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District Nurse/ Community Nursing Sister/ Charge Nurse

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a.
Closing date
1 May 2024
A rare opportunity has arisen for a District Nurse/ Community Nursing Sister/ Charge Nurse with some leadership and management experience to lead one our District Nursing Teams in Bournemouth. The role involves providing management and leadership for the District Nursing team and managing a caseload of patients with a variety of clinical needs. The role will involve communication across the locality, both with other DN teams and the wider MDT .

We are committed and passionate about promoting health, well-being and independence. We are a values-based Trust and are looking for dedicated and passionate clinicians who believe in the provision of patient-centred care.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Main duties of the job

You will need a sound understanding of the current primary care agenda, including the management of long term conditions also with excellent communication skills and to be able to demonstrate effective leadership, decision making skills and resilience . You will provide high quality clinical care, management of staff and case management for patients in the community setting.

You must be able to demonstrate leadership abilities, interpersonal skills and time management skills. You should have experience in caseload management and be able to priorities work. The role is diverse, challenging and extremely rewarding.

The role also involves being a member of the senior team, managing and leading the community nursing team under the guidance and support of the District Nurse Locality Lead.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification



  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty



  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of specialist working


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role



  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff



  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required.
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities, e.g. organise own time and that of junior staff and learners, planning off duty rotas and undertaking discharge planning involving co-ordination with other agencies.
  • Willingness to advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Bournemouth Locality

Gloucester Road



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