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Living Kidney Donor Nurse Specialist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PRO RATA FOR PART TIME HOURS
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Renal nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Part Time 19.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Renal Department at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The Living Kidney Donor Nurse (LKDN) Specialist would like to invite applications from enthusiastic motivated Registered Nurses with an interest in Renal and/or Organ Donation.

The LKDN Service operates across South Tyneside and Sunderland and is based in Sunderland Royal Hospital

The successful candidate will receive full training and be supported by the existing LKDN Specialist, a willingness to attend study days and courses off site is necessary due to the training needs of the role

Main duties of the job

Applications are welcome from Registered Nurses with excellent clinical skills and the ability to communicate well on a professional level within the MDT and the delivery of sensitive and confidential information to other health care professionals and service users

The successful candidate will be expected to use good IT and word processing skills for patient notes and clinic information

For further information or to arrange an informal meeting please contact Simon Hardy on or 0191 5656256

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description for full details

To co-ordinate the delivery and development of the Renal Transplant Service using effective evidence based practice in line with agreed national standards for patient safety and monitoring

To lead Specialist Nurse led clinics and be responsible for planning, co-ordination, delivery and evaluation of nurse led clinics

To be accountable for the planning and delivery of all aspects of patient care in relation to Renal Transplantation

To liaise with all key members of the multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of specialist patient care

To participate fully in the multi-disciplinary team meetings and work with the Consultant Nephrologist and Surgeons to deliver specialist clinical care appropriate to the needs of the patient

To continuously improve clinical care standards in line with the clinical governance framework

Demonstrate leadership in contributing to a culture of patient safety and continuous improvement in line with the clinical governance framework

Be accountable for provision of a specialist nursing service, using clinical skills in the assessment, diagnosis, prescribing and delivery of treatment plans to support all aspects of patient care across the pathway

Co-ordinate the provision of services to patients within specialist area, ensuring continuity of care across the Trust and between primary and secondary care

Play a key role in facilitating hospital discharge and preventing avoidable hospital admissions

As an expert practitioner, be accessible to provide education and training and clinical advice and support to Trust staff, primary care staff, patients and relatives/carers

Participate in / lead on audit and research relevant to the needs of specialist area

Participate in service development within renal services across the Trust

Contribute to the achievement of national and local standards/targets

Support the Matron or Team Lead to facilitate co-ordination and delivery of a service which is both efficient and evidence-based.

Person Specification



  • Live 1st level NMC registration.
  • Relevant degree or on degree pathway.
  • Teaching qualification.
  • Mentorship certificate/ Practice Assessor training or demonstrable equivalent experience.


  • Non-medical prescribing.
  • Qualification in specialist subject.
  • Advanced counselling qualification.



  • Current experience of care delivery.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in renal care.
  • Experience of leadership within a team.
  • Evidence of innovation in practice.
  • Teaching experience.


  • Extensive knowledge and experience of transplant care.
  • Previous experience in assessing potential living kidney donors.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Evidence of continual professional development-must demonstrate development of knowledge and skills in renal care and its management as part of CPD.
  • Basic IT skills.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Proven communication skills including experience of handling complex relationships and interpersonal dynamics.
  • Knowledge of how to facilitate learning.
  • Knowledge of current professional and clinical governance issues.
  • Knowledge of research and clinical audit.
  • Venepuncture, IV drug administration and cannulation.
  • Mentorship skills.
  • Evidence of competency in relation to nursing practices appropriate to the post.
  • Time management.
  • Ability to assess, deliver, evaluate and benchmark quality care.
  • Ability to work independently, manage own time, prioritise ,work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a calm and efficient manner.
  • Ability to reflect and motivate self.
  • Able to work on own initiative.
  • Able to comply with uniform code.
  • Able to meet Trust attendance management standards.
  • Flexibility.
  • Works well with MDT.


  • Extensive knowledge and experience of Transplant care.

Physical Skills


  • Ability to meet the travel demands of the post.
  • Ability to sit at workstations as necessary to input audit data / retrieve results.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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