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Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
South Petherton
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Following recent investment in the local Tissue Viability Service within Somerset, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse, within the community team.

This post is to cover the Bridgwater and North Sedgemoor area.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is formed from recent mergers of Musgrove Park Hospital, Yeovil District Hospital and Somerset Partnership (Community Trust) this is therefore a great time to join the specialism, as we look to transform the tissue viability provision across the healthcare system within Somerset.

The successful candidate would ideally have experience of elements of the healthcare environments within Somerset and the digital systems used.

As an independent worker, excellent communication and organisational skills are essential to achieving the high standard of evidence-based care expected by the Trust.

This is a 30 hours per week role hours and base can be negotiable for the right candidate.

Main duties of the job

This includes:

To provide specialist advice and support to healthcare professional in their care and management of patients with complex wounds and other tissue viability issues.

To support patients and their primary healthcare providers in a variety of settings, including Community Hospitals, District Nursing (in the patient's own home), Mental Health units, GP Practices, clinic settings and Nursing Homes.

To provide advice and guidance on use of pressure relieving equipment and pressure ulcer preventative strategies for complex patients.

To signpost colleagues to other specialist services in line with the needs of the patient and to utilise appropriate clinical pathways.

To support appropriate referrals to secondary care to optimise the patient's health outcomes.

Support the educational provision in relation to the discipline.

Work within Somerset Foundation Trust Values and core standards whilst maintaining a service to colleagues and service users.

Work flexibly across the Trust, as required.

About us

As an organisation, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust offers employees a wide range of benefits including flexible working, NHS pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance and a commitment to career development.You will be eligible for our Blue Light Card and a wide range of NHS exclusive shopping & leisure discounts.We are proud of our skilled, diverse workforce and as an inclusive employer we welcome applications from all backgrounds.Working in Somerset enables you to enjoy the idyllic countryside, areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines 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.Somerset offers the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for someone who -

Has proven experience in managing complex wounds,

Has proven experience at a senior staff nurse level - including supporting junior colleagues,

Ability to use specialist wound therapies, such as Doppler assessment (including toe pressures), compression therapy, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Larval Therapy,

Act as a role model

Demonstrates personal qualities key to the role - such as compassion, respect, listening,

Ability to prioritise own workload and to keep deadlines with minimal supervision,

Ability to work under pressure,

Advanced decision making skills,

Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients.

Access to your own mode of transport to get around you area is essential.

Person Specification



  • Registered General NurseEvidence of relevant post graduate specialist training- short course at diploma or above levelMentoring qualification or equivalent


  • Teaching qualification



  • Proven experience in managing complex wounds.Proven experience at senior staff nurse level - including supporting junior colleaguesExperience in use of IT platforms - i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, MS Teams.


  • Knowledge of national strategies/agenda relevant to the discipline.Audit and research.

Additional Criteria


  • Ability to use specialist wound therapies, such as doppler assessment (including toes pressures) compression therapy, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Larval Therapy.Ability to prioritise own workload and to keep deadlines with minimal supervision.Access t o transport to travel in connection with the post.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


South Petherton Hospital

Bernard Way

South Petherton


TA13 5EF

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