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Diabetes Specialist Nurse (Community)

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024
Do you want to work for a forward looking Diabetes Service ? TheIntegrated Diabetes Servicecovers the East Lancashire footprint of Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Blackburn and Darwen. Our purpose is to make a difference to patient's lives and have a commitment to put patient care at the heart of what we do.

You will be expected to deliver patients centered advice, support and care for patients with diabetes within the intermediate service, their families and carers. In line with National Service Framework (NSF) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines you will be expected to provide advanced assessment of patients' needs and advise on appropriate diabetes management. Additionally you will be expected to support patients through all stages of their diabetes care.

Main duties of the job

Your role will involve empowering patients with the skills and knowledge necessary to attain independence in self-management. Working as an advanced practitioner in your own right you will be responsible for maintaining and updating your own knowledge and skills, together with providing evidence in support of this.
  • In additional to your clinical role you will aim to raise the awareness and improve standards of diabetes care through planning and implementation, of specialised programmes of education and training within your area of specialty.
  • Through effective working practices you will continue the philosophy of jointly working with other health care professionals to develop a holistic support network for people with diabetes within the Trust, Specialist Units and Primary Care.
  • To participate in shared responsibility for the stock held within the department and re order as appropriate.
  • Provide an evidence-based proactive nursing service, which is responsive to the user's need, to a cohort of patients. Care will reflect current local protocols and national guidelines and will be delivered through face-to-face consultation on a day-to-day basis.
  • To act as an autonomous practitioner.
  • In the role as an autonomous practitioner to provide expert and advanced specialist advice and support to patients, their families and other health care professionals.

About us

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

Our vision is to be widely recognized for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Below are just some of the duties and main responsibilities of the role, please see Job Description & Person Spec for more details
  • You should possess the ability to perform assessments of patient needs and liaise with other members of the multi-disciplinary team where necessary.
  • To maintain own professional and clinical development in line with standards identified in the NMC Code and by networking with other health care professionals at local, national and international level and by attending courses as appropriate.
  • Keep up to date with current developments in diabetes and changes within the NHS relevant to community care.
  • Assist with developing and implementing structured educational programmes for patients and their families and carers.
  • As a nurse prescriber demonstrate advanced knowledge of and experience in the use of Oral Hypoglycemic Agents (OHAs), insulin and other treatment/technologies regimens relating to diabetes.
  • As a nurse prescriber advice on the stabilisation of patients on all oral agents, insulin, and other injected therapies (technologies) according to locally formulated guidelines and protocols.
  • Work clinically for a minimum of 80% of the role.
  • You will be expected to offer such education in a contextually appropriate format and language.
  • This will include the ability to handle complex and sensitive information, using appropriate communication skills to persuade, motivate and re-assure patients and their families as required.
  • Complex communication skills will need to be utilised when educating patients that may have Learning Disabilities or Mental Health conditions and will need close liaison with clinical experts in these fields to develop and deliver effective educational packages for such patients.
  • Maintain clear, concise and accurate patient records.
  • You will be expected to be able to explore empowerment/counselling skills as an aid to assisting patients in attaining self-management of their condition, or identifying and realising goals as part of their management plan.
  • Have an understanding of the national, strategic and local guidelines which underpin chronic disease management and specifically diabetes ie: NICE, National Service Framework for Diabetes (NSF) JBDS guidelines
  • Act as an expert educational resource and support to all grades of staff in diabetes service, GP Practices and Community Nurses in the delivery of comprehensive diabetes care.
  • To assist in providing a community experience for student nurses or other personnel on secondment or clinical placement.
  • To actively participate, chair and present at the multidisciplinary Diabetes workshops and team meetings.
  • Demonstrate sound understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to the work situation.
  • Be responsible for the identification of CPD needs of any line managed staff.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, but merely to highlight the current main responsibilities of the post. It may be reviewed from time to time in agreement with the post holder and the other members of the diabetes service.

Person Specification

Skills, Knowledge & Experiance


  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills
  • Ability to develop colleagues and effectively impart knowledge to others
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload
  • Ability to write reports and undertake presentations
  • Understanding evidences based practice and its application in practice
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of current NHS initiatives, specific to the field of diabetes.
  • Degree and evidence of study at master's level (willing to undertake) or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Registered Nurse Level 1
  • Degree module in Diabetes management or equivalent relevant experience
  • Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification (willing to undertake)
  • DAFNE/ DAP Education (Willing to undertake)
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Relevant experience of Diabetes
  • Proven experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of leading clinical audit
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the trust
  • Demonstrated extended knowledge of Diabetes, post registration experience
  • Communication skills-verbal, written, electronic
  • Self -motivated and Approachable
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Be able to demonstrate effective team work
  • Ability to listen and Good attention to detail
  • To be able to communicate with staff/public
  • Customer focused
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Motivated, Confident and Enthusiastic
  • Tenacious - persistent in chasing up information in order to complete tasks
  • Ability to be flexible and work across all localities as required to meet the needs of the service
  • Car driver/car user essential

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Royal Blackburn Hospital

Hasslingden Road



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