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Community Nurse

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity for Community Nurses has arisen across all of our six Integrated Neighbourhood Teams (INTs) in West Suffolk. Our six INTs are based in Bury Town, Bury Rural (Stanton), Haverhill, Sudbury, Mildenhall (with a Brandon base also), and Newmarket. If you love meeting new people and working with a range of specialities, the INTs are the place for you!

The INT accommodation 'Hubs' are the base for a wide range of other health professionals and agencies including Adult Social Care, social prescribers, GPs, police and mental health team members so we are able to work together in a fully integrated way to ensure the best care is delivered to the patients within our localities.

The successful applicant/s will join a dynamic, friendly team of community nurses, community matrons, therapists, social prescribers, social care staff, INT coordinators and local administrators, supported fully by a locality Team Manager, and Localities Lead.

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 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

Within the INT localities you have access to a range of treatment facilities and may be involved in delivering nursing care in specialist clinics, such as the leg ulcer and doppler clinics. You will be using a wide range of community 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 wide range of nursing skills, or learn new skills specific to patient need. You are able to work independently, but also with the support of a close-knit team, who are hugely experienced and supportive. You have the privilege of working with patients in their own home environment to improve their health, alongside spoke teams such as Virtual Ward and our Early Intervention Team (EIT).

The role suits both newly qualified as well as experienced nurses. We can also accept applications from Return to Practices nurses (University course place dependent).

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 full job description attached to see main job responsibilities.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • RN Qualification (Part 1 of register) or equivalent.
  • Current NMC registration


  • Leg Ulcer Management
  • IV Administration /cannulation
  • ENB 998/mentorship preparation or equivalent
  • Mentorship qualification is essential for the post, but not essential at interview.

Experience and knowledge


  • Good communication skills which demonstrate tact, diplomacy, empathy and sensitivity
  • Able to communicate effectively using the English language (written and verbal)
  • Highly motivated
  • Able to provide high standards of care
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Ability to be focussed undertake patient care and input accurate data/patient records
  • A team player
  • Able to work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
  • Able to communicate effectively where there are barriers to understanding


  • IV Administration /cannulation

Skills and abilities


  • Effective observational and reporting skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • IT and standard keyboard skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Occupational health clearance to carry out duties of role.
  • Able to use specialist equipment requiring a high level of dexterity
  • Clinical reasoning skills

Personal qualities


  • Ability to provide your own transport

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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