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Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to internal promotion, we have an exciting opportunity for a compassionate and collaborative registered general nurse to join Diabetes Care For You, an innovative service covering Brighton & Hove, High Weald, Lewes & Havens, incorporating Newhaven, Crowborough and Uckfield. If you have sound experience in working with patients who live with diabetes and would like to specialise in delivering community diabetes treatment, then we would like to hear from you! For the right person with enthusiasm and commitment we will provide support and guidance. We welcome interested candidates calling or visiting to find out more.

Diabetes Care For You is a multi-disciplinary specialist diabetes team, consisting of medical professionals, nurses and healthcare assistants, dieticians, psychotherapists and podiatrists, providing holistic health care to our adult patients living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Main duties of the job

  • Working as a specialist nurse within the Community Diabetes Team the post holder is expected to work without direct supervision. As a Registered Nurse, you will adhere to NMC standards and guidelines of practice, education and conduct.
  • Undertake the assessment, planning and implementation of holistic care for clients with type 1 or 2 diabetes in various community settings.
  • Provide an evaluation of care and development of the service through reflective practice, clinical supervision and audit.
  • Support the Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse and develop new ways of working using research-based evidence. Implement policies, protocols and care pathways as appropriate.
  • To teach and support programmes of care to individuals, and act as a specialist clinical resource for community nurses, providing training and support as required.
  • Contribute to the multi-disciplinary team, working with administrators, medics, podiatrists, dieticians and psychotherapists. Support and provide advice to less experienced nurses in the team as appropriate.

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

Our dedicated administration and operational team support clinicians and patients attending clinics in a variety of locations. Its a varied role, facilitating group education as well working individually with patients living with diabetes. This role will suit an experienced nurse with an interest in diabetes treatment and management looking to progress their career in a supportive, specialist team. Youll need to be organised and flexible to work autonomously in our busy clinics across Brighton, Hove and into East Sussex including Uckfield and Crowborough. Youll have time for service development, CPD and keeping up-to-date with NICE guidance and technologies and will have the support of the friendly nurse team as you support less experienced nurses in the team. Previous supervisory experience is welcomed but for the right candidate not necessary.

Communication and working relationships
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with health professionals, patients and carers and facilitate communication between primary and secondary care to ensure the provision of high-quality specialist diabetes care to patients and carers at all stages of the care pathway. Regular daily liaison with administrative and operational colleagues.
  • Using advanced specialist skills be responsible for the assessing the physical and psycho-social needs of people living with diabetes, initiating the appropriate therapeutic care plans and treatments including insulin and GLP-1 initiation. Develop strategy and policies to support the Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse to deliver an effective service through positive leadership, quality standards, communication and expert knowledge.
  • Facilitate group education for people living with type 2 diabetes both in person and remotely via video platform.
  • Identify and participate in opportunities and cross-professional training and organisation of service to patients/carers.
  • Make presentations to a wide range of groups at meetings/conferences internal and external to the organisation in order to share work locally and nationally to influence both strategy and practice.
  • Main tasks
  • Provide specialist autonomous nurse-led care, as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT), to patients living with type 1 or type 2 Diabetes. Support patients living with diabetes with technologies including but not exclusively continuous glucose management (CGM), pumps and hybrid closed loops.
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge of diabetes and contribute to the development and implementation of relevant policies, protocols and care pathways as appropriate.
  • Provide routine guidance and support to less experienced members of the team as required.
  • Attend and contribute to weekly MDT case discussions. Attend and participate in monthly team meetings.
  • Participate in opportunities and cross-professional training and organisation of service to patients / carers.
  • Participate at meetings / conferences internal and external to the organisation, in order to share work locally and nationally to influence both strategy and practice.
  • Keep contemporaneous records and reports regarding patients on-going care and management including written reports to GPs of treatment changes and recommended management of care.
  • Work with secondary care services with regards to information provision to ensure a whole system approach to diabetes management.
  • Where appropriate prescribing qualification has been obtained and governance is in place, prescribe and review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national practice protocols, within scope of practice.
  • Main responsibilities
    • Act as role model to clinicians in the community to plan, develop and implement community diabetes services, ensuring patient / users are given the opportunity to contribute to service improvement / development.
    • Participate in networking and collaborative working with key service users and partner agencies within the local health economy in order to contribute to the development of education programmes for diabetes.
    • Undertake appropriate clinical risk assessments to inform the Trust of any circumstances that contribute to an unsafe environment for patients and staff.
    • Contribute to the development and delivery of a programmes tailored to the needs of patients living with type 2 diabetes or type 1 diabetes, underpinned by best practice and using a patient centred approach.
    • Participate in the development and maintenance of mechanisms to audit the quality of care and effectiveness.
    • Keep up to date with professional developments in diabetes including product information and attend appropriate forums related to specialist nurse role.
    • Proactively manage complaints at local level under the direction of the lead clinical nurse.
    • Participate in recruitment, induction and orientation programmes as directed by the lead nurse.
    • Deputise for the Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse as required.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Professional Registratio


  • Registered General Nurse
  • Relevant post graduate modules/qualification in diabetes
  • Evidence of relevant CPD to inform clinical knowledge and practice


  • Relevant teaching module/course



  • Substantial clinical experience of supporting patients living with diabetes
  • Experience of performance management including reporting against targets and risk management


  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment

Skills & Knowledge


  • Confident verbal and written communication skills
  • Competent IT skills and ability to utilise relevant data
  • Ability to plan, deliver and evaluate education programmes
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of nurse prescribing issues
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of Primary Health Care Team working
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of NMC guidelines


  • Demonstrates specialist knowledge and skills to underpin diabetes practice

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Moulsecoomb Health Centre

Hodshrove Road,



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