assessment e.g. initial information gathering from the patient related to physical conditions and social situation
  • ensure accurate and timely recording of all observations and report any abnormal findings the registered nurse
  • assist with dietary and fluid intake and monitor and record as appropriate
  • assist patients with menu choices, taking account of any dietary requirements and offer alternatives depending on patient’s medical condition as appropriate
  • assist patients to meet hygiene and elimination needs, providing support as required


You will need to be:

  • organized with great time management skills
  • able to work under pressure as this is a fast moving, rewarding and dynamic environment

If you believe you have what it takes, then we would love to hear from you.

Our training programme will commence from Monday, 11 November 2019, so you will need to be available to start on this date.


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 Monday, 09 September 2019.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Steve Hicks


023 8120 4661

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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