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Gastroenterology Clinical Nurse Specialist- IBD & Coeliac Disease

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced nurse to join the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)/gastroenterology nursing team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). The post is an integral part of the gastroenterology multidisciplinary team for patients with IBD and coeliac disease. The IBD team provides a high quality service, supporting over 6500 adult IBD patients.

You will be joining an established team of 5 Gastroenterology/IBD and Biologics Clinical Nurse Specialists. The role will involve assessing, reviewing and managing patients with both IBD and Coeliac disease. The service provides rapid access to specialist advice via a telephone support line and digital platforms. You will have the opportunity to support newly diagnosed patients as well as managing patients with an established diagnosis through patient initiated follow up and virtual clinic.

The service operates Monday to Friday and working hours are mainly within core hours.

This is a challenging and rewarding role where there will be opportunities to develop both personally and professionally within the role, with access to training and education to improve knowledge and skills within the specialist field.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Specific to this role we are open to discussing flexibility in the hours that you work. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need, and we will explore what's possible for the role and service.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities


As a Gastroenterology clinical nurse specialist you will:-

- Support patients with IBD and coeliac disease throughout the journey from diagnosis to long term management.

- Provide specialist advice, education and support to patients, families and other healthcare professionals.

- Manage patients both remotely via the telephone helpline, My Medical Record messaging service and face to face reviews following endoscopy procedures.

- Communicate with patients in ways that empower them through shared decision-making to make informed choices about their health including medication management and patient self management.

- Participate in patient engagement meetings, patient awareness/open days, staff teaching and MDT meetings.

This is a challenging and rewarding role where full support will be given to develop new skills both clinically and professionally.


- Be adaptable, confident and highly motivated, prioritising a combination of diverse demands on your time.

- You will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to network across organisational and professional boundaries. Previous experience within the field of gastroenterology/IBD is desirable but not essential as full training will be provided.

- Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to work autonomously within the multidisciplinary team.

- You will have a proven track record in acute care and be able to demonstrate effective leadership/managerial skills to enable you to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives within the service.

If you have a strong focus on patient care, proven leadership skills and are able to work inter-professionally then we are keen for you to join our team. Informal visits or telephone inquiries are encouraged.

Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC register
  • Degree qualification or equivalent 120 credits at L6
  • Post registration qualification within area of speciality.
  • Completion of all Band 5 (preceptorship) competencies
  • Provide evidence of supporting/ managing a range of learners in practice
  • Provide evidence of supporting colleagues to promote effective learning in practice
  • Extensive post registration experience within specialist area.
  • Knowledge of current issues within the acute health service.
  • Understanding of personal accountability.
  • Confident of own knowledge base, aware of learning needs and seeks guidance when appropriate.
  • Able to critically review and communicate clinical information.


  • Registered on MSc Pathway - completion of HTPA Competencies
  • Act in the role of Practice Assessor or supporting the progression of learners / supporting challenges as needed
  • Counselling qualification
  • Palliative care course
  • IT training
  • Change Management, clinical practice development.
  • Multidisciplinary team working.
  • Interest in nurse -led care.
  • Organisational/strategic awareness.
  • Clear about professional accountability and autonomous practice components of role.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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