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Respiratory Nurse Specialist

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Respiratory nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Are you looking for a new challenge?
  • Are you passionate about providing specialist input to respiratory patients in the community setting, working in an integrated pathway with secondary care?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to service development in a dynamic and forward thinking team?
  • Are you looking for the opportunity to shape and develop the future of community respiratory services?
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time/ Part time Band 6 Respiratory Nurse Specialist in the well-established Leeds Community Respiratory Team. The Leeds Community Respiratory Team is made up of Specialist Nurses, Physiotherapists, HOS-AR associate practitioners and clinical support workers providing care and treatment for patients with COPD and other Respiratory disease, supporting admission avoidance, chronic disease management, pulmonary rehabilitation ,Home ward Respiratory and the home oxygen service.

Main duties of the job

You will provide care to patients predominantly with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) through different pathways, such as home visits or Clinics for hospital discharge as well as chronic disease management.

The team run the Home Oxygen Service in Leeds which provides assessment and monitoring for respiratory and non-respiratory patients requiring home oxygen.

We are looking for passionate, dynamic and flexible individuals with some experience of managing respiratory patients in a community or hospital setting.

The individual is required to adapt to changing demands and workload to continue to deliver high quality care and demonstrate clinical decision making working independently or as part of the wider multi-disciplinary team.

The respiratory service is a 7day service operating from 8:30am to 4:30pm, due to the nature of the role, it is essential that you are able to travel independently across the city and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. See the supporting link on the right for a full list of rewards & why to work for Leeds Community Healthcare.

Right to Work

This role is based in the UK. Employment is conditional on confirmation of the right to work in the UK - either as a UK or Irish citizen, under the EU settlement scheme or having secured any other relevant work visa. If you do not have the right to work in the UK and the role does not meet eligibility for sponsorship, please consider carefully whether you meet the eligibility to apply.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for their own caseload within their speciality area as an autonomous practitioner. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care to a specialist level ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Demonstrates a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations involving a critical understanding of theories and principles

1.2. Demonstrates innovative and specialist skills to select methods and tools to holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate in a complex and specialised field of work.

1.3. Demonstrates highly developed physical skills where dexterity and accuracy are important e.g. syringe pumps and infusions, manual treatments

1.4. Makes consistent judgements requiring complex fact analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment

1.6. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

1.7. Prioritises their own workload, and that of the wider team, within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.9. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all areas of practice including the management of any complaints and compliments.

1.10. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

Person Specification



  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field Post Graduate qualification in specialist field Appropriate statutory professional body registration (NMC)
  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards


  • Supporting Learning in Practice (SLIP) or equivalent
  • Leadership and management training ILM 3 or equivalent



  • Experience in the clinical field or a closely related clinical area as part of a wider multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience in supervising and delegating to other members of staff


  • Working in community or primary care based teams
  • Experience of managing staff

Skills and Attributes


  • Detailed theoretical and clinical knowledge appropriate to service area and profession.
  • Knowledge of relevant current issues in health and social care, ethics and innovation.
  • Demonstrates awareness of limits to knowledge base
  • Application of clinical governance and quality measures in practice


  • Knowledge of specific innovation techniques - initiatives e.g. Productive Community - Ward Series (Leeds Approach)

Practical & Intellectual Skills


  • Specialist assessment, planning and evaluation skills
  • Performs test - procedures - diagnostics relevant to clinical role at a specialist level proficiently.
  • Complex analytical and creative problem solving skills in unpredictable situations
  • Workload management including delegation of tasks and day-to-day team leadership
  • Competent IT skills in order to collect and interpret data, present reports and compile simple presentations.
  • Effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex or potentially distressing information to patients- carers and managing conflict when appropriate.
  • Risk assessment skills.
  • Reflective practice skills able to give clear and effective feedback
  • Able to research, understand and evaluate evidence in order to contribute to practice development.


  • Experience in research and or clinical audit

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Chapeltown Health Centre

Spencer Place



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