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Urgent Community Response - Staff Nurse

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum/Pro Rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
Do you want to be part of a dynamic and evolving service? Join us as a Nurse and make a difference every day! We are offering a range of flexible working opportunities that can be personalised to fit you and your life.

Our Urgent Community Response Service provides urgent care and therapy to people aged 18 and over, in their own home, to help them avoid being admitted to hospital. It also supports people to return home following a hospital stay.

The service runs every day of the year from 8am to 8pm and teams are based across Sussex in:
  • East Sussex - Brighton and Hove, and Lewes
  • West Sussex - Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Haywards Heath and Worthing

The teams respond to referrals within two hours, providing rapid access to a range of health and social care professionals, including Health and Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Paramedics and Physiotherapists.

Their short-term support helps people manage a health crisis or illness, medication needs, feeding and hydration, to ensure that they can remain in their own home safely and live more independently for longer.

Main duties of the job

As a Nurse, you will be delivering holistic assessments, planning, implementing, and evaluating treatment care plans, alongside reviewing care provision.You will provide input for patients including identifying and managing deterioration in the community by utilising a range of core skills. You will be part of a team supporting evidence-based care, facilitating staff learning and development.

This post is an ideal opportunity for a nurse who is keen to develop both their holistic assessment skills and knowledge of urgent community response. If you are new to Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, you will join our preceptorship programme, receiving protected time and regular clinical supervision with dedicated registered professional support.

If you're a qualified Nurse looking to return to practice or have you previously been on the NMC or HCPC register and live in the Sussex areas, we want to hear from you! We can offer a flexible programme of Return to Practice and are interested in talking with you about your individual requirements. For more information, please contact us by

About us

We are keen to make working for us, work for you. We are offering a range of flexible working opportunities and contracts that are personalised to fit you and your life. The following opportunities or a combination of them are available across all Nurse roles:
  • Flexible or fixed full-time hours
  • Flexible of fixed part-time hours (for example 15hrs, 22.5hrs, or 30hrs)
  • Annualised hours working patterns
  • Term-time only working patterns
  • Fixed-term opportunities
  • Flexible working as part of our Temporary Workforce Service

Please get in touch with us to talk about how we can make this role flexible for you!

Other reasons to work with us include:
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results with compassionate culture and leadership, and support for staff wellbeing scoring highly
  • Services rated 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Real Living Wage Employer, with great rates of pay
  • Supportive team environments
  • Cost-effective and convenient workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be successful in this role, you will need:
  • Professional registration with the NMC
  • A mentoring qualification or working towards this
  • Evidence of a range of clinical competencies appropriate for the role
  • Experience in a variety of clinical settings
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance, clinical audit and clinical supervision, Professional codes of Conduct
  • Demonstrable competency in a range of clinical skills
  • Knowledge of current local policies informing community health and social care services
  • A clear understanding of the role of the Nurse working in the community
  • To beable to demonstrate the application of research based practice
  • To beable to promote independence and choice in undertaking patient care
  • IT literate or willing to achieve within an agreed period
  • To be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of boundaries of role
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Good communication and negotiation skills
  • To be a car driver with a valid driving license for use in the UK and access to a vehicle for work purposes
  • To be willing to undertake training to develop within the role
  • To be able to reflect and learn from situations
  • To be able to identify difficulties as challenges and works with others to identify solutions
  • To be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of self, able to identify personal limitations and shows openness to address them

For a detailed job description and main responsibilities please see the attached supporting documents.

We often receive a high number of applications for this role so please be aware that the vacancy may close earlier than stated.

Person Specification



  • Nursing or Paramedic Qualification
  • Relevant registration
  • Driving license



  • Post-graduate experience working in different clinical settings
  • Experience in similar roles - community or responsive services


  • Experience supervising junior colleagues



  • Understanding the service Admission Avoidance or Supported Discharge
  • Range of practical core nursing skills


  • End of Life patient management

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Bicentennial building

Terminus road


PO19 8EZ

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