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Senior Nurse

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum/Pro-rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Urgent Community Response Service provides nursing, therapy and reablement to adults to support them to remain in their home avoiding attendance and admission to hospital and to return home following a hospital stay.

Operating 365 days per year, the service receives referrals from a range of health and care professionals and triages, assesses, and delivers care to the patient over several days to ensure the patient can remain safely at home.

The post-holder will be required to provide clinical expertise and problem solving support for the nursing team as well as clinical care for patients requiring nursing care. They will co-ordinate the multi-disciplinary team, allocating visits as appropriate. There is an expectation to develop the service through reflective practice, clinical supervision, and audit. The postholder will identify suitable people referred to the service for planned early discharge from hospital or for the prevention of admission to the acute sector or long-term care.

Main duties of the job

To assess, plan and provide clinical care needed for patients to be admitted to Urgent Community Response.

To work as part of a multi-disciplinary / multi-organisational team and liaise with consultants, hospital and social care staff and other agencies as appropriate.

The post holder will be expected to develop liaison skills to meet the requirements of the service.

Co-ordination of the team, allocating visits on a daily basis

Attendance at handover and caseload meetings.

Provide clinical expertise and problem-solving support for the nursing team

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2023 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

The provision of detailed thorough assessments of patients suitable for admission to Urgent Community Response.

Planning discharge home or to a Rehabilitation bed and ensuring that agreement has been obtained from all involved parties, informing & involving carers where appropriate.

Assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of care programmes.

Providing comprehensive & holistic assessment of patients in the community who require support to prevent unnecessary or premature admission to hospital or nursing home.

Implementation, monitoring and evaluating standards & systems of care within agreed policies & guidelines for Responsive Services.

Ensuring accidents, incidents or complaints are reported & recorded following agreed procedures.

Complying with the provision of the Health & Safety at Work Act and fire precaution regulations.

Developing programmes of care & involvement in implementation & evaluation.

Assisting with the development of clinical care pathways.

) Documenting all necessary information accurately & efficiently for the benefit & safety of patients continuity of care & professional security.

To be flexible and to participate in a seven-day rota to meet the needs of the service

Assists the Leadership Team in the ongoing development of Responsive Services.

Sets personal objectives through supervision and personal development plans

Incorporates relevant research findings into practice and taking a lead role in standard setting and quality assurance

i) Deputises for the Team/Clinical Leads when required.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or professional registration


  • RGN Level 1
  • Evidence of post registration study
  • Mentorship Module



  • Experience undertaking holistic patient assessments


  • Experience of working within a community setting
  • Evidence of undertaking supervision of others
  • Evidence of research or quality improvement in practice
  • Experiencing undertaking clinical audit

Knowledge and Skills


  • Able to work as a team member
  • Able to communicate effectively with patients, families, carers and team members
  • Able to demonstrate organisational and time management skills
  • Able to demonstrate awareness of benefits of interdisciplinary working
  • Up to date Venepuncture, Cannulation and Catheter skills
  • Knowledge of respiratory conditions, general surgical knowledge and administration of intravenous therapy

Other Requirements


  • Flexible approach to working
  • Car driver (Valid Driving License for use in the UK)
  • Access to a vehicle for work purposes
  • An understanding of the principles of equal opportunities in relation to staff and patients
  • Willingness to undertake training to develop within the role
  • Insight & understanding of care in the community

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Sackville House

Brooks Close



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