Discharge Nurse

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
B5 Registered Nurse rotational post with the discharge department

Two parts of this involve

1To work with the Integrated Discharge Nursing Team. The post holder will be given training and will work with the Integrated Discharge Team and the ward staff to ensure the patient is discharged from hospital using the Discharge to Assess / Home First Model

Main duties of the job

Integrated Discharge Team- work with ward staff and Integrated Discharge team to discharge patients from hospital as soon as they clinical stable using the Discharge to Assess / Home First Model. Involves visiting wards daily

Interview room and date will be confirmed by via NHS Jobs interview invite.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job Description for full details

Working as part of the Discharge planning team to ensure discharge plans start from when the patient is admitted to hospital.

To work within the Integrated Discharge Team (IDT ) under the supervise of the B6 Senior Nurse using the Discharge 2 Assess / Home First Model as soon as it is clinical safe to do so.

This will involve daily visits to adult wards, offering advice and support to patients, families and carers.

Supporting ward teams to facilitate safe and timely discharge from hospital.

Will be responsible for a patient case load under the supervision of the Band 6 Discharge Nurse.

Will attend Board Round and Ward Rounds. Speaking to patients, relatives, carers NOK and to all members of the MDT to ensure the patients/relatives are fully consulted through-out their hospital stay.

Will inform patients and families that it is there responsibility to ensure the home is suitable for the patient to return to eg heating and food is available. The patients also have door clothes to return home

Will discuss with the patient NOK that the expectation is that patients will be discharged home from the Discharge Lounge with their own transport. Only patients who are eligible for NHS free transport will be provided.

To be responsible and accountable for the delivery of safe, effective and compassionate nursing care for patients designated to their care.

To always work to the NMC Code.

To supervise non-registered staff as stipulated by the NMC under the requirements of delegation.

Provide effective leadership and assist with the management and organisation of the ward/department in the absence of the Ward Manager or Junior Sister / Charge Nurse/Nurse in charge.

To comply with the trusts vision, values and behavioural compact.

Person Specification



  • Current NMC Registration (Level 1 adult nurse) or evidence of qualification if newly qualified.
  • Diploma in health related study or equivalent appropriate qualification.


  • Degree in nursing studies or healthcare related subject (UK equivalent).
  • Mentorship certificate/ Practice Assessor training or demonstrable equivalent experience.



  • Experience of working in an acute hospital or community healthcare setting.


  • Recent experience of working as a registered nurse.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information.
  • Able to work without supervision.
  • Competent in the use of IT such as Microsoft Office.
  • Evidence of CPD.
  • Knowledge of national health and social care policy.
  • Knowledge of evidence based guidelines e.g. NICE guidelines, NPSA alerts, current nursing legislation.


  • Venepuncture and cannulation competency.

Physical Skills


  • Ability to assist patients to move as per Trust Moving and Handling Policy.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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