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Community Sister / Charge Nurse / District Nurse

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35,392 - £42,618 per annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2024
A vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic and flexible Community Specialist Practitioner to join a community nursing teams in Steyning and Adur (Shoreham and Lancing). The Community Sister / Charge Nurse / District Nurse has overall responsibility for a designated caseload and manages care delivery by the integrated team. The postholder will also attend health and social care meetings to discuss complex patients at risk of admission. The postholder will also be responsible for staff management including appraisal, supervision and staff development.

The Community Sister / Charge Nurse / District Nurse works in partnership with the primary health care team, social services, private and voluntary sector, addressing health promotion priorities both locally and nationally.

Main duties of the job

  • To case manage a designated caseload of patients and manage / delegate the delivery of care by the integrated team.
  • To support the Team Lead and Clinical Nurse Lead in the processes for providing, monitoring and improving the quality of care provided to patients. This includes risk management, complying with and contributing to CQC requirements and clinical audit.
  • To have oversight of all clinical areas, facilitating junior staff to lead on specific areas.
  • To deputise for the Clinical Nurse Lead as and when necessary. To assist in the recruitment of staff, appraisal process, risk assessment process, complaints and the performance management process.
  • To provide clinical supervision / peer review including active clinical leadership and mentorship to junior colleagues.
  • To be aware of the Trust financial position and the implication on 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. Including overseeing the management of clinical stock and maintenance of equipment in accordance with Trust policy.
  • To review role in practice and participate in appraisal process to identify development needs and agree realistic personal development plans.
  • To act as a practice assessor for staff and students

About us

  • Positive 2020 NHS Staff survey results
  • The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rates our quality of services as good with outstanding features
  • Stunning locations in Sussex, surrounded by the South Downs and the coast
  • A great working environment in the community, in patients' homes and our community hospitals
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Real Living Wage Employer, with great rates of pay
  • Flexible working options, including job sharing, annualised hours, career breaks, parental leave and adoption leave
  • Supportive team environments
  • Cost-effective and convenient workplace nurseries
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • In conjunction with other key professionals you will be accountable for a patient caseload and delegate responsibility to other professionals within the multidisciplinary team.
  • To apply advanced assessment of physical, mental and social care needs to provide clinical care and health promoting interventions that help avoid unnecessary hospital admission.
  • To interpret clinical signs and symptoms and diagnostic tests in order to develop a treatment plan and /or treatment in conjunction with medical practitioners as appropriate. Provide advanced clinical advice to the wider healthcare team to improve outcomes of patient care.
  • Enable patients to be as independent as possible facilitating a range of self-management strategies.
  • Ability to develop and analyse audit, interpret data and use findings to enhance clinical practice.
  • Facilitate patients and their families to plan for the future and improve end of life care ensuring that choices are reflected in personalised care plans.
  • Experience and knowledge of long term conditions management and the complex needs of patients and their carers in the community and acute setting, including experience and knowledge of palliative care.
  • Facilitates learners and visitors to the service to access experiences which meet their needs, recognising the importance of information governance and patient privacy and dignity.
  • Review medication and prescribe medicines via independent prescribing arrangements if post holder has non-medical prescribing qualification.

Person Specification



  • RN Qualification / degree or diploma
  • Post registration study or qualification
  • Mentorship or equivalent / practice assessor
  • Community specialist practice qualification (district nurse) or willing to achieve
  • Leadership / Management course or willing to work towards physical assessment module or willing to work towards
  • Case management / caseload management course or willing to achieve


  • Non-medical prescribing or willing to work towards



  • Significant post registration clinical experience
  • Significant experience of working within a community setting
  • Evidence of up to date knowledge and clinical competences. Particularly in managing long term conditions.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of team leadership ability
  • Case and caseload management



  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • IT skills
  • Advanced communication and negotiating skills
  • Motivation interviewing skills
  • Current knowledge of local and national policies informing health and social care
  • Demonstrates leadership in practice and ability to manage a team including team dynamics, risk management and the ability to challenge practice
  • Demonstrates an ability to apply research to practice
  • Demonstrates competency in a range of skills including advanced assessment skills, which reflect the holistic and ongoing nature of assessment, wound management, cauterisation, medicines management and administration, palliative and end of life care and management of syringe drivers
  • Demonstrates an ability to create complex care plans based on the needs of the individual, family, carers recognising the third sector support available in the area
  • Knowledge of clinical governance/audit/supervision and professional codes of conduct
  • Promote independence and choice in undertaking patient care
  • Demonstrates knowledge of change management and the implications for teams and individuals
  • Demonstrates public health agenda and making every contact count
  • Recognising and managing issues which may impact on the health and wellbeing for self and team members. Referring to senior clinical/OH as indicated
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrates knowledge of compassionate leadership
  • Support new starters, students of all disciplines, post-registration learners and other visitors to the service to meet learning objectives and access appropriate experiences
  • Create a learning environment through modelling and supporting staff to continuously develop


  • Knowledge of appraisal and supervision skills
  • Knowledge of managing staff issues and escalation process for this



  • Car driver and access to a car for work purposes
  • Ability to work in a flexible way and respond positively to change
  • Ability to work autonomously and make own decisions
  • IT literate or willing to develop

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


The Quadrant

Marlborough Road


BN15 8UW

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