Senior Nurse - Neighbourhood Night Service

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
There are three main functions of the Senior Nurse operating within the night service during the night
  • To clinically coordinate and manage care to ensure that all patient calls are effectively assessed, triaged, allocated and recorded. You will need to have an overview of the service as a whole to ensure that both patients and staff remain safe and care is appropriate and effective overnight. For example, re allocating work to cover unexpected staff absence. (The times for the Coordinator shifts are 20.45pm until 07.15am).
  • To deliver clinical care to patients and support our Nursing Assistants overnight (The times for clinical shifts are 20:45pm-07:15am).
  • Provide clinical leadership, including line management of band 5 Staff Nurses within your area of responsibility and oversee line management of our band 3 Nursing Assistants who are managed by the Staff Nurses.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Nurse plays a key role in ensuring that communication is effective to the staff on duty overnight and that any matters arising overnight are communicated effectively to relevant parties, which include the day function of the Night Service.

You will be a registered staff nurse and have excellent assessment, planning and evaluation skills in order to ensure that planned patient care is timely and appropriate.

You must have excellent communication, organisational and IT skills as you will be coordinating care for a large number of complex patients.

This is a fast paced role requiring safe and effective clinical decision making, so you must be able to think on your feet, problem solve issues that arise overnight and juggle conflicting priorities. You must be able to motivate others in challenging times and utilise the resources available to you effectively.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for their own caseload within their speciality area as an autonomous practitioner. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care to a specialist level ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1.Demonstrates a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations involving a critical understanding of theories and principles

1.2.Demonstrates innovative and specialist skills to select methods and tools to holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate in a complex and specialised field of work.

1.3.Demonstrates highly developed physical skills where dexterity and accuracy are important e.g. syringe pumps and infusions, manual treatments

1.4.Makes consistent judgements requiring complex fact analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5.Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment

1.6.Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

1.7.Prioritises their own workload, and that of the wider team, within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8.Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.9.Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all areas of practice including the management of any complaints and compliments.

1.10. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role.

Person Specification



  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field.
  • Post Graduate qualification in specialist field or equivalent experience.
  • Appropriate statutory professional body registration NMC.
  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties.
  • Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards


  • Supporting Learning in Practice (SLIP) or equivalent.
  • Leadership and management training ILM 3 or equivalent.



  • Experience of managing staff.
  • Experience in the clinical field or a closely related clinical area as part of a wider multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience in supervising and delegating to other members of staff.


  • Working in/alongside/involvement with adult nursing community teams.

Skills and Attributes


  • Detailed theoretical and clinical knowledge appropriate to service area and profession.
  • Knowledge of relevant current issues in health and social care, ethics and innovation.
  • Demonstrates awareness of limits to knowledge base
  • Specialist assessment, planning and evaluation skills.
  • Performs test / procedures / diagnostics relevant to clinical role at a specialist level proficiently.
  • Complex analytical and creative problem solving skills in unpredictable situations.
  • Workload management including delegation of tasks and day-to-day team leadership.
  • Competent IT skills in order to collect and interpret data, present reports and compile simple presentations.
  • Effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex or potentially distressing information to patients / carers and managing conflict when appropriate.
  • Risk assessment skills.
  • Reflective practice skills able to give clear and effective feedback.
  • Able to research, understand and evaluate evidence in order to contribute to practice development
  • Displays care, compassion, sensitivity and responsiveness to other peoples feelings and needs.
  • Able to work as part of a team, co-operating to work together and in conjunction with others and willing to help and assist wherever possible and appropriate appreciating the value of diversity in the workplace.
  • Able to develop, establish and maintain positive relationships with others both internal and external to the organisation and with patients and their carers.
  • Able to work under pressure, dealing with peaks and troughs in workload managing unpredictable service demands.
  • Positive and flexible attitude to dealing with change able to respond to the changing needs of the patient in an appropriate and timely manner
  • willing to change and accept change and to explore new ways of doing things and approaches.
  • Highly motivated and reliable.
  • Has a strong degree of personal integrity able to adhere to standards of conduct based on a culture of equality and fairness.
  • Demonstrates values consistent with those of the Trust.
  • Ability and willingness to adopt a flexible approach to work on the occasions it may be required.


  • Knowledge of specific innovation techniques / initiatives e.g. Productive Community / Ward Series (Leeds Approach).
  • Application of clinical governance and quality measures in practice
  • Experience in research and/or clinical audit.



  • UK Full driving licence.
  • Car owner/driver or suitable alternative transport to enable you to undertake the job (it is unlikely that public transport will meet this requirement). Reasonable adjustments can be considered in accordance to the Equality Act.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Killingbeck Court, Unit 2


LS14 6FD

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