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Bank Community Nurse

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024
Would you like a rewarding post working for West Suffolk Professionals as a Bank Community Nurse to work with the District Nursing Teams, covering the following areas:-

Bury Town

Bury Rural


All the District Teams are friendly and supportive, who all work closely together to ensure our patients receive the best care in their own homes in a timely manner.

Previous Community experience not essential as on the job training and courses will be given.

West Suffolk Professionals do not support sponsorship roles, due not being able to offer guaranteed hours on Bank.

Main duties of the job


To contribute in the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within their own homes, residential care homes, and in clinics, by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care.


To assess, plan and deliver healthcare for patients, for example with long term conditions, palliative care and rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.

To work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital.

To work within the integrated team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.

To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non-statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:ClinicalThe post holder will:

Triage, assess, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of patient care, and develop care plans whichmay need to be delivered from a range of options. Ensure informed consent is obtained and documented prior to initiating interventions. Following a holistic assessment, devise an individualised, evidence-based plan of care for each patient,modifying it as required. Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information to patients and carers. Use tactful and persuasive skills to gain the patients co-operation in their care management plan. Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntarysector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated. Maintain skills with regards to latest technology Participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework. Ensure own workload is planned and prioritised according to patient needs. Ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that SystmOne inputting is completed on adaily basis. Demonstrate dexterity and co-ordination when using specialist equipment and fine tools, advanced sensoryskills, manual and mobilising skills. Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment through electronic ordering systems. Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utiliseuniversal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.


The post holder will: Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings. Support all team members within the integrated team, respecting them, their roles and contributions. Be responsible for safe use and maintenance of equipment and supplies and be aware of budgetaryconstraints and work within these. Be accountable for own professional actions as determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council code. Provide advice / training to less experienced staff and supervise / support staff and students, contributingto the induction process for new staff/students. Comment on draft policies. Maintain own continuous professional development and attend training as required to develop job role Be accountable for work you have delegated to others within the team, ensuring staff are competent to undertake delegated work.


The post holder will: Ensure adherence to Trust policies, and procedures. Undertake mandatory training as required. Undertake Personal Development Plans for junior staff members. Be aware of Trusts behaviour framework and ensure behaviours are embedded in role. Ensure Trusts behaviour framework is utilised when managing and supervising staff, and that behavioursare embraced and embedded within the team. Take part in clinical supervision as per Trust Policy. Demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and/or less experienced staff Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration course. Provide Preceptorship to new staff as appropriate Contribute to clinical audit as required. Complete risk assessments and incident forms as required.Research & Development May be required to undertake surveys or audits, as necessary to own work may occasionally participate inR& D, clinical trials or equipment testing.Safeguarding Clause WSFT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerableadults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Rigorous recruitment checks arecarried out and where applicable to the role successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminalrecords check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).Infection Control WSFT staff are responsible for protecting themselves and others against infection risks. All staff areexpected to comply with current infection control policies and procedures and to report any problems withregard to this to their managers. All staff undertaking patient care activities must attend infection controltraining and updates.Health and Safety Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed upon them under the Health and Safety at WorkAct (1974), to ensure the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment foremployees and visitors. To ensure that the Trusts Health and Safety Policies are understood and observed and that procedures arefollowed. To ensure the appropriate use of equipment and facilities, and the environment is maintained in good order. To take the necessary precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of themselves, patients, staff andvisitors, in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act. To undertake appropriate Health and Safety training to support safe working practice.General All staff are required to respect confidentiality of all matters that they learn as a result of the employmentwith the Trust, including matters relating to other members of the staff and members of the public/patients.

Maintain appropriate patient and clinical records in line with the relevant policies and procedures, and inline with the agreed service specification. The post holder will be expected to actively participate in an annual appraisal of their work in line with theKnowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) where the job description will be reviewed and objectives set. Inline with the annual personal development plan the post holder will be expected to undertake any trainingor development required to fulfil their role. Ensure that all patients, clients and colleagues are treated at all times in an equitable manner, respectingdiversity and showing an understanding of diversity in the workplace. The post holder must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the Trusts Equality and DiversityPolicies, Procedures and Schemes and must ensure that equality is promoted at all times.This job description is not exhaustive and may be amended from time to time. The post holder will be required toundertake any other duties as may be required for the effective performance of the post.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • RN Qualification (Part 1 of register) or equivalent.
  • Current NMC registration


  • Leg Ulcer Management
  • IV Administration /cannulation
  • ENB 998/mentorship preparation or equivalent
  • Mentorship qualification is essential for the post, but not essential at interview

Experience and Knowledge


  • Good communication skills which demonstrate tact, diplomacy, empathy and sensitivity
  • Able to communicate effectively (written and verbal)
  • Highly motivated
  • Able to provide high standards of care
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Ability to be focussed undertake patient care and input accurate data/patient records
  • A team player
  • Able to work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
  • Able to communicate effectively where there are barriers to understanding


  • Previous experience working in the community

Skills and Abilities


  • Effective observational and reporting skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • IT and standard keyboard skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Able to kneel, bend and stoop, and work in cramped environments
  • Able to use specialist equipment requiring a high level of dexterity
  • Able to manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6 kg
  • Able to manoeuvre patients using handling aids
  • Clinical reasoning skills

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to travel to all rural locations to carry out the post

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane


IP33 2QZ

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