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Community Nurse - Bury Town and Mildenhall & Brandon INT

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024
An exciting opportunity for Community Nurses has arisen both in the Bury Town and Mildenhall and Brandon Integrated Neighbourhood Teams. These two INT teams are two of a total of six INT teams. The other INT localities are based in Bury Rural, Haverhill and Sudbury. If you love meeting new people and working with a range of specialities the INTs are the place for you!

The INT accommodation 'Hubs' are the base for a wide range of other health professionals and agencies including Adult Social Care, social prescribers, GPs, police and mental health team members so we are able to work together in a fully integrated way to ensure the best care is delivered to the patients within our localities.

The successful applicant/s will join a friendly team of community nurses, community matrons, therapists, social prescribers, social care staff, INT coordinators and local administrators, supported fully by a locality Team Manager, and Localities Lead.

You will be providing nursing services to patients in the community and have the chance to work in an autonomous manner with the support of the wider multi-disciplinary team and across the West Suffolk Alliance. You will be assessing the patients by carrying out home visits and planning and implementing a patient's individualised care plan.

Main duties of the job

Within the INT localities you have access to a range of treatment facilities and may be involved in delivering nursing care in specialist clinics, such as the leg ulcer and doppler clinics. You will be using a wide range of community nursing skills and will need to be confident in your assessment skills and in your ability to provide safe, effective treatments whilst working in a community setting. Experience of palliative care, wound management and catheter management will be an advantage.

This will be the perfect opportunity if you would like a role where you can use a wide range of nursing skills, or learn new skills specific to patient need. You are able to work independently, but also with the support of a close-knit team, who are hugely experienced and supportive. You have the privilege of working with patients in their own home environment to improve their health, alongside teams such as Virtual Ward and our Early Intervention Team (EIT).

The role suits both newly qualified as well as experienced nurses. We can also accept applications from Return to Practices nurses (University course place dependent).

You will be able to develop your role in accordance with areas of clinical interest and to progress in your career, with expert training and education available to support this.

There are full time and part time hours available.

We operate a 7-day service with our current core hours being 8am to 6pm.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description for full details.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • To assess, plan and deliver healthcare for patients, for example with long term conditions, palliative care and rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.
  • To work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital.
  • To work within the integrated team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.
  • To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non-statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.
  • Communication:

  • You will be communicating with patients, their relatives, carers and colleagues and you will need to use communication techniques to motivate, negotiate or persuade internal or external stakeholders. You will use a range of verbal and non verbal communications and be able to show empathy and understanding.
  • Planning and organisational Skills:

  • The post holder will:
    • Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings.
    • Support all team members within the integrated team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.
    • Be responsible for safe use and maintenance of equipment and supplies and be aware of budgetary constraints and work within these.
    • Be accountable for own professional actions as determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council code.
    • Comment on draft policies.
    • Be accountable for work you have delegated to others within the team, ensuring staff are competent to undertake delegated work.
    • Ensure adherence to Trust policies, and procedures.
    • Be aware of Trusts behaviour framework and ensure behaviours are embedded in role.
    • Ensure Trusts behaviour framework is utilised when managing and supervising staff, and that behaviours are embraced and embedded within the team.
    • Take part in clinical supervision as per Trust Policy.
    • Demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and/or less experienced staff.
    • Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration course.
    • Provide Preceptorship to new staff as appropriate.
    • Contribute to clinical audit as required.
    • Complete risk assessments and incident forms as required.

    Person Specification

    Education and qualifications


    • RN Qualification (Part 1 of register) or equivalent.
    • Current NMC registration

    Experience and knowledge


    • Good communication skills which demonstrate tact, diplomacy, empathy and sensitivity
    • Able to communicate effectively using the English language (written and verbal)
    • Highly motivated
    • Able to provide high standards of care
    • Ability to use own initiative
    • Ability to manage stressful situations
    • Ability to be focussed undertake patient care and input accurate data/patient records
    • A team player
    • Able to communicate effectively where there are barriers to understanding


    • Leg Ulcer Management
    • IV Administration /cannulation
    • ENB 998/mentorship preparation or equivalent
    • Mentorship qualification is essential for the post, but not essential at interview.
    • Previous experience working in the community

    Skills and abilities


    • Effective observational and reporting skills
    • Good time management skills
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • IT and standard keyboard skills
    • Leadership Skills
    • Able to use specialist equipment requiring a high level of dexterity
    • Able to manoeuvre patients using handling aids
    • Clinical reasoning skills

    Personal qualities


    • Able to travel to rural locations to carry out post
    • Flexible approach to working hours and duties

    Employer details

    Employer name

    West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


    West Suffolk Hospital

    Bury St Edmunds

    IP33 2QZ

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