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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Rheumatology

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity for a motivated registered nurse to join our busy specialist nursing team to deliver high quality evidenced based rheumatology nursing providing monitoring, support and education to our patient group through nurse-led clinics working closely with the medical and AHP teams.

The role will be base at Norfolk an Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) with the possibility of outreach clinics at Cromer Hospital.

We are looking for enthusiastic nurse from a variety of nursing backgrounds that has experience in Rheumatology nursing. (Desirable but not essential as training will be given).

Main duties of the job

As post holder, you duties will include:

o To provide a comprehensive service for patients within the specialist area of careo To provide direct patient care and support in helping improve quality of life by educating the patient on the management and control of symptoms and offering support following diagnosiso To be a resource for other health professionalso To provide and promote a high standard of professional care at all times whilst upholding and influencing professional and Trust valueso To develop, implement and evaluate care packages for a specialist group of patients

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH's 'PRIDE' values of People focused, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence.

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To manage a specified case load of patients, providing information and support, to enable patients to make informed choices about their care and understand the rational of investigations and treatments
  • To work closely with the Consultants, medical and nursing staff, multi-disciplinary team and Heads of Department within the Directorate
  • To ensure that patients are seen within recommended time scales and targets where these are in place
  • To visit inpatients as appropriate to ensure continuity of care and to give advice/ support
  • To accept referrals from medical/nursing staff both within and outside the Trust, of newly diagnosed and existing patients
  • To periodically review caseload and to discharge patients appropriately within divisional guidelines
  • To respond to telephone enquiries and co-ordinate admission or changes in appointment dates as warranted by the patients clinical condition, including to operation of a telephone helpline for the relevant speciality if required
  • To undertake a comprehensive assessment of the patients symptoms and in liaison with the Medical team organise investigations as required
  • To supply and/or administer medication according to Patient Group Directions or in accordance with the Trusts Prescribing Policy for registered nurse prescribers
  • To monitor the effectiveness and efficacy of treatments/drug therapy and implement any changes necessary

Please refer to the Job Description for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register
  • Have, or be working towards a relevant Degree qualification



  • Significant post-registration experience including some in a position relevant to the specialty



  • Ability to drive or travel as required
  • Able to perform clinical skills relevant to the speciality

Attitude, aptitude


  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk and Norwich University



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