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Senior Registered Nurse - IUCRS

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
North East Essex
£28,407 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Full Time
Job summary

Senior Nurse Integrated Urgent Crises Responses (IUCRS) covering unplanned community nursing care & Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT)

Fixed Term/Secondment - 12 months

Colchester General Accident and Emergency Department and Community North East Essex

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated senior staff nurse to join our new dynamic Integrated Urgent Crises Response Service (IUCRS) providing holistic assessments and identifying treatment needs that can be managed within a variety of community settings. The post holder will provide rapid specialised assessment and treatment to patients who may present with complex physical and psychological care needs and initiate services to safely avoid unnecessary hospital admission.

The multidisciplinary IUCRS team works within the wider Emergency Department of Colchester Hospital and Northeast Essex community services and identifies patients that can, once deemed as not requiring acute admission, remain at home or facilitate a rapid discharge into an alternative community setting.

The senior nurse will also identify patients requiring outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) within the acute setting and support a seamless discharge to the community. The post holder will also support the unplanned community nursing teams with the delivery of IV antibiotic therapy and all relevant nursing intervention within the community.

Main duties of the job

Act as a specialist resource for the integrated team, carrying out single assessments, and contributing to the development and delivery of the integrated care plan.

Develop programmes of specialist nursing activities, weighing options and delegating aspects of care as appropriate

Implement specialist aspects of the care plan, potentially acting as care coordinator and reviewing the plan on behalf of the integrated team.

Support patients with advice, information, persuasion and direction to community resources to encourage self-management and ongoing independence.

Provide support, training and advice to patients, parents and carers.

Manage the performance and oversee the work of more junior staff, assistants, students and volunteers

Manage the work of the team, deputising for more senior managers as required

About us

One of the largest Trust's in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health & Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

Find out about living and working with us -

Job description

Job responsibilities

This new service has been developed using national evidence that illustrates the benefits of community antibiotic services, facilitating early discharge from the acute sector to a community or other appropriate setting, supporting the prevention of hospital admission. The post holder will also support identifying patients suitable to be transferred from the acute hospital to the community hospital.

You should be highly competent and confident in the initiation, administration and teaching of IV therapy. You will be able to make autonomous decisions around patient suitability for this pathway and support patients to self-administer as well and liaise with multidisciplinary team as appropriate. Good communication, leadership and management skills are essential.

You must hold a relevant qualification with community experience or other comparable/transferable skills. The post holder should have experience in the management of junior staff and students. They should have a good understanding and knowledge of relevant legislation and treatment methods used in this specialist field. They should be adaptable to change and embrace innovation.

The nurse post holder will be working shifts and will be expected to work some weekends and bank holidays and nights. A car driver is essential.

B5 development post - This unique role will enable talented nurses to obtain the experience required to progress their career from a band 5 to a band 6 during a 12-24-month programme of development and will offer an opportunity to offer career defining training and challenges. The expectation would be that the candidate meets the required learning and performance outcomes to progress to a band 6 within 24 months experience dependent. Newly qualified nurses are welcome to apply. (Identify on the application the post you are applying for).

If you would like further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, then please contact Kelly Carrington IUCRS service manager or 07919527725

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Registered nurse recorded on NMC register
  • Professional knowledge and Skills acquired through a combination of formal training, short courses and experience to degree level or equivalent.
  • Relevant post qualification training through short courses and/or further study and experience for example diagnostics and prescribing, working towards post graduate level of study.
  • Evidence of on-going CPD


  • Recognised registered qualification and further courses and experience relevant to role



  • Supervise the work of students, assistants and volunteers
  • To use Word, Powerpoint, email, excel and access (or similar spreadsheet or database packages)
  • Ability to manage a team
  • Car owner/driver/access to a motor vehicle (role will involve travel to other sites that cannot be easily accessed by public transport means)



  • Good theoretical and practical knowledge of a broad range of assessments including specialist relevant to the specialist care group and the relative benefits of each.
  • Good knowledge of a range of specialist therapeutic interventions relevant to the care group including the relative benefits of each and the comparative outcomes.
  • Awareness of national guidance relevant to own specialities, including, consent issues, and other legal frameworks relating to care group
  • Knowledge of the current evidence based practice



  • Proven experience working relevant to the care group.


  • Experience of managing the work of others
  • Competencies relevant to specialism

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