Band 5 Staff Nurse – Critical Care

Band 5

Main areaCritical Care UnitGradeBand 5ContractPermanentHoursFull time – 37.5 hours per week (Days, Nights and weekends)Job ref184-CRNURHCA183 SiteCritical Care UnitTownTauntonSalary£25,655 – £31,534 per annum, pro rataSalary periodYearlyClosing19/06/2022 23:59Interview date30/06/2022

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is proud to provide community, mental health and learning disability services and acute hospital services from Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Our mission is to deliver outstanding care through a culture of listening, learning and continuous improvement. Over 9,000 colleagues work for our trust in a very wide range of services and we aim to provide a supportive, inclusive environment in which our colleagues can thrive. We are working towards merging our trust with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in order to provide consistent and accessible services across Somerset and better supporting people in our county to maintain their health and wellbeing. We are proud to be the Health Service Journal Mental Health Trust of the Year.

Job overview

We have the opportunity for an enthusiastic and dynamic registered nurse (Band 5) to join the critical care team at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. 

We have a 16 bedded critical care unit and we pride ourselves on delivering consistent, high standards of holistic care. This is reflected in our ICNARC data, performance metrics and feedback from patients, relatives and visitors to our unit.

We are seeking a self-motivated individual with a commitment to professional development who aspires in making a positive contribution to care given to critically ill patients.

Main duties of the job

Experience in Critical Care is desirable; however we also invite applications from nurses with transferable experience in an acute care setting. You will care for level 2 and 3 patients, some of whom are involved in the most current research trials.

The applicants should be able to demonstrate the use of evidence based practice and be proactive in managing change. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential, together with a readiness to innovate and develop nursing within a team approach.

Working for our organisation

Musgrove Park hospital has recently opened a new 6 bedded Critical Care pod taking us to 16 beds which can offer expert care to patients from a variety of specialities.

With a dedicated training and education team, we provide our Band 5 nurses with a structured development programme supporting you to gain the required skills and knowledge to become a truly excellent Critical Care nurse. This comprehensive educational package includes the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate Critical Care award at a local university and gain academic credits towards a BSc or MSc pathway.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Are you interested in Critical Care, and have acute nursing experience, excellent communication skills, want to work cultures of openness, team work and adaptability? Then why not join us.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • NMC registered Nurse
  • Desirable criteria

  • Evidence of mentorship/practice assessor/practice supervisor
  • Knowledge and Experience

    Essential criteria

  • 6 months acute care experience
  • Demonstrates genuine interest in and commitment to care
  • Desirable criteria

  • Critical care experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development/post grad critical care award
  • If you are successful for interview, you will be required to bring the following with you: Proof of any essential qualifications stated on the Job Description, proof of NHS payslip if coming from another NHS Organisation and Photo ID to prove your identity and Right to Work (More details will follow for successful applicants invited to interview)

    Our values are simple: Outstanding Care, Working Together, Listening and Leading. 

    We recognise that our colleagues are our most valuable resource, we are proud of the excellent levels of service our Trust provides to our service users and the dedication and conscientious of our colleagues. With this in mind, we offer a range of colleague benefits including:

    Excellent annual leave entitlement

    Enhanced rates of pay

    NHS Pension Scheme

    Free parking on most of our sites

    Relocation package up to £7000 (Roles band 5 and above, Subject to eligibility)

    NHS discounts

    Training and development

    Flexible working

    Paid registration fees for the 1st year for newly qualified colleagues