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Practice Development Nurse

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you a patient focused and talented Practice Development Nurse in Children's Services, with a passion for supporting your colleagues to deliver excellent care at the heart of the community? If this sounds like you, we would like to invite you to apply for a Practice Development Nurse role within our Children's and Young Peoples Community Nursing Teams that are based across West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

The role is varied and dynamic you will to lead in supporting, developing and delivering practice standards in Children's and Young Peoples Community Nursing Services that engages across multiple health care partners. You will foster and develop a culture that supports continuous learning and development, whilst providing a range of clinical teaching and learning opportunities. You will act as a role model for clinical staff, and as a registered nurse, you will support the senior leadership team to enable, operational and patient focused expertise within Children's Services, alongside proven and compassionate leadership. You will promote and work within a culture of clinical innovation and quality improvement that supports Children, Young People and their families to remain at home.

Main duties of the job

This role will sit within the Leadership and Practice Development Team in the Sussex Wide Children's and Young Peoples Community Nursing Service. The role contributes to the improvement of patient care through the development of standards to ensure the smooth operational delivery of the service. You will work across professional and clinical disciplines, aligning quality standards and clinical governance strategies with operational performance
  • Work closely with the Head of CYP Specialist and Community Nursing and Matrons to support professional recommendations in relation to service redesign and new ways of working. Provide support and advice to service areas with regard to the education and learning implications for service development.
  • Contribute to the improvement of patient care and patient safety by effectively disseminating and integrating evidence based guidance into clinical practice. Work as an innovator capable of facilitating changes in clinical practice and pioneering new frameworks to support practice and to increase the skills and confidence of registered and unregistered practitioners.
  • Act as a change agent, using skills that will motivate and reassure staff through negotiation and training to facilitate change processes. You will provide feedback, following supervision of practice. This may inform management and change processes.

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2023 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are delighted to offer this position to support the mobilisation, development and delivery of the Children's and Young Person Community Nursing service. You will work alongside clinical and operational colleagues to provide clinical leadership of the teams which focuses on the clinical and associated public health nursing of children and young people and families service-wide.

The successful candidate will join a Team which delivers excellent Children's services to the residents of Sussex, working in collaboration with our system partners across health, social and voluntary care. You will have a full valid driving license and access to a car for work purposes.

Our key priority is the care and welfare of our patients and you will be an essential part of this dynamic service providing high quality community care to those who rely on us to enable them to return to, or remain in their own homes.

You will have a lead role in supporting development and delivery of practice standards within Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing Services, with the following responsibilities:
  • Foster and develop a culture within Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing Services and the wider organisation that supports continuing development.
  • Provide a range of clinical teaching and learning opportunities for Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing Services.
  • Act as a role model for clinical staff and promote the delivery of best practice.
  • Support clinical areas and facilitate any necessary action to ensure delivery of safe patient care.
  • Support the senior nursing leadership team in developing action plans and investigating complaints or serious incidents to address service needs.
  • Work within the Practice Development Team, across Children's Services, with a particular focus on Children's Community nursing services
  • You will be a registered nurse children, with a relevant post graduate certificate in education (or equivalent) or commit to undertaking additional learning in education. This may be a course, attendance on internal SCFT training, learning via online workshops or critical appraisal of current literature.
  • Participates in service and trust wide development to support management of change, and contribute to the departmental & organisational budgetary management and be responsible for the management of physical assets (e.g. equipment or stock supplies).
  • Provide education and support during workforce development processes to support current initiatives in Clinical Service Development and create an environment where change can be initiated.

Please see attached JD and Person Spec for further details

Person Specification

Qualifications and Professional Registration


  • Registered Nurse Children's, with current registration
  • Educated to degree level
  • ENB 998/mentorship qualification
  • Teaching qualification or willing to work towards/undertake


  • Hold a community specialist practitioner qualification or equivalent
  • Registered with the NMC as a practice teacher



  • Significant post registration experience with at least 3 years caseload/clinic management within the community setting at band 6/ or in an acute setting at band 6 level.
  • Change management and leadership experience
  • Teaching/ Mentoring experience
  • Experience in autonomous clinical decision-making


  • Contributing to clinical teaching programmes
  • Teaching on HEI clinical curricula
  • Teaching on HEI clinical curricula

Skills and Knowledge


  • Demonstrate up to date, evidence-based clinical expertise
  • Demonstrate proficiency in nursing children with complex health needs and disability
  • Demonstrate understanding of current NHS legislation and policies
  • Demonstrate the principles of children and adult safeguarding
  • Demonstrate knowledge of management of people, resources and caseload and clinical leadership skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of audit and clinical governance
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional regulatory guidelines
  • Demonstrate IT skills
  • Ability to design educational/development programmes
  • Ability to assess clinical practice
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to lead on clinical practice issues
  • Ability to demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to translate theory to practice
  • Ability to manage competing demands of practice and education
  • Ability to supervise staff
  • Ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to demonstrate effective clinical leadership
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to enhance clinical learning and safe practice
  • Ability to identify areas for practice development



  • Have access to own transport, to access work at rural location, and access external meetings

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


The Quadrant, Lancing Business Park

60 Marlborough Road


BN15 8UW

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