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Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The Rheumatology Department is a busy outpatient setting with a day unit giving IV infusions. There is a strong research focus and university links. There is an innovative team of 7 consultants and 6 specialist nurses. We are a very friendly and cohesive team.

We have a vacancy for a full time band 6 Clinical Nurse Specialist, the role incorporates running nurse-led clinics and supporting the advice line.

The work will primarily be based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, but there will also be a requirement to run one clinic a week from South Bristol Community Hospital.

The role will be working with patients who are receiving biologic and high cost therapies. Experience in a rheumatology setting and knowledge of biologic therapies would be an advantage but is not essential, however the ability to make clinical decisions is key to fulfilling this role.

All of this work will be fully supported by the lead nurse specialist Andreia Ferreira as well as the wider team.

For further enquiries please contact Andreia Ferreira, Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist on 0117 3427395 or

Main duties of the job

Main Duties and Responsibilities Clinical - Communication and Relationship skills

Demonstrate politeness, courtesy and sensitivity in providing compassionate care for patients, visitors/relatives and colleagues.

Contribute towards sharing good practice within the multidisciplinary team.

Promote a positive image of University Hospital Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust at all times.

Work cohesively with all members of the multidisciplinary team and promote effective liaison with the team in ensuring that the very best services to patients are provided at all times.

Communicate effectively within the multidisciplinary team, participate in motivating and supporting team members and maintain confidentiality with patients and carers. Give written and verbal advice/teaching to patients and carers. Clinical - Patient Care

Run two biologic clinic per week assessing patient's response to biologic therapy, switching therapy as requested by the medical team

In time completing the screening necessary for patients to start biologic therapy

Running one Early Inflammatory Arthritis (EIA) clinic per week following the EIA care pathway

Complete the first step in the process of preparing prescriptions for the Rheumatology day unit

Oversee the review and updating of infusion protocols used in the Rheumatology day unit

To provide patients and staff with specialist advice to manage complex symptoms

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and Person Specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Skills and Abilities


  • Organisation and management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of a changing service
  • Ability to work alone or as part of the team
  • Ability to cope with emotional issues presented in the course of work and to support others
  • Knowledge of national and local specialty specific issues
  • IT skills including use of email a Microsoft office packages
  • Act as a role model and as a mental/assessor
  • Innovate and participate with practice and policy change
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities to self and others
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high quality nursing care
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities to self and others

Qualifications and Training


  • RGN
  • Current NMC registration
  • Willingness to work towards Masters level academic study


  • Degree in nursing health or related subject
  • Relevant accredited post registration qualification at level 3
  • Qualification in Teaching and Assessing

Knowledge and Experience


  • Appropriate post registration experience in Rheumatology
  • Appropriate proven leadership and management experience
  • Proven commitment and experience and evidence in teaching
  • Experience as preceptor / mentor


  • Experience of undertaking research or audit projects
  • Evidence of commitment to research based practice or evidence of project work undertaken



  • Flexibility to see what is needed in whole service, prioritise work and support the delivery of the service (not just focus on their own workload)
  • Empathy for patients with long term conditions in supporting self-management
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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