Community Staff Nurse

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£22,725 to £27,664 a year p.a.
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic Registered Nurse to join the District Nursing Service covering East Dorset a 30hr post based within the Ferndown team.

The role of the Community Staff Nurse has changed over the years and we are now looking after complex patients in their home environments. The skills required for Community Nursing included complex wound management, palliative care and end of life care, medicines management, IV drug administration as well as having a high standard of holistic assessment and care planning skills.

Training is available within the Trust for the successful applicant.

If you are looking for a change and want to work more autonomously in a challenging environment, with opportunities for further career development then the community could be for you. The team work closely with members of the wider multi-disciplinary teams including local Hospices, Complex Care Nurses, Health and Social Care Coordinators, Specialist Nurses and Therapist colleagues. The team is also supported by Intermediate Care Service and utilises our community hospitals for patients' rehabilitation.

Main duties of the job

Care of patients at home, requiring nursing care to include diabetes management, complex wound care (including compression bandaging & dopplers), IV management, end of life care, injections and pressure area care to mention a few!

To provide a high quality person centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity.

To undertake assessment of patients / service users care needs, and develop programmes of care as part of the wider multi-disciplinary care team.

To provide advice to patients/ service users and carers regarding their care.

To plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

Provide supervision, mentorship, and clinical support to students and junior staff in the team.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification



  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio



  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Ability to use own initiative within sphere of authority
  • Willingness to advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence
  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required.



  • Supervised experience gained during clinical placements
  • Ability to mentor students / supervise other junior staff
  • Trained in PMVA techniques or willing to be trained.
  • Trained in PMVA techniques or willing to be trained.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of practice


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Advanced wound care experience, end of life care



  • Experience of demonstrating duties to junior staff

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Ferndown Health Centre

St Mary's Road


BH22 9HB

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