Student District Nurse

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum Plus HCAS
Closing date
5 Jun 2023
Job summary

Student District Nurse Band 5

Contract 12 months Fixed Term

Whittington Health District Nursing Service would like to sponsor registered nurses with community experience to undertake the
  • Do you have leadership potential?
  • Are you interested in service improvement?
  • Are you highly motivated and seeking career development?

We offer a fully funded training opportunity to qualify as a Student District Nurse. This is a salary supported post for academic year 2023 - 2024. Successful applicants will be offered Band 5 intermediate step point salary. Through this application process you are also applying for a place at London South Bank University and a NHS sponsored placement in one of our District Nursing teams enabling you to train as a District Nurse.

Main duties of the job

The post of Student District Nurse is a development post building on existing knowledge, skills and competencies to achieve a higher level of practice resulting in an academic qualification as well as a recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The fundamental responsibilities of the post holder are to attain the academic credentials and the clinical skills required to practice as a NMC registered Specialist Practitioner in District Nursing on a defined pathway.

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section.

About us

Medical services have been delivered on the Whittington Hospital site for over 500 years. On 1st April 2011, Whittington Health was launched as a new Integrated Care Organisation (ICO) comprising The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, NHS Islington and NHS Haringey. The Whittington and the community health services in Islington and Haringey are award winning organisations, delivering acute and community based health services to a population of 443,000 people.

The organisation is the biggest employer in the area, with over 4,500 staff; delivering healthcare not only on the acute hospital site which has 420 beds, but also from a variety of other community based health centres and through visits to patients homes across the boroughs to address the health needs of the local population. Whittington Health also works with other health, social care and voluntary sector partners to support patients and service users from their initial appointment whether it be with a community health team or at the hospital, all the way through to treatment and tailored after care.

We are one of the three main teaching campuses for the Royal Free and University College Medical School.

Our ICARE (Innovation, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence) Values not only help us shape what we do, but also how we do it and why. They are fundamental to the way we do business and care for our patients.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To fulfil the requirements of the Student District Nurse programme by attending university course dates and practice placement days in accordance with the University regulations.
  • To work with the Specialist Community Practice Teacher/Educator and Experienced Practitioners to develop the skills and competencies to achieve NMC Registration Standards for Specialist Community Practice.
  • With the support of the Student District Nurse Teacher/Educator to link the theoretical knowledge gained through the university programme to the practice situation.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of current and emerging National, Regional and local healthcare legislation, policies and guidelines as the pertain to chosen pathway.
  • To develop/build skills of caseload and team leadership and management.
  • To work within University Regulations pertaining to academic work and student conduct.
  • To work within employing organisation policies as they pertain to the relevant clinical setting.
  • To work within employing organisation policies relating to employee responsibilities.

  • To participate in managing and coordinating the work of the junior staff, offering support and development as appropriate.
  • To assist in the recruitment and selection of staff for the team and to participate in induction and orientation programmes as appropriate.
  • To promote good communication, employment practices and relationships within the team.
  • To participate in (and lead where appropriate) team meetings.
  • To be aware of and utilise appropriate resources within the district nursing team and in the provision of total patient care.
  • To act as a link nurse to Primary and Social Care sectors as well as the wider community multi-professional teams as necessary.

  • To be aware of and act in accordance with agreed policies, procedures, legislation and NMC standards.
  • To adhere to Whittington Health policies and procedures at all times.
  • To ensure that records are kept and maintained in line with NMC guidelines, Trust record keeping and information governance policies.
  • To adhere to national and local infection control procedures and standards at all times.
  • To be willing to expand nursing knowledge/skills by undertaking further professional training, to keep up to date with professional developments and maintain current PREP portfolio.
  • To set appropriate objectives and review them regularly with the District Nurse Team Manager.
  • To meet regularly with the District Nurse Team Manager in order to review own performance.
  • To take part in clinical supervision on a regular basis according to Whittington Health requirements.
  • To participate in clinical audit in order to promote the development of patient centred evidence based practice.
  • Whittington Health is an integrated care organisation and there may be occasions when members of staff are required to rotate between clinical environments to meet service need. This could be on a long or short term basis.

Person Specification

Skills & Abilities


  • Effective numeracy and literacy skills
  • Ability to support people to make informed decisions in relation to their health and well-being
  • Accurately records all intervention and decisions around patient care within relevant time frames
  • Demonstrate ability to adapt to working within a changing environment
  • Effective clinical problem solving abilities
  • Evidence of supporting equality and valuing diversity in own practice
  • Evidence of working with and within a diverse community
  • Evidence of current clinical competencies relevant to community nursing


  • Involvement in the preparation of statements/reports for formal purposes

Literacy and Numeracy


  • Literacy and Numeracy at the level of the National Qualifications Framework at level 1-2 for Numeracy (equivalent of GCSE) and 3-4 for Literacy (equivalent of A level)



  • Minimum two years' post qualifying experience working as a registered nurse in a community nursing role
  • Experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams
  • Evidence of involvement in the management of difficult situations and conflict resolution
  • Evidence of working without direct supervision and managing own workload


  • Experience of the audit process and clinical governance
  • Experience of managing staff within a team
  • Experience of multi-agency working in a community setting



  • An understanding of the role of the District Nurse as a clinical manager and leader
  • Understanding about leadership
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of current practice and policy issues relating to District Nursing
  • Awareness of the demands of the course
  • Knowledge of long-term conditions management
  • Knowledge of health promotion
  • Knowledge of safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Knowledge of the NMC Code of Professional Conduct, standards of conduct and ethics and its application to nursing practice
  • Understanding about issues relating to care and compassion in practice


  • Knowledge of assessment of health needs of the local population
  • Background knowledge of current policy relating to public health and primary care
  • Awareness of wider health and social legislation/policies/strategies which influence the provision of primary care services
  • Knowledge of how to manage budgets and resources
  • Experience in a leadership role

Education / Qualifications


  • Current NMC Registration for nursing (Adult Branch)
  • DipHE (or above) qualification equivalent to 120 credits at level 5 (of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England) or evidence of previous education and learning to this level
  • Evidence of post registration study/learning over the last two years


  • Evidence of continual professional development at level 6
  • Degree
  • Recognised teaching and mentoring qualification

Attributes and Attitudes


  • Motivated to become a team leader (flexible, participatory and reciprocal)
  • Empathetic, non-judgemental, and client/patient focused
  • Positive attitude to change (tenacity, solution focused, resilient and collaborative)
  • Highly motivated and reliable
  • Accountable for own learning



  • Demonstrate ability and willingness to travel to a variety of sites within the Trust

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