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District Nursing Sister

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum (incl of HCAS)
Closing date
20 Jun 2024
Come and join our CQC rated 'Outstanding' Trust as a District Nursing Sister for the Windsor and Maidenhead Community Nursing Team. As a District Nursing Sister you will manage a clinical caseload under the delegation of the team leader as well as exercising leadership and management of a defined community DN team to ensure good clinical practices and high standards of care are maintained in order to meet service demand. We offer a supportive environment with opportunities for further career development, and a strong in-house training programme.

Working within our Community Nursing Team you will support, assess, and treat patients with a variety of health needs, delivering high quality, evidence-based practice. You will have a passion and enthusiasm to care for patients in their own homes.

Main duties of the job

  • Maintain required competencies, as identified in the Band 6 Community Nurse competency framework, in order to effectively undertake patient assessment, care planning and immediate care needs.
  • Support staff to complete holistic assessment and reassessment of all health and nursing needs, ensuring that every patient has an overview of health and nursing need recorded.
  • You will manage a complex and diverse caseload of patients
  • Support teams to provide information to patients, their families, and carers both formal and informal, so that they can make informed choices about current and future care needs.
  • Provide clinical support, leadership, and guidance to all staff to ensure that evidence-based care and clinical practice are maintained in Community Nursing Teams.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave
  • Free parking across Trust sites

If you share our values and would like to come and work for us, please submit your application as soon as possible as we'll occasionally close roles early that have a high number of applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence and have use of a car for work purposes.
  • A passion for community nursing, that matches our passion to provide excellent healthcare for patients within their own homes.
  • Willing to undertake training to fulfil the requirements of these role.
  • Qualified Registered Adult Nurse with NMC Pin

  • For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

    If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Person Specification

    Previous Experience


    • Experience in mentoring and assessing both pre and post reg. nurses in a community setting
    • Evidence of clinical leadership within a community nursing environment including Mentoring/assessing in practice
    • Coaching
    • Risk and Incident Reporting (Root Cause Analysis) and supporting teams in learning from findings.
    • Clinical Leadership course or willingness to undertake
    • Able to manage own workload and support others
    • Able to conduct courageous conversations and support staff with performance related issues
    • Experience of leadership within a team.


    • Recruitment and selection
    • Clinical Leadership course or willingness to undertake
    • At least 2 years Community Nursing experience at Band 6.

    Education/Qualifications /Training


    • Registered Nurse - Adult
    • Specialist Practitioner qualification (DN Degree, diploma or Certificate in District Nursing)
    • Active on the Mentor Register
    • Evidence of Leadership & Management development
    • Recognised coaching qualification or willing to undertake


    • Prescriber/Nurse Prescriber Qualification

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
    • Evidence of a current CPD portfolio

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Understanding of the role of Community Nursing
    • Community Nursing Able to work autonomously
    • Good organisational skills.
    • High levels of effective communication, influencing and interpersonal skills.
    • Able to motivate self and teams to positively manage change
    • Reinforce within the service the need to view users holistically and promote self- care and independence.
    • Work collaboratively with their counterparts from teams in other provider organisations to develop a seamless service.
    • Effective role model and motivates staff within the service by being highly visible, approachable and communicative at all levels utilising effective written, oral and presentation skills.
    • Develops strong interpersonal relationships, ensuring that staffs are given the support to develop and grow into roles.
    • Ability to support staff to undertake clinical duties, implementing evidence- based practice.
    • Ability to influence and problem solve.
    • Creative and innovative approach to service development
    • Applies policies and procedures effectively to manage risk
    • Demonstrates cultural awareness
    • Demonstrates flexibility to deal with the needs of unscheduled services and able to prioritise workloads and work under pressure
    • Understands the business needs of the organisation and shares all available information with the service ensuring people understand latest developments and their relevance
    • Knowledge of current DH documents/government legislation and recommendations.
    • Willingness to undertake further qualifications and develop expertise in identified areas
    • Participation in audit.
    • Able to utilise IT and various media in order to support data collection

    Additional Requirements


    • Able to demonstrate recent innovative practice.
    • Able to work flexibly across service areas to enhance quality of service provision.
    • Valid full UK licence with confidence to drive during and in unusual environments with use of car for work purposes.
    • A degree of agility and the ability to manoeuvre light to moderate loads
    • Able to work bank holidays, weekends and unsocial hours to meet service needs.
    • Able to work in challenging environments.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    District Nursing - Windsor


    SL6 6DU

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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