Deputy District Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year per annum inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023
Job summary

The post holder be required to support the DN Team Leader with leadership initiatives including caseload and staff management within the District Nurse Service structure. Depending on the demand of service, the post holder will be expected to support with any new initiatives including post Covid business as usual . You will also be required to complete home visits to provide nursing care, as well as providing complex patient management and support.

You will be expected to manage a clinical caseload which will meet the needs of all patients across the local landscape and network. The post will also allow unlimited opportunities to develop clinical skills and test your leadership styles accordingly.

The role requires the post holder to work weekends on a rotational basis to support and coordinate weekend working across the locality.

Main duties of the job

Are you caring, compassionate and committed to providing the best service possible to patients?

We have a permanent position for a Band 6 Deputy District Nurse within our Hillingdon District Nursing teams.

In Hillingdon we are proud of the community service we offer and we expect a lot from our nurses. We want you to be kind, compassionate, clinically skilled and able to put the needs of patients first.

You will be taking delegated responsibility for the assessment, management and evaluation of evidence based nursing care to patients in a variety of community settings. We are looking for a pro-active Deputy Team manager who is able to lead and motivate a team of community staff nurses and Health Care Assistants. You will be line managed by the District Nurse Team Leader.

In return for your hard work, we will offer excellent development opportunities and will support suitable candidates to undertake the District Nursing course. You will also have access to continuing professional development resources to support your learning as well as the development of the service and you will receive regular supervision.

The position will require you to visit various locations throughout our supported area. It is therefore essential that candidates hold a full UK driver's licence and have use of a car for business purposes or have the ability to commute within the Trust's geographical area with access to an appropriate means of transport to ensure a timely delivery of patient care.

About us

Work in line with all CNWL Trust values.

Encourage partnership working including all neighbouring hospitals, Local Authorities and all other providers.

Working in line with all CNWL policies and guidance.

Working in line with the Trust Vision and key priorities


The successful applicant will have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Central and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing patients and families with a positive experience.

Patient Safety

Band 6 nurses contribute to the provision of safe and reliable services by:
  • Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services as safe as possible
  • Safeguarding people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns when necessary
  • Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use our services
  • Being open and transparent about their own practice
  • Supervising the work of others
  • Reflecting on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality can be made
  • Working with others to create a culture of continuous improvement
  • Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive records
  • Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training requirements.

The NMC plays an important role in safeguarding the public by regulating the work of nurses and all nurses, including Band 6 nurses, are expected to register with the NMC each year and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.

Clinical Outcomes

Band 6 nurses often work with people who have complex needs and contribute to the effectiveness of services by:
  • Being confident, autonomous practitioners who take responsibility for the care they give to patients but also take responsibility for overseeing the work of others in the team including less experienced nurses and staff without a professional qualification
  • Providing skilled, evidence based nursing care which adheres to agreed policies and procedures
  • Working with patients and families in all stages of the care planning process including assessing risks and needs
  • Acting as patient advocates in the multi-disciplinary team and overseeing the work of others to ensure that they are also responding to the needs of patients and providing clinically effective care
  • Working as autonomous practitioners and taking responsibility for the care they give to patients but also work as team members
  • Contributing to creating and maintaining high performing teams by
  • Communicating well with all members of the team
  • Understanding their role in the team and how they help the team achieve its objectives
  • Reflecting on their own practice regularly and encouraging the whole team to reflect on their practices in handovers and team meetings
  • Encouraging the team to learn from adverse events or respond to data analysis from audits or benchmarking exercises and implement sustainable initiatives which improve clinical outcomes

Patient Experience

Band 6 nurses contribute to the people using our services feeling respected and empowered to make decisions about their health and wellbeing by:
  • Working in partnership with patients and their families and carers
  • Gaining consent and, as far as possible, involving people in all decision making
  • Signposting patients and carers to the courses provided by the Recovery and Wellbeing College or services provided by the local authority or voluntary sector
  • Reassuring people by being professional, responsive, knowledgeable and confident
  • Demonstrating clinical leadership and challenging any poor behaviour to patients, families or other staff members and creating a positive, inclusive culture in which everyone is treated with kindness and respect and the trusts values are embedded in all practice
  • Responding to complaints or concerns effectively and quickly in line with the Trust policy

Supporting yourself and others

All services and teams in the Trust should be able to demonstrate that they are meeting the Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards of care. Band 6 nurses are expected to be Clinical Leaders and play an active role in ensuring that the team understands the CQC standards and what individual team members do to help achieve those standards by:
  • Taking a lead role in gathering and recording evidence which demonstrates that CQC and locally agreed standards are being met: assessing the performance of the whole team by using audit and benchmarking exercises and often contribute to the implementation of quality improvement initiatives
  • Contributing to the performance management of teams and creating a positive culture in which the team can learn from mistakes and is enthusiastic to improve
  • Deputising for the team leader / ward manager and ensuring that there is no fall in performance in their absence. This may include managing the team and coordinating shifts.

Engaged staff are more productive and Band 6 nurses play a role in engaging in other staff members in the Trust and the work we do by:
  • Providing supervision and annual appraisals to individuals and giving constructive, regular feedback which helps those individuals reflect on their work, understand their objectives and the CQC standards and monitor their progress towards achieving them
  • Participating constructively in their own supervision and annual appraisal processes
  • Using continuing professional development funds to develop a relevant clinical specialism, gain sign-off mentorship skills or undertake accredited leadership or management modules.

Clinical Leadership

Service Specific Responsibilities

The service specific responsibilities attached to this Band 6 nurse post are explained in the Service Specific Section attached to this Job Description and the attached Person Specification

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Adult
  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development
  • Numeracy skills required for the safe administration of medicines


  • Mentorship qualification



  • Previous experience as a Band 5/6 community nurse or equivalent level



  • Access to Care or other motor vehicle for use for work purposes
  • Valid UK driving licence


  • Supervision, Line management and appraisal training

Skills and knowledge


  • Able to communicate with the multi-disciplinary team, present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively. Speaking face to face but also by telephone and writing letters and reports.
  • Maintaining accurate, timely, concise and legible clinical records both electronic and handwritten which adhere to the CNWL policies
  • Able to talk to people about sensitive issues in a supportive manner but also challenge others assertively where necessary
  • Able to maintain electronic patient records
  • Use Microsoft Word for letter and report writing
  • You are expected to have the skills required to act as a professional, registered nurse and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduc
  • Clinical Skills Specific to Service Catheterisation - Wound care - Palliative Care & End of life care - IV administration - Injections - Doppler assessments - Compression bandaging - Diabetes Management - Venepuncture
  • Work well with other members of the team including communicating effectively, being kind and considerate, reliable and enthusiastic
  • Manage others and contribute to the management of the team
  • Contribute to the culture of the team and play a role in making it inclusive, kind and hard working
  • Coordinate work allocation and shifts (if appropriate)
  • Help others in the team achieve their objectives and deliver safe, effective care
  • Mentor, teach and support others in the team
  • Supervise others in the team
  • Facilitate appraisals


  • Expertise in particular skills and evidence of how you developed them and use them in your current role
  • Supervision, Line management and appraisal training
  • HR skills training e.g. recruitment, managing absence

Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics


  • Caring for the peopl
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