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Staff Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
To work as part of the team providing respite services to adults with a learning disability and complex healthcare needs, enabling their families to have a break from their carer responsibilities.

The post is 24hr rotation.

Main duties of the job

To initiate, develop & maintain individual care packages, including risk/care plans for each patient within your named nurse group

To be able to present/discuss nursing evaluation to the multi-disciplinary teams and provide reports and assessments as required

To actively promote the physical and mental health needs of patients, including their social, emotional and spiritual needs

To act as a named nurse for a group of patients, attending meetings, clinics and reviews

To be involved in gathering and collating information and building relationships with new referrals and their families

To ensure and maintain a high standard of compassionate care

Provide care using a holistic approach ensuring beliefs, preferences, equality, diversity and choices are respected

To promote healthy living choices whenever possible

To ensure each individuals' mental capacity and DOL concerns are assessed & documented in relation to any intervention

Provide a high level of physical support to individuals with all aspects of daily care as required

About us

As a registered nurse within the team, the post holder is expected to assess, plan, implement and evaluate all forms of person-centred care without direct supervision within the unit

To act as shift lead

As a registered nurse, you will be responsible for a group of patients in a named nurse role, using your communication skills to liaise with families, MDT and day care providers

You will work closely with all team members to maintain high standards of care whilst meeting all CQC outcomes

The post holder will support and teach both team members & student nurses on placement

You will be accountable to uphold responsibilities as required by your NMC Code of Conduct

You will be required to maintain a safe & clean working environment by complying with infection control policies, medicine management procedures & Health and Safety requirements, proactively raising any areas of concern

To deal with both emergency admission requests & changing planned admissions to meet specific requirement, including decision making regarding admission, reallocation & discharge

You will be required to build and maintain family relations based on open, honest and sensitive information share.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To assist the manager in the prudent use of resources e.g., use of bank nurses

To participate/chair unit meetings including patients respite reviews

To ensure unit guidelines and Trust policies are upheld

To comply with all the Trusts standing instruction with regard to patients monies, petty cash and the company credit cards

Ensure that the administration and safe custody of medicines is in accordance with the Trusts medicine management policies and procedures

To keep accurate and complete records of activities and communications consistent with legislation, policies and procedures

To bring to the attention of the manager and unmet needs & proactively assist in problem solving

In the absence of the manager, to uphold all protocols and policies, including recording of sickness and absences, making arrangements as necessary to ensure the unit is adequately staffed

To support staff through regular supervision & appraisal

Undertake clinical procedures/techniques when required

To act as shift leader

Participate in audits as required

Person Specification



  • RN Qualification
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Assessor/Supervisor training



  • Experience of working in community-based learning disability services
  • Experience of providing high quality support to individuals with profound & complex disabilities
  • Experience of the Mental Capacity Act & DOLS
  • Experience of supervising staff


  • Good understanding of respite services
  • Experience of working in a frequently changing service

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness of wider picturse
  • Ability to shift lead the team
  • Reflective approach


  • Supervision/appraisal training



  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Good electronic communication skills
  • Ability to use alternative communication methods with non-verbal patients
  • Effective communication with family and MDT

Personal and People Development


  • Proactive approach to personal development
  • Engaging with team members and students to embed evidence based best practice
  • Supervise/assess student nurses

Personal Attributes/Behaviours (linked to the Behaviour Framework)


  • Passionate about providing high standard care
  • Caring and compassionate
  • Works effectively within the team
  • Recognises own limitations
  • Non-judgemental
  • Self-motivating
  • Self-organising
  • Empathy
  • Flexible to meet individual need
  • Resilience



  • The post is 24-hour rotation
  • Patients require full support due to their level of disability. The role can be physically demanding
  • Enhanced DBS check required
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English language

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Mill Lodge

156 and 158 Kingswood Avenue



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