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Band 6 Clinical Nurse Specialist - Respiratory

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Sutton Coldfield
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Respiratory nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

A sort after exciting opportunity to become a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist (RCNS) in a well-established integrated multi professional Respiratory speciality, for chronic airways disease (COPD), asthma, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease and home oxygen prescribing service at Good Hope Hospital.

This RCNS role is a vital link in supporting the patient to go home from hospital sooner, working in partnership with the local community teams, who support patients who would otherwise be in hospital.

The post holder will be supported by more experienced RCNS nurses to enable them to achieve competence and knowledge which will support the provision of a seamless specialist service ensuring patients receive the highest standard of clinical care.

Specialist RCNS knowledge and skills, will be demonstrated though the provision of assessment, treatment pathways, diagnostic results, advice, education, and support to staff, patients, their families, and carers.

The post holder's successful completion of the RCNS competences will enable him/her to become an autonomous clinical practitioner within the scope of practice for a Band 6 Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Main duties of the job

Registered Nurse on the NMC Register

Evidence of post registration CPD / Post registration qualification in appropriate area of speciality or professional knowledge supplemented by specialist experience and short courses at Level 6

Where required for the role willingness to undertake training and education to support the role of specialist practice in COPD, Asthma, Oxygen prescriber and non-medical prescriber.


Evidence and ability to revalidate as required by the NMC.

Evidence of achievements and career development in current post and of ongoing professional development/ competence.

Experience and enthusiasm for teaching / assessing and supervising others in a clinical setting.

Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and cross agency work environment.

Can demonstrate understanding / experience / willingness detailed in the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for student learning.


Significant post registration experience. with evidence of passion/ enthusiasm and knowledge for respiratory as a specialism.

Experience in service development.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Registered Adult Nurse on the NMC register
  • Accurately record clinical data and understand its significance e.g. heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, pulse oximetry, peak flow rate, blood pressure.
  • Mentoring qualification


  • Health care management / leadership qualification
  • Post registration respiratory nursing qualification



  • Relevant Band 5 respiratory medicine experience
  • Experience in COPD /Asthma care
  • Able to assess and train.
  • inhaler technique to patients, carers and other Health Care Professionals.
  • Experience in administering oxygen adhering to local and national guidelines.
  • Wiliness to complete recognised respiratory post graduate education level 6 or above.
  • Professional Portfolio which demonstrates continuing professional development, evidence of ability to maintain professional registration
  • Can demonstrate understanding / experience / in practice-based supervision / assessment as detailed in the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for student supervision and assessment
  • Evidence of effective multi-professional working.
  • Experience of being a mentor
  • Experience in learning from incidents /complaints and supporting changes in practice
  • Advanced knowledge of caring for patients with acute/long term chronic lung disease


  • Working in outpatient clinical setting
  • Experience in palliative care field
  • Awareness and implementation of evidence-based guidelines.
  • Substantial relevant and recent clinical experience within a health care setting or Acute NHS setting working as a deputy Band 6 position including the supervision and education of junior staff/ students.
  • Demonstration of a significant contribution to innovative practice or change management
  • Demonstratable current, recent experience of team leadership and management within the healthcare setting.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the management responsibility/resources associated with the clinical service.
  • Interpret /along with the MDT blood gas / carbon dioxide level results for the purpose of prescribing home oxygen therapy.
  • Knowledge of National Virtual Ward Service supporting early supported discharge
  • Knowledge of Quilaty improvement, National auditing for COPD/Asthma

Additional Criteria


  • Willingness to work towards relevant
  • Respiratory In-house training to interpret relevant investigations/test e.g. spirometry, blood gas, blood and specimen results
  • Understanding of the benefits of non-pharmacological interventions for respiratory illnesses/ conditions (such as smoking cessation, weight
  • management, physical activity and exercise).
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal within a range of settings i.e. clinic's face to face and telephone, wards, teams' meetings, MDT.
  • Knowledge of providing very brief advice on smoking cessation.
  • I.T skills
  • Able to effectively present information to groups /health care professionals.
  • Ability to work under pressure across competing demands /properties.
  • Counselling patients/carers with distressing conditions and symptoms Understanding of motivational skills and empathic communication
  • Able to undertake a holistic
  • nursing respiratory assessment and impact on social and
  • psychological well-being.
  • Ability to empathise with respiratory patient group, giving support to patients and carers faced with life threatening conditions (E)
  • Plan and organise day to day service provision
  • Demonstrate an ability, experience, passion in the following areas.
  • *Leadership
  • *Team building
  • *Managing Resources
  • *Time management
  • *Role modelling
  • *Change management/ clinical developments.
  • *Clinical governance
  • *Audit and research
  • *Workforce planning / management
  • *NHS policy and political awareness
  • *Knowledge of clinical governance
  • *Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • *Approachable and friendly
  • *Supportive
  • *Flexible
  • *Well organised
  • *Good communicator
  • *Ability to delegate and supervise
  • *Willingness to work core shift patterns for the area Monday to Friday with occasional out of hours /weekend working
  • Ability to travel across hospital sites


  • Knowledge of benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Awareness and implementation of evidence-based guidelines.
  • Knowledge of self-management -- access to information and resources.
  • Relevant skills to enable teaching, coaching skills, clinical supervision and mentoring of colleagues
  • Competence in expanded clinical practice associated with the role.
  • Able to assess smoking status,provide very brief advice for smoking cessation and refer to appropriate stop smoking service.
  • Adaptable teaching skills in relation to patients, carers and colleagues.
  • Willingness to complete physical assessment skills in respiratory patients (if applicable and desirable for the Band 6 role)
  • Willingness to complete Prescribing qualification (if applicable and desirable for the Band 6 role).
  • Ability to break bad news as necessary
  • Proven ability to analyse data and identify data trends
  • Demonstrates specialist expertise underpinned by theory acquired through CPD Understanding of more common.respiratory pathophysiology and respiratory conditions.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Good Hope Hospital

Rectory Rd

Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands

B75 7RR

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