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Band 5 District Nurse

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
Are you a compassionate Registered Nurse (RN) seeking a new opportunity? We have a Community Staff Nurse position available within the Taunton DN team, based at Harrison House.

Our service covers the urban and rural areas of Taunton, Wellington and the surrounding villages. We offer flexible working solutions where possible to ensure a work-life balance and part-time hours will be considered.

You'll need to be a car driver with your own vehicle to visit patients. We offer a generous mileage allowance to cover the use of your car for NHS business, which includes both mileage and depreciation.

If you're a qualified RN looking for a rewarding challenge to advance your nursing career, join our friendly, and highly skilled team of nurses and support staff. We also welcome applications from newly qualified nurses, where we can offer you preceptorship to support and guide you in your new role.

Main duties of the job

As a community RN, you'll provide care to patients in their homes, managing a range of complex health issues and collaborating with various other disciplines.You'll also work closely with the Hospital @ Home team, focused on preventing acute admission. You'll develop a broad range of nursing skills, including IV medication administration, palliative and end-of-life care, complex wound management, catheter and continence care, diabetes management, PICC line care, medication administration, and drain tube management.You'll need to make autonomous clinical decisions and create holistic care plans, with the support of your colleagues and Team Leaders. Comprehensive training and guidance will be provided by our dedicated Clinical Lead nurses.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

Communication and Key Working Relationships

Effective Communication

*Communicate effectively with individuals, their families, carers and health/social care practitioners using a range of styles and ensuring information remains confidential at all times.

*Handle information (record, report and store information) related to individuals in line with local and national policies.

*Communicate both routine, complex and sensitive information to patients/relatives and colleagues.

*Facilitate good partnership working with other departments and agencies to enhance multidisciplinary team working.

*Participate and organise meetings as and when required, which have a clear purpose and outcome.

*Respond appropriately in line with Information Governance to referrals, enquiries and requests as required.

*Use the Trust electronic patient record and other IT systems appropriately in line with Trust guidance.

Key Relationships:

*Patients, relatives, carers and the public

*Community and Mental Health Teams


*Professional Leads

*Team colleagues

*Social Services

*Primary Care colleagues

*Medical colleagues

*Care Agencies

*Voluntary Sector


*External relationships with other agencies and Acute NHS Trusts *

Planning and Organisation

*Assess the holistic needs of an individual, understanding patient-centred goals and developing simple and complex treatment plans to achieve these goals and promote independence.

*To practice in line with mental capacity act and make sure that the rights and best interest of those who lack capacity are still at the centre of the decision making process.

*Act as the patient's advocate where necessary working in partnership with other health care professionals, agencies and independent advocacy.

*To be responsible for own safety following lone working policies where applicable.

*Attend regular ward/team meetings to be kept informed of and contribute to changes to policies/procedures and keep up to date with changes within the team, Trust and wider health care community.

*Report and record, escalate any deficiencies in the service provision through Datix and risk assessment and assist in introducing a change in practice and systems as appropriate.

*Provide statements in response to formal complaints. Resolve with patients or relatives any verbal complaints or pass onto the line manager if they cannot be resolved locally. Always inform the line manager of any locally resolved verbal complaints and ensure this is documented accurately.

*To adopt a reflective approach to clinical practice to ensure own learning and development


Responsibility for Patient / Client Care, Treatment & Therapy

*A level of understanding of health and social care models to enable innovation and change in the work place.

*A comprehensive understanding of the physiology, psychology and function of the body to enable holistic assessment and development of treatment plans for conditions within their area of competence.

*A comprehensive understanding and application of health promotion and behaviour change which can improve an individual's quality of care and promote self care

*Comprehensive understanding of the standards in the NMC Code Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives and application of these standards in practice.

*Undertake defined clinical or therapeutic interventions as assessed and documented in the treatment plan in line with patient-centred goals.

*Have a broad skill base related to the area of practice maintaining competence and confidence in these skills.

*Continually assess the patient, maintaining accurate clinical records and using clinical decision making skills to escalate deterioration in a timely manner.

*Be expected to develop and maintain all the clinical skills necessary for this position (see Appendix for each area as required).

*Undertake any necessary competency/skills based training, professional updates and mandatory training as appropriate to the post and as directed.

*Ensuring that all nursing practice is evidenced-based and delivered to a high standard in line with Trust policies and procedures.

*Participation in the improvement of clinical record keeping.

*Through appraisal, identify own personal training needs to meet both professional and organisational objectives.

*Developed and maintain a professional portfolio in line with recommendations in order to maintain current NMC registration.


Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility

*Have knowledge of national research, guidelines, policy and legislation to ensure team and patient safety -- relevant to their area of work.

*As required for service development meet the criteria for approval for non-medical prescribing training. To adhere to the process of Trust authorisation prior to practicing as a non-medical prescriber. To be accountable for practice as a non-medical prescriber following the Trust's principles

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources

*To be accountable and responsible for their decisions to delegate tasks and duties to other people.

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management

*Provide line management, clinical supervision, mentorship and have responsibility for the performance of other junior staff including students.

*To undertake appraisals identifying staff's learning objectives.

*Work closely with the line manager co-ordinating the teams off duties to meet the needs of the service/workload.

*Acknowledge and utilise individual and team skills, knowledge and roles.

*Encouraging personal and professional growth of others, acting as a mentor/clinical supervisor.

*Participate in the induction and orientation of new staff both permanent and temporary.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties

*To maintain accurate, contemporaneous records and developing systems, which ensure continuity and standardisation of patients care within Trust guidelines.

*Take responsibility for clinical incident reporting following the incident reporting process. Support the line manager to use the learning from incidents in a positive way to develop services or change practice.

*Participate in audit to monitor relevant targets and meet clinical governance objectives.

*Act as a link nurse for specialist areas of nursing by attending meetings held by the appropriate specialist nurse and communicating to the team any changes in practice.

Participate in Best Practice Groups to devise protocols and guidelines as appropriate to improve practice and patient care in accordance with Clinical Governance.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

*Follow the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Person Specification



  • Adult Nursing qualification with registration to the NMC



  • Requirement
  • *Outstanding care
  • *Listening and leading
  • *Working together
  • Evidence of Qualifications required
  • *Appropriately registered with the Professional body as per post requirements
  • *Relevant degree or equivalent qualification
  • *Evidence of continuing professional development and to have undertaken post registration training
  • *Leadership/management programme or prepared to undertake a course
  • *Non- Medical Prescriber
  • *Coaching and/or mentorship training
  • *Knowledge of current national policies affecting the NHS
  • *Knowledge of relevant NHS legislation
  • *Knowledge of audit and research skills
  • *Understanding of Clinical Governance
  • *Knowledge of physical health needs or know where to access appropriate advice
  • *Knowledge of mental health needs or know where to access appropriate advice
  • *Substantial experience in the required setting
  • *Demonstrate clinical and managerial leadership ability
  • *Experience of working in multi-agency services.
  • *Ability to undertake the higher level clinical skills required for the specialist area
  • *Experience of mentoring
  • *Evidence of a good standard of literacy/English language skills
  • *Ability to communicate in a professional way with people at all levels of understanding either face to face, on the telephone, e-mail or written communication by dealing with incident reports or writing statements
  • *Compassionate - with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives remaining sensitive and empathetic.
  • *Compassionate - Open minded, treats colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect.
  • *Recognising in yourself and others the impact that frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassion and being able to respond professionally
  • *Analytical skills to deal with interpreting complex clinical information
  • *Ability to record and retrieve information on charts/paper and electronic patient records
  • *Professional and patient focussed approach, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members.
  • *Ability to manage own time and time of others
  • *Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • *Ability to assess clinical situations and act appropriately
  • *Able to take instruction and direction and work effectively as part of a team.
  • *Basic computer literacy including word processing and email
  • *Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients.
  • *Act in a way that supports equality and diversity.
  • *Ability to motivate self and others
  • *Ability to work on own initiative as required and within agreed policies and procedures
  • *Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients
  • *Must be a car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust as appropriate for role.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


District Nurses

Dancing Lane




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