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Community Nurse

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
10 Oct 2023
We are looking for a Band 5 Community Staff Nurse to join one of our CommunityNursing teams based in Tonbridge, to support the development of this service.The service operates seven days a week from 08:00 - 16:00, with occasional lateshifts of 10:00 - 18:00 on a rotational basis.

The team support patients from GP practices within the Tonbridge Primary CareNetwork (PCN). The teams provide nursing care to predominantly housebound patients whereeach team takes responsibility for a defined geographical patch, allowing goodworking relationships with local GPs, care homes, Social Services, voluntaryorganisations and other stakeholders.

The Community Nurses also provide local clinics for patients requiring theirclinical skills. As the Community Staff Nurse, you are able to support a patientwith nursing care delivery towards the aim of self-management.

This is a highly rewarding role, and nurses are supported to achieve all the clinicalskills required with local practice educators and extended training.

Clinical areas are diverse, and include clinical skills for wound management care,end of life care, medicines administrations and IVs, bladder and bowel care,amongst other duties.

Together we can empower you to really make a difference to patients' lives. Thevery different world we are living in at the moment has given us the opportunityto rethink how we provide our services here at KCHFT.

Main duties of the job

The community nursing service provides case load management for houseboundpatients to support their nursing needs and enabling them to self-care.Nurses within the team are supported to develop advanced skills to manage thecomplexity of patients seen. These include end of life care provision including useof McKinley syringe drivers, advance care planning, VOD, IV therapy,administration of medication, wound management including vacc dressings, legulcer management, post-operative surgical wounds, management of drains,catheter management, bladder scanning, health promotion and support andeducation to long term conditions.The community nursing service support primary care by running local clinics forpatients requiring their skills, predominately during the weekends. As we are a keen supporter of development all of our Community Nurses are supported through the Specialist Practitioner course, recognisingcommunity nursing as a specialism within the NMC.

You will be required to drive their own car and are able to claim mileage costs and access the NHS car lease provision, following your probationary period.

Additional Working Pattern: 08:00-16:00 Mon-Fri including one in four weekend shifts and occasional late shift 10:00-18:00

Additional Working Pattern: Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00 with one in four weekends and occasional late shift 10:00-18:00

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our valuesCompassionateAspirationalResponsiveExcellent

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

We've signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by 7,000+ UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair wage. Committing to the real UK Living Wage is one way we're delivering our pledge to be the best employer

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Ourcareer pathwayswill help you achieve your aspirations

Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place on the 17th October 2023.

Find out more about the community differencehere.

Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person Specification



  • Registered Healthcare Professional with relevant Professional body (1st Level Nurse/ UK NMC or Learning Disability NMC Nurse with relevant experience would be considered)


  • Mentoring qualification equivalent



  • Experience of recent community/acute healthcare gained through education or work experience placement or previous employment


  • NHS Experience



  • Awareness of professional issues and recent developments in the NHS Knowledge of up to date clinical practice



  • Sound communication and interpersonal skills (verbal and written) Ability to organise own work Ability to cope with change Ability to use own initiative IT literate



  • Ability to motivate and organise others to ensure best practice. Ability to work under pressure Flexible and adaptable



  • Able to support the implementation of local and national agendas for health under the guidance of the team Clinical Lead Ability to prioritise care delivery in a professional manner, taking into account Trust policies and procedures



  • Must own a clean valid UK driver's licence and access to a car

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, Vauxhall Ln, Tonbridge, TN11 0NE


TN11 0NE

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