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Community Nurse Specialist (Asylum and Refugee)

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
The Health Inclusion Team (HIT) works across Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham to provide a multidisciplinary service for clients who are marginalized and have difficulty accessing primary and secondary care services (e.g. refugees and asylum seekers, homeless clients, and clients with addictions). The nurses have a broad range of advanced clinical skills and work autonomously in clinics in NHS/ non-NHS sites, so have to be competent and safe in their clinical decision-making. We currently have 1 Band 6 Community Nurse Specialist posts covering adults in the core initial Asylum accommodation service. The team is a multidisciplinary team offering core health assessments, minor aliment treatments, responding to immediate needs, and linking the residents into primary and secondary care. As a member of the team, you will be delivering a service across the refugee and asylum service in Lambeth and Southwark. The client group have complex health and social care issues, so you must have an understanding of their health needs and be confident when managing risk and safeguarding. You will be working alongside an experienced inclusion health team which includes GPs, AHP's and nurse practitioners. This is an opportunity to consolidate your assessment skills and develop your understanding and knowledge of this client group.

Main duties of the job

The Health Inclusion Team works across Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham to provide a high quality comprehensive specialist nurse service for clients who have difficulty accessing primary care services e.g. refugees and asylum seekers, homeless clients, and clients with addictions and high users of A& E. The Health Inclusion Team aims to assist these clients to access mainstream health services.

Key services provided are:
  • Assistance with GP registration,
  • Health screening (i.e. TB, blood borne virus screening, sexual health screening, baseline routine blood tests)
  • Comprehensive health assessment
  • Minor illness / injury management
  • Chronic disease management
  • Harm reduction work
  • Wound care
  • Case management of complex clients
  • Referral to other services as appropriate

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will run health screening clinics independently and jointly with other team members. All nurses within the team will at times work across all the areas of homelessness, refugees, asylum seekers and addiction clients.

The post holder will be covering other types of accommodation for asylum seekers such as hotels for asylum seekers, day centres and specialist GP services.

Please see the Job description for full details.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Trust values & behaviours



  • Able to take blood.
  • Computer literate. Internet, email, Excel spreadsheet, Word, patient systems
  • Ability to write detailed reports, patient records and other documents that exhibit fluency and accuracy


  • Previous experience of running audits with direct relevance to this clinical area (mentions this in application)



  • Significant experience of working within community settings
  • Teaching experience informal and formal
  • Experience of providing complex packages of care, which involve other agencies
  • Experience of working with vulnerable adults - eg including the homeless/asylum seekers/refugees cohort.


  • Considerable experience of working with marginalised health setting
  • Experience of working in partnership with voluntary / statutory agencies within Service Level/ Partnership Agreements
  • Experience of using PGDs



  • BSc/1st degree (health related) in Nursing or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Mentorship and / or teaching certificate
  • Evidence of professional development


  • Masters Level training/education relevant to the post.
  • Advanced Nursing Competencies - Management of Minor Ailments and assessment

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Gracefield Gardens HC

2-8 Gracefield Gardens, Streatham


SW16 2ST

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