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Community Nursing Sister/District Nursing Sister/Charge Nurse

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year per annum (incl of HCAS)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

We are currently recruiting for a Community Nursing Sister/Charge Nurse to join our busy yet rewarding team.

We are seeking to recruit someone with previous experience of working in a Community Nursing team who can provide leadership and support to develop staff in reaching their full potential.

You will be an enthusiastic and experienced nurse, with a warm personality and great people skills. Willing to undertake relevant training, you will have leadership experience and be able to demonstrate innovative practice. Showing effective management skills, you will take responsibility for caseload management of housebound patients with multiple nursing need in the community.

You will be responsible for ensuring high quality evidence-based care for patients, their families, and carers in the community.

Interviews to be held 7th June 2023

Main duties of the job

o Responsible for a complex and diverse caseload, actively working to prevent admission to the acute sector and supporting patients in their preferred place of care.

o Responsible for maintaining detailed, accurate and confidential patient records, adhering to Trust policies.

o Responsible for the management of a defined caseload of patients, with continuing responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation, and evaluation of care programmers.

o Accountable for the standards of care and for determining the activity of your team. This will include acting as a role model for staff, sharing learning and developing practice.

o A key member of the Community Team, providing robust clinical services for patients, maintaining positive communication links with the Brookside and Chalfont GP practices and other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team, providing high quality patient focused care using evidence-based practice.

o Participating in the delivery of highly skilled nursing care to patients, providing End of Life Care, wound and IV-line management and assisting patients to develop self-management skills.

o Your working hours would be mostly Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 4.30pm (with approximately one weekend every 4-5 weeks and bank holidays in rotation). The Community Nurse service will also be covering the 4:30 to 19:00 pm shift on a Rota basis.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

The trust employs almost 5,000 people over more than 100 sites and community settings across Windsor & Maidenhead, Slough, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.

As an inclusive employer, we value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall 100 Top Employer. Whatever your background or individual needs, at Berkshire Healthcare you'll be supported by friendly and professional managers to succeed.

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

o Caring for and about you is our top priority

o Committed to providing good quality, safe services

o Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Benefits of working for us include: Flexible working options to support work-life balance. 27 days annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell leave Generous NHS pension scheme 20.68% employer contribution Excellent learning and career development opportunities Advanced IT enablement Cycle to Work and car leasing scheme Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants via the Blue Light Card Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and more to support equality Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave and access to our three staff nurseriesThe must haves for you to be considered for this role: A desire to develop leadership and management skills A passion for community nursing, that matches our passion to provide excellent healthcare for our patients within their own home Adult nursing qualification along with NMC registrationA full UK Driving Licence and have use of a car for work purposesIf youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse - Adult
  • Active on the Mentor Register
  • Evidence of Leadership & Management development
  • Recognised coaching qualification or willing to undertake


  • Specialist Practitioner qualification (DN Degree, diploma or Certificate in District Nursing
  • Non-Medical Prescriber/Nurse Prescriber Qualification

Continuous Professional Developmen


  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Evidence of a current CPD portfolio

Previous Experience


  • Experience in mentoring and assessing both pre and post reg. nurses in a community setting.
  • Evidence of clinical leadership within a community nursing environment including
  • Mentoring/assessing in practice
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Risk and Incident Reporting (Root Cause Analysis) and supporting teams in learning from findings
  • Experience of leadership within a team
  • Able to conduct courageous conversations and support staff with performance related issues
  • Able to manage own workload and support others


  • Coaching
  • At least 2 years Community Nursing experience at Band 6.
  • Clinical Leadership course or willingness to undertake

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Understanding of the role of Community Nursing
  • Able to work autonomously
  • Good organisational skills
  • High levels of effective communication, influencing and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to motivate self and teams to positively manage change
  • Reinforce within the service the need to view users holistically and promote self-care and independence.
  • Work collaboratively with their counterparts from teams in other provider organisations to develop a seamless service.
  • Effective role model and motivates staff within the service by being highly visible, approachable and communicative at all levels; utilising effective written, oral and presentation skills
  • Develops strong interpersonal relationships, ensuring that staffs are given the support to develop and grow into roles.
  • Ability to support staff to undertake clinical duties, implementing evidence-based practice
  • Ability to influence and problem solve.
  • Creative and innovative approach to service development
  • Applies policies and procedures effectively to manage risk
  • Demonstrates cultural awareness
  • Demonstrates flexibility to deal with the needs of unscheduled services and able to prioritise workloads and work under pressure.
  • Understands the business needs of the organisation and shares all available information with the service ensuring people understand latest developments and their relevance
  • Knowledge of current DH documents/government legislation and recommendations
  • Willingness to undertake further qualifications and develop expertise in identified areas
  • Participation in audit
  • Able to utilise IT and various media in order to support data collection

Additional Requirements


  • Able to demonstrate recent innovative practice
  • Able to work flexibly across service areas to enhance quality of service provision
  • Valid full UK licence with confidence to drive during and in unusual environments with use of car for work purposes
  • A degree of agility and the ability to manoeuvre light to moderate loads.
  • Able to work bank holidays, weekends and unsocial hours to meet service needs.
  • Able to work in challenging environments.

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