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Colorectal Pelvic Floor Specialist Nurse

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 specialist nurse to join our established colorectal pelvic floor team to cover a period of maternity leave. Our multidisciplinary team sits within the GI Physiology Unit at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) and is comprised of specialist nurses, physiotherapists, clinical scientists, operating department practitioners, colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists.

You will play a key role in providing excellent patient care and improving the quality of life for patients with complex bowel conditions including pelvic floor dysfunction, constipation, obstructive defecation, rectal prolapse, faecal incontinence, haemorrhoids and anal fissure. This will include conducting outpatient clinics to assess patients and provide treatment as well as supporting consultant clinics.

You will be highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced in delivering high quality patient care. You will possess excellent communication and organisational skills. Relevant experience in pelvic floor/bowel care/colorectal nursing/gastro nursing/continence care is preferred although training will be provided. This would be a good opportunity for someone looking for an opportunity to gain experience in a specialist nursing role.

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.

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

- Providing information and education to patients or carers regarding their bowel condition in both face to face consultations, telephone consultations and virtual group education sessions

- Provide information and education to patients alongside consultants in joint clinics

- Review patient medication for bowel conditions recommending adjustments to GP or consultant where appropriate and review efficacy

- Recommend continence aids (eg anal plugs) where appropriate and review efficacy

- Coordinate and provide a rectal irrigation service alongside colorectal pelvic floor nursing team

- Undertake digital rectal examination as appropriate

- Attend and contribute to the UHS pelvic floor MDT

- Arrange diagnostic tests where necessary (eg endoanal ultrasound, anorectal physiology)

- Arrange referral to other specialists where appropriate (eg physiotherapy, dietician)

- Coordinate departmental patient consultant review meetings alongside colorectal pelvic floor team

- Undertake biofeedback for pelvic floor retraining

- Manage own caseload and have good time management skills

Person Specification

Trust values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC register
  • Degree qualification, 120 credits at L6 or possess an equivalent knowledge to be assessed through evidence of relevant specialist training, experience or portfolio
  • Significant post registration experience / qualification / training, including experience and knowledge within relevant speciality
  • Completion of all Band 5 (preceptorship) competencies
  • Higher Education Institute approved course in supporting learners in practice or evidence assessed to be of equivalent experience, demonstrating support to a range of learners in practice. Provide evidence of both supporting a range of learners in practice and 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.


  • Change Management, clinical practice development.
  • Multidisciplinary team working.

Skills and competencies


  • Ability to learn and assimilate information quickly
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • General IT skills
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Prioritisation
  • Teamwork
  • Working under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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