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Bladder & Bowel Specialist Nurse

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Bishop Auckland
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join a developing service within the Community Directorate.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated registered nurse educated to degree level to join the adult bladder and bowel service.

The base for this post will be Innovation House, Bishop Auckland, this is a Countywide Community post so locality work will be required according to service need. This role involves a mixture of working within clinics, home visits, care homes and office environment.

The post will allow you to work in a specialist service and develop specialist skills / knowledge and expertise in bladder and bowel dysfunction. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of an innovative and forward thinking community based team. You will make a valuable contribution to the way local bladder and bowel services are organised and delivered in order to provide high quality, cost effective services to people living in County Durham and Darlington.

The role is supportive of family friendly hours working predominantly Monday to Friday (day hours, eg: 08:30-16:30.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will have a passion for delivering high quality care to people with bladder and bowel dysfunction. You will be dynamic and caring with excellent communication skills as patient education and support is an important component of the job.

Prior experience and an indepth knowledge of issues in complex bladder and bowel dysfunction is essential as is the promotion of continence care.

Working autonomously to triage, allocate work tasks, adhere to dealines in order to provide high quality evidence based care.

Experience of change management, quality improvement process and recent on going nursing development is a requirement.

Knowledge of budgetary control, IQEW and clinical supervision is also a requirement of the post.

Clinical community experience would be desirable as would a knowledge of appraisal and HR skills, but not essential

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assessment and management of patients with complex bladder and/or bowel dysfunction.

Performing clinics and home visits within County Durham and Darlington, these will be a combination of telephone and face to face assessments and reviews.

Leadership and management of the service and staff as required in the absence of Lead Nurses.

Contribute to service and policy development as well as being able to provide education and training.

Please see job description also for further roles & responsibilities


Person Specification



  • Teaching certificate or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuing professional development at post grad level
  • IT skills
  • In depth knowledge of complex issues in bladder & bowel dysfunction


  • Independent / Community prescribing qualification
  • Leadership / Management development course (or willing to undertake)
  • Knowledge of budgetary control

Special Requirements


  • Ability to travel independently across the County to fulfil requirements of the post
  • Ability to work flexibly in differing environments to meet the needs of the service

Statutory Registration


  • First level registered nurse with the NMC
  • First degree


  • Community prescribing or willing to work towards

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Knowledge of issues in complex bladder and bowel care
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Keen to develop themselves and others, open to new ideas and willingness to share experience with others
  • Experience of delivering education and training
  • Organisational Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Team working
  • Triage


  • Knowledge of budgetary control
  • Management skills



  • Evidence of recent on-going nursing development
  • Experience of change management
  • Experience of clinical supervision
  • Experience of quality improvement processes, including audit and risk management
  • Experience of complex bladder & bowel management
  • Experience of working independantly, unsupervised providing high quality, evidence based care
  • Experience of successfully working to deadlines and completing tasks
  • Experience of complaint handling and reporting.


  • Clinical community experience
  • Experience of research
  • Experience of appraisal performance / HR skills

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Unit 51-53 Innovation House

Longfield Road

Bishop Auckland

County Durham

DL14 6XB

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