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Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This role is set in a but acute specialist nursing service, where the team manage and optimise care for people living with diabetes.

This post is for a band 7 nurse to support the nurse led diabetes virtual ward and work alongside the inpatient team. You will need to have a good knowledge and confidence to triage and assess patients remotely. This is innovative service and we are excited to be able to grow the team and the service further. You will also be responsible in supporting the small diabetes virtual ward team and work alongside the Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

The post holder will be a key resource for other medical and nursing staff within the trust, contributing to patient reviews and policy reviews and developing the existing service.

There will be opportunities to work alongside clinicians who work in the renowned Leicester Diabetes Centre which conducts first class clinical research in diabetes.

Main duties of the job

You will be providing a comprehensive nurse led service for patients who need urgent support to enable them to either be discharged from hospital earlier or prevent them from being admitted. Part of the role will be opportunistic education with patients to empower them to self-manage their diabetes. IT skills are important in this role.

Working within the multidisciplinary team, you will support medication concordance and encourage optimisation with prescribed treatments. Educating and supporting patients and their families/carers, along with healthcare professionals with your specialist knowledge, you will encourage best practice to achieve best health outcomes for patients.

About us

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children's Hospital and run one of the country's leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 17,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide 'Caring at its best' and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we're here to do. They are:
  • We focus on what matters most
  • We treat others how we would like to be treated
  • We are passionate and creative in our work
  • We do what we say we are going to do
  • We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that 'Caring at its best' is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

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The detailed job description and main responsibilities are included as an attachment to this advert.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work as part of the specialist diabetes team, as an autonomous practitioner in the provision of evidence based and high-quality diabetes care within the diabetes team . Ensuring good quality consistent care for people with diabetes and to enhance the care of patients with diabetes across all pathways.

To deliver a seamless service through the development of enhanced MDT processes and communication.

To contribute and provide high quality training for patients, staff and carers.

To develop and enhance their skills and knowledge required for managing diabetes effectively.

To support and develop with colleagues the promotion and development of services for diabetes patients across the primary/secondary interface and throughout the pathways.

To have relevant expertise, skills including prescribing and knowledge related to possible investigations and treatment options and so to provide the patient with the necessary information to make informed choices.

Where appropriate prescribe appropriate treatment as an independent non-medical prescriber.

In conjunction with the diabetes specialist nurse team, ensure the provision of a comprehensive nurse led service for patients with type 1 diabetes.

Person Specification

training and qualifications


  • 1st level registered nurse


  • post-basic specialist qualification
  • non-medical prescribing

technology skills


  • appropriate IT skills

experience and knowledge


  • 5 years post -registration with 3 years working as DSN


  • Evidence of leadership/management skills
  • evidence of presentation skills

communication and relationship skills


  • Teaching and assessing


  • effective communicator and ability to manage complex cases

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester General Hospital

Gwendolen Road



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