Respiratory Nurse / Specialist (Integrated Care)

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Applications are invited for this exciting post to provide specialist respiratory care to patients with chronic lung disease. It is an opportunity to develop further advanced skills, to work autonomously and develop educationally. This service forms part of the Dorset Adult Integrated Respiratory Service (DAIRS) which serves the whole of Dorset.

The post holder will join 2 nurses working in the team which also has 4 Consultant Respiratory Physicians providing inpatient and outpatient care. The team are supported by Respiratory Specialist Nurses, Cancer Nurse Specialists, a Respiratory Consultant Nurse and Physiotherapists.

The post holder will be required to provide an in-reach service to the Emergency Department, the Integrated Assessment Unit, Critical Care and the Respiratory Ward whilst also liaising with colleagues in the Community. This post is offered at Band 5 to 6, depending on experience. Those with a COPD qualification will be eligible for Band 6 pay, while those without will start at Band 5 with training opportunities to undertake the COPD qualification and progress to band 6 on completion of the qualification.

The post requires excellent communication skills, with a range of health professionals in relation to patient admission and discharge, to support the working of the team with internal and external agencies and fellow professionals and to support safe and effective patient discharges from hospital and assist with patient flow.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will need to drive and have a valid driving licence and insurance to cover visits to patients in their home, should hospital vehicles not be available.
  • Provide EB care for respiratory patients and carers in management of acute and chronic phases of respiratory problems in the Acute Hospital and community.
  • Competently take a history, assess, examine, diagnose, prescribe, and develop a management plan and monitor the response within the competency of respiratory medicine.
  • Provide advice and support for the team and to the community and primary care staff.
  • Work with the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to review respiratory practice-based data and outcomes achieved, providing feedback to the practices and DCHFT.
  • Utilise highly developed nursing knowledge and skills to provide high standards of evidence-based patient centred care respecting dignity and privacy.
  • Manage the care pathway of respiratory patients with clinicians to ensure all discharge planning commences at the point of admission and follow up after discharge including referral to PR where appropriate and management of the Home Oxygen service.
  • Ensure that the Trusts' organizational goals and values are reflected in all department and individual objectives.
  • Assess and identify patients for home oxygen and action accordingly.

About us

At DCHFT, we pride ourselves on the care we provide for our patients, and on the culture, we are creating for our staff. We work hard to create a fair, inclusive environment for our staff

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them, and our vision is Dorset County Hospital, working with our health and social care partners, will be at the heart of improving the well-being of our communities.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our DCHFT Job Description and Person Specification (attached) tells you all about this role, what to expect and what is needed to succeed. When completing your application please make sure to tell us how your experience and skills fit the person specification.

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For all our roles, we are looking for staff who hold our Trust Values of Integrity, Respect Teamwork and Excellence, and who are passionate about providing the best patient care. To read more about our Trust and our Values search Dorset County Hospital online.

Person Specification



  • Must be a registered Nurse/Midwife in the UK on part 2 of the NMC register or equivalent Allied Health Professional
  • Must have at least 2 years post registration experience at Band 5


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • COPD/Asthma diploma/degree training



  • Evidence of working within a clinical area
  • Ability to manage and deliver to deadlines and within resources
  • Ability to collaborate constructively with internal and external partners to create the conditions for successful partnership working.
  • Full UK driving licence and prepared to work across Dorset


  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of project managing



  • Must participate in the teaching of respiratory conditions.
  • Organisational abilities and excellent time management skills
  • Ability to manage own and team workload, prioritise work, delegate where appropriate and work well in a challenging environment
  • Sound knowledge of the use of IT resources relevant to the role
  • Decision making skills, both clinical and non-clinical
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and electronic formats
  • Communicate with patients and families in an empathetic manner
  • Be flexible and multi-skilled to ensure the priorities of the service can be met
  • Negotiation skills with practical expectation of what can be achieved
  • Able to work using own initiative and as part of leading a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including proven listening and communication skills


  • Assertive, self-confident and proactive
  • Ability to apply frequent concentrated efforts to complete tasks/projects
  • Willingness to take on challenges and comfortable with constructive challenge
  • Agile working

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