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Lymphoedema Practitioner Development Post (AHP/RN)

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Shoreham on Sea
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum pro rata (depending on experience)
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting development band 5-6 post has arisen for a Physio, OT or Registered Nurse, to work within the Lymphoedema Team in the West Area of West Sussex.

The post is a permanent contract of 21.5 hours a week based at Shoreham Health Centre.

The successful candidate will have an interest in Lymphoedema and a passion and desire to enhance the quality of lives of patients suffering with chronic oedema. You will be expected to deliver care in various settings including Clinics, Patients own homes and Residential / Care Homes. Access to a car is essential in order to achieve this.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an Allied Health professional or nurse to enhance their knowledge and skills, learning how to expertly assess patients and implement specific care plans. You will receive specialist training from the Lymphoedema Training Academy and be supported by your mentor to complete a Lymphoedema Competency Workbook.

During this induction/training period you will learn the skills required to:-
  • Understand the role and function of the Lymphatic System
  • Expertly assess/diagnose patients with chronic oedema alongside acute/chronic conditions which can be associated with this.
  • Measure for compression garments and wraps
  • Undertake compression bandaging
  • Use specialist equipment such as, Doppler, Lymph Scanner, Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy and LED treatment.
  • Collaborative working within primary care as well as in reach to the acute inpatient setting

Main duties of the job

On completion we will support you to deliver education and training to the wider trust.

Our Lymphoedema service is dynamic, forward thinking, and proactive, anticipating the needs of our patients and striving to provide excellent care in the community. The role involves lone working as well as working within the team. We are highly trained specialists with extensive knowledge and skills that are utilized in supporting all patients in a variety of settings. We are passionate about collaborative working and empowering our patients with shared care.

Main Duties:
  • a) Use advanced skills and expert knowledge to assess the physical and psychosocial needs of a defined client group. Implementing therapeutic care plans and treatments based on the best available evidence to improve health outcomes.
  • b) Work within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure effective care plans and treatments are in place for highly complex patients including end of life, palliative care and long-term conditions.
  • c) Communicate highly complex information about patient's conditions to multidisciplinary team colleagues to ensure effective delivery of patient treatments.
  • d) Negotiate responsibilities and support required from patients, carers and other health professionals to ensure correct action is taken to achieve mutually agreed outcomes.
  • e) Referring onto other services or professionals as appropriate.

  • 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 2022 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

    Main responsibilities

    Clinical Governance: You will be expected to take part in the processes for monitoring and improving the quality of care provided to patients. This includes risk management, complying with and contributing to CQC requirements and clinical audit.

    Ensure that patients receive the information they need and are treated with dignity and respect for their privacy.

    The post holder must co-operate with carrying out risk assessments and must adhere to safe systems of work. This includes understanding and adhering to the reporting procedures for clinical and non-clinical incidents/near misses. Employees must attend relevant courses and mandatory updates, take a proactive role in contributing to risk identification and management and be responsive to lessons learned from incidents and near misses.

    Reports clinical and non-clinical incidents and proactively manages risk to vulnerable adults.

    Timescales for meeting standards of performance relating to the duties and responsibilities identified in this job description will be agreed with the post holder via the annual appraisal process and the relevant KSF outline. To attend Statutory/Mandatory Training.


    Teach and educate patients, their carers and other healthcare professionals to recognise subtle changes in their condition that could lead to exacerbation or acute deterioration and take appropriate actions.

    Acts as a clinical expert and information resource, leading in training, education and orientation programmes for staff, students and others.

    Is responsible for proactively seeking & providing learning opportunities for themselves.

    Proactively develops, implements and monitors public health and health promotion activities in accordance with national and local priorities.

    Incorporates relevant research findings with practice.

    To identify on-going training and updating needs of other health care professionals in the community team.

    Service Development

    Challenge professional and organisational boundaries. Identify areas for skill/knowledge development. Apply this knowledge to clinical practice providing continuous high quality patient centred health care.

    Participate in the development, implementation and audit of protocols, policies and integrated pathways. Use current research that facilitates change in practice which improves clinical outcomes to meet the needs of patients and carers.

    Inputs activity onto the recognised Trust database in order to support service development and meet contractual requirements.

    Manages risk and maintains service delivery through liaison with colleagues and reporting unresolved clinical/staffing issues to the Team Lead.

    Reports clinical and non-clinical incidents and proactively manages risk to vulnerable adults.


    The Post holder will be aware of the trust financial position and the implication to service delivery.

    To be aware of the cost of equipment/supplies used and to meet the needs of the patient and service in a cost effective way.

    Staff management

    Assist as delegated by the Team Leader in the recruitment of staff, appraisal process, risk assessment process and complaints/performance management process.

    Assist in clinical supervision and peer review including mentorship to junior colleagues.

    We look forward to hearing from you and would welcome an application if you think this opportunity is right for you.

    Person Specification



    • 2 years post reg qualification


    • Community experience

    Training and education


    • Evidence of post qualification teaching


    • Evidence of ongoing practice of supervising colleagues or students

    Transportation cross site working


    • Access to reliable transportation to enable community working

    Clinical practice


    • Experience of working in an autonomous role

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


    Shoreham Health Centre

    Pond Road

    Shoreham on Sea

    BN43 5US

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