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Community Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Kings Lynn
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024
Norfolk Community Health and Care are expanding our Urgent Community Response Service in the West of Norfolk and are looking for Registered Nurses to deliver this service over a 7 day period.

The aim of the service is to enable faster urgent access to services focussing on prevention and admission avoidance. The Role will involve assessments in the patients home from a nursing care and therapy perspective to ensure safe and appropriate intervention. The role is integrated with the whole NCHC urgent community response services.

If you have transferable skills to provide assessments for end-of-life care, crisis intervention, admission avoidance whilst working in an integrated team. The role will also interlink with our improvement strategy to improve our discharge pathways from the acute to community care which will be part of the role.

We can offer in role training and development with a well-established team. the skill set for this role may not be part of your current portfolio, we can offer support and leadership, and are keen to discuss the role with interested candidates. We are aware of the skills shortages across nursing, we are committed to improving our standards of excellence through staff recruitment, management and development.

Main duties of the job

To lead in the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within their ownplace of residence by assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care in order to prevent avoidable admission to hospital and facilitating early supported discharge.

You will be expected to lead conversations with the wider Urgent Community Response Team, Multidisciplinary Team on a regular basis enabling safe, appropriate and patient centred care to be delivered to this complex patient group.

This role will predominantly involve face to face nursing care and assessment within a patient's usual place of residence and will rotate to the Home First Hub providing triage and other supportive activities as part of the MDT

About us

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Our senior nurses take operational responsibility for oversight, and allocation of patient visits for Urgent Community Response Team . The Urgent Community Response team comprises of Registered Nurses, Assistant Practitioners, Healthcare Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistant Practitioners, Care Co-Ordinators. The Healthcare Assistants and Assistant Practitioners work from 8.00 until 22:00 hours, seven days a week, covering the West Norfolk Community locality, based at St James Clinic, Kings Lynn. The Nursing team work 08:00-20:00 covering a 7 day service, we are offering flexible working, full time (37.5) & part time hours.

Working in Kings Lynn is accessible from Cambridge, Lincolnshire & South Norfolk.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To triage referrals within Urgent Community Response Team as part of the multidisciplinary team
  • To assess and prescribe care pathways for patients in a crisis situation, with long term conditions, the frail & elderly, palliative and end of life care and/or rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.
  • To assess, prescribe and deliver care packages 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 prevent unnecessary admission to hospital via an unplanned care Home First Hub.
  • Able to triage, review timely responses to referrals on a needs-based basis utilising the skills and expertise of others in the team.
  • To work within the integrated team to support 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.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or 1st level degree in Nursing or equivalent
  • Current NMC registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • RN Qualification


  • Consultation skills
  • Assessor/mentorship preparation or equivalent
  • Independent/supplementary prescribing qualification



  • Knowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training & short courses
  • Evidence of working at band 5 level within the community or acute settings
  • Community Experience


  • Admission Avoidance experience
  • Cannulation / IV Therapy administration

Skills, Ability & Knowledge


  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
  • Good observational & reporting skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to provide high standards of care
  • Concentrate when undertaking patient care & inputting data/patient records



  • Good communication skills
  • Good observational & reporting skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language

Personal and People Development


  • Able to kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments
  • Able to manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6 kg
  • Able to manoeuvre patients using handling aids
  • Be reliable



  • Must hold full and valid and driving licence and have access to a vehicle
  • This is a 7 day a week service and some weekend working will be expected. Hours of service delivery, 8am-8pm
  • The post holder will need to be passed fit to perform full duties of the post through occupational health with any reasonable aids and adaptations if necessary

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


St James Clinic

Extons Road

Kings Lynn

PE30 5NU

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