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Community Nurse - Permanent

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
12 Jun 2024
Could you help West Suffolk Hospital to deliver the best quality and safest care to our local community?

An exciting opportunity for Community Nurses has arisen in the Sudbury Integrated Neighbourhood Team. The team are based in a modern Health Centre in Sudbury which is a historic market town surrounded by picturesque villages. The Sudbury Health Centre is the base for a wide range of other health professionals and agencies including Adult Social Care and a GP practice so we are able to work together in a fully integrated way.

The successful applicant will join a dynamic, friendly team of community nurses, community matrons, therapists and social care staff. 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 within the hospital and across the West Suffolk Alliance. You will be assessing the patients by carrying out home visits and planning and implementing a patient's individualised care plan.

Main duties of the job

On site at the health centre you have access to a range of treatment facilities and may be involved in delivering nursing care in specialist clinics. 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 of palliative care, wound management and catheter management will be an advantage.

This will be the perfect opportunity if you would like a role where you can use a broad range of nursing skills, work independently but with the support of a close knit team and work with patients in their own home environment to improve their health. The role suits newly qualified as well as experienced nurses. You will be able to develop your role in accordance with areas of clinical interest and to progress in your career, with training and education available to support this. There are opportunities to be involved in quality improvement initiatives and ongoing learning and development in the team.

The posts are full time but part time hours would be considered. Please note Frequent Travel Essential - You will need to travel, so you must either hold a full, current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. We operate a 7 day service within core hours 8am to 6pm.

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 information.

Job summary:

To contribute to the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within their own homes, residential care homes, and in clinics, by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

To assess, plan and deliver healthcare for patients, for example with long term conditions, palliative care and rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.

To work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital.

To work within the integrated team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.

To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non-statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.

1. Communication:

You will be communicating with patients, their relatives, carers and colleagues and you will need to use communication techniques to motivate, negotiate or persuade internal or external stakeholders. You will use a range of verbal and non verbal communications and be able to show empathy and understanding.

2. Planning and organisational Skills:

The post holder will:

Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings.

Support all team members within the integrated team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.

Be responsible for safe use and maintenance of equipment and supplies and be aware of budgetary constraints and work within these.

Be accountable for own professional actions as determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council code.

Comment on draft policies.

Be accountable for work you have delegated to others within the team, ensuring staff are competent to undertake delegated work.

Ensure adherence to Trust policies, and procedures.

Be aware of Trusts behaviour framework and ensure behaviours are embedded in role.

Ensure Trusts behaviour framework is utilised when managing and supervising staff, and that behaviours are embraced and embedded within the team.

Take part in clinical supervision as per Trust Policy.

Demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and/or less experienced staff.

Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration course.

Provide Preceptorship to new staff as appropriate.

Contribute to clinical audit as required.

Complete risk assessments and incident forms as required.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • oRN Qualification (Part 1 of register) or equivalent.
  • oCurrent NMC registration


  • oLeg Ulcer Management
  • oIV Administration /cannulation
  • oENB 998/mentorship preparation or equivalent
  • oMentorship qualification is essential for the post, but not essential at interview.

Experience and knowledge


  • oGood communication skills which demonstrate tact, diplomacy, empathy and sensitivity
  • oAble to communicate effectively
  • oHighly motivated
  • oAble to provide high standards of care
  • oAbility to manage stressful situations
  • oAbility to be focussed undertake patient care and input accurate data/patient records
  • oA team player
  • oAble to work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
  • oAble to communicate effectively where there are barriers to understanding


  • oPrevious experience working in the community

Skills and abilities


  • oEffective observational and reporting skills
  • oGood time management skills
  • oGood interpersonal skills
  • oLeadership Skills
  • oAble to use specialist equipment requiring a high level of dexterity

Personal qualities


  • oAbility to provide your own transport

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


Sudbury Community Health Centre

Church Field Road


CO10 2DZ

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