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Respiratory Specialist Nurse - COPD Team

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Respiratory nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Could you help West Suffolk Hospital to deliver the best quality and safest care to our local community?

We have an exciting opportunity to expand our existing Respiratory Team, and are looking to recruit an experienced respiratory nurse to join our integrated Respiratory Team in West Suffolk. This post is within the community based COPD Team who currently deliver the following services
  • Admission Avoidance
  • Assisted Discharges
  • Oxygen Assessments and Reviews ( Home or clinic based)

We are integrated with the local community GP & Healthcare teams, acute and hospital based respiratory services this includes the community pulmonary rehab team.

Main duties of the job

Job summary:
  • The post holder will act autonomously to promote best practice in the management of the respiratory conditions such as COPD and asthma, listing as required the primary care colleagues and the Acute Respiratory Wards at West Suffolk Foundation Trust.
  • To provide specialist clinical assessment and care, in relation to COPD and other respiratory patients requiring admission avoidance, supported discharge & community based oxygen assessment.
  • To facilitate patients understanding of their condition(s) to promote self-management
  • To be responsible for the assessment of individual specialist respiratory care needs, the development, and implementation of care and evaluation of programmes of care.
  • Working within an integrated respiratory multidisciplinary team.
  • Working autonomously within the community setting.
  • Maintain their knowledge and skills in relation of COPD and other respiratory condition by participating in continuing professional development to ensure the delivery of high quality, individualised care.

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 full details in the Job Description.


  • Provide support, care, treatment, education and management advice to patients with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases. Providing avoidable admissions and readmissions and reduce patient length of stay
  • To practise autonomously with a level accountability at a specialist clinical level in the direct delivery of high-quality care, making clinical decisions based on the specialise skills assessment with the support of a respiratory specialist nurse band 7, or respiratory consultant, or senior clinical physiotherapist.
  • Perform specialist evaluation that involves arterial blood gas sampling interpretation of results and assessment of patients oxygen needs.
  • Responsibility for providing highly specialised advice to all levels of staff regarding assessment for interpretation of specialist tests and prescription for oxygen.
  • Undertake specialist assessment for ambulatory oxygen.
  • The assessing and reviewing patients who require oxygen therapy, using specific criteria and guidelines with particular reference to NICE/British Thoracic Society.
  • Demonstrate high level of judgement/analytical skills when interpreting and performing patient assessments and care planning.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date nursing records, maintaining patient confidentiality, and statistical records as required by the service.
  • Involve patients and carers/relatives in the planning and delivery of care and development of services.
  • Challenge professional and organisational boundaries, identifying areas for skill/knowledge development and apply these to practices to provide continuity and high quality patient centred health care.
  • Participate in patient education and promote self-management
  • Monitor patient response to disease management and treatment and liaise with senior specialist team, general practice and the wider multi-disciplinary team where changes are needed.
  • Supervise and support community staff in the care and management of Respiratory patients

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • Nursing Qualification (NMC registered)
  • Degree level education
  • COPD course - or to achieve within the next 12 months


  • Post registration qualification in respiratory/COPD specialty
  • Working towards masters or equivalent

Experience & Knowledge


  • Experience at band 5 or equivalent within a relevant specialty
  • Venepuncture skills and ABGS skills
  • Working safely with Patients Group Directives
  • Health promotion/coaching/smoking cessation skills


  • Service development and/or change management

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to make decisions and prioritise actions
  • IT skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Time management skills
  • Change management skills
  • Conflict management
  • Ability to motivate self and others

Personal Qualities


  • The post holder will need the ability to travel, and will be required to travel to rural locations
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Team player
  • Flexible approach to working hours to meet the needs of the service
  • Receptive to feedback and the willingness to learn and develop
  • Committed to respiratory care
  • Willing to undertake out of hours cover and on call on rotational basis

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk House

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 3YU

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COPD B6 (VW) M_379_23

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