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Nurse Consultant Dermatology

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 Per annum incl. HCAS
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The role of a consultant Nurse in Dermatology is to provide expert clinical leadership within the Dermatology services. By working in collaboration with the Dermatology Service Lead & other Dermatology Consultants, Deputy Director of Nursing, Lead Nurse, Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Practice Development Nurse (PDN will ensure there is effective leadership, education and training, practice and service development and research/evaluation within the Dermatology service.

The consultant Nurse in Dermatology will also lead and empower Dermatology Nurses, support staff, ANP, PDN and managers in Dermatology to ensure effective Dermatology agendas are implemented and embedded in the service and are reflective of the national public health agendas.

The role will involve being an expert, autonomous practitioner within Dermatology, a role model for Dermatology Nurses and a reference for the multidisciplinary teams. The consultant Nurse in Dermatology will lead, drive forward and evaluate changes in Dermatology practice to improve the quality of care for patients and their families, in line with key policy documents. The consultant Nurse in Dermatology will act as an expert advisor internally, externally. They will work in partnership with multidisciplinary agencies within and external to the Trust to ensure safe and effective care for patients is delivered.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide professional clinical leadership and expert knowledge to inspire, motivate, support and empower Dermatology Nurses.
  • Lead the continuing development of a Dermatology agenda in Dermatology services which promotes safe and effective care is delivered to all patients using the services which meets the key objectives where appropriate of national and local policy documents.
  • Provide expert practice and clinical excellence.
  • Work collaboratively with the Dermatology Service Director, Deputy Director of Nursing, Lead Nurse, ANP & PDN.
  • Work in clinical practice for 50% of the time
  • Make a significant contribution to the Clinical Governance agenda through the provision of advice on best practice and the support and development of staff.
  • Lead the audit and research of Dermatology across both site

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is proud to be one of the top performing and safest trusts in England. We have two main acute hospital sites--Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, plus our award-winning clinics across North West London and beyond.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Expert Practice
  • Act as a role model for Dermatology Nurses by practising Dermatology skills and knowledge at a high degree of personal and professional autonomy.
  • Maintain a time commitment of 50% to practice with the emphasis on developing Dermatology maintaining clinical excellence within the Dermatology service.
  • Work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team to be the expert and provide advice and support to the team to ensure safe pathways of care are delivered.
  • Develop and implement a system of referral, consultation and care planning for patients with complex needs who may be declining recommended options for care.
  • Use knowledge and skills of the highest order to inform practice decisions, particularly where precedents do not exist, and where appropriate, without recourse to others.
  • Inspire and support Dermatology Nurses to realise their full potential as autonomous practitioners valuing the importance of delivering personalised packages of care for patients with vulnerable social needs.
  • Lead Dermatology Nurses to build their confidence in evidence based practice in order to empower them to challenge the traditional model and so change practice

Professional Leadership
  • Act as the lead Dermatology consultant for the care of patients with complex social needs and maintain a highly visible and authoritative presence
  • Provide visionary, inspirational leadership and expertise to midwives promoting high quality care
  • Inspire colleagues to improve standards and quality of care and to develop professional practice.
  • work collaboratively with the Lead Nurse and PDN, leading the development and implementation of a Dermatology strategy that promotes patient care and supports the concepts of public health and safeguarding
  • Act as a catalyst for change, leading and influencing development of policy, practice and staff in the delivery of care within Dermatology.
  • Work collaboratively with the Dermatology management team to develop professional practice locally to meet the needs of the local population and support the strategic direction of the service.
  • Provide expert Dermatology advice to the Division and to the Trust Board as and when required or requested.
  • Act as a senior member of the team ensuring Dermatology input into strategic and operational decisions.
  • Influence the national agenda on public health through making a significant contribution at policy level
  • Act as an ambassador for the Trust representing it internally and externally in matters relating to Dermatology and present at regional, national and international conferences
  • Act in an advisory capacity on national initiatives to improve Dermatology practice, for example maternal death review panels, NICE guideline development.
  • Education, training and development in collaboration with the Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Practice Development Nurse
  • Play a key role in professional development through the identification of learning needs across the organisation, working closely with the Advanced Nurse Practitioner, CNSs and PDN.
  • Work closely with the ANP & PDN to develop, plan and implement education and development programmes that meet the needs of Dermatology Nursing team

Please see attached job description and person specification to this advert for further details.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse
  • First Degree
  • Post-Registration qualification in specialist area
  • Education qualification ( or equivalent experience)
  • Master's Degree
  • Physical Examination
  • Non-Medical prescriber


  • Willing to undertake a PhD
  • Recognised teaching qualification



  • Significant post -registration clinical experience with relevant specialist role
  • Evidence of significant experience in Dermatology practice and leadership
  • Evidence of innovative practice that involves research and or audit
  • Evidence of participation in regional and national networks
  • Experience in Dermatology Education
  • Evidence of working in a senior role leading the Dermatology agenda
  • Evidence of supporting Dermatology patients with complex needs

Skills & Knowledge


  • Expert Knowledge in Dermatology
  • In-depth knowledge of health policy
  • Knowledge of quality standard setting and audit
  • Research Skills
  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Organisation and management skills
  • Ability to influence, motivate and inspire others
  • Negotiating and ability to resolve conflict
  • Team building skills
  • Articulate with advance written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrate Leadership Skills
  • Organisational and management skills
  • Ability to network across the organisation and externally
  • Innovative
  • Strategic thinking
  • Self-motivated and positive
  • Adaptable and flexible approach

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


West Middlesex University Hospital

Twickenham Road



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