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Respiratory Nurse

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton and Hove
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum/Pro-rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Respiratory nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Nurse, interested in specialising in Respiratory Care?

We're looking for a full time Respiratory Nurse to join our Community Respiratory Service . Part-time applicants may be considered.

You will join a well-established and supportive team of multidisciplinary practitioners, clinically led by a respiratory nurse and with input from secondary care consultants and healthcare professionals.

The CRS is a seven day service that runs until 8pm on weekdays and 4.30pm on weekends. It aims to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, improve the self management of people with chronic lung conditions through education, support and close liaison with the wider health and social care community. We provide a variety of services including pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen assessment, and rapid response for those in an exacerbation. You will be expected to acquire skills in all these areas.

This is an excellent opportunity open to a Nurse with the right approach and a flexible, 'can do' attitude. Band 5 applicants with a specialist interest, and experience, in respiratory conditions will be considered.

Potential for cross site working in the East area of SCFT according to service need.

Previous NHS experience is essential.

Car driver with car available for work are essential. The post is based at Brighton General Hospital.

Main duties of the job

  • As an autonomous practitioner assessment and treatment of caseload and provision of a specialist respiratory service to patients within their own homes or in clinic settings for post hospital discharge and long term self-management, and also provision of care in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Oxygen services.
  • Being an active member of the multidisciplinary team (MDT), assessing and treating patients with complex respiratory needs, maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient records.
  • Identification of measures that would contribute to a stabilisation in patient status and reduction in hospital admissions.
  • Involvement in the running and delivery of Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Oxygen services, including, but not exclusively, exercise testing, prescription and progression, and education.
  • Support of the line manager in the provision and management of the Respiratory community services, including responsibility for assisting in managing junior staff.
  • Engagement in own continued professional development (CPD) and service development, in conjunction with the team lead, consultant and relevant therapy leads.
  • Participation in the clinical and service MDT meetings
  • Provision of empathetic care with clear ability to identify needs and work with multiple agencies across the whole spectrum of respiratory patients
  • Work with Palliative Care to ensure patients at the end of their life have good quality and proactive supportive end of life care plans / discussion

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to support the primary and secondary care staff in the care of patients with chronic respiratory disease facilitating early discharge and promoting alternatives to admission.
  • To work with a variable shift pattern to cover Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and weekends and bank holidays 8.30am-4.30pm.
  • Using advanced specialist skills be responsible for assessing the physical and psycho-social needs of people with chronic respiratory disease, achieve competence and confidence in assessing acutely unwell adults and initiating appropriate therapeutic care plans and treatment.
  • Planning with the person and carer, the goals and treatment plans and working with other professionals to achieve these. This will include leading and participating in meetings and case conferences in response to the needs of the individual.
  • Utilising excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills with patients, relatives, carers and members of the MDT to ensure that a high standard of patient centred care is achieved and that patients and carers have a good understanding of their individual care plan.
  • To embrace diversity and work with a philosophy of inclusion with both colleagues and patients.
  • To be competent and have an understanding of relevant clinical guidance, clinical management and to be able to effectively complete oxygen assessment and prescription following appropriate training.
  • To support the running of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme within the Team, including assessment and completion of appropriate outcome measures.
  • To take a lead in staffing and running outpatient clinics
  • To achieve the effective daily management of a caseload, prioritising clinical work and balancing other related and professional activities in accordance with departmental standards.
  • Identify and participate in opportunities for cross-professional training.
  • Effectively communicate the access to, and organisation of, service to patients / carers.
  • To maintain Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and incorporate into your work including active participation in the supervision process.
  • Assist the senior clinicians and Clinical Lead to maintain continuity of care and deputising when appropriate.
  • Through team meetings and knowledge share sessions, to contribute in the development and implementation of relevant policies, protocols and care pathways based on current evidence based guidelines.
  • To be responsive to service need and able to change working practices, in light of emerging healthcare challenges (eg Covid 19).
  • To contribute to quality improvement projects and engage in opportunities for developing leadership qualities.
  • To attend, contribute and, at times lead, regular clinical and service MDTs.
  • Ensuring accidents, incidents or complaints arising in the team are reported and recorded following agreed procedures.
  • Seek guidance, supervision and coaching appropriately.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in Adult Nursing
  • NMC Registration
  • Up to date relevant professional development portfolio


  • Relevant post graduate training



  • Significant, broad based and relevant postgraduate experience
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplined environment
  • Good understanding of/involvement in the development of a service
  • Experience of working with respiratory patients
  • > 2 years previous NHS experience


  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience and understanding of working in an integrated environment

Skills and Knowledge


  • Sound clinical knowledge base
  • Ability to demonstrate a holistic approach to client needs
  • Ability to review and evaluate own skills and intervention
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven caseload/ time management skills
  • Ability to demonstrate a flexible approach, both in relation to team working and patient care


  • Wide knowledge and experience of pulmonary rehabilitation

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Brighton General Hospital

Elm Grove

Brighton and Hove


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