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Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist - Rheumatology

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly experienced specialist Rheumatology senior nurse to apply for the position of Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist within the Rheumatology team here at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be responsible for nursing leadership, inspiring and developing the specialist nurse workforce. They will foster and develop strong collaborative working relationships internally and externally and play a vital role delivering high quality and safe care to all patient groups.

As a senior member in the Rheumatology service you will work closely with the Medical and Operational teams to deliver specialty, divisional and Trust objectives. Forming and influencing the strategic and clinical objectives set.

You will be someone who will have in-depth knowledge across a range of Rheumatic conditions, be able to effectively and efficiently manage complex specialised rheumatology patients and be able to ensure that patients, their families and those working in the Rheumatology department are fully supported.

Main duties of the job

  • Manage and lead a specialist service with responsibility for ensuring high quality, cost-effective healthcare or Manage and lead a workforce of specialist nurses (i.e. across a Division)
  • Responsible for the assessment, planning, diagnosis implementation and evaluation of care, as an autonomous practitioner with highly specialist
  • Be involved in the strategic review of clinical services as appropriate
  • Be responsible for implementing a clearly defined integrated approach to patient care encompassing new treatments and evidence based care

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is midnight on 6 June 2023

Interviews are due to be held on 15 June 2023

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • RGN with a degree Post registration module in Specialist field of work Research Module Advanced clinical assessment skills (if nurse led services part of role) Teaching & mentoring qualification Evidence of professional continuous development and portfolio of learning Leadership or management module Willingness & ability to work toward masters


  • Non-medical prescriber Advanced communication skills or Counselling qualification. Masters degree



  • Significant clinical experience as nurse specialist in the speciality. Recognised as an expert in the field of practice with the ability to clinically assess and diagnose. Experience in project management Evidence of leading service change. Managing a budget Managing and or leading a team


  • Practical experience of policy development Audit or research experience



  • Advanced communication skills Effective communicator with proven ability to influence all levels of staff Ability to work autonomously as an independent practitioner. Proven leadership and team leading skills Proven ability to manage and progress own professional development. Presentation skills Able to respond to change and apply themselves to development in practice.

Additional Requirements


  • Highly motivated Committed to continuous service development and quality improvement Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and targets Reliable and supportive Ability to synthesise information, consider and evaluate risks and options when making difficult decisions The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

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

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division A

Hills Road



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