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Community Nurse Specialist

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024
We are looking for a dynamic and driven individual, seeking a new challenge to lead the evolving Community Nursing Centre, at the Exeter Community Hospital Base. This is a substantive leadership post for an experienced Community Nurse to lead a team of experienced Community Nurses, delivering care to patients at the Community Nursing Centre and at times in their own home. Aiming, wherever possible, to enable people to maximise their independence and optimise their quality of life whilst remaining at home and preventing admission to hospital. The Postholder will offer direction and day to day leadership and professional supervision to unregistered and registered nursing staff in the team.

Community Nursing is entering a period of exciting transformation and innovation to protect the future service we provide for our patients and sustainability of the NHS. In Line with the NHS Long term plan and people plan 2021 community nursing services will be expanding and evolving to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of the NHS. Community nursing provides holistic patient centred care for patients who are generally housebound, however there are some patients who able to visit the Community Nursing Centre for treatment, usually with complex, chronic and long-term conditions.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

About us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within peoples own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

This is a substantive Band 6 leadership post, Specialising in Community Nursing. Working under the direction of the Nurse Team Manager (Community) and using leadership skills and knowledge you will lead and manage a group of registered and unregistered nurses using your experience from Community Nursing. The post holder will be required to provide professional supervision, clinical auditing, support clinical/academic development, provide excellent clinical knowledge and have a good understanding to the evolving future of community nursing and how to lead a team through change.

Our community Nursing teams are based in Exeter to the South and West of the city. You will be based in a team of community nurses at the Community Nursing Centre, Exeter Community Hospital site but at times will need to support patients across the whole city of Exeter. It is therefore vital you are an adaptive and flexible worker throughout the day.

A vital part of the Band 6 Community Specialist Nurse role it the ability to provide safe and effective triage of new patients or new concerns. You will be expected to work as part of the Triage Hub team and therefore excellent communication and clinical knowledge is required for this role.

We work closely with the wider community MDT to promote admission avoidance and empowering patients to stay at home or to visit the Community Nursing Centre to receive their nursing care. We work very closely with our GP, Hospice, Physio and Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Voluntary and Urgent Care Services.

Staff are supported with supervision both in team meetings or a one to one basis. This is also integral to our work and considered a priority to support staff at work both to develop professionally but also to support their health and wellbeing and provide a safe environment to discuss professional issues.

If you work with us there are plenty of opportunities for training and acquiring qualifications. This can either be modular based academic work, clinically focused and related to the role, leadership qualifications or the Specialist Nurse Practitioner Qualification at Master's level over two years. This qualification is a great development opportunity, is registered with the NMC and includes studying for the Independent Supplementary Prescriber qualification.

Key responsibilities of Community Nurses are:
  • To assess, provide and review Nursing care, advice and information to patients and carers within the home environment or appropriate care setting in line with key knowledge and skills
  • Aim to wherever possible maintain patients in their own preferred place of care, enabling them to maximise their independence and optimise their quality of life.
  • To work under the direction of the Specialist Nurse (Community) and the Nurse Team Manager (Community) using skills and knowledge as a competent Registered Nurse.
  • To be expected to hold a designated caseload and deputise in the absence of the Specialist Nurse.
  • Continue your professional development through additional learning and education
  • Support unregister team members and student nurses through there development by sharing clinical and leadership knowledge and skills

You must be a car driver and have use of a car. A mileage allowance is as per Agenda for Change. Currently, in all bases there is free parking however, this may be open to change.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Weekend rotation as part of the weekend coordinator rota.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Libby Vincent, Community Nurse Team Manger, on

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you'll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers.

You will also have access to other benefits including:

National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.

Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter

Car lease schemes.

The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).

Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

Person Specification

General Requirements


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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