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Chailey Clinical Nursing Complex Care Lead

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
North Chailey
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Clinical Nursing Complex Lead is a new post at Chailey Clinical Services. We are looking for an innovative, dynamic nurse with advanced skills and knowledges eager to improve the lives of children and young people with complex Neurodisability.

Would you welcome the opportunity to hold your own independent clinical case load based on your specialist area of expertise, carrying out clinical nursing assessments and interventions, management of referrals, health promotion and service improvement?

At Chailey Clinical Services, our multidisciplinary team provide specialist care to children and young people with complex, often fluctuating health needs in Bluebells our residential short breaks service and our Residential School Nursing Team provide support to pupils and residents run by our partner organisation, Chailey Heritage Foundation.

If you are interested in joining our Specialist Nursing Team we would love to hear from you. If you would like further information, please contact Dani Koefoed, Specialist Clinical Lead Nurse on 01825 722112 x 7296 or 07884 879522.

Main duties of the job

To ensure all children and young people receive nursing care promoting a valued lifestyle and independence, ensuring their cultural, ethnic and religious needs are met and helping them lead full and happy lives.

The post holder will utilise their advanced and specialist expertise in clinical nursing care, research, audit and practice development to support health promotion and health maintenance, working collaboratively and inclusively with children and young people and their families.

This role will focus on assessment and management of new referrals and the assessment of the complex care needs of the cohort of children and young people. The post holder will lead and support the team in co-ordinating the admission and discharge process, includes assisting with prioritisation and ensuring equity of caseloads.

The Complexity Lead will act as the clinical lead for the delivery of quality, clinical nursing care, support, information and advice underpinned by a commitment to continuous improvement and service development.

About us

Why work for us?
  • We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services working in supportive team environments, including medical, clinical, support and corporate services
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results with compassionate culture and leadership, and support for staff wellbeing, scoring highly.
  • A variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county.
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options.
  • Excellent training and development opportunities tailored to individuals.
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective and convenient workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • We are proud to be a Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces.
  • We are proud to be a Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast.
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To develop and contribute to strong working relationships with the children and young people and their families, the MDT, statutory and voluntary agencies.

To take the lead, develop and contribute to a specialist area of expertise within peer review and reflective practice.

As a clinical Lead Nurse, the post holder, in conjunction with the Team Lead, will promote the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families accessing Chailey Heritage Foundation, to ensure the provision of high quality, evidence based, effective clinical nursing care.

They will participate and lead in nursing research and audit projects pertinent to clinical practice as well as the strategic service direction, supporting and educating staff offering direction and leadership.

The post holder will ensure a safe and consistent nursing service is delivered to cohort, working within a rota covering 24/7 for 52 weeks a year.

For further details of this exciting role, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Registered nurse-Child/Learning Disability/Adult, with current NMC registration
  • Relevant nursing degree- e.g. BSc/MSc Specialist Practice Community Health/Specialist Practitioner Children's Community Nurse/Children's Nurse Practitioner
  • Physical assessment of children/young people at level 6/7 or equivalent or willing to undertake
  • EN998/mentorship module or equivalent
  • Other relevant advanced nursing qualifications at level 6/7 e.g. Palliative & Complex Care, Advance Communication Safeguarding


  • Post graduate certificate in Management/ Leadership/Change Management qualification



  • Extensive post registration, relevant experience of nursing children and young people at Band 6 or above
  • Significant experience working with a diverse range of children and families, including complex care, learning disability, palliative care and end of life care
  • Recent experience of a relevant leadership role
  • Proficient in teaching/mentoring/supervision/ coaching/ assessing
  • Ability to develop policy, protocols, guidelines and education materials
  • Extensive experience of planning, managing and coordinating programmes of care in collaboration with other allied health, social, education, charity and volunteer agencies
  • Evidence of clinical audit, service evaluation and critical analysis
  • Understanding of financial/budget management
  • Knowledge and experience of a wide range of approaches to the management of children and young people, demonstrated by advanced clinical reasoning
  • Proficient in a range of clinical competencies appropriate to the role e.g. airway management and long-term ventilation, enteral feeding, IV management, interpreting blood results, advanced bowel and bladder management, tissue viability and skin care, oncology care, management of the deteriorating child in the community, palliative and end of life care
  • Evidence of relevant post registration professional development within the last three years



  • Advanced clinical assessment, differential diagnosis and referral skills
  • Effective and proactive assessment and management of risk
  • Critical thinking and decision making/advanced clinical judgement and problem solving
  • Analytical skills including clinical reflection and action planning
  • Excellent understanding of children's communication, augmented communication, physical wellbeing and emotional needs can identify their changing individual needs and preferences and promote independence
  • Skills in critical appraisal and evaluation of research and other evidence
  • Implementation of research/audit in practice
  • Ability to disseminate knowledge e.g. through publication or presentation
  • Ability to prioritise service workload and maintain quality care in times of pressure
  • Ability to develop, set up and implement new working practices and structures to support them to evaluate processes once implemented and initiate support
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of child and adult safeguarding and take appropriate action to safeguard
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities and boundaries
  • Interest in new technologies, processes and applications, working knowledge of IT applications with a willingness to develop
  • Able to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary interagency teams and to liaise effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information/distressing news, understanding when it is necessary to seek supervision or assistance
  • Ability to multitask



  • An understanding of the principles of equal opportunities in relation to staff and patients
  • Ability to travel across the site and wider Trust for relevant meetings and liaison

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Chailey Clinical Services

Beggar's Wood Road

North Chailey


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