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Community Nurse - Fixed Term

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
30 May 2024
An exciting opportunity for a band 5 Community has arisen. The Team works collaboratively a wide range of other health professionals and agencies including Adult Social Care and GP practices in a fully integrated way. The successful applicant will join a dynamic, friendly team of community nurses and therapists. You will be providing nursing services to patients in the community and have the chance to work in an autonomous manner with the support of the wider multi-disciplinary team including the Community Matrons and Interface Geriatrician.

You will be using a wide range of nursing skills and will need to be confident in your assessment skills and in your ability to provide safe, effective treatments whilst working in a community setting. Experience in palliative care, wound management and catheter management will be an advantage. You will have the chance to be fully involved in working with the MDT and integrating with ACS, hospice and hospital staff and will need to be committed to ongoing learning and development in the team. This will be the perfect opportunity if you would like a role where you can use a broad range of nursing skills.

Applicant must be able to travel independently to meet the needs of the service

Main duties of the job

You will be required to work in collaboration with colleagues from the wider neighborhood team to deliver high standards of nursing care. Creating a culture of continuous quality improvement through the critical appraisal of practice and clinical audit.

This is a time of change within West Suffolk, during which we are transforming our services to provide treatment and care for patients outside the acute Trust and closer to where our patients live.

In return you will receive support in your new role and will be encouraged in further development. You will gain experience in directly leading, managing, and developing staff. We offer a supportive and exciting work environment, and we are committed to the training and development of our staff.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description for more detail

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • To triage assess plan and implement and evaluate all aspects of patient care.
  • Develop care plans to ensure continuity of treatment.
  • To work integrated within the neighbourhood team, to ensure holistic care is provided.
  • Communication:

  • You shall be required to communicate complex and sensitive information to patients and carers. Use tactful and persuasive skills to gain the patients co-operation in their care management plan. Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated. Maintain skills with regards to latest technology Participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g., Gold Standard Framework. You shall be required to gain consent and complete mental capacity assessments at each intervention.
  • Analytical and judgemental:

  • You shall be required toensure own workload is planned and prioritised according to patient needs. Once completed triage induction you shall ensure a thorough triage of referrals to ensure the referral is suitable for the service. You shall allocate the work for the team ensuring safe delegation of care plans.
  • Planning and organisational Skills:

  • As an autonomous worker you shall be required to ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that SystmOne inputting is completed daily. You shall be required to manage your daily route and manage your time independently.
  • Clinical Duties:

  • You are required to demonstrate dexterity and co-ordination when using specialist equipment and fine tools, advanced sensory skills, manual and mobilising skills. Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment through electronic ordering systems. Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products daily therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies. You shall be providing a range of assessments and specialist dressings once training has been provided. You shall be working holistically within a team of professionals to ensure good patient outcomes.
  • Governance:

  • The trust has a range of policies the applicant would be required to work within to provide quality care to our patients
  • Leadership and management:

  • As a band 5 Community nurse we offer training to develop leadership skills and career progression. There is an expectation you will undertake appraisals to support management and offer support to the team. You are encouraged to support students and newly qualified team members.
  • Information Resources:

  • Within the community we use System One a system to document our input. We have an intranet with access to our policies and training programmes.

    Person Specification

    Education and qualifications


    • RN Qualification (Part 1 of register) or equivalent.
    • Current NMC registration


    • Leg Ulcer Management
    • IV Administration /cannulation
    • ENB 998/mentorship preparation or equivalent
    • Mentorship qualification is essential for the post, but not essential at interview.

    Experience and knowledge


    • Good communication skills which demonstrate tact, diplomacy, empathy, and sensitivity
    • Able to communicate effectively (written and verbal)
    • Highly motivated
    • Able to provide high standards of care.
    • Ability to use own initiative.
    • Ability to manage stressful situations.
    • Ability to be focussed undertake patient care and input accurate data/patient records.
    • Able to work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs.
    • Able to communicate effectively where there are barriers to understanding.


    • Previous experience working in the community.

    Skills and abilities


    • Effective observational and reporting skills
    • Good time management skills
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • IT and standard keyboard skills
    • Leadership Skills
    • Able to use specialist equipment requiring a high level of dexterity.
    • Clinical reasoning skills

    Personal qualities


    • Ability to travel to all rural locations independently to carry out the post.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


    West Suffolk House

    Western Way

    Bury St Edmunds

    IP33 3YU

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