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Practice Development Nurse

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you a patient focused and talented Practice Development Nurse in Children's Services, with a passion for supporting your colleagues to deliver excellent care at the heart of the community? If this sounds like you, we would like to invite you to apply for a Practice Development Nurse role within our Children's and Young Peoples Community Nursing Teams that are based across West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

The role is varied and dynamic you will be required to lead in supporting, developing and delivering practice standards in Children's and Young Peoples Community Nursing Services that engages across multiple health care partners. You will foster and develop a culture that supports continuous learning and development, whilst overseeing a range of clinical teaching and learning opportunities. You will act as a role modeland support the senior leadership team to enable operational and patient focused expertise within Children's Services,. You will promote and work within a culture of clinical innovation and quality improvement that supports Children, Young People, and their families to remain at home.

Main duties of the job

This role will sit within the Leadership and Practice Development Team in the Sussex Wide Children's and Young Peoples Community Nursing Service. The role contributes to the improvement of patient care through the development of standards to ensure the smooth operational delivery of the service. You will work across professional and clinical disciplines, aligning quality standards and clinical governance strategies with operational performance
  • Work closely with theGeneral manager of CYP Community Nursing and Matrons to support professional recommendations in relation to service redesign and new ways of working. Provide support and advice to service areas with regard to the education and learning implications for service development.
  • Contribute to the improvement of patient care and patient safety by effectively disseminating and integrating evidence based guidance into clinical practice. Work as an innovator capable of facilitating changes in clinical practice and pioneering new frameworks to support practice and to increase the skills and confidence of registered and unregistered practitioners.
  • Act as a change agent, using skills that will motivate and reassure staff through negotiation and training to facilitate change processes. You will provide constructive feedback, following supervision of practice. This may inform management and change processes

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

We are delighted to offer this position to support the development and delivery of the Children's and Young Person Community Nursing service. You will work alongside clinical and operational colleagues to provide leadership that focuses on the operational, clinical and associated public health nursing of children and young people and families service-wide.

The successful candidate will join a Team which delivers excellent Children's services to the residents of Sussex, working in collaboration with our system partners across health, social and voluntary care. You will have a full valid driving license and access to a car for work purposes.

Our key priority is the care and welfare of our children, young people and their families and you will be an essential part of this dynamic service providing high quality community care to enable them to return to or remain in their own homes.

You will have a lead role in supporting development and delivery of practice standards within Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing Services, with the following responsibilities:
  • Foster and develop a culture within Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing Services and the wider organisation that supports continuing professional development.
  • Provide a range of clinical teaching and learning opportunities for Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing Services.
  • Act as a role model for clinical staff and promote the delivery of best practice.
  • Support clinical areas and where appropriate facilitate action to ensure delivery of safe, effective and efficient patient care.
  • Support the senior nursing leadership team in developing action plans and investigate complaints or incidents to address service needs and clinical care.
  • Work within the Practice Development Team, with a particular focus on Children's Community nursing services.
  • You will be a registered nurse child, with a specialist practice qualification or equivalent and a relevant post graduate certificate in education (or equivalent) or working towards the qualification. .
  • Participates in Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing service and trust wide development to support management of change and contribute to the departmental & organisational budgetary management and be responsible for the management of physical assets (e.g. access to study days and university modules).
  • Provide education and support for workforce development in line with current initiatives in Service Development. Creating a psychological safe environment where change can be initiated.
  • Strategic oversight for the service clinical and professional development needs
  • Strategic oversight of pre-registration and post registration nursing students and other health professional students that have a placement with the Children and Young People Community Nursing Service.
  • Represent the Childrens Young Peoples Community Nursing Service at the trust wide education forums to provide accurate insight of the needs of the service
  • Represent the Childrens Young Peoples Community Nursing Service with education partners such as HEIs and HEE
  • Work in partnership with the senior management team to provide governance and assurance of clinical competency within the Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing service
  • Strategic oversight of the creation and delivery of the teaching sessions / programmes within the Childrens Young People Community Nursing Service.
  • Plan and facilitate teaching sessions / programmes in line with Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing service needs.
  • Participate in audit and research as required for the Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing service
  • Facilitate group clinical supervision within the Children and Young Peoples Community Nursing service
  • As part of the leadership team, you will use your leadership skills to promote staff engagement, influence change in practice and create supportive clinical workplace. Demonstrates appropriate behaviour in stressful and difficult situations in a range of settings. Supports and where appropriate counsels staff and ensures peer supervision strategies are in place.

Please see attached JD and Person Spec for further details.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or professional registration


  • Registered Nurse Children's, with current registration
  • Specialist Practice Qualification in Community Childrens Nursing or equivalent
  • Educated to degree level
  • Post graduate certificate in education or willing to work towards/undertake
  • Evidence of completing Master's level academic modules



  • Significant post registration experience with at least 3 years caseload/clinic management within the community setting at band 6/ or in an acute setting at band 6 level.
  • Change management and leadership experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience in autonomous clinical decision making


  • Contributing to clinical teaching programme
  • Teaching on HEI clinical curricula

Skills & Knowledge


  • Demonstrate up to date, evidence-based clinical expertise
  • Demonstrate proficiency in nursing children with complex health needs and disability
  • Demonstrate understanding of current NHS legislation and policies
  • Demonstrate the principles of children and adult safeguarding
  • Demonstrate knowledge of management of people, resources and caseload and clinical leadership skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of audit and clinical governance
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional regulatory guidelines
  • Demonstrate IT skills
  • Ability to assess clinical practice
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to lead on clinical practice issues
  • Ability to demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to translate theory to practice
  • Ability to manage competing demands of practice and education
  • Ability to supervise staff / students
  • Ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to demonstrate effective clinical and operational leadership
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to enhance clinical learning and safe practice


  • Ability to identify areas for practice development



  • Have access to own transport, to access work at rural location, and access external meetings

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


The Quadrant, Lancing Business Park

60 Marlborough Road


BN15 8UW

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