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Paediatric Gastroenterology Clinical Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Paediatric Gastroenterology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Band 7 CNS

(Band 6 to Band 7 development post also would be considered if experience required it).

Full time hours 37.5 hours per week (minimum 34.5 hours per week)

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Band 7 CNS to work within our Gastroenterology team. You will care for children with diverse gastroenterological conditions, including but not exclusively, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Coeliac disease, eating disorders and liver disease. Therefore, some degree of knowledge of these conditions would be advantageous.

The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) provides a local service for Bristol Children and a referral service for specialist care for families across the Southwest. The CNS will work closely with the multidisciplinary team in hospital and the community to ensure a co-ordinated quality service and will be actively involved in education, audit and research.

Whilst the post is based at BRHC the team attend peripheral clinics in Truro, Swindon, Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter

Main duties of the job

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • The post holder will engage and lead discussions in multidisciplinary team meetings .
  • To provide specialises, highly skilled nursing care to children with gastroenterological problems and liver, of which at least 50% will have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
  • Improve standards of care for all children with gastroenterological conditions attending This includes IBD patients, patients with chronic gastroenterology & liver conditions.
  • To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, co-managing the caseload of families seen by the Paediatric Gastroenterology To support the families through diagnosis and treatment in their social, emotional and health needs, referring to appropriate professionals and services where necessary.
  • To develop and strengthen clinical and educational links with Health Visitors, Practice Nurses, Community Nurses and other regional medical and paramedical staff.
  • To take an active part in initiating and leading research and audit
  • To contribute to professional and Nurse Specialist Groups throughout the Directorate and wider nursing
  • To attend regional clinics with named
  • If eligible perform extended and supplementary prescribing and monitoring to improve the quality of patient care.
  • To provide specialist nursing advice and support to patients, their families and carers from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment and follow-up phases of treatment and care.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Thorough and up to date knowledge of nursing theory and best practice particularly within speciality area
  • Significant relevant clinical experience
  • Substantial current speciality experience
  • Evidence of recent teaching experience


  • Experience and knowledge of advanced practice/protocols
  • Experience of undertaking research or audit projects

Qualifications and Training


  • RGN.1st Level or relevant children's qualification
  • Current NMC Registration
  • Relevant accredited post registration qualification at level 3 or equivalent (in related health topic or willingness to work towards
  • Qualification in Teaching and Assessing


  • Evidence of masters' level academic study or equivalent level of experience gained through clinical and management roles
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification and registration

Skills & Abilities


  • Highly effective communication skills - verbally and written to staff, patients and relatives including in situations of conflict or distress
  • Able to gain credibility with and influence colleagues including influencing clinical changes where appropriate
  • Strong organisational skills - prioritising complex situations
  • The ability to lead and influence change
  • Demonstrates ability to implement and utilise audit data to improve quality
  • Clinical expert in defined area of work
  • Able to advise on and implement improvements to the quality and efficiency of care for patients
  • Ability to act as facilitator, mentor and supervisor to colleagues
  • Flexibility, adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Ability to cope with emotional issues presented in the course of work, and to support others
  • Knowledge of national and local specialty specific issues
  • Information technology skills
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high-quality nursing care
  • Initiative

Public Sector Language Competency


  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin St



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