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District Nurse

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023
The delivery of high standards of clinical practice that hold patients and their families at the center to ensure that they receive safe, quality care that gives them a good experience.

To identify and assess the core needs of patients and carers, being responsible for delivery of an identified package of care.

This vacancy is part of our 'refer a friend' scheme, this means if a friend who currently works for us has told you about this vacancy you could both receive a cash payment. The full scheme details are included with the additional documents for this role.

Main duties of the job

  • To assume 24-hour responsibility for a designated case-load.
  • To maintain standards of care through evaluating and implementing evidence-based practice.
  • To lead and develop staff and the service provided.
  • To delegate work appropriately according to skill mix ensuring maintenance of safety within the community.
  • To support the locality Team Leader in achieving their objectives

About us

Based in the North East of England we provide a range of hospital and community health services from our leading facilities, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blaydon urgent care centre and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead.

Established in 2005, we were one of the first foundation trusts in the country and since then have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for patients.

We now employ around 4,800 staff and currently provide 444 hospital beds across the Gateshead region.

Our values should be the 'golden thread' which runs through everything we do - they are the core of who we are. Our five values can easily be remembered by the simple acronymICORE Innovation, Care, Openness, Respect, Engagement.

We have a number of staff networks including the BAME network, D-Ability network, LGBTQ+ Network and the Women's Network, to challenge us and help us to constantly improve. Our armed forces network is one of our emerging networks.

The health and wellbeing of our staff is one of our highest priorities, and we offer a range of support and initiatives as part of our 'Balance' programme to cater for our diverse workforce, so that your individual needs can be supported, allowing you a happy and healthy working experience with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assume 24-hour responsibility for a designated case-load.
  • To maintain standards of care through evaluating and implementing evidence-based practice.
  • To lead and develop staff and the service provided.
  • To delegate work appropriately according to skill mix ensuring maintenance of safety within the community.
  • To support the locality Team Leader in achieving their objectives

Specialist Clinical Practice
  • To assess the health and health related needs of patients, clients, their families and other carers and identify and initiate appropriate steps for effective care for the individuals and groups.
  • To assess and treat specific diseases in accordance with agreed medical protocols.
  • To assess, plan, provide and evaluate specialist clinical nursing care to meet care needs of individual patients and carers in their own homes.
  • To oversee the provision of individual patient care by personal participation in order to maintain skills as an expert practitioner and provide an effective role model for the nursing team and others in the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To analyse and evaluate personal clinical performance in a reflective manner to ensure continued personal and professional development and the maintenance of an up-to-date knowledge base.
  • To prescribe appropriate items from the Nurse Prescribing Formulary when required.
  • To work with Trust policies and procedures that ensure patient safety at all times
  • To work as specialist practitioner within a multi-disciplinary of an integrated workforce that is based in the community and is designed to meet the health needs of the identified locality.
    • Management and Leadership of a team of staff within community nursing services with accountability and responsibility for the safe delivery of all aspects of patient care within service portfolio.
    • Deliver hands on clinical care to a designated case load of patients within Gateshead as a caseload holder for a defined population of patients
    • Support the locality team leader in continuous service improvements and support the delivery of transformational projects within areas of accountability
    • Operational responsibility to lead and contribute to the service delivery to CIP/CQUIN indicators and other performance and quality indicators within the locality
    • To lead and motivate and support the team approach to delivering new innovative models of care for patients across pathways and across providers as defined by the community Services Business Unit and Locality Team leader.
    • Ensure systems and processes are in place to maintain patient safety in line with choose safer care program in collaboration with the Clinical Operations Managers Quality and Risk Managers and Clinical Lead
    • Ensure the experience of our patients and their families is understood within all community teams.
    • Contribute to workforce development in line with team profile and national nursing and AHP picture.
    • Facilitate the development of clinical expertise and advances in nursing and AHP practice within the team in collaboration with the locality team lead, Clinical Operation manager and Clinical Lead.

    Manager of Clinical Practice
    • To ensure the development and maintenance of a learning environment within the multi-disciplinary team that is appropriate for the development needs of all members.
    • To ensure all new staff undertakes an induction process adhering to and following standards, competencies and on-going education.
    • To establish an effective network of communication, which encourages a two-way dialogue and ensures that all members of the team are fully informed of community/team/Business Unit and Trust developments.
    • To facilitate an environment where health promotion and informed patient choice is encouraged and developed to its maximum potential, within the available resources.
    • To evaluate clinical practice within the area by monitoring standards of care and ensuring that nursing practice is audited, and research based and supports the clinical governance framework.
    • To lead and facilitate an integrated approach to quality issues so that every member of the team contributes and is aware of their responsibility in this area.
    • To facilitate and ensure a safe, efficient and effective pathway for patients using the service.
    • To develop and participate in teaching packages for all grades of staff.

    This job description is not intended as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of the post, but reflects the key areas involved. It will be subject to review and amendment in consultation with the Post Holder.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered
  • DN Cert Specialist RN
  • Teaching Qualification
  • Prescribing Qualification


  • Masters



  • Organise Workload
  • Leadership experince
  • Undertake research and audit
  • Work underpressure
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Decision making skills
  • NHS experince


  • Previous locality working

Attributes and Knowlege


  • Enthusiastic
  • Portfolio of CPD
  • IT Knowledge
  • Car driver

Employer details

Employer name

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Felling Health Centre

Stephenson Terrace


NE10 9QA

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