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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Working Full time : 37.5 hours per week

This is an exciting opportunity for a clinical Nurse Specialist to be in a leading role delivering high quality care and providing support to patients and their families and helping to develop and expand our skin services based within the Dermatology team at The Countess of Chester Hospital.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as a specialist, autonomous practitioner and use expert clinical decision making skills.
  • To ensure that all requirements for continuing professional development are met and to keep abreast of new advances in the field of Dermatology as appropriate. Attend wards/departments to work closely with the MDT to carryout consultations and treatments.
  • Promote and develop the specialist advisory and supportive role of a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Dermatology demonstrating specialist and advanced clinical skills and knowledge base supported by post registration education and qualification.
  • To facilitate early discharge planning enabling appropriate arrangements to be in place for patients leaving hospital, making referrals and providing information to community services, as required, achieving a safe and timely discharge from hospital.
  • Organises personal workload to ensure that it reflects the core components of the Clinical Nurse Specialist role i.e. clinical, management, research and education.
  • Develops excellent communication skills to facilitate discussion of complex, sensitive and emotive issues around Dermatology, disease management, recurrence/progressive disease and prognosis.
  • Support and empower patients, their relatives and carers, to participate in decision making concerning their care, providing information on a range of specialist care and services.

About us

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds.
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility.
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person Specification



  • RN/RSCN Diploma or Degree
  • NMC Registered
  • Level 7 masters or equivalent study.
  • V300 Non medical prescribing (Level 7)
  • Clinical assessment & diagnostics (Level 7)
  • Recognised teaching/assessing qualification 998/997 /mentorship
  • Relevant specialty related qualification/module (Insertion of CVADs, IV access)


  • Trained in Advanced Life Support
  • Management qualification or equivalent
  • Continuous Professional Development port folio

Knowledge and Experience


  • Speciality knowledge and experience
  • Basic knowledge of financial management within the clinical setting.
  • Knowledge of professional and NHS issues and an understanding of corporate objectives.
  • To complete the Trust toolkit competencies
  • Relevant Post Registration clinical experience
  • Initiation and implementation of change


  • CNS mentorship and development
  • Countess 20:20 Leadership Programme

Employer details

Employer name

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Countess of Chester Hospital

Liverpool Road



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