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Diabetes Specialist Nurse: Inpatient Outpatient Facilitator

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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This is an opportunity to join the diabetes specialist nurse team at the Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The aim of the department is to provide patients with a high standard of care with a view of improving both health and quality of life. The Diabetes specialist nurses work across three different teams supporting patients seen in the diabetes centre, inpatients and out in the community.

This role will be predominantly within the Inpatient diabetes team, supporting adult inpatients on the medical and surgical wards, day procedures units and the emergency department. Up to 20% of hospital patients will have diabetes. Although, most of these patients will have been admitted with unrelated illness and conditions, having diabetes can increase the risk of complications, such as hypoglycaemia and this can result in an extended length of stay. This is why it is essential to provide an inpatient diabetes specialist service, to improve safety, support safe discharges and provide patients and staff with diabetes effective management.

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and alongside hospital staff from other specialities. Therefore, you will be required to have good communication skills, with a kind, caring and flexible approach. You will also be expected to work with a wide range of patients of different ages, backgrounds and health conditions and will act as a voice to enable patients to receive care without stigma.

We provide a service that will require some weekend working. There will also be opportunities to work in outpatients and in the community and opportunities to participate in audit and service development. The role carries educational responsibilities, including both patient and staff education. Within this role you will have the opportunity to work with the University of East Anglia, DISN UK and Diabetes UK.

As part of this role, you will be expected to:

o Manage your own case load of patients.o Review and assess patients to provide individual plans of care based on clinical need and patient preference.o Provide education and equipment to patients and their families.o Provide education and support for patients and staff with the use of new technologies used in diabetes management.o Attend regular consultant ward rounds and to work closely with Endocrine on-call team.o Take part in providing teaching for hospital staff and students.o Use IT systems, such as Point of care Testing to run reports identify patients who require review.

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Implement Trust and Directorate evidence-based procedures, policies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Contribute to local policy making within the agreed Trust strategy.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Trust in professional and trust business settings.
  • Develop policies and procedures for nursing practice for patients with diabetes.
  • To belong to diabetes interest groups at local and national levels, undertake presentations and disseminate information gained to unit staff.
  • Manage own caseload of patients.
  • Provide nurse-led clinics in specialist areas.
  • Act as mentor to local Diabetes Peer Supporters.
  • Ensure that communication links between the Diabetes Centre, Inpatient Wards and Primary Care are strengthened.
  • Provide clinical and managerial leadership and support to all nursing and clerical staff within the diabetes team
  • Assist with managing staff performance and development through a process of appraisal, which should include a cycle of constructive performance review and the establishment of a relevant personal development plan.
  • Document incidents on Datix and escalate as required.

Please refer to the Job Description for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register
  • ENB 928 or equivalent
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Continuous up-date to KSF evidence portfolio
  • Proof of continuous update in specialist areas.


  • Independent Nurse Prescribing
  • Have, or be working towards a relevant Degree qualification



  • Significant experience at Band 5
  • Some experience in a position relevant to the speciality



  • Ability to provide high quality patient centred care
  • Ability to work without supervision and on own initiative

Attitude, aptitude


  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer details

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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital



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