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Community Sister/Charge Nurse

Livewell Southwest CIC
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro-rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

Up to 37.5 hours per week.

Livewell Southwest appreciates that work life balance is vitally important for our employees wellbeing and therefore we have hours available from 22.5 - 37.5 hours per week on permanent contract. Our core hours are 0800 17:30 and are open to discuss any working pattern within these hours, to enable you to get the balance of home and work life that suits you.

The role requires positivity and excellent communication, leadership, and caseload management abilities. You will need to demonstrate integrity and initiative, sound clinical knowledge with evidenced based practice and the ability to manage a team, approaching your work in a coordinated way.

We work integrated with primary care, adult social care, therapists, urgent & intermediate care services alongside our specialist services informing our ageing well MDTs which facilitates shaping our future to deliver great quality care for housebound individuals.

We strive to maximise wellbeing, improve health outcomes and patient experience, and support people to remain at home. Through expert advice and clinical support and treatment, promoting the optimum quality of life. Whilst providing an effective and efficient service delivery, utilising health promotion, wound, medication, and continence management.

If you have an interest in community nursing, preventing hospital admissions, and caring for people with complex long-term disease, through to the last stages of their life, this role is for you.

Main duties of the job

We provide opportunity for continued learning/career progression, if this ignited your interest we would like to hear from you

As a Community Sister/Charge Nurse your role is vital in terms of coordinating peoples care & delegating to your team. Develop knowledge of government policy/clinical procedures

You will be required to be an autonomous practitioner, a role model to provide holistic patient centred care. To champion for patients, whilst demonstrating highly motivated leadership skills with ability to influence/inspire others. Teach/mentor your team utilising your transferable skills

Manage sensitive issues & overcome obstacles in communication

We you be required to undertake a robust induction, allocated a supervisor to support your learning to develop in your role

We offer training in line with the required competencies for you to build on your past knowledge/experience/skills. You will be expected to undertake continued learning with accessibility to accredited courses

You will be required to be competent/diagnose/investigate. Have sound knowledge/judgement providing evidence-based wound management/pressure ulcer prevention. Continence management, palliative & end of life care

Have a full driving licence/the ability to travel across Plymouth.

All LWS staff are expected to able/willing to work across a 7 day service

DN Lead Nicky would love to hear from you to have an informal chat about joining the team. Text/call/email Nicky on 07717530239 or

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Be responsible for the provision of planned and unplanned care to patients and their Carers in a defined geographical area working as part of a twenty four hour District Nursing Service

Be able to respond to urgent referrals for patients, carers and the multi-disciplinary team

To triage and accept appropriate referrals directly from other disciplines, patients, carers and members of the public and / or refer to other agencies where appropriate

Be responsible for assessing, diagnosing, planning, organising & reviewing complex packages of care including case conferences

Ensure privacy, dignity and human rights are respected for all patients and carers.

Undertake comprehensive risk assessments of all situations associated with the care of patients in order to ensure nurses’ and the carers’ safety

Assessments might include the provision of equipment ensuring it is used safely

Be responsible for overseeing, monitoring of equipment and ensuring maintenance & repair.

To report and records all incidents and near misses relating to health, safety, security, fire, physical violence, aggression and verbal abuse.

Maintain accurate records, which are confidential, up to date , legible and that all care given has to be documented. These records may be paper or IT based system and must be maintained as specified in the Trust Policies, NMC guidelines and Government directives. The post holder will be expected to oversee the standard of patients’ records by audit or peer review and have a regular open discussion with team members.

The post holder is required to comply with all infection control policies and guidance, attend relevant updates and report issues of concern to their immediate line manager if no action or explanation received, then it is the individual’s responsibility to escalate to Director of Operations or Chief executive office

To monitor & maintain the health, safety and security of self and others

Be responsible for organising own time management on a daily basis in line with caseload demands balancing patient needs with the non clinical aspect of the role

Work within challenging and unpredictable environments e.g. patients’ homes, which may have constraints that require adaptability

Act as a clinical advisor on health care issues within their area of expertise.

Undertake health promotion whenever possible to all age groups and also contribute to planned health promotion activities.

Nurse Prescriber and takes responsibility for prescribing in line with Non-medical Prescribing policy and within the Devon Formulary.

Identify community health needs and participate in new projects, research and audit.

Act as a role model for other staff and students demonstrating high standards of practice and professional conduct.

Be involved with the development, implementation and monitoring of standards.

Develop links with other professional and voluntary bodies to ensure maximum effectiveness of the service and patient care.

Work alongside the Community Matron for Long Term conditions if appropriate in monitoring complex health needs of the patient’s and reduce hospital admissions

Ensure that work which is often unpredictable is prioritised and suitably delegated to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Implement, participate and facilitate Clinical Supervision as per organizational Policy.

Participate in an annual appraisal of their work in line with the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) where the job description will be reviewed and objectives set. In line with the annual development plan the post holder will be expected to undertake any training or development required to fulfil their role.

Be conversant and adhere to the vulnerable adult and child protection procedures & Organizational polices.

Support the District Nursing Manager regarding equity of workload throughout the larger Team & deputise in his/her absence.

Person Specification

Behavioural Attributes & Competencies


  • Familiar with and committed to the principles and values of the NHS.
  • Demonstrate commitment to and focus on quality, promotes high standards to consistently improve patient outcomes.
  • Consistently put clinicians at the heart of decision making.
  • Creates and fosters a culture of openness, honesty, integrity and inclusiveness.
  • Values diversity and difference.
  • Uses evidence to make improvements and seeks out innovation.
  • Demonstrates commitment to partnership working.
  • Flexible approach to working.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Highly motivated with ability to influence and inspire others.
  • Outcomes focused.
  • Ability to act as a champion for patients/carers and their interests, ensuring the patients voice has an impact on service developments.



  • Degree working towards
  • Registered Nurse with a minimum 3-years post registered experience
  • Community experience
  • Teaching skills
  • Nursing prescribing qualification or willingness to undertake nurse prescribing education
  • Mentorship Module or equivalent or willingness to undertake this



  • Clinical and Management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Innovative and Assertive
  • Current experience and knowledge in all relevant areas of clinical practice.
  • Experience in managing sensitive issues and overcoming obstacles in communication.


  • Management/Leadership qualification
  • Management/Leadership study days and Clinical Supervision training.



  • Holistic, patient centred assessment skills
  • Ability to assess acute/chronic patient conditions
  • Autonomous Practitioner
  • Caseload/Team Management Skills
  • Highly motivated with ability to influence and inspire others.
  • Background and development knowledge of Government Policies and changes in Primary Care
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Evidence of appropriate clinical competence and ongoing professional development including all clinical aspects of community skills for the role.


  • Competent to the level for post in each of the dimensions of the knowledge and skills framework
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