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Vascular Specialist Nurse

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced nurse to join our Vascular Nursing Team, currently comprising of 9 consultants, 1 trained ACP, 1 Trainee ACP and 3.6 WTE vascular specialist nurses.

The Vascular Specialist Nurse will act as the clinical expert and professional resource for the multi professional team, patients and carers within the specialty area of vascular surgery. The Vascular Nurse Specialist (VNS) will work within the existing VNS team for Vascular Surgery, leading the management and care delivery for vascular patients with emphasis on prevention, screening and surveillance of vascular disease, alongside time critical vascular care provision. This is an opportunity to join a well-established team and help to develop the service.

This post may be offered as a band 6 training post to applicants, progressing to band 7 on achievement of clinical skills.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have experience in vascular nursing and the ability to work within the multi professional team.

The post holder will be expected to work autonomously in the vascular ward and clinics utilising clinical examination skills and history taking as part of patient assessment. There will also be a requirement to support on call medical team with vascular referrals.

The post holder will be based at Sunderland Royal Hospital. There will be an expectation to travel to other sites to support vascular clinical activity which may include University Hospital North Durham, Bishop Auckland General, South Tyneside Hospital and Durham Treatment Centre.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Main Purpose of the Job

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) will work within the existing CNS team for Vascular Surgery, leading the management and care delivery for vascular patients with emphasis on prevention, screening and surveillance of vascular disease, alongside time critical vascular care provision.

As a CNS within the Vascular services, the post-holder will:
  • Provide clinical expert knowledge to patients.
  • Support patients and their carers when diagnosed with vascular disease
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and delivery of nurse led services for patients
  • Demonstrate leadership in contributing to a culture of patient safety and continuous improvement in line with the clinical governance framework.
  • Be accountable for the assessment, planning and delivery of all aspects of patient care across the pathway.
  • Provide effective supportive care to assist patients living with vascular ensuring that care is personalised and the holistic needs of patients are met
  • Reduce length of hospital stay and unnecessary hospital admissions
  • To enable patients to spend a greater proportion of their time within their own homes
  • To ensure all investigations are appropriate therefore reducing unnecessary procedures that offer limited value to patient outcome.
  • To support the existing vascular CNS team to deliver support to vascular patients
  • To provide inpatient and outpatient and community support to patients.
  • To deliver a flexible approach which meets the requirements of the service
  • Provide direct access for patients, inpatients or within the community, either face to face or telephone consultation.
  • Provide education and training and clinical advice and support to Trust staff, patients and relatives/carers.
  • Participate in research relevant to the needs of specialist area.
  • Participate in service development within vascular services across the Trust.
  • Contribute to the achievement of national and local standards/targets.
  • To comply with the trusts vision, values and behavioural compact.

Person Specification



  • Current NMC Registration (Level 1 adult nurse).
  • Degree in nursing studies or other relevant clinical degree or evidence of currently working towards this (UK equivalent).
  • Mentorship qualification/equivalent and or Practice Assessor training or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Clinical skills accreditation. (May apply without clinical skills but post will be offered as band 6 training post until competence achieved.)
  • Non-medical prescribing or willingness to complete.


  • Qualification in specialty
  • Masters level education in related subject.



  • Clinical experience within Vascular services.
  • Experience of leading within a team.
  • Evidence of innovation in practice.
  • Recent experience of having facilitated learning in practice.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Research skills

Skills and Knowledge


  • Awareness of national health and social care policy
  • Knowledge of best practice in area of specialism.
  • Thorough understanding of expanded roles/professional practice issues.
  • Clinical teaching experience.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassurance skills are required.
  • Able to work without supervision.
  • Competent in the use of IT packages
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of competency in relation to nursing practice appropriate to the post.

Physical Skills


  • Ability to assist patients to move as per Trust Moving and Handling Policy.
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post.

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