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Tissue Viability & Lymphoedema Specialist Nurse

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
This post is Temporary 5 days per week role, Monday to Friday. Starting in September/October 2023 - Ending 22nd December 2024. This is maternity cover post.

An opportunity has arisen for a full time temporary band 6, joint tissue viability and lymphoedema nurse specialist within the community tissue viability and lymphoedema service. This post is a dual role where the post holder will learn both specialties as many patients have wounds and lymphoedema.

The tissue viability and lymphoedema team is a small team of expert nurses and a physiotherapist working closely with community nurses, practice nurses, other specialist nurses and care homes across the RSFT. The team provides clinical advice on all wound and lymphoedema management in the community setting, monitoring and driving down pressure ulcer incidence across the community division.

The team are based at Milford Hospital and Beacon Centre in Guildford, with satellite clinics in Haslemere Hospital, Farnham hospital and Staines.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the leads in maintaining effective and efficient systems for pressure ulcer reporting, as well as the interpretations and analysis of route cause analysis (RCA) findings for the development of division-wide action planning and patient pathway development.

To develop and deliver tissue viability/pressure ulcer and leg ulcer prevention and management training for all clinical staff across the community division.

To support and participate in the development of division-wide projects pertinent to tissue viability, e.g. Leg Ulcer Pathways, Pressure Ulcer Pathway. Interpretation and implementation of National Guidelines, ensuring best practice is adopted across the organisation.

This post will also provide advice and treatment for patients with lymphoedema. Following induction and training the post holder will autonomously assess and treat patient with lymphoedema. This will include taking a full medical history, diagnosing lymphoedema, identifying causes and carrying out treatment. The treatment includes complex decongestive therapy (manual lymphatic drainage and compression bandaging). The overall aim of the lymphoedema service is to empower patient to self-manage their lymphoedema which is a lifelong condition.

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Skills/ Person Specification -

The applicant needs to have a passion for treating individuals with wounds and lymphoedema.

Applicants will need to demonstrate ability to promote high standards of care with a desire to consistently improve patient outcomes and an ability to work independently.

The applicant needs to have evidence of recent related continuous professional development.

Please see the attached job description for full details the successful candidate will be required to undertake.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse


  • Non-medical prescribing qualification
  • Degree or masters level education
  • To hold a specialist tissue viability or lymphoedema qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge of tissue viability and/or lymphoedema specialty, acquired through specialist course or equivalent experience.
  • Wound care including pressure ulcers and leg ulcer expertise.
  • Evidence of post qualifying and continuing professional development. Evidence of courses, conferences, study days. Be able to demonstrate how this has influenced practice.
  • Member of Nursing and Midwifery Council and other relevant organizations/professional bodies relevant to the post.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


Milford Hospital

Tuesley Lane



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