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Advanced Kidney Care Specialist Nurse

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per Annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Renal nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are pleased to be able to offer this exciting new opportunity for an Advanced Kidney Care Renal Specialist Nurse to join our small but dynamic team of renal specialist nurses based at Dorset County Hospital.

We welcome applications from capable and enthusiastic individuals, who are keen to develop, have experience working in a renal setting or have transferable skills and want to be part of our busy, dynamic, forward-thinking team.

You will be supported to develop skills to see patients autonomously within the clinical setting. This role will primarily be running our Pre-dialysis program working alongside Specialist Nurses for Hepatitis B vaccination, Transplant, Peritoneal Dialysis, Renal Access, and Renal Anaemia. You will work with the multi-disciplinary team and the Renal Consultants in both outpatient and inpatient settings as well as liaising with the Community teams and visiting patients at home.

You will need to have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills to take on this role. You should be able to demonstrate evidence of maintaining standards and leadership within the clinical setting. Providing excellent nursing care should be a priority ensuring that high standards are continually maintained, audited and developed.

Main duties of the job

As a Renal Specialist Nurse, you will deliver multi professional high-quality care and education working with patients towards self-management and independence throughout the continuum of care across all specialities within the Renal Outpatient Nursing Team reviewing, referring & advising on:

Patient education and administration of appropriate renal immunisation.

Delivering teaching sessions to patients and staff.

Access creation for Renal Replacement Therapy.

Peritoneal & haemodialysis - All round care of our community-based Home Therapy patients.

Anaemia - Monitoring and education of patients requiring Iron, EPO, blood transfusions, and immunosuppressant therapy.

About us

We support our patients to work jointly with staff in decision making through shared and self-care programmes to enable them to make choices that fit in with their lifestyle. As kidney failure is a long-term condition, patients and staff develop long term professional relationships.

The Trust has an excellent educational programme supporting personal development in autonomous practice supporting working towards Advanced Practitioner roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

- To organise own time and prioritise care effectively.

- To facilitate and develop the administration of our Hepatitis B vaccination program in our renal population.

- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care within the multidisciplinary team.

- To work flexibly within the Renal Specialist Nurse Team covering all aspects of the service, including home visits.

- To review and develop patient information leaflets.

- To communicate effectively especially where patient ability to do so is compromised.

- To disseminate contentious and delicate information appropriately.

- To lead and deliver safe care within a challenging and changing clinical environment, using equipment and resources safely and as appropriate.

- To administer medication and treatment within Procedure for the Ordering, Prescribing and Administration of Medication Guidelines.

- To deliver and receive information which may cause emotional distress to all parties.

- Provide and support professional leadership in the development of Renal nursing practice, within the directorate (including presentations and teaching sessions to other health care professionals and support workers).

- Participate in mentorship and educational programmes for students and other members of the team.

- To adhere to all Trust policies and procedures and professional code of conduct. To assist the department lead in the implementation of policy and service development.

- To regularly take responsibility for the supervision and mentorship for unqualified/qualified staff and students.

- To adhere to clinical governance and risk management covering all aspects of Renal patient care.

- To input and retrieve patient and staff information from computer-based systems and maintain accurate and contemporaneous patient records.

- To provide clinical leadership that inspires and motivates others.

- To liaise with other members of the team to ensure policies and protocols are in place to facilitate expert care of all patients.

Person Specification

Knowledge & experience


  • Registered Nurse
  • Relevant Speciality course
  • Educated to degree level
  • Clean UK driving license
  • Previous experience within the speciality
  • Experience at senior staff nurse level


  • Teaching / assessor qualification
  • An awareness of Trust Policies including renal NSF, clinical governance, data protection etc
  • Ability to demonstrate up to date experience and depth of knowledge and clinical competence
  • Demonstrate ability and experience in change management/ clinical developments.

Skills & abilities


  • Able to demonstrate team management skills with an understanding of the leadership role.
  • Ability to act on own initiative with evidence of sound decision making abilities
  • IT skills
  • Recent experience within acute Renal setting and competent with dialysis skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills.


  • Evidence of good communication skills
  • Able to demonstrate an active role in teaching

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital

Williams Avenue



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