Working within our medicine division gives you the opportunity to develop a skill set that'll be useful to you throughout your clinical career.
Our medicine division has a wide variety of exciting specialties, each with their own unique challenges and rewards. Our specialties include Cardiology, Respiratory, Acute Medicine, Emergency Medicine Infectious Diseases, Gastroenterology, Haematology, Complex Care, Enablement and Complex Assessment.
Caring for patients with complex needs, as well as more acute needs, our team have experience in a wide variety of specialties, including learning difficulties and mental health conditions. Our teams aim to provide a holistic approach to patient experience. Working alongside such highly skilled professionals means you'll be pushed to strive for excellence, and learn a lot along the way.
We have practice development nurses who provide exceptional training and personalised support to our teams. We are proud to have the winner of the our Trust's Director of Nursing Educator of the Year award (2019) for our teams within the Elgar Enablement Unit.
We have innovative advanced practice roles within our nursing teams. These include emergency nurse practitioners in our ED and advanced nurse practitioners in our Complex Assessment Liaison Unit, Acute Medical Unit and Hospital at Night teams. We have recently launched an Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship in partnership with the University of the West of England to support staff who wish to progress within Advanced Practice.
What specialties can I work in within medicine?
Our medicine division has a wide variety of exciting specialties, each with their own unique challenges and rewards. Our specialties include Cardiology, Respiratory, Acute Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Gastroenterology, Haematology, Complex Care, Enablement and Complex Assessment.
Within cardiology, you'll be part of a multidisciplinary team responsible for carrying out a wide range of diagnosis tests and complex treatments on people with cardiac disease and other heart problems.
Our respiratory team works across our acute lung unit, respiratory outpatient service, respiratory physiology, and the respiratory academic unit. Respiratory medicine has close links to learning and research at Southmead Hospital Bristol, allowing sub-specialisation and joint research and teaching programmes.
Acute Medicine Unit
The Acute Medicine Unit team have a vision that they will provide high quality acute medical care for every patient; delivered personally, professionally and compassionately by an expert team.
As part of our emergency medicine team, you'll be challenged with a fast-paced working environment and a variety of interesting medical presentations and be based in the Brunel building at Southmead which has been named the best designed large hospital internationally at the European Healthcare Award (2017).
Our infectious diseases unit is a specialist area caring for patients with a variety of conditions requiring isolation in a positive pressure ventilation rooms. We are a receiving unit for patients that may be suffering from diseases of high consequence such as NDM-1, MERS, VHF and MDR/XDR-TB.
Our gastroenterology department deals with all aspects of general gastroenterology (digestive system) and hepatology (liver). This includes outpatient clinics and the management of inpatients.
Haematology is a busy, fast paced unit caring for patients with acute complex needs, and you will gain experience and working relationships with patients with a variety of medical conditions and requirements.
Complex Care, Complex Assessment, Enablement Units
Our complex care, complex assessment and enablement units give a chance to develop your skills with complex patients/needs who require acute and enhanced care. You'll assess and identify deteriorating situations, discharge and encourage a pathway to return home, develop experience in the application of intravenous drips & fluid and antibiotics, and have an involvement in end of life care.
How does the medicine division deliver bespoke care?
Our 'purple butterfly' project aims to better identify the needs of patients who may be nearing the end of life and need a level of bespoke, yet dignified, level of care.
Our Emergency Department has been changing the way it works to better identify the needs of patients with learning disabilities, autism or both, and to make appropriate adjustments to their care.
What rotations are available within the division?
We have rotational opportunities available within sub specialities, such as infectious diseases, gastroenterology and haematology. This provides a great opportunity to develop experience for those who aspire for a future within emergency medicine or our intensive care unit.
We also offer the opportunity to take part in a rotation programme across the wider medicine division, for example within complex care, then on to specialist or acute medicine.
Additionally, our teams would accomodate those wishing to move across divisions, perhaps from complex care, to stroke (NMSK), or to renal (ASCR). We're proud to be a Trust that takes in the considerations of candidates when designing bespoke rotations, so this would be a further conversation with your manager and our recruitment teams.
Want to know more?
If you are looking to find out more about our careers within our NMSK division, or book an interview, please email Nursing@nbt.nhs.uk.