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Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist/Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge Wells
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

We are looking to recruit an experienced Diabetes Specialist Nurse to join our team at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust who is enthusiastic, highly motivated and forward thinking, to help us drive improvements to service delivery.

The successful applicant, will have demonstrable experience of working as a diabetes specialist nurse, with proven clinical skills. The ideal candidate will have specific experience running clinics within diabetes antenatal care or Type 1 services such a YAC or pumps. Strong nurse led out-patient clinic experience is essential, with either a working knowledge or willingness to learn developing diabetes technologies. You will be self-motivated, organised, computer literate and able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and committed to service provision whilst maintaining own continual professional development.

Although all roles are cross site, this specific role will initially be based at our Abbey Court Diabetes Centre in Tunbridge Wells 30 hrs per week (possible option to increase to 37.5 hours in July), working within specialist clinics, provision of structured education and daily duty DSN roles.

Main duties of the job

We aim to offer diabetes specialist nurses the opportunity to work in any area of our service over time, to ensure a broad range of diabetes knowledge, experience and skills. Our service covers in-patient, out-patient and community diabetes CNS roles, so a unique place to work for any Diabetes CNS wishing to progress in the professional.

Responsibilities include:-

To work as an autonomous practitioner and effectively co-ordinate and deliver an expert nursing service within diabetes To manage patients/client caseloads To ensure that patients and their families are fully informed and supported by providing clinical and social support To be involved in the development of evidence based clinical nursing practice in line with current research and guidelines To work collaboratively with colleagues To establish clear lines of communication with primary healthcare.

To be involved in research/audit

We are a friendly team and a team who would support anyone new to our service.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please do make contact with the Diabetes CNS Lead for further details and/or to arranged an informal visit.

We ask that when completing your application, you clearly demonstrate where your skills and experience meet criteria for the role and your specific experience, skills and knowledge acquired since you became a DSN.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent. The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex. The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country. We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: to be confirmed.

Person Specification



  • Level 1 NMC Adult Registered Nurse
  • Relevant post registration qualification
  • One of the following as a minimum - Diabetes Diploma/certificate or willingness to undertake, Non-Medical Independent Prescriber/ or willingness to undertake, teaching qualification or equivalent expert experience


  • Experience of managing diabetes in specialist clinics,( renal. pregnancy/gestational , pump, YAC)
  • DAFNE qualification
  • Mentorship qualification or willingness to undertake
  • Counselling qualification or willingness to undertake



  • Post registration experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of diabetes having previous experience in a DSN role.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team within diabetes.
  • Experience in the management of Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes
  • Able to demonstrate understanding and empathy
  • To lead in the development of policies and protocols to improve patient care


  • Experience with implementing change
  • Knowledge of key resources
  • Willingness to learn and acquire skills, training to meet needs of service.



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer literacy
  • Good clinical assessment skills or willingness to develop these
  • Advanced listening, observational and interpretive skills.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of leadership skills


  • Effective presentation skills
  • Experience of undertaking research/audits programmes.
  • Project management skills

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Cross Site (initially based at Abbey Court in Tunbridge Wells)

Tunbridge Wells


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