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Respiratory CNS

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Respiratory CNS

We are looking for an experienced Respiratory Nurse to join our small CNS team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

The CNS team provide specialist respiratory care for patients with COPD, Asthma and those who required home oxygen therapy, both on acute admission and in the outpatient setting. We are expanding the service to assist with virtual pathways.

Main duties of the job

  • Assessment and management advice for inpatients with an exacerbation of COPD or Asthma.
  • Development and implementation of respiratory virtual care pathways.
  • Assessment and management advice for inpatients who need to be discharged with home oxygen.
  • Independent running of Long Term Oxygen Therapy outpatient clinics.
  • Independent running of Asthma/COPD outpatient clinics.
  • Asthma Biologic clinics.
  • Oxygen Home visits.
  • Partake in respiratory education throughout RBFT and wider community.
  • Partake in disease specific MDT.

About us

The Department of Respiratory Medicine is located at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. We provide specialist respiratory care for patients who live in Berkshire West and the surrounding local areas. Our out-patient clinic provides consultant, specialist nurse, physiotherapy and physiology services both at the RBH and Spoke sites.

Reading sits on the River Thames and is served by great road and rail links to London, Oxford and Southampton. With excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene. Reading is a wonderful place to live, work and provides excellent facilities for families.

The CQC recently rated the care provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust as GOOD.

Our Values: Compassionate, Aspirational, Resourceful and Excellent

Job description

Job responsibilities


Managerial -
  • Support the Respiratory CNS Team to deliver the objectives of the clinical area. In the absence of the team leader, be responsible for ensuring that all patients in the caseload receive safe, competent nursing care.
  • Manage the Respiratory CNS caseload for which he/ she is responsible, working flexibly to support other/ more junior colleagues on a day-to-day basis
  • Demonstrate excellent personal communication. Establish and maintain effective two-way communication channels with individuals and groups. Demonstrate appropriate assertiveness and ability to challenge others when the rights of patients and others may be infringed.
  • Be accountable for the standard of practice delivered in work area. Display evidence that staff provide holistic, evidence-based, patient-centred care. Demonstrate that patients are involved in both decisions affecting their care and well-being and in service development. Practice in accordance with the professional, ethical and legal codes of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Trusts protocols and guidelines. Be accountable for own practice and for the delegation of care he/she gives to more junior colleagues, support workers and students.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the clinical area practices within Data Protection/Confidentiality/Caldicott principles.
  • Actively promote diversity, including race diversity, both in the delivery of the Directorates services and in the recruitment, management and development of staff within the clinical area. Generate and sustain relationships that promote dignity, rights and responsibilities. Identify and take action to address discrimination and oppression.
  • Promote interdisciplinary working, with outcomes aimed at the best interest of patients.
  • Clinical and Technical
  • Demonstrate specialist expertise and professional knowledge acquired through post registration academic, clinical, leadership and management development. Works as a role model for professional practice.
  • Work with the Respiratory CNS team, utilising the umbrella of Clinical Governance to maintain/improve and develop high standards of patient care. Place the patients experience at the core of service delivery. Assist with monitoring and audit the quality of care through a range of strategies, including risk management, incident reporting, complaints, research and effectiveness monitoring, and clinical audit.
  • Practices in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Councils Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives and Trust policies, protocols and guidelines. Is accountable for own practice and for appropriate delegation of care he/she gives to colleagues, nursing support workers and students.
  • Demonstrate expert ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care, guiding more junior staff to deliver effective, holistic, person-centred care. Display sound analytical and critical thinking ability in complex and rapidly changing situations.
  • Teaching, Training and Research
  • Promote/develop and maintain a culture within clinical environment which challenges and questions practice, and promote the quality of thinking amongst practitioners. Ensure that students and staff receive effective development and support.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the development of the service. Be aware of new evidence and research in both general and specialist fields. Support staff in the analysis of evidence. Work creatively to develop practice and new ways of working, taking the lead in the change management process when appropriate.
  • Be involved in sharing expertise through teaching and presenting to a wide range of healthcare professionals and patients.
  • Develop own skills, taking responsibility for continuing professional development and performance, maintaining own portfolio in accordance with post-registration requirements. Work to achieve competencies appropriate to grade. Identify own development needs in relation to current practice and future plans, setting personal development objectives.
  • Act-up for team leader as required.
  • Understand the workload targets, which have been set for clinical area, and demonstrate commitment to their delivery. Ensure that others are alerted to quality issues.
  • Assist in the monitoring and maintenance of the health, safety and security of self and others in work area. Identify and assess risks in work activities, and assist in developing strategies to manage these effectively. Ensure team works within risk management/ occupational health legislation and Trust procedures.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the development of the service. Be aware of new evidence and research in both general and specialist fields. Work creatively to develop practice and new ways of working, taking the lead in the change management process when appropriate.

  • This job description is not exhaustive and will be subject to periodic review in association with the post-holder.

    Person Specification

    nurse registration


    • Registered Nurse



    • Degree or working towards



    • 2 years as a band 6


    • Working within respiratory

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


    Royal Berkshire Hospital

    London Road


    RG1 5AN

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