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TB nurse specialist

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic nurse to join our TB Team at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust on a secondment opportunity for m12 months 15 hours weekly.

The post holder will be based at the Churchill Hospital.The post holder will work in a team, assisting the Lead TB Nurse Specialist in the management of notified cases of Tuberculosis in collaborationwith the Consultant, in the care of TB patients and in preventing the spread of TB. The post holder will work autonomously in managing a TBcaseload and will also support the Latent Screening service.The post is week days only, enabling the successful candidate to pursue their nursing vocation in a speciality area while been able to develop lifepursuits outside work in a healthy work life blend. As a TB nurse you will be part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team working in an outpatientssetting, as well as sharing expertise knowledge for the care of the TB patient in Oxfordshire.This post requires a dynamic person with excellent communication skills, and at least 12 months post qualifying experience in any medicalsetting. The successful applicant will hold a community qualification or have relevant experience in this area of nursing.The successful candidate will benefit from a personal development programme to broaden knowledge and skills in return for commitment todelivering a seamless care pathway to the TB patients in the Oxfordshire area.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the jobThe TB nurse specialist daily work will involve:o Investigation, diagnosis and treatment of suspected TB, active and latento Co-ordination of care and support for patients on treatment for TBo Prompt identification of new caseso Timely start and support for patients to complete treatmento Prevention of new caseso Provision of support and advice to other services and the public in TB related issueso Notification and public health responsibilities in TB related issueso Education and training in TB related issueso Develop the National Latent TB screening programme

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Detailed job description and main responsibilitiesKey Tasks and ResponsibilitiesClinical practice To practice as a specialist nurse both independently and with colleagues in thedevelopment of a patient centred TB service. To provide a TB service consistent with the latest Department of HealthRecommendations and according to local needs. To act as a competent and efficient decision-maker within and on behalf of the service To provide expert clinical advice, dissemination of information and sharing ofexperiences with other health care professionals To provide a nurse-led outpatient clinic to screen people for TB, including TB contacts,new entrants to the UK from areas with a high prevalence of TB, others referred byGPs and Hospital Doctors as appropriate To ensure sound knowledge of drugs, the side effects and contra indications To undertake independent or supplementary prescribing for patients receiving TBmedication or prophylaxis, in agreement with the consulting physicians. To provide nurse-led outreach clinics for TB screening in hospital and communitysettings as and where appropriate. To provide a domiciliary service to patients as required. To provide Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) as appropriate and take appropriateaction if problems arise To provide appropriate referral of patients for further medical assessment as required. To be responsible for developing standards of care and monitoring clinical practice inpartnership with the nursing team, Respiratory and Infectious Diseases doctors. To maintain accurate documentation and audit inline with Trust Clinical GovernancePolicy. To adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct and Scope of Professional Practice at all times. Autonomously plan, co-ordinate and monitor care for patients requiring enhanced casemanagement Demonstrate ability to adjust treatment and interventions for standard and enhancedcase management according to the patients needs throughout the investigation andtreatment pathwayProfessional To be required to maintain constructive relationships with a broad range ofstakeholders To participate in relevant internal and external working groups / projects, services, andinitiatives which may be highly complex, sensitive, political, and contain contentiousinformation To attend liaison team meetings and other departmental meetings as appropriate. To participate in training to maintain competency and awareness of current trends. To liaise effectively with other agencies such as UKHSA, GP practices and schools. To liaise with chest clinics to facilitate contact screening and the seamless provision ofcare to patients moving in and out of the Oxfordshire area. To be professionally accountable and responsible for the delivery of care, as detailedInterviewer information packwithin the NMC code of conduct and within Oxfordshire PCTs policies, procedures andprotocols. Have regard to the environment of care, (physical, psychological and social) ensuringsafe standards of practice. To maintain confidentiality at all times. Maintain contemporaneous records, both manual and computerised. To undertake other relevant duties commensurate with grade as appropriate.Interviewer information packAnalytical / judgemental Undertake complex and detailed information analysis as required Update, maintain, organise, gather and analyse information to predict/meet futureorganisational and team needs by identifying best professional practice Monitor and evaluate risks and issues to enable a proactive resolution and escalationprocesses Contribute to the information management of performance, taking a lead for specificareas of service provision Provide coordination of and participate in relevant meetings and providing informationadvice and support where requestedFinancial and physical resources Deliver against organisational objectives, achieving quality outcomes, prioritising ownworkload and working to tight deadlines Support and inform teams on the targeting of resources, monitoring, implementing,evaluating and delivery of plans by providing sophisticated, high quality information andanalysis Contribute to the financial delivery of the service ensuring it is cost effective anddelivered on timeManagement To manage resources within budgetary constraints in line with Trust Finance Policy. To maintain a safe environment consistent with Trust Policies. To ensure all equipment is maintained in line with Trust policy. To facilitate a consensus in service delivery. To be enable the change in service consistent with agreed service development. To contribute to the development of, and be responsible for the effective implementationof health policies within own practice area.Education and Research To develop and maintain a healthy clinical learning environment for qualified nurseswithin the TB service. To contribute to the education of health care professionals within the Oxford UniversityHospitals NHS Foundation Trust on matters relating to the TB service. Education and support of patients, families and carers. To maintain awareness of current advances and changes in clinical practice To encourage and promote research and educational activities within the unit andprofession and be involved in their evaluation. To contribute to courses run by the Health Protection Agency and the Oxford UniversityHospitals NHS Foundation Trust including lecturing and practical demonstrations To share information with health care professionals involved in the TB service regionallyand nationally. To support and facilitate project work within the Oxford University Hospitals NHSFoundation Trust, so as to continue quality improvement within the service. To participate in audit and research.Personal Development To be aware of and contribute to regional, national and international debate andknowledge about Tuberculosis through presentation of papers and participation inprofessional conferences and study days inline with agreed objectives. To take responsibility for own personal and professional growth and for maintaining arecord of professional development experiences. To be proactive in reflection, self-assessment and development, participating in peerreview as appropriate. To meet with the clinical team of the Oxford Respiratory Unit, Infectious Diseases Unitand Health Protection Team on a regular basis for feedback support and information. To liaise with others working in the TB service within the Region and nationally toensure effective sharing of specialist knowledge.GeneralThis job description is not restrictive or definitive in any way and should be regarded onlyas a guideline to the duties required, and may be amended in the light of changingcircumstances following consultation with the post holder. The job description does notform part of the Contract of Employment.

Person Specification

Qualifications as per person specification


  • Registered Nurse (Adult or General)


  • Nurse prescriber

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Churchill Hospital, Old Road, OX3 7 LE



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