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Community Staff Nurse - Out of Hours (Secondment)

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 pro rata per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024
UK based applicants only.

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and community experienced nurse to join the Out of Hours Teams based at Norwich Community Hospital and St James' King's Lynn for a 12-month secondment.

The Out of Hours team is an Urgent Response Community Nursing Service working overnight in Norfolk and Waveney from 5:30pm-8am. Our Aim is to avoid admissions to the acute setting by providing urgent community nursing care.

We cover all areas in Norfolk and Waveney, in teams, every night with the coordination team based at Norwich Community Hospital. We work in partnership with East Coast Community Healthcare to deliver care across Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

Main duties of the job

Job Purpose

To contribute to the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within their own homes, care homes, the travelling community and in clinics, by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating packages of care in order to prevent admission.

To provide an urgent and unplanned response within 2. 4 and 24 hours to patients that may require wound care, male, female or suprapubic catheter reinsertions, syringe driver initiation, stat doses of medication, palliative care assessments, bowel care and verification of death and more.

About us

Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust is committed to continuing to create a modern and inclusive work environment. As part of this commitment we actively promote flexible working opportunities where possible, to meet the needs and wishes of our workforce to maintain and improve their wellbeing. The trust offers a range of flexibility, including flexible working patterns, and we would encourage you to discuss this with the recruiting manager before or during the application process if this would interest you.

We welcome applications from people who share our values and can help us deliver outstanding care in our local community.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

If you are aged 16-30 and not currently in education, employment or training, our colleagues at the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (supported by the Princes Trust), can provide application and interview coaching. To request this support please contact

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties & Responsibilities

Key Areas of Responsibility
  • To respond to unplanned care and prevent admission to hospital.
  • To assess, prescribed and deliver care packages for patients, e.g. 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.
  • Engage with mobile working.



The post holder will need to:
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of patient care, and develop care plans, using clinical reasoning skills, which may need to be delivered from a range of options.
  • Following a holistic assessment, devise an individualised, evidence-based care programme for each patient, modifying it as required.
  • Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information to patients and carers as to their assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.
  • Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairment, mental capacity impairment and other difficulties in comprehension, explanations require adjustments in order to gain understanding, consent and concordance.
  • Be required to use tact and persuasive skills in order to gain the patients co-operation in their care management plan.
  • Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated appropriately.
  • Be aware of assistive technology and utilise where appropriate.
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework.
  • Ensure own caseload is planned and prioritised according to service targets and patient need.
  • To manage and maintain all areas if intravenous therapy delivery including peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC lines)
  • Ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that SystmOne inputting is completed on a daily basis.
  • Demonstrate dexterity and co-ordination when using specialist equipment and fine tools, advanced sensory skills, manual and mobilising skills.
  • Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment through electronic ordering systems.
  • Ensure informed consent is obtained prior to initiating interventions.
  • Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.

  • Professional

    The post holder will:
  • Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings where appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Remain accountable for own professional actions as determined by the professional bodies.
  • Provide advice / training to less experienced staff and supervise / support other staff and students where appropriate contributing to the induction process for new staff/students.
  • Comment on draft policies.
  • Maintain own continuous professional development
  • Ensure own workload is planned and prioritised
  • Be accountable for work delegated to others within the team, ensuring staff are competent to undertake delegated work.
  • Attend in-house training as required to develop current job role.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within own competence

  • Organisational

    The post holder will:
  • Follow Trust policies, and local procedures, and use discretion in interpreting them according to the setting and circumstances.
  • Undertake mandatory training as required.
  • Participate in a Personal Development Review process.
  • Undertake Personal Development Plans for more junior staff members.
  • 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.
  • May be required to demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and/or less experienced staff.
  • Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration course.
  • Ensure absence reporting is undertaken as determined by Team Leader and Trust Policy.
  • Contribute to clinical audit as required.
  • Complete the staff survey as required.
  • Complete risk assessments and incident forms as required

  • Person Specification



    • Experience of working in a Community setting


    • Admission Avoidance
    • Experience in acute setting



    • Diploma or 1st level degree in Nursing or equivalent
    • RN Qualification
    • Current NMC registration
    • Evidence of continuing professional development



    • The post holder will be required to work over seven days a week
    • The post holder will need to be passed fit to be able to perform full duties of the post through occupational health with any reasonable aids and adaptations if necessary

    Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


    • Highly motivated
    • Able to provide high standards of care
    • Ability to use own initiative
    • Good observational & reporting skills
    • Ability to manage stressful situations
    • Concentrate when undertaking patient care & inputting data/patient records
    • Good time management skills
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • A team player
    • Flexible approach to work to accommodate patient/service needs
    • Have basic IT and standard keyboard skills
    • Able to kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments
    • Able to manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6 kg
    • Able to manoeuvre patients using handling aids


    • Knowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training & short courses, including: Palliative care, Long term conditions, Diabetes management
    • Be aware of Assistive Technology
    • Palliative care
    • Long term conditions
    • Diabetes management



    • Good communication skills
    • Tact & diplomacy
    • Empathy & sensitivity
    • Ability to report and escalate issues as required
    • Able to communicate effectively using the English language (both verbally and written).

    Personal Attributes / Behaviours


    • Professional appearance
    • Be reliable
    • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people/vulnerable adults

    Personal and People Development


    • Experience supervising staff

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


    Norwich Community Hospital

    Bowthorpe Road


    NR2 3TU

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