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District Nursing - Community Nursing Sister - Charge Nurse

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum (incl of HCAS)
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
We are currently recruiting for a District Nurse/Community Nursing Sister/Charge Nurse to join our busy yet rewarding team.

You will be an enthusiastic and experienced nurse, with a warm personality and great people skills. Willing to undertake relevant training, you will have leadership experience and be able todemonstrate innovative practice. Showing effective management skills, you will take responsibility for caseload management of housebound patients with multiple nursing need in the community.

You will be responsible for ensuring high quality evidence-based care for patients, their families, and carers in the community.

Our working hours/days are as follows:

Monday to Friday (Core hours) - 08:30 - 16:30

1 weekend every 4 weeks with days off in the week

Late shift - 11:00-19:00

Early shift - 07:00 - 15:00

Main duties of the job

  • You will manage a complex and diverse caseload of patients.
  • You will provide high quality nursing care to a range of patients with varying healthcare needs.
  • You will provide leadership , support and role modelling to staff, sharing learning and developing practice.
  • Some of the healthcare you will be expected to provide includes end of life care, wound management, and much more.
  • Full time (37.5 hours per week) and part time opportunities available
  • Located at Upton Hospital and covering surrounding areas.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa 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
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Qualified Registered Adult Nurse with NMC PIN
  • Experienced Community Staff Nurse
  • Evidence of Leadership and Management development
  • Specialist Practitioner Qualification in District nursing highly desirable.
  • Car Driver with UK licence
  • Positive and motivational attitude

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

Additional Requirement


  • Able to demonstrate recent innovative practice
  • Able to work flexibly across service areas to enhance quality of service provisio
  • 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.

Education/Qualifications /Training


  • Registered Nurse - Adult
  • Active on the Mentor Register
  • Evidence of Leadership & Management development
  • Recognised coaching qualification or willing to undertake


  • Specialist Practitioner qualification (DN Degree, diploma or Certificate in District Nursing
  • Non-Medical Prescriber/Nurse Prescriber Qualification

Continuous Professional Development


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

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 finding
  • 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.


  • Evidence of clinical leadership within a community nursing environment including
  • Coaching
  • Clinical Leadership course or willingness to undertake
  • At least 2 years Community Nursing experience at Band 6.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Understanding of the role of Community Nursing
  • Able to work autonomously
  • Good organisational skill
  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


District Nursing - Slough



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