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Clinical Nurse Specialist for Tissue Viability

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Are you passionate about wound care and have a specialist interest in pressure ulcers and complex wound management including TNP therapy?

If so this may be the opportunity you are looking for.

We are looking to recruit a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Tissue Viability to cover maternity leave for one year to work within our team to provide best practice and education and support in all elements of wound care.

We welcome applications from experienced nurses who can evidence effective knowledge understanding and application of best practice in relation to wound care as well as those with previous experience in a tissue viability role.

A large part of this job role will be the review, oversight, confirmation and classification of pressure ulcers therefore you must have an extensive understanding of pressure ulcers both in prevention and management.

The community tissue viability team also plays a large role in education and therefore the skills to both teach and mentor are essential for this role with given support.

We would also look at a developmental Band 5 role to Band 6.

Main duties of the job

This role will involve being part of the NEECS Tissue Viability Team. The main purpose of the role is to provide specialist education, support and complex wound management to patients in North East Essex Community.

The role involves supporting both patients and healthcare professionals in patients own home, clinic settings as well as GP surgeries and Nursing homes to ensure that all those patients who would benefit from a specialist review are able to have their wound assessed to provide best practice wound care for our patients.

This role involves a high level of input to education of healthcare professionals therefore you must be willing to educate and teach both through facilitating classroom sessions, teams sessions as well as face to face supervision and support to staff to ensure they have the appropriate level of knowledge to provide patients with wound care which is both holistic, in line with best practice and effective.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is thatTime Mattersto everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse recorded on Part 1 of the NMC register
  • Degree in relevant subject or evidence of working at that level


  • Management qualification
  • Wound care qualification/ post registration CPD in this area
  • Sharp debridement qualification



  • Proven post registration nursing experience with complex wounds in community setting.
  • Sound knowledge of current trends within Tissue Viability and Pressure Ulcer prevention
  • Experience of facilitating change, improving processes and promoting learning at work
  • Experience of triage in a nursing setting
  • Experience with Topical negative pressure including initiation/ management and troubleshooting


  • Experience of working at Band 6 level or evidence of working at that level
  • Ability to undertake research
  • Ability to undertake audit
  • Involvement in service review and development
  • Experience of working as a tissue viability nurse

Knowledge and Skills


  • Teaching and presentation skills
  • In depth knowledge of wound care including the phases of wound healing and how to manage wounds within each phase
  • Knowledge of what barriers may delay wound healing
  • In depth knowledge of pressure ulcer classification and prevention
  • Accurate IT skills and analysis of information from database systems
  • Knowledge of system 1 patient record
  • Able to interpret complex data and present findings clearly in order to inform decision making


  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Evidence of in depth wound healing knowledge
  • In depth knowledge of pressure ulcer investigation
  • Critical appraisal skills

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester General Hospital



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