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Registered Nurse

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

To assess the patients fitness for surgery and anaesthesia.

Accurate completion of assessment documentation of patients nursing , medical and social history.

Identify and perform any relevant preoperative investigations as per protocol and inaccordance with national good practice guidelines.

Identify any condition that may require intervention prior to admission and surgery and take appropriate action.

Identify from the assessment the patients suitability for day case, overnight or inpatient stay.

Initiate discharge planning and identify potential problems which may delay discharge prior to admission.

Responsible for the assessment of care needs and development of program of care, including implementation and evaluation for a select group of patients, to ensure that high quality evidence-based care is delivered.

Responsible for communicating and involving patients and their families / carers during the planning and delivery of care to ensure that they understand and agree with the program of care/preoperative assessment process.

Give appropriate advice, support and education to the patient and their family / carer.

Responsible for carrying out all forms of care, for which they are competent to practice, without direct supervision, in accordance with local and Trust polices and procedures.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Pre Op assessment team at North Devon District Hospital.. The successful applicant will be expected to work 3 days a week.  Pre operative assessment nurses are expected to have excellent communication skills and the capacity to learn and retain a set of competencies specific to pre operative assessment. The pre op assessment nurses overall role is to maintain patient safety by robust risk management pre operatively. This role was traditionally the domain of junior doctors. The knowledge base requirement for this role is extensive, for this reason ongoing support and training will be at hand.

This job has the obvious benefits of office type hours with week-ends and bank holidays off. The pre op team is an established, small and very friendly, supportive team. We work very closely with the MDT and in particular work closely with a core group of consultant anaesthetists.

North Devon is a beautiful part of the country to live in. Benefiting from being close to the beaches and surrounded in countryside.

Working Pattern: Monday to Friday, 8.45 to 16.45

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Deborah Ludwell, Lead Nurse on 01271 370213 /

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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