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Community Nurse - INT Teams

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024
An exciting opportunity for Community Nurses has arisen both in the Newmarket and Mildenhall and Brandon Integrated Neighbourhood Teams. These two INT teams are two of a total of six INT teams. The other INT localities are based in Bury Rural, Bury Town, Haverhill and Sudbury. If you love meeting new people and working with a range of specialities the INTs are the place for you!

The INT accommodation 'Hubs' are the base for a wide range of other health professionals and agencies including Adult Social Care, social prescribers, GPs, police and mental health team members so we are able to work together in a fully integrated way to ensure the best care is delivered to the patients within our localities.

The successful applicant/s will join a dynamic, friendly team of community nurses, community matrons, therapists, social prescribers, social care staff, INT coordinators and local administrators, supported fully by a locality Team Manager, and Localities Lead.

You will be providing nursing services to patients in the community and have the chance to work in an autonomous manner with the support of the wider multi-disciplinary team and across the West Suffolk Alliance. You will be assessing the patients by carrying out home visits and planning and implementing a patient's individualised care plan.

Main duties of the job

Within the INT localities you have access to a range of treatment facilities and may be involved in delivering nursing care in specialist clinics, such as the leg ulcer and doppler clinics. You will be using a wide range of community nursing skills and will need to be confident in your assessment skills and in your ability to provide safe, effective treatments whilst working in a community setting. Experience of palliative care, wound management and catheter management will be an advantage.

The role suits both newly qualified as well as experienced nurses. We can also accept applications from Return to Practices nurses (University course place dependent).

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job summary:

To contribute to the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within their own homes, residential care homes, and in clinics, by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care.

Working Pattern:

The service operates between 8am and 6pm and you will be required to work shifts between these times.

You may be required to work a 24 hour shift pattern in the future, should this service be commissioned by the Trust.

Job responsibilities:

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • To assess, plan and deliver healthcare for patients, for example with long term conditions, palliative care and rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.
  • To work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital.
  • To work within the integrated team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.
  • To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non-statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.
  • Communication:

  • You will be communicating with patients, their relatives, carers and colleagues and you will need to use communication techniques to motivate, negotiate or persuade internal or external stakeholders. You will use a range of verbal and non verbal communications and be able to show empathy and understanding.
  • Planning and organisational Skills:

  • The post holder will:
    • Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings.
    • Support all team members within the integrated team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.
    • Be responsible for safe use and maintenance of equipment and supplies and be aware of budgetary constraints and work within these.
    • Be accountable for own professional actions as determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council code.
    • Comment on draft policies.
    • Be accountable for work you have delegated to others within the team, ensuring staff are competent to undertake delegated work.
    • Ensure adherence to Trust policies, and procedures.
    • Be aware of Trusts behaviour framework and ensure behaviours are embedded in role.
    • Ensure Trusts behaviour framework is utilised when managing and supervising staff, and that behaviours are embraced and embedded within the team.
    • Take part in clinical supervision as per Trust Policy.
    • Demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and/or less experienced staff.
    • Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration course.
    • Provide Preceptorship to new staff as appropriate.
    • Contribute to clinical audit as required.
    • Complete risk assessments and incident forms as required.
  • Clinical Duties:

  • The post holder will:
    • Triage, assess, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of patient care, and develop care plans which may need to be delivered from a range of options.
    • Ensure informed consent is obtained and documented prior to initiating interventions.
    • Following a holistic assessment, devise an individualised, evidence-based plan of care for each patient, modifying it as required.
    • Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information to patients and carers.
    • Use tactful and persuasive skills to gain the patients co-operation in their care management plan.
    • Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated.
    • Maintain skills with regards to latest technology
    • Participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework.
    • Ensure own workload is planned and prioritised according to patient needs.
    • Ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that SystmOne inputting is completed on a daily basis.
    • Demonstrate dexterity and co-ordination when using specialist equipment and fine tools, advanced sensory skills, manual and mobilising skills.
    • Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment through electronic ordering systems.
    • Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.
  • Governance:

  • Safeguarding Clause

    WSFT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Rigorous recruitment checks are carried out and where applicable to the role successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal records check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

    Infection Control

    WSFT staff are responsible for protecting themselves and others against infection risks. All staff are expected to comply with current infection control policies and procedures and to report any problems with regard to this to their managers. All staff undertaking patient care activities must attend infection control training and updates.

    Health and Safety

    Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed upon them under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), to ensure the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees and visitors.

    To ensure that the Trusts Health and Safety Policies are understood and observed and that procedures are followed.

    To ensure the appropriate use of equipment and facilities, and the environment is maintained in good order.

    To take the necessary precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of themselves, patients, staff and visitors, in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act.

    To undertake appropriate Health and Safety training to support safe working practice.


    All staff are required to respect confidentiality of all matters that they learn as a result of the employment with the Trust, including matters relating to other members of the staff and members of the public/patients.

    Maintain appropriate patient and clinical records in line with the relevant policies and procedures, and in line with the agreed service specification.

    The post holder will be expected to actively participate in an annual appraisal of their work in line with the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) where the job description will be reviewed and objectives set. In line with the annual personal development plan the post holder will be expected to undertake any training or development required to fulfil their role.

    Ensure that all patients, clients and colleagues are treated at all times in an equitable manner, respecting diversity and showing an understanding of diversity in the workplace.

    The post holder must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the Trusts Equality and Diversity Policies, Procedures and Schemes and must ensure that equality is promoted at all times.
  • Leadership and management:
    • Provide advice / training to less experienced staff and supervise / support staff and students, contributing to the induction process for new staff/students.
    • Maintain own continuous professional development and attend training as required to develop job role
    • Undertake mandatory training as required.
    • Undertake Personal Development Plans for junior staff members.
  • Research & Development:
    • May be required to undertake surveys or audits, as necessary to own work may occasionally participate in R& D, clinical trials or equipment testing.

    Person Specification

    Education and qualifications


    • oRN Qualification (Part 1 of register) or equivalent.
    • oCurrent NMC registration


    • oENB 998/mentorship preparation or equivalent
    • oMentorship qualification is essential for the post, but not essential at interview.

    Experience and knowledge


    • oGood communication skills which demonstrate tact, diplomacy, empathy and sensitivity
    • oAble to communicate effectively (written and verbal)
    • oAble to provide high standards of care
    • oAbility to use own initiative
    • oAbility to manage stressful situations
    • oAbility to be focussed undertake patient care and input accurate data/patient records
    • oA team player


    • oLeg Ulcer Management
    • oIV Administration /cannulation
    • oPrevious experience working in the community

    Skills and abilities


    • oEffective observational and reporting skills
    • oEvidence of good attendance and timekeeping.
    • oGood interpersonal skills
    • oIT and standard keyboard skills
    • oLeadership Skills
    • oAbility to carry out manual handling of (patients, equipment, etc.)
    • oClinical reasoning skills
    • oOccupational Health Clearance to carry out the duties of this role.

    Personal qualities


    • oAbility to travel to all rural locations to carry out post
    • oFlexible approach to working hours/duties
    • oAmbitious

    Employer details

    Employer name

    West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


    Newmarket Community Hospital

    Exning Road


    CB8 7JG

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