Digital Nurse Specialist

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Digital Health Team at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are expanding and we excited to offer three Digital Nurse Specialist vacancies to join our growing team. To support the Senior Digital Specialist Nurse in the development, implementation and management of digital projects across the trust. The Digital Specialist Nurse Service are a dedicated team who provide a robust service actively managing the electronic patient record (EPR) with a key responsibility for delivering training to all staff. A candidate working in the community setting with knowledge of SystmOne would be encouraged to apply to fufil our future ambitions with the digital agenda for Nursing. As we move through the digital age in healthcare the successful post holder will have an active involvement in future digital projects and EPR developments as identified by the trust in line with its evolving clinical and quality strategy. The Digital Specialist Nurse will also help guide and manage other members of the Digital Specialist Nurse Service.

Main duties of the job

Participate in the design and implementation of future developments of the trusts EPR as delegated by the Senior Digital Nurse

Provide daily at the elbow support across the organisation to all clinicians to support the use of digital solutions at CDDFT

Work directly under the Senior Digital Nurse and Digital Midwife firstly then in partnership with the wider members of the Digital Specialist Nurse Service to ensure the service is joined up, well-structured and robust

Actively contribute to the development of projects as directed by the Senior Digital Nurse but also encourage innovation by sharing any key areas of potential development with the Senior Digital Nurse & Digital Matron as required

Identify, escalate and proactively manage any risks associated with any digital project by working closely with the Clinical Safety Matron & wider Digital Health Team

Provide senior support to junior members of the Digital Health Team including appraisals etc.

Act as an expert resource for all care groups in any aspect of the Digital Nurse Service including digital solutions and escalate appropriately an in a timely manner any concerns raised to the Senior Nurse

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

Delivering at the elbow and formal training to the organisation for the EPR and other digital solutions one area of particular interest will be community services in Nursing and the EPR knowledge of SystmOne would be advantageous for a candidate

To be Superusers for digital solutions and act as digital champions

Proactively contribute to project team meetings and act as team lead in the absence of the Senior Digital Nurse

Be instrumental in the development and successful implementation of the aforementioned IT solutions in clinical environments that will lead to improved efficiency and deliver quality care to patients

Engage clinicians, managers and other staff in developing an environment and culture which is focused on improving services to patients

Work with clinical and business divisions to adapt special projects as driven by local and national priorities, patient experience and robust value for money assessments

Support clinical and business change teams in the process of change, encouraging effective team working

Act as a catalyst for change, ensuring that outcomes are based upon recognising the best practice

Develop opportunities for improving clinical practice to all disciplines that maximize the involvement of all staff and services across CDDFT

Act as line manager to other members of the Digital Specialist Nurse Team with regard to:

o Appraisal, clinical supervision training and professional development of the band 5 and band 4 team members

o Absence management in accordance with Trust policy

o Recruitment and selection of staff as delegated by the Senior Digital Nurse

Act as first line responders and super users of the IT solutions and be first point of contact for care group concerns

Assist in the development of new protocols and policies where appropriate to support changes in service models and patient pathways as led by the Senior Digital Nurse

Share good practices at all opportunities both internally across all areas of the organisation and external to the trust

Ensure confidentiality of information is respected at all times following Information Governance standards

Identify areas of poor performance and work in partnership with clinical and managerial teams to disseminate good practice

Analysis and evaluation of clinical audit to benchmark the impact upon clinical change management by identifying areas of exceptional practice and sharing good practice to areas that may need support to improve standards/compliance

Analysis and evaluation of data to assess performance of digital nurse projects

Represent the Trust in a positive manner at all times

Attend Essential Training as required

Maintain and improve professional knowledge, skills and competence to ensure the delivery of evidence based practice in line with the NMCs code of professional conduct and in order to maintain NMC Registration

Any other duties relevant to the grade

Person Specification

Statutory Registration


  • Nurse or Midwife NMC registrant



  • Involvement in Quality Improvement Initiatives.
  • Experience of developing and delivering training.
  • Experience of working within protocols.
  • Specialist knowledge of working with clinical systems such as the EPR, BadgerNet or SystmOne

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Teaching qualification (998 or C& G) or relevant teaching experience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to make and maintain good relationships with medical, nursing and allied health professionals.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise.

Special Requirements


  • Ability to travel frequently between hospital sites to deliver support or training which could be over a range of shift times e.g. nights or weekends.



  • Degree in a relevant health care subject or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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