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CNS - Rheumatology

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience initially a Band 5 training post until competencies completed.
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting time for Rheumatology and the collaboration between the Black Country Alliance may bring future developments to the service. An opportunity has arisen for us to recruit to a Rheumatology CNS Band 6 post.

The post holder will undertake an in-house training programme to achieve clinical skills and knowledge competencies. Although we can be flexible with working times, clinical activity must be covered.

We are happy for applicants to apply with little or no Rheumatology experience, however, in this scenario, the post will initially be a Band 5 training post until competencies are successfully completed.

Main duties of the job

Once in-house training programme completed & competencies achieved the post holder will be able to:
  • Assist in the development of expert nursing practice within Rheumatology, providing & encouraging high standards of evidenced based nursing care to our patients
  • Provide professional advice & leadership to other professionals, MDT, patients & their carers
  • Assist Matron/Senior Trust staff in maintaining & enhancing professional standards of care across the spectrum of Rheumatology services, to ensure the DH agendas are taken forward & specific service objectives are developed
  • Act as a resource for education & research
  • Run independent Nurse led clinics initially within the Trust but may be involved in Community clinics in the future
  • Be involved with the CNS telephone helpline which has positive feedback. The team wants to be able to keep up the high demand (40-60 calls a day) for this service which often avoids patients having to attend the acute Trust

About us

At the Dudley Group our patients and staff are at the heart of all that we do and that is to provide a world class service that aligns with our vision of excellent health care, improved health for all. We are seeking to recruit staff who share our vision and values of making Dudley Group an incredible workplace.

We are committed to becoming a diverse and an inclusive employer and where people feel sense of belonging. Seeking to expand diversity within our teams, we positively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse, disabled and LGBTQ+ groups. We are also under-represented in-terms of gender within nursing roles and we would welcome applications from people from male and non-binary backgrounds.

Dudley Group offer many opportunities for our staff to develop and grow within their roles through our Learning & OD department. These include topics such as communication, wellbeing, team development, cultural competency, and values, plus much more. For those in a Management/Leadership role, there are additional programmes to support you to develop the skills you need. These include our Managers Essentials Programme and a Leadership Programme that all managers will attend as part of your Dudley Managers Induction. Our Learning Prospectus is a great way to discover the details behind what's available for you here at The Dudley Group.

We are committed to home life balance through flexible working and making reasonable adjustments where possible

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake.

Person Specification



  • First level registration
  • Evidence of undertaking a recognised course of study in teaching and assessing
  • Educated to diploma level or demonstrate experience of operating at this level
  • Evidence of professional development and regular study since qualification


  • Educated to first degree level or evidence of study at degree level
  • Nurse Prescribing or a willingness to participate in course
  • Rheumatology Course or a willingness to participate in study

Knowledge and Training


  • Knowledge of Rheumatology nursing and Pathways
  • Developed and implemented safe systems of work to ensure health and safety of staff, patients and visitors
  • Computer literate
  • Understanding of leadership theory and practice
  • Knowledge of clinical audit and effectiveness systems


  • Knowledge of effective people management practices



  • Able to demonstrate an awareness of wider Rheumatology issues
  • Ability to demonstrate how the applicant has kept and continues to keep up to date in Nursing
  • Skilled practitioner who can act as a role model
  • Experience of leading and managing a team
  • Experience of close liaison with members of multidisciplinary team
  • Evidence of having developed team working skills


  • Rheumatology Course or a willingness to participate in study

Employer details

Employer name

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust


Russells Hall Hospital




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