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Patch Test Nurse - Band 6

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum, £28,313 - £34,094 pro rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
To co-ordinate and provide skilled nursing (without direct supervision) to patients, in accordance with responsibilities under the NMC Code of Conduct.

To work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team , internal and external to the organisation , to facilitate holistic seamless care delivery for all Trust Patients

To maintain regular weekly updates with Lead Patch test Consultant .

To ensure smooth running of the Patch Test Service

To Plan , implement and evaluate nursing care for an allocated patient group ,in consideration of individual need, using prioritisation and delegation skills.

To contribute to the continuing development of nursing including the supervision /teaching of nursing and medical staff

Main duties of the job

Please see JD-

To carry out skin prick testing with a range of allergens using standard and patients own materials , including prick-prick tests and to have sound knowledge of interpretation of these tests.

Direct patient care, providing a quality, supportive service to patients/relatives/carers, offering advice, information, support and counselling

To act as an accountable role model through the provision of professional leadership and demonstration of competent practice

Assess a patient's skin suitability for patch test application.

Assist in developing the role of Patch test nurse specialist, to ensure optimal care for patients

Be able to undertake a course of investigation by using , protocols and discussion with the consultant

Advise patients on allergen avoidance measures for a wide range of allergen

Manage a caseload of patients attending for patch testing, carrying out skin assessments, interpreting results of skin patch testing / skin prick testing and advising patient

Undertake skin prick testing for a range of allergens, including prick-prick tests and to have a sound knowledge of interpretation of these tests

To provide a high standard of nursing care for patients attending the dermatology clinic, recognising the needs of the individual patients using assessment and evaluation skills

About us

Our Trust is situated in the beautiful county of Lincolnshire and is one of the biggest acute hospital trusts in England, serving a population of more than 700,000 people. We provide acute and specialist services to people in Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties. We have an annual income of �643 million (20/21) and we employ nearly 8,500 people.

Our Board have recently agreed a new vision statement - Outstanding Care Personally Delivered - stating their ambition for our Trust to be among the best.

We also have a five year Integrated Improvement Plan setting out how we will achieve our strategic objectives, for patients, services, people and partners, the last recognising that our future success depends on our ability to ensure the Lincolnshire healthcare system is successful in achieving its ambition to help people live healthier lives and provide care closer to where people live.

Our latest CQC report increased our ratings for being effective and well-led from 'Requires Improvement' to 'Good'. Our rating for caring remained as 'Good'.

This is in recognition of the huge amount of work that our amazing staff have done to improve the quality of care for our patients in recent years.

We are committed to helping our staff balance their work and home lives and ensure they feel supported, valued and appreciated

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for assessing the care needs, and provision of treatment for patients attending the dermatology outpatient clinic and performing patch testing , if required prick testing and other related allergy testing eg intradermal testing, use tests ( according to competency) on patients referred by the dermatology team for this investigation.

The post holder will liaise with other specialities and industry to gather information/ request test materials, samples of individual haptens.

They will collect and maintain data collection about test results, will participate in regular audits, approved clinical trials and research in connection with the patch test activity.

Ensuring patients needs are met during their visit to the dermatology clinic.

Provide efficient and comprehensive general and specialist dermatology services to patients attending the department, including patch testing.

Work in the Dermatology Outpatients Department at Lincoln.

Person Specification



  • RGN level 1
  • Evidence of recent study at diploma level in allergy.
  • Evidence of further professional development


  • Higher qualification in allergy nursing
  • Teaching and assessing qualification

Previous experience


  • A minimum of 2-years experience in caring for patients with allergic skin conditions
  • Evidence of teaching in clinical practice


  • Experience in developing a service

Knowldges, skills, aptitudes


  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Current experience/knowledge in allergy management
  • Knowledge and experience in administration of patches .
  • Ability to organise and prioritise
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good personal time management skills
  • Able to lead a small clinic team
  • IT skills: word processing, database, internet
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Committed to own professional development


  • Basic computer and keyboard skills
  • Competencies in skin prick testing
  • Completion of the BSCA patch test course ( within 2 years of starting the role)

Specific Requirements


  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Committed to own professional development
  • Flexible/adaptable approach to work
  • Able to be flexible and negotiate with colleagues to meet the needs of the department
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Able to work as a team member and maintain team morale
  • Always has a professional manner, courteous and polite
  • Able to travel between sites as required.

Employer details

Employer name

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Lincoln County Hospital

Greetwell Road



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