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Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Dialysis

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Renal nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced and motivated haemodialysis nurse with the appropriate qualifications to join our well-established renal dialysis teams as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (band 8a) on a full-time basis.

The post holder requires to work with high degree of autonomy and complex decision making as an advanced care practitioner. This is underpinned by a master's level award or equivalent that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area specific clinical competence.

This role has been developed to work alongside and support the nursing and medical teams caring for patients receiving dialysis. The Sussex Kidney Unit has a dialysis population of approximately 480 haemodialysis patients, whilst also looking after 60 patients on peritoneal dialysis and 35 patients on home haemodialysis. Approximately 230 patients dialyse at the main dialysis unit in Brighton with the rest of the dialysis population receive dialysis at nurse led satellite units which are closer to their homes.

The post-holder will be based at Royal Sussex County Hospital and provide consultancy and service development support on-site and will visit one of the dialysis satellite units weekly. The satellite units are located at Bexhill, Polegate, Crawley and Worthing. A car driver/owner is essential (business miles refunded).

The shift pattern would be a 9-day fortnight.

Main duties of the job

Patients and their families receiving dialysis have complex care needs, often complicated by the presence of other conditions. The Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Dialysis will be an integral member of the renal management team supporting the service in the delivery of key performance targets. They will be accountable for the provision of effective nursing care and proactive improvements to patient experience, service organisation and treatment outcomes in haemodialysis. This includes supporting home dialysis and vascular access.

A high degree of personal professional autonomy is exercised to make clinical judgements to satisfy the expectations and demands of the role. The post requires at least 50% clinical component of direct patient care and a combination of professional consultancy, education and training, service development, research, and audit.

Mission and values

The mission of University Hospitals Sussex (UHSx)- what we are striving to achieve - is to provide:

' excellent care every time'

All our efforts to do this put the interests of our patients first and foremost, and are underpinned by our values:
  • Compassion
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Professionalism
  • Inclusion

These values were selected by our staff, patients and public when we were talking about the merger and the sort of organisation we want UHSx to be.

Our mission and values are extremely important to us and we expect everyone who works at UHSx in any capacity to share and uphold them.

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

A t UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be working with patients receiving or in need of dialysis treatment and undertaking activities to:
  • Ensure patients receive dialysis treatment that is safe, competent, and clinically sound for their needs and co-morbidities.
  • Ensure patients and their loved ones have choices that support quality of life holistically, with consideration for their lifestyle, travel needs, transplant listing and advance care planning.
  • Review and change treatment plans including dialysis prescriptions and
  • Refer and follow-up multi-disciplinary review of patient care plans such as renal counsellor/ doctor/ dietician/ community services.

  • Due to the dimensions of the role and the clinical judgement required for best place, best care, it requires an individual who is an Independent Prescriber and has undertaken Physical Assessment training.

    Maintaining long-term quality of life on dialysis is a complex multi-professional goal, which calls on patients to change socio-economic habits, lifestyle patterns and adhere to treatment. The post holder needs to be a registered nurse with expert renal knowledge to assess, negotiate, implement, and evaluate care management plans with individual patients. This requires highly developed communication and negotiation skills, in addition to strong working knowledge and skills in renal replacement therapy and dialysis access.

    The post holder will work closely as a team with the lead consultant for each dialysis department and members of the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will develop relationships with other hospitals including doctors, allied healthcare professionals (AHPs), GPs, community nurses, counsellors, hospices and social care to implement care management plans and devise pathways of care. They will also give effective education to support patients to make informed choices in renal replacement therapy and dialysis withdrawal.

    Person Specification



    • Registered nurse
    • Leadership Qualification
    • Recognised renal qualification.
    • Recognised teaching and assessing qualification (e.g. mentorship)
    • Registered Independent Prescriber or willing to undertake.
    • Physical assessment of adults or equivalent experience or willing to undertake.
    • Significant experience in the dialysis setting
    • Car driver / owner


    • Educated to (relevant) master's level
    • Counselling qualification

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


    Royal Sussex County Hospital

    Eastern Road


    BN2 5BE

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