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Clinical Nurse Specialist (Vascular)

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Band 7
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role in Vascular Surgery. Vascular Surgery is a complex specialty with typically complex and frail patients. We are looking for a motivated individual to take on the role as a CNS in Vascular. This will be a role with significant autonomy, but will also require excellent inter-personal skills, independent decision making and the ability to work within the Multidisciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

About us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within peoples own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

This is a Specialist Nursing post which enables the individual to be responsible for aspects of the provision of high-quality Specialist Nursing care mainly in an outpatient capacity and to provide expert advice and support for patients diagnosed with vascular conditions.

This post holder will act as an expert resource for both Nursing and Medical staff by providing advice, support and education through clinical practice evidence-based development.

There will be close liaison and appropriate referral between all relevant departments, the lead Clinician and other services, including those provided by Community teams.

The post holder will develop and sustain partnership working with individual groups, communities and agencies.

They will also facilitate the planning and delivery of Care programmes to address patient needs and develop/improve the service.

Training will be provided in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Torbay Hospital (alongside our 2 Specialist Nurses on that site). This training will lead to you undertaking the following roles:
  • Independent clinics undertaking comprehensive consultations in vascular patients with claudication, chronic venous insufficiency and chronic limb threatening ischaemia
  • Presenting patients at Multidisciplinary meetings
  • Liaison between primary and secondary care services including general practice, Community Nursing teams, podiatry, lower limb therapy and other relevant specialties
  • Breaking bad news and discussions surrounding palliative and end-of-life care planning
  • Health promotion

  • You will also be expected to keep up-to-date with developments in the specialty with the opportunity to attend and present at national vascular conferences.

    This will be an evolving role and the successful applicant will be able to adjust their role to fit their specialisation and the needs of the unit. Prior experience in a role with independent decision making is essential.

    Working Pattern: 28 hours per week

    Interview Date: To be confirmed

    For further information please contact: Cherry Dowthwaite Clinical Matron on 01392402717 or or Dr Tom Hardy Lead Vascular Consultant on

    This is a fixed term contract for 12 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

    As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

    Preference will be given to staff with Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

    The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

    The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


    We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

    This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

    Looking after you is important to us.

    We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

    If you're starting out in the NHS, you'll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

    You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

    Salary is not the only financial benefit

    You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers.

    You will also have access to other benefits including:

    National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.

    Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter

    Car lease schemes.

    The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).

    Cycle to work scheme

    These are just a few of the benefits available if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

    Person Specification

    General Requirements


    • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


    • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


    Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

    Barrack Road



    EX2 5DW

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